Ornaments can be used for much more than simply adding a decorative touch to the Christmas tree. They can also be a fun way to bring Christmas cheer to any room in the house.
Deck the halls — and everywhere else — with Christmas ornaments this year. These 10 ideas are so simple and fun, you may be surprised if you haven’t tried them all yet!
Ornament napkin ring
- Tie a pretty ornament to the front of a rolled-up white napkin with a coordinating ribbon.
- Or use three mini ornaments attached by small ribbons to a larger ribbon, then tie it around the napkin in the same fashion.
Tray of candles
- Add three or five pillar candles in differing heights to a metallic tray or plate charger.
- Surround the candles with coordinating ornaments in all shapes and sizes.
- Add swags of festive greenery to the handrail of your stairs.
- Thread a piece of thin ribbon through the hangers of your Christmas ornaments, and then hang the ornaments between the spindles of your stairs.
- Hang them at varying heights for the most impact.
- Gather fallen tree branches from your yard or local park, and attach them to the top of a window, to a door frame or to the fireplace mantel.
- Using their hooks, attach several ornaments to the branch.
- Another option is to use fishing line to hang the ornaments from the bare branches, and have the decorations drop down over the window or door at varying heights.
A trio of ornament towers
- Use small plates or round trays and mid-size ornaments to build stacked ornament pyramids.
- Keep each stack only three ornaments high, then embellish with a string of bead garland or sprigs of fresh holiday greenery.
- Place three pyramid pieces down the centre of the table.
- To identify the foods served at your holiday buffet, use a small ribbon to attach a tag listing the recipe name and main ingredients to an ornament that will be placed beside the dish.
- Use a branch garland, or simply hang beautiful ornaments from your chandelier.
- Keep in the mind the style of your ceiling light, and add decorations that suit it or that blend in nicely.
- Add a small, standard, foil-wrapped, potted poinsettia to a larger square or round clear glass vase.
- Drop in similar-scale ornaments around the poinsettia.
- Add enough ornaments to fill up the clear vase.
Sparkling decorative piece
- Fill a large crystal or glass punch bowl or vase with a mixture of shiny and matte, small and large ornaments.
- Use as a centrepiece or to decorate a side table.
- Run a few lines of glue around a 24-inch wreath form, then tightly wrap the form with a wide ribbon.
- Use an extra piece of the ribbon to make the hanger, and loop it around the top of the wreath.
- Using a glue gun, attach the larger ornaments to the inside and outside (front only) of the form.
- Fill in the spaces with smaller ornaments and a bead garland. Keep layering and adding until all the spaces have been covered with a decoration.