"There's nothing better to decorate with for the holidays than fresh greenery, and it can be done with little or no money at all," Ally from From The Right Bank tells us. Use what your mamma (nature) gave ya and make use of winter branches, loose sprigs, and even scraps from the Christmas tree to recreate createpieces and other home adornments. "A big bunch of bare branches in a large pot can go on the floor, and shorter greenery in a low vase is perfect for a dining-table centerpiece. Smaller stems in bottles can be scattered throughout the house for added pops of green."
Touches Of Sparkle
It's no secret that we're all about the sparkle this season. Give your home the same twinkle treatment for less. Kate Pruitt of
gave us a few tips on how to get those elegant essences: "To save tons of money and put on an equally beautiful affair, opt for a rustic, organic style with touches of sparkle and luxury," Kate says. "Gold charms from a bead store make elegant table decor — scatter a few on the table, and tie one to each cotton napkin with a bit of baker's twine." In addition, we love Kate's cute how-to for revamping your holiday stemware. "Dress up cheap glasses with a gold-leaf for festive drinkware. With a little creative thinking, you can outfit your home for a beautiful, elegant fête for next to nothing."
Perhaps you won't always have a bunch of matching, tiny serving bowls laying around to present a yummy treat to your guests, but this is the time to be resourceful. Keep the cardboard boxes and plastic bags at bay, and use what you already own. Have a bunch of stemware that was a housewarming gift? Use them to create individual servings of your prized dessert. Break out the vase you never use or glass shaker that's never seen a single martini — these can now be used as the perfect container for snacks on display.
Scott Zwiesel Bar Collections Carafes, $19.99, available at Sur La Table.
Photo: Courtesy of From The Right; Via Sur La Table, Courtesy of Design Sponge
Guggenheim Store Hand-Painted Oval Platter, $100, available at The Guggenheim Store; Limited Edition Gold Zag Tray (and other awesome servingware), available at Up In the Air Somewhere Etsy shop.
Bormioli Rocco Giara Clear Glass Bottle With Stopper, $4, available at Amazon.
It's not just gifts that we love to DIY. Put your crafty skills to work with a few easy pieces of statement decor that can really make jaws drop. You know those clementines that you buy by the carton? Take a stab at this adorable instruction video we found on Apartment Therapy for how to turn your favorite fruit into your favorite homey accessory. Really!