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    Holiday Entertaining & Decor

    Fun and beautiful ideas for making your house a cozy, welcoming home for the holidays

    Holiday Entertaining & Decor

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    Cinnamon-colored magnolia and white quaking aspen leaves are layered to look like flowers, while pheasant feathers provide another level of texture in this wreath.

    Hang on to tree bark scraps while chopping firewood or clearing your yard, and turn them into charming little stars. See other Scandinavian-style tree decorations on Tara Dennis | Interior Design | Home Styling

    These weather-resistant indoor/outdoor LED light strings use 90-95 percent less energy than old-fashioned incandescent bulbs, and shine on for 200,000 hours of use. Available in multiple styles and colors. About $20 for C7 and C9; Christmas Lights Etc

    A sign of hospitality, pineapples can be seen throughout the historic district of Colonial Williamsburg. Dippre sources miniature ones like these from other parts of the country, since they are easier to work with. Osage oranges (a lesser-known but beautiful fruit), okra pods, and sumac make up the rest.

    These ample-size stockings are made from recycled sweaters and cuffed with charming white trim. Stuff St. Nick’s extra treats in the outside pocket. Each 8-inch by 20-inch one-of-a-kind stocking comes in holiday patterns like plaid or snowflakes. About $69; VivaTerra

    The golden-brown hue of crisp Magnolia leaves in a wreath make a nice transition from fall to winter. We show you how to put this handsome find to work on your mantel by making a magnolia leaf garland here.

    Kill two tablescape birds with one roll of Kraft paper! Eliminate the need for seating cards by lettering guest's names right on a paper table runner for a rustic style fall dinner.

    For a spectacular display that's merry and bright—and doesn't blow a fuse—follow these five tips from lighting pros.

    Spruce up your exterior with a stand-up tree made from salvaged pallet wood. To get the pitch of the tree, stack two lengths of pallet boards and pivot them open, keeping their opposite corners aligned. See how!

    A Scrabble set that's a few tiles short can see better days in the form of cheerful ornaments—as long as you can spell out holiday phrases with the remaining letters. Get the full how-to on Amanda Formaro

    1600 repins. Stock cabinets trimmed with molding and beadboard behind the shelves give this workspace built-in a custom look at an affordable price.

    Red chili peppers help ward off the squirrels and birds that often feast on the decorations—another reason the wreaths aren't coated with any kind of acrylic or preservative in Colonial Williamsburg. Dried lotus seedpods, which typically are brown, are coated with green moss for a colorful twist.

    Burlap, golden leaves, and pumpkins may come to mind when you think of fall. So why not add them all to a straw wreath? To see how Erin made this wreath, go to her blog, How To Nest For Less.

    Affix a wall hook and hang luxurious holly-berry-hued robes for your guests to wear during their stay (or even take home as a parting gift). TOH Tip: While it's generally recommended that hooks be mounted about 5 feet above the floor, take into account your own height, the reach of your little ones, and the length of your robes before making final placement decisions.

    Bright Redtwig Dogwood branches add a little edge to large containers, as seen in this Topiarius design. Tuck them into indoor containers as well for a dramatic vertical effect.

    Here's a truly evergreen centerpiece: This modern take on a festive fir won't wilt, doesn't need watering, and can be stored flat, then hauled out season after season. For this 24-inch-high tree, we cut two sheets of lauan into full-size triangles. See how!

    Put the metallic beauty of your favorite fasteners to work between wood disks under Christmas tree lights. See all the steps on Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

    One of the Colonial Williamsburg design team's secret weapons? Floral picks. Hot glue can let go depending on the weather, Dippre says, especially if there's a sudden swing in temperature. Floral picks have wire on one end, which is wrapped around the stem of the plant, helping to keep flower heads and other objects tightly secured and upright.

    Create a festive village scene with house-shaped candleholders made from 4x4 wood scraps. A coat of stain and architectural details hand-drawn with a metallic paint pen add rustic charm. See how we made them!

    All you need to make this savory gift is high-quality oil and fresh herbs. Consider combinations of rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, or even chile pepper. Find step-by-step instructions for several delicious infusions at Brit&Co..

    Succulents are hard and drought tolerant, making them ideal for a holiday wreath that will stay green throughout the season without a lot of maintenance.

    Transform leather scraps from other projects into this modern, kid-proof stunner. Read the instructions on Delia Creates

    Want to recreate the wreathes of Colonial Williamsburg? First, choose a color palette. Then, choose materials based on what would fit in with that scheme. Sketch out the design before getting started. Here, pomegranates, strawflowers, and cones from the Virginia pine complement the color scheme of their backdrop, Wetherburn's Tavern.

    You don't need a thick blanket of now to make this charming pair of snow men—just a couple of snow-white newel posts and some workshop odds and ends. See how to recreate them!

    Pop wax-covered candlesticks in the freezer for about an hour to help you easily scrape away any messy drips.