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Deck the Halls on a Dime

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With the month flying by and our budgets kind of tight, many of us haven't even started decorating for the holidays. Eek! Here are five ways to get your act together.

Don't even have a wreath or a single poinsettia plant yet? Never fear. These last-minute tips from Jeanne Benedict at will make you look like you have your act together, even if you don't. Plus, they're super cheap. Bonus!

sticks_and_snow.jpg Make a Winter Display Using Sticks and Salt for Snow
Create a beautiful winterscape by adding salt, to resemble snow, into clear glass containers and inserting sticks. Place the display on a fireplace mantle or ledge with overhead lighting to bring out the shadows on the top surface of the salt. How mod!
tea_light.jpg Float Tea Lights in Red and Green Water
Arrange a set of identical drinking glasses along your dining table. Fill the glasses with water and use red and green food coloring to tint the liquid. Float tea lights in the water for a fab and festive display. Who knew you were so hip?
centerpiece.jpg Group Gifts as a Centerpiece
In a pinch for a holiday centerpiece? Wrap a few gifts (or even empty boxes) and arrange them on the table, similar to how stores merchandise items in windows or on counters, to create a quick and easy display even Martha would envy.
bows.jpg Accent Home Decor with Bows
A simple organza bow can make an old Ikea chair look positively grand. Use a wide ribbon like the one in our photo or multiple layers of ribbons for a similar effect. Takes two seconds.
ornaments.jpg Contrast Colored Glass with Complementary Ornaments for a Simple Centerpiece
Rather than piling ornaments into a glass vase or bowl, think about the holiday platters and vessels in your cabinets. Red glass cakestands or bowls are an ideal base for trendy green ornaments. Keep balls on the plate by using glue dots or double-stick tape. Easy peasy.

For more entertaining ideas, check out Celebrations.

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