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For the Tree and Beyond (Posted On: Saturday, November 24, 2007)

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As the holidays approach, here are some fast and fun ways to decorate with ornaments. Christmas trees offer a traditional place for these festive bobbles; however ornaments aren’t just for the Christmas tree. Here are some how-to and display ideas to get your creative juices flowing while using these versatile holiday adornments.

Pile them High - Fill bowls, vases, apothecary jars and other glass vessels to the brim with ornaments for a beautiful center piece display. Place a collection of ornaments on tiered pedestal plates or cake stands for a lovely buffet display.


Bath Time – Fill the bathtub or one sink (if you have two in the bathroom) with water and float hollow glass ornaments. It’s a really fun way to surprise guests.

Plant Them – Add some pizzazz to potted plants by tucking plastic or glass ornaments of the same colour on top of the soil. Want to take it a step further? – create plant picks with the ornaments using wooden picks.

Frame Them – Using a shadowbox frame to showcase an ornament or hot glue rows of ball ornaments inside the back of a shadowbox frame for an eye catching piece wall art.

Book it – using a flat ornaments – attach a ribbon and you have a seasonal bookmark. A simple home-made gift that is great for grandma or grandpa, made by that special person.

Make it Magnetic – attach magnets with hot glue to the back of any ornament with a flat back

Make them Charming – small-scale ornaments make elegant wine glass charms, simply add ribbon, and tie to stemware.

Let there be Light – the popularity of Chandeliers continues to grow, for an added bit of festivity not to mention added sparkle and shine, dangle ornaments from the branches.

Make it Personal – Use ornaments as charms on handbags, to dress up a belt, as a scarf clip, create a broach by clustering a few small glass ball ornaments together.

The Finishing Touch – Ornaments are perfect package adornments for both wrapped gifts and gift bags.

Make it a Gift – Christmas Ornaments make great hostess gifts. How many times have you been out Christmas Shopping and come across a great ornament that costs $10 - $15? Too expensive for your tree or to buy 6 or 12 at a time…but what a great hostess gift! Something that is memorable and remarkable that makes a lasting impression because it is used year after year as opposed to a bottle of wine or a cheese tray that is totally unmemorable.

 

Check out these trendy places in the Georgian Triangle for a wide selection of ornaments that are simply beautiful and go way beyond what you can find at the local supermarket, big box store or hardware store:

Parrots ‘n Parsnips    http://www.parrotsnparsnips.com

Three Herons Antiques & Home Furnishings    www.threeherons.mycollingwood.ca

At Home Interiors

65 Hurontario Street – 446-9992

Submitted by Margot & Julie…the Christmas Elves

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