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Cutting down a tree isn't for everyone, and not everyone is into fake trees, either. Instead, consider creating a Christmas tree on one of your walls with string lights. Buy some of those removable plastic wall hooks (you'll need a few, depending on how big you want your tree) and a few strands of matching indoor Christmas lights. What you're going to do is make a zigzag pattern across the wall in the shape of a Christmas tree, starting small at the top and getting wider at the base. Angle the hooks sideways and slightly upwards so they catch the light strands. Plug it in and you have a nice tree of lights.
To create a festive garland with burlap, all you need is a string of white Christmas lights, some burlap (brown is fine, or you can go for red and green, too,) and a pair of scissors. Cut small strips of burlap (about an inch wide and four to six inches long,) then tie the burlap around the cord of the string lights. You should be able to fit a few knots between each light. When you string it up, the burlap looks rustic and festive, and you know your garland is 100 percent unique because it's handmade.
String up Some Burlap
Make your outdoor lights display unique by focusing on the sparse simplicity of your deciduous trees. The exposed branches make a great canvas for hanging ornaments and lights. Before you reach for a string of lights, however, consider hanging other objects instead. Hang oversized tree ornaments from the branches of a tree in your front yard. Scatter these ornaments with glowing Starlight Spheres and Moravian Stars from Christmas Lights Etc, so that the tree looks beautiful day and night.
Decorate a Deciduous Tree
To create beautiful centerpieces, all you need are a few empty white wine bottles with the labels removed, a strand of white lights per bottle, and some tulle. Stuff the tulle and the lights into the wine bottle, letting the plug end of the lights hang out of the neck (or you can drill a hole into the glass if you know what you're doing). Hide the cord under a table runner and plug in the lights. You'll have glittering wine bottles that cast a soft ambient light over your party platters or your holiday meal that took you maybe five minutes to make.
Upcycle Wine Bottles
Celebrate Christmas without old-fashioned decor this year. Use your creativity to craft new and interesting displays with your lights. These projects are simple yet effective; you'll have decorations that are the hit of your party and the envy of your neighborhood.
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