No matter how large the tree, there always seems to be at least a few Christmas ornaments that don’t have a place. Don’t just hide them away in a box. Here are unique and creative ways to decorate with Christmas ornaments. You may like some of these enough to buy a few more boxes of ornaments.
Decorate the Dining Room Table
The most logical use for Christmas ornaments other than to hang them on the tree is to create a centerpiece for the table. Find a beautiful glass bowl and fill with glass ornaments. Add fresh greenery and pine cones to create a rustic piece. For a more elegant centerpiece, mix glass ornaments and tiny solar lights for a winter wonderland effect. A tall hurricane glass vase filled with ornaments and garnished with a satin ribbon at the base makes a festive addition to your table. If you collect Waterford Christmas ornaments, the dining table is the perfect place to display them. For a whimsical touch at your holiday dinner, use a small glass ball ornament as a place card. Hand paint each guest’s name on the ornament and place on a cloth napkin.
Garnish the Hearth
The fireplace is synonymous with the holidays and a place where you can get creative with ornaments. Fill a metal basket with brightly colored glass ball ornaments in one or two colors. Surround the basket with fresh evergreen boughs. If you have a mantle, use strands of beaded garland as a base and add tall pillar candles, sprigs of holly and holiday greenery. Battery operated light strands can be added to your hearth display for a variety of festive looks. And no hearth is complete without Christmas stockings! You can find kits and make them yourself or purchase stockings and let each family member personalize one with sequins, beads, and other embellishments.
Decorate Mini Table Trees
The holidays are one time when less isn’t more. Why not go all out and decorate a mini table tree for coffee and end tables? If you have a foyer or entryway table, don’t forget a tree to welcome visitors to your home. Trees can be real or artificial. Wrap each tree with strands of white lights, ribbon garland, and clear glass balls for a frosty winter look. For children in the house, let each child have a tree to decorate with personalized ornaments. Start a tradition of buying a new Christmas ornament each year for the trees. This is a fun way to build a collection of holiday ornaments that the kids take with them when they grow up and have their own home.