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Festive, Fun Holiday Decor

Thanks to everyone who joined Segreto at our Holiday Open House both with well wishes and in person!  It was so much fun, a great turnout and we raised money for such a wonderful cause!  Although December is crazy busy, I love looking at holiday decorating ideas, DIY gift ideas and yummy things to make and bake! Tour through some of my favorites!

This 1958 Santa carbro print by Nikolas Muray, who became famous for establishing many of the conventions of color advertising instantly gets me in the Christmas spirit - so charming!

This is an easy and festive idea for a centerpiece that I found on Coupon Cousins! Just take a few spare wine glasses, fill with small ornaments and turn upside-down. And as an added extra, they double as candle holders!

Love these cookie cutters turned napkin rings from Qreate! Each person could have a different one, from gingerbread men to reindeer to snowflakes.

This snowy winter wonderland has lovely tone-on-tone decor- the angel wings are so fun! There are 99 more great Christmas table ideas in this Style Estate post.

This is another idea from Style Estate. The tree toppers and ornaments  act as vases once you remove the tops and glue them to a stand. These would make great place cards too, and you could do any color or style of ornament you like.

To transform this concept from Robin Beck for Christmas, just use poinsettias or a tree-shaped rosemary bush. These could double as  place settings and party favor gifts by writing each guest's name with chalk.

Leaves are perfect place cards. For added glamour, spray paint each leaf with gold or silver and attach the name with ribbon like Liz did on her blog Naptime Decorator.

This crystal-filled tablescape is gorgeous! It has a wonderful, subtle snowflake theme with the chair backers and napkin accessory. Desde My Ventana has several more inspiration photos like this one.

 This would be a great alternative to a wreath on the front door. You can see exactly how it was created on the My Vintage Soul blog - just hook some ornaments onto an old screen.

These adorable little cork trees from Stonewall Kitchen are an easy way to transform leftover corks from the holiday season into something you can use again next year. For the full how-to, go here. There's also a beautiful shell tree for those of you who love beach decor.

These bookish trees are so easy to make and can be used as ornaments, place cards, just about anything. All you need is a half circle of paper and some glue.

This Betty Crocker recipe for a fun hors d'oeuvre is easy and tasty.

Easy Fiesta Christmas Tree Recipe


1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
Yellow or green bell pepper
1 piece (2 inches) green onion
1/4 cup Old El Paso® Thick 'n Chunky salsa
1/4 cup apricot preserves or orange marmalade
1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
Assorted tortilla chips, crackers or sliced vegetables, if desired

1. Cut block of cream cheese diagonally in half; arrange on serving plate with shallow rim to form triangle.
2. Cut star out of bell pepper with star-shaped cookie cutter; place at top of tree. Place green onion piece at base of tree.
3. Mix salsa and preserves; spoon over cream cheese. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips.

Kids would have so much fun making their names out of candy canes! Just soften candy canes (or any other hard candy) in the oven and then reshape into whatever you'd like. The blog From Glitter to Gumdrops tells you exactly how.

This is a very simple and cute place card holder made out of two candy canes. Visit Follow Pics for more ideas on DIY Christmas projects.

You can also incorporate candy canes into your centerpiece by tying them around a vase with coordinating ribbon!

I love these ornaments I saw on Flea Market Style! Decoupage clear, glass ornaments (you can get these at any craft store) with vintage papers and then sprinkle with glitter.

Kids can personalize their ornaments too with these thumbprint reindeer. You could even add a new reindeer every year as your child grows!

Ten Kids and a Dog had this cute idea for snowflake art! You remove the tape once the paint dries - love it!

 Maybe it's just the painter in me, but who wouldn't covet these paint chip snowmen ornaments?! these would make great client gifts!!!!

Beauty and Bedlam came up with these Gratitude Rolls. You simply roll a message inside your bread. Fun to guess who wrote which message.  Be sure to use non-toxic pens or markers!

Such a festive touch to your cocktail offerings by adding some pomegranate seeds and green rimming sugar to champagne or Prosecco. Find the recipe here.

The always appreciated gift of wine gets a bit of a suave makeover, wrapped in the sleeve of an old button down - how cool!

These personalized dollar store mugs from How Does She are just so cute!

I think baking cookies or candy for everyone on your list is a great, inexpensive way to make friends feel special. A simple coffee bag is a great way to wrap the homemade treats and keep them fresh!

Just like the paint chip snowmen, these paintbrush ornaments are right up my alley! They'd be a really fun gift to give my crew.

If your family's like mine and everyone's name starts with a different initial, a simple monogram on craft paper is cute and fun!

For more extravagant, extra special wrapping, check out these ideas from The New Home Ec. I think the sweater gift is especially fun!

These presents from 100 Layer Cake are so glamorous... and really easy! Stick a few metallic dots on a white box or add costume jewelry instead of a bow.

Hope this assortment of craft projects, homemade gifts and decor ideas gets you in the holiday spirit! 'Til next week! xo Leslie

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Reader Comments (6)

my crafty fingers are poised and ready to create! great inspiration and details to make the season for magical!

i def want to try the monogrammed gift packaging and need angel wings!

smiles to you.


December 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermichele

Love the wine cork Christmas tree - must make as I have a gazillion wine corks!!

December 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebra


I love this post. You have found so many creative diy christmas goodies. I love the newspaper balls, the cookie cutter napking rings and those darling newspaper trees! Thank you so much for all the inspiration. I am pinning away!

December 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercindy hattersley design

Leslie, so many wonderful ideas! One could spend hours and hours finding inspiring DIY's!

So sad I could not make your Open House1

2012 Artists Series,
Art by Karena

December 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKarena

So many great ideas.....I use to craft all the time, but i never have time anymore.

December 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertaylor greenwalt

Oh, so enjoyed this post!!!

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

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