This page consists of ‘easy to fairly easy’ decorating ideas for the home…it includes centerpieces, table-scapes, Holiday decoration ideas, and tips… (Updated December 2012)
NO SPACE FOR A CHRISTMAS TREE???
If so, check out the corner of the dining room. You’d never know that the tree is an ‘artificial halftree’! Yes…it is literally half of a tree!
A ‘half tree’ is wonderful for small living spaces. (Yes, they DO need to be placed in a corner) When it was first unpacked and put together, the image was much of an…”Oh no! What did I buy!” Decorated entirely in gold and crystal, the tree is a beautiful florist caliber decoration!
Tip: there are bare spots on the sides-these are filled in with large gold flowers on very long stems. The stems are inserted in-between the wall and tree. (Image by KidActivities.net)
BEAUTIFUL AND SIMPLE TABLES…
CENTERPIECE CANDLE STICK GROUPING
Group Candle holders and alternate topping them with Christmas Ball Ornaments and Taper Candles! Place a few ornaments inbetween candle sticks…
ORNAMENTS IN CLEAR VASE
Fill large vases with Christmas ball ornaments. Simple and lovely. Add votive candle, pretty (empty) wrapped boxes and pieces of candy! (Images by KidActivities.net)
Decorations on the Christmas Dining Room table are in the ‘Christmas Arts and Crafts’ page…
(Votive candles on bottom of page 1, Candy Cane Place Card Holders on bottom of page 3, and Yarn Napkin Rings bottom of page 4) can all be found on indicated ‘Christmas Craft pages’ for directions…
COFFEE TABLES AND TABLE TOPS
#1 A nice and easy idea is to wrap tall lamps with berries and twigs. The sample shows one strand secured at the top –and wrapped around and down…Add a vase of Christmas ball ornaments and candle. Another simple and pretty table scape!
#2 The large wooden tray on the coffee table is filled with gourd shaped candle holders and surrounded with pine cones and Christmas balls. The ‘Christmas Ball’ theme is carried from the dining room, to the chest, to the coffee table…(Images by KidActivities.net)
GUM DROP SPICE-CANDY TREE
The trees are nice to add to a tablescape, as a center-piece, part of your dessert table, or to give as a ‘hostess gift’. Be sure to have extra gumdrops to munch as you make!
Gumdrop (Spice Drop) Candy
Styrofoam tree – Any size desired; trees in sample photo are 6″
1. Cover the tree base with tin foil
2. Break toothpicks in half
3. Put a gumdrop on the broken side of the tooth pick…
3. Starting at the bottom of the tree, poke the pointed side of the tooth pick (with the gumdrop on it) into the tree.
4. Continue going around the tree until it’s covered with the candy.
I remember making these in the late 1960’s! Seeing a photo of one on a website brought back some nice memories–so guess what?! I made one and “Hubby” made the other…(Photo/Craft by KidActivities)
RECYCLE ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE BRANCHES
What do you do with your old artificial Christmas Trees? Recycle them and use as decorations–both inside and outside!
1. OUTDOORS… When your artificial tree is no longer usable, don’t throw out the branches!!! Keep them to fill containers and baskets for outdoor decoration. (See images)
Add twigs, pine cones and other branches…Our bare winter deck and outdoor counter seem a bit ‘cheerier’!
2. INDOORS… Additional recycled branches are used to enhance a corner of a kitchen counter top. At first it was filled with the greens, pine cones, branches, etc., but the last few years–‘Frosty’ happily sits in the corner. Any favorite plush ‘Holiday Teddy Bear’ or other focal point…would work as well. (All images by KidActivities.net)
PAINT YOUR DOOR-WALL/WINDOW WITH A SNOWMAN! …This jolly fellow is made of liquid tempera and liquid dishwashing detergent.
For this Snowman scene…KidActivities mixed equal parts of liquid tempera paint with liquid dishwashing soap. The mixture is a little watery…so be sure to cover floors and have paper toweling nearby. The drips of paint wipe up easily.
The ‘snowman’ was made with a circular motion of the brush. The other parts (hat, stick arms, scarf, facial features) of the scene were used with a stippling effect of the brush. As above…be sure each color dries before you paint over the first.
The snowflakes on the window were used by simply placing a finger in the paint and lightly touching to the glass. To prevent dripping, be sure not to use too much paint on the brushes or the fingers. (Painting/Image by KidActivities.net)
NOTE: Good News! My ‘Snowman Friend’ easily washed off of the glass just using a wet cloth! (I left him up from early December to February) He’ll be back next year!
NOTE: there is also another ‘Window Paint Recipe’ using dry tempera on the paint and coloring pages
This sample goes back to about 1993-when my daughter made everyone in the family wreaths! This one is made using red velvet ribbon and continuously wrapping it around a ‘wire form’. The same red ribbon bow is attached with the red plaid ribbon over it. Bendable ‘foil garland’ with tiny wrapped boxes and stars is tucked in to further embellish the wreath…
The brown wreath is smaller in size than the red… it’s also on a wire form. Brown plaid, silkish ribbon is again wrapped around and around the form. It is also finished off with bows and bendable glitter covered wire. (Images by KidActivities.net)
DISPLAY YOUR COLLECTIONS…
Most of the Teddy Bears have happily found a home under the living room tree. Christmas gifts are piled in another area of the home–and when Christmas is over, the space under the tree is still home to the bears! (Image by KidActivities.net)
DO YOU HAVE A DOLL HOUSE?
DECK IT OUT FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
Lois Gillespie of Spring Hill, Florida is all grown up and a Grandmother; however, she still has fun with her many toys to the delight of her frequent guests!
What a great way to bring Holiday and Winter cheer into your home or classroom! Wish I had a doll house…
Note: This doll house has been sold and Lois is now in the midst of decorating one with battery operated lights, etc. She also has a ‘Halloween Themed’ doll house
GOLD WINTER TREES COLLECTION
This is ‘part’ of a Holiday collection belonging to Holly of Clarkston, Mi. This photo doesn’t do the collection justice; the actual table scapes are much prettier! (Image by KidActivities.net
DECORATING & ENTERTAINING TIPS…
Looking for a festive idea for inexpemsive HOLIDAY NAME TAGS?
TIP: HELL-O MY NAME IS…
Use large self-adhesive gift tags…Guests add their name and wear it during the party! Both name and gift tags can also be downloaded for free on many internet sites!
IS YOUR TABLE CLOTH TOO LONG?
Have a lovely cloth but it’s too long for your table? Simply bunch up the corners and tie with ribbon! It’s an idea that works all year long–not just for the Holidays! (Image by KidActivities.net)
MMMMMMMMMMMM THAT SMELLS SO GOOD!
Stove Top AUTUMN & WINTER POTPOURRI!
I’ve been making this for about 35 years–long before Pinterest made it the thing to do! Each batch is a little different (depending on what ingredients I have) and stays good for weeks.
About three cinnamon sticks are a must. An added cut up apple and orange are also wonderful. Add some clove, cranberries and ginger as your nose dictates. I’m content with cinnamon, apple and orange! Just add water to the top of a large sauce pan and simmer on low whenever you want the delightful scent in your home.
Don’t forget the pot when you have it going on the stove!
I’ve also discovered (if needed) that throwing in another stick of cinnamon or a Tablespoon of cinnamon and a cut up apple livens up the aroma again. (Image by KidActivities.net)
Note: It starts out looking very pretty but after a week or so will start to appear ‘slushy’. The aroma is still divine.