Holiday decor on a budget

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Spruce it up tips:

Christmas in citrus hues

  • Decorate with oranges, lemons, kumquats, clementines, and blood oranges to add vibrant natural color to your home.
  • Layer fruit in tall glass vases with greens and nuts
  • Attach fruit to fresh garland, trees, and wreaths
  • Insert cloves into fruit and display in a bowl for a fresh home scent

Christmas bling

  • Coat greens with white floral spray and clear glitter for an icy effect. Use silver balls and crystals to add sparkle.
  • Create centerpieces for your holiday table by adding to white floral arrangements.
  • Fasten to your packages with metallic elastic or use as napkin ring holders.

A wreath with presence

  • Cover small boxes with solid wrapping paper. Add decorative bands in contrasting colors and tie with ribbon. Attach to a wooden wreath form with a hot glue gun. Affix a satin bow.

Ornaments out of the box

  • Use Christmas ornaments in a myriad of sizes and shapes to adorn your wreaths, garland, and holiday tables. Add sprigs of fruiting eucalyptus or bay leaves for a pretty flourish.
  • Use ribbon to hang ornaments from lighting fixtures and mirrors to add a special holiday sparkle.

Turn your Christmas tree inside out

  • Spray your Christmas Tree with metallic spray paint and decorate with natural ornaments, cinnamon sticks, and greens.

Holiday Home Tour event information:

A group of six homes in the St. Helena area are featuring a Holiday Home Tour to benefit the children of the Primary and Elementary Schools in St. Helena this Saturday, 12/6/08, 10am - 4pm. Visit their Web site for more information at www.sthelenaholidayhometours.com.

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