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  1. Mix and match letters from thrift stores and craft stores to easily create a large mantle accent. Name suggestions: Noel, Joy, Merry (with a “Christmas” banner below), Bright

  2. If you have a bare wall in your entryway, stop by your local craft store (Home Goods or Hobby Lobby) and pick up items that will add the perfect festive touch.

  3. One of the least expensive, yet elegant, table centerpieces are candle vases with natural pinecones surrounding it in a trifle vase. Once the holidays are over, you can separate the pieces and up-cycle each item for other projects, like learning how to make a trifle. *Don’t pull a Rachel from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. by making half trifle/half shepherds pie!

  4. You can also dress up the traditional jars you have laying around your house with fake snow, woodland animals, and toy houses. It creates the cutest detail!

  5. Thrift store finds: Old lantern, vases and jars, and a ladder. Just add some lights, coats of paint cozy blankets, wreaths, and holiday trinkets for the perfect wintery focal point in your home. Bonus: It’s the only time of year its acceptable to let your kids bring tree limbs into the house. Get them involved by letting them decorate painted limbs.

  6. Use rosemary stems and twine to make a festive, semi-edible wreath for each place setting. It will make your dining room smell wonderful! If you have hot drinks before or after dinner, make the rosemary duel-purpose by adding some sprigs into your drinks.

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