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Using Christmas Decorations To Brighten Up Your Home

While we traditionally decorate a Christmas tree with a wide range of decorations, you don’t have to stop there. Christmas decorations can be used anywhere in the home, it just takes a little imagination and the desire to do something different. One area of the home that always looks great when decorated is a staircase. Consider some of these ideas, and if you don’t have a staircase, take the ideas on board and use them to affect elsewhere.

Baubles are normally tied to a Christmas tree, yet they can look good anywhere. Tie a Christmassy ribbon to baubles and hang them from a staircase railing. Mix the colours around, or use contrasting decorations with just the one colour bauble. You can add red and white Santas, white stars, or white angels for contrast. Don’t fall into the trap of hanging everything the same length. Vary your length including allowing some to hang below the staircase to the supporting wall. Use your imagination and be sure to stand back constantly to review your handiwork. Don’t have a staircase – use the same principle to hang baubles of varying lengths in your window – that looks great too, especially at night from the outside with the interior lights highlighting them.

If you have a cut Christmas tree, cut the bottom branch or two off, trim them back a little, then run them down the length of the staircase railing. The green foliage looks good if offset by red, gold or silver baubles. Don’t forget to hang a length of foliage down the newel at the foot of the stairs.  You can decorate the foliage as well, however, use small decorations. There are two problems with using a branch from your Christmas tree – you need to be sure your tree still looks proportionate with missing lower branches, and, more importantly, the branch used on the staircase will suffer from needle drop.

Finally, add a string of Christmas lights. LED lights are best for this as they generate less heat and are more hardy. You could also consider rope lights or icicle lights depending on the size of your staircase. If you can place your decorated Christmas tree alongside your decorated staircase, the overall effect is terrific. Christmas decorations are not just for Christmas trees; they can be used anywhere you like.

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Why Don’t You Send A Loved One A Green Gift This Christmas

There are millions of people who are going to be away from family this Christmas, and while the Internet has certainly made the world a lot smaller, everyone will feel that absence – those at home, and those away from home. Traditionally, we send Christmas cards and gift. Even that is changing now as people turn to e-Cards and buy gifts online that are automatically sent to the loved one. Have you considered sending a green gift this Christmas?

Green gifts can come in a number of formats. We can send, on your behalf, a wonderful Christmas wreath. There are a number to choose from, however, if you really want to make someone’s Christmas special, order in a plain wreath and decorate it yourself. You can either personally deliver it, or you can send it to them through the parcel post service. Our Christmas wreaths are made using real foliage from Christmas trees, and a wide assortment of decorations.

Another green alternative is a real live Christmas tree. We can deliver either a fresh cut real Christmas tree, or a tree that is still growing in a pot. If you are close enough to deliver the tree yourself, consider a small pot grown tree that you can hand deliver, already decorated. Better yet, deliver the tree and Christmas decorations and spend some time decorating the tree together.

Christmas wreaths and Christmas trees are relatively inexpensive, yet they make a great gift. One of the benefits of a pot grown Christmas tree is that it will live on after Christmas, and if kept in a pot, can be re-used for several more years. A green gift could be the novel gift that makes this Christmas special for a loved one, especially if you’re a long way from home.

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Turning Christmas Cards Into Christmas Decorations

Here’s a suggestion that all the family can do – turning your old Christmas cards into Christmas decorations. It doesn’t have to be old Christmas cards either – if you haven’t kept them, then pick up one of those boxes of cheap cards and use them. Your options are many and this is one activity that even the smallest child can help with, especially if you have children’s safety scissors.

Kids love to cut things out so let them cut out the pictures from the front of your Christmas cards. Use a small hole punch to put holes in the cut out images, then either thread them onto a long piece of thread or use them with plastic cable ties to decorate your Christmas tree. If you want a different look, cut the verse that often appears inside Christmas cards and scatter them around your tree – the effect is even better if you cut them out in different shapes.

Images that have been threaded can be used to frame windows, doorways or from corner to corner in a room. Your children can also make interesting Christmas collages that can be placed in windows, or in their bedrooms. If you are dexterous with a craft knife, you can cut images from the front of cards that place the card just in front of  Christmas lights – the effect is a little like a lantern with light coming through where the image has been removed. Your use of old Christmas cards is really only limited by your imagination.

If you receive a few Christmas cards each year, consider punching a hole in one corner of the card and hanging them from the branches of your Christmas tree. They help to add dimension to the tree, especially if hung close to the truck rather than from the ends of branches. We live in a world of recycling and reusing, so why let your youngsters recycle those old Christmas cards – they make great Christmas decorations.

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Creating Novel Christmas Tree Toppers

While we focus a lot of creative attention to decorating Christmas trees, we often forget all about the top of the tree.  Instead of being creative, most decorators revert to the traditional star or angel for their tree. Why don’t you become creative and add something completely different to the top of your tree this Christmas? Here are a few Christmas tree topper suggestions to consider.

  • Feathers – you can buy imitation feathers from most craft shops. Peacock feathers can add some real elegance to a tree – and certainly look different.
  • Flowers – a posy of fresh flowers can make a great Christmas tree topper. You can also consider larger flowers such as a white poinsettia or hydrangea.
  • Snow Flake – your children will enjoy helping here, in fact, most school age children are better at making a snow flake than their parent. Fold up a sheet of white paper then cut a snow flake design. Unfold and behold a wonderful snow flake for the top of your tree.
  • Ribbons – create an elegant and formal bow tie using ribbon,  or simply hang coloured ribbons in a streamer effect. It’s your tree, use your imagination.
  • Teddy Bears – teddy bears make great decorations, whether it’s small bears for the tree, or a large bear for the top, they look great. If you have a young member of the family, make it their teddy once Christmas has finished.
  • Toys – there are a wide range of toys that can be added to the top of a Christmas tree. Make sure the toy is not too large for the tree.
  • Photos – for the sentimentalists, photos of absent or departed family members often bring sobriety to Christmas, they also make the tree somewhat special.
  • Star – while a star is very traditional, you can make your own. Make a wire five pointed star then decorate it with what ever comes to hand. Small coloured baubles, paper, flowers – again, use your imagination.
  • Mix’n’Match – try mixing several of these ideas together, for example, a teddy with a posy of fresh flowers, or a hand made stare with ribbons.

Christmas tree toppers can be anything that appeals to you and your family. The joy of a modern Christmas tree is that there is no right or wrong way to decorate a tree when it comes to being creative. If the end result looks good in your eyes, then that is what matters most. Tree toppers add that final finish, and you don’t have to stick with traditional Christmas stars, create your own stunning effect instead.

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Adding Garlands To Your Christmas Tree For Added Effect

Christmas trees look great when they are fully decorated with lights, baubles and trinkets. You add extra dimension to your tree by adding garlands. In some areas, the tradition is to use colored tinsel as a garland, however, you can really make garlands out of anything. Crepe paper can be used to make great garlands, especially if you give the crepe paper a half twist between branches. You can sit down with string and beads (or any other craft material) and create your own as well – kids love this task and they can be as creative as they wish. One thing to be careful with when using beads is that you don’t make your garland too heavy.

When placing a garland on a Christmas tree, work from the top slowly going around your tree. Never place a garland too tightly around a tree, otherwise you will tend to pull branches together and this will take away the symmetry that Christmas trees are famous for. Instead, place the garlands loosely with a slight sagging between branches. Work your way from the top of the tree to the bottom. Light garlands such as those made from tinsel or crepe paper look good on the branch extremities as the final decoration. Heavier garlands should be placed deeper into the tree where the branches are a little stronger.

Decorating a Christmas tree is all about imagination, and about what looks good to your eye. Be sure you garlands complement your lights and baubles – each should add to an overall picture. One danger that many make is to make a Christmas tree too busy. This is a Christmas tree, so we do want to see the tree as well.

When completed, step back and look at the finished product. Does it look balanced; do branches sag from too much weight? Do remember to turn the room lights off and your Christmas lights on – this will give you a good idea of how well decorated your Christmas tree. Decorating a Christmas tree should be fun, not a chore – so enjoy the experience, you only get to do it once a year. Of course, you have to order your tree first – have you ordered your farm fresh cut Christmas tree yet?