2 (50-count) light strands: $2
florist foam: $1.23
The stockings are hung by the bare mantel with care, but a glance in your wallet leaves only $10 to spare. Not wanting to disappoint jolly St. Nick, it's imperative you come up with something inexpensive and quick.
Take a spin through your yard before hitting the crafts stores. Purchase a grapevine wreath or make your own. Wrap two 50-count light strands around the wreath, and tuck in dried leaves for a dramatic effect.
Create simple arrangements along the mantel with evergreen cuttings and nandina berries tucked into water-soaked florist foam. Christmas tree lots usually give away tree trimmings at no cost, so stock up when you buy your tree. --created by Lisa Powell Bailey