For a playful nod to the traditional Christmas pin, try these cheerful corsages. They're easy enough for a child to make but sophisticated enough for her mom to wear. Once you gather your supplies, it's a snap to make multiple corsages in a single afternoon.
This Scandinavian-style greenery "chandelier" is an eye-catching way to draw guests to a holiday cocktail or buffet table. It's fashioned from a pair of cedar wreaths that have been adorned with wine-colored satin bows and suspended from the ceiling with lengths of the same ribbon.
A blue spruce's "snow"-dusted branches, metallic balls, and shimmering paper ornaments sparkle in the morning light. Templates (birds, butterflies, ice skates, and many more) for the ornaments are provided, so all you have to do is cut, glue, and glitter. The ornaments are so simple -- and inexpensive -- to create that you could fill a whole tree with them.
Write a message in lights to share with all who pass by. We used LED rope lighting (with lights encased in flexible plastic tubing, available at hardware stores), which is bright, energy-efficient, and easy to work with. The rope lighting is secured to a grid of wire wreath forms with heavy-duty cable ties.
Offering one tree ornament every year is a lovely way to tell a friend or relative that you value the continuity of your relationship. This year, try your hand at something new and challenging: a ball that reflects the complex beauty of origami.
Each card you receive is like a little gift, carefully chosen by a friend or family member; as such, it deserves more than a passing glance and makeshift presentation. Suspend cards-turned-ornaments from dried winter branches in a bucket, vase, or other vessel; you don't need to add any water to enjoy this nature-inspired card display.