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All Spruced Up … for Christmas!

With boxes of Christmas decor waiting to make their long awaited debut take a moment to think of creative ways to spruce up your home for the holidays by making something old- new again. Create the magic of Christmas with a few simple decor ideas.

Decorating our homes for Christmas is one of the greatest joys of the season, but if you’re like most of us, we want a little something new each year to make our home warm and welcoming. Take a look at the following options.

Pillows & Packages

Layer ribbon on packages and pillows. Pretend your pillow is a package and tie a giant ribbon bow in a bright color to the center. For this bow and other packaging, choose wired edged ribbon in a color to match your room décor. Cozy up a sofa or bed with these festive pillow packages of color. Cover old pillows with purchased pillow covers. Many patterns are available and they are simple to use. Unzip and insert the pillow, re zip and go! Hobby Lobby has a great assortment.


Twist two thin faux garlands together to make one full garland; fill with fresh greenery to make it look full and smell like fresh pine. Spray essential pine oil or cinnamon oil on the branches for the smells of Christmas. Consider hanging a garland on your bed frame in addition to the mantel, staircase and door frames.


Gather greenery from the yard to form a ring, add candles and place on a decorative plate. Freshen old candles with new shimmer and shine with a bit of glue and glitter. Wrap pillar candles in painters tape; glue the exposed areas and coat with coordinating glitter, red on red, silver on silver or as desired. If the candlewick is burned beyond recognition, cut it down and fit the candle with a LED tea light. You will be able to reuse the candle for seasons to come.

Yuletide Signage

Purchase a framed print of your favorite yuletide saying and attach two door handles to the sides and create a tray. Embellish the framed print with cut out contact paper stars or additional designs that are inside the print. Lean this signage on your mantel, in a bathroom or use as a serving tray. The glass from the framed print will keep your artwork protected.


Ornaments & Candy Buffet

Add an air of enchantment to a causal mix and mingling of ornaments in a large glass decorative bowl. Fill small hurricane glass containers with Christmas candies for a quick candy bar on your buffet or kitchen counter.

Tree Trimming

Simplify your tree with twinkling lights and a mix of old and new ornaments. Select ornaments with different shades of one color. Think outside the box on how to arrange the ornaments and ribbons on the tree; start by hanging large ornaments first inside the branches of the tree where you see gaps between limbs, next place medium sized ornaments throughout the tree and last the smaller and more decorative ones on the ends of the branches. Follow the shape of the tree with smaller ornaments at the top and larger ones at the base. If you have a lot of themes consider smaller trees in other rooms of your home.

Fancy Fold & Place Settings

Deck out your table with a festive napkin fold. Learn how to make a napkin look like a Christmas tree or other holiday fold. Mix and match last year’s dinnerware with new pristine white dinner plates and add a color coordinated charger. Make a magnolia leaf round placemat to ground the charger for each place-setting. Continue the magnolia leaves down the center of the table with added candles and treasured ornaments for a beautiful table centerpiece. Don’t forget your mantel and Christmas tree for added magnolia leaf décor. For a bit of shimmer, spray paint the tips of leaves gold or silver.

While you are sprucing up your home for Christmas; imagine your tree trimmed and twinkling, your candles glittered and gleaming, all of your gifts purchased and packaged, and holiday baking ready to serve, with this powerful inspiration your home will be decked out in no time! These magical moments of Christmas will finally be revealed.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Liz Bushong is an expert in the three-dimensional art of entertaining. She transforms simple dining occasions into beautiful and memorable moments by adding a touch of her own “sassy” style. For the past several years Liz been entrusted to decorate the White House for several Holidays. She is a featured monthly guest chef/designer on Daytime Tri-cities, Daytime Blue Ridge and other television shows. Liz is the author of the Just Desserts and Sweets & Savories cookbook as well as a contributing writer for VIPSEEN and Bella Magazine. For more information about Liz go to or