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‘Deck the Halls’ and Your Walls with These Yuletide Decorating Tips

Tis the season to be jolly and equally as important, tis the season to be chic. With family and friends set to descend upon your house for Yuletide celebrations, there is no better time than the holidays to showcase the many splendors of your home. Here are some tips for adding to the merriment of the Christmas season.

Bring the Outdoors Inside with Seasonal Garland: Adorn the mantel and several central doorways with seasonal garland to capture a bit of the outdoor winter wonderland inside! For a price conscious option, instead of investing in a pricy, pre-decorated garland for your mantel, visit your local craft store and pick up a long strand of faux-cranberries, a string of small white lights, and a Christmas colored thick satin or velvet ribbon. At home, loosely wrap the decorations around evergreen garland. Mount three Bulldog Invisa Hangers under the edge of the mantel for a secure, yet flowing holiday garland. Invisa Hangers can be painted the color of the mantel or garland for the ultimate camouflage. Gracious garlands also extend the holiday spirit throughout the house, when draped over doorways. Stick with simpler garlands, such as eucalyptus leaves or soft fir. Bulldog Invisa Hangers can be tucked near doorway molding for discrete garland hanging.

Incorporate Holiday Cards into Mantel Décor: As the seasonal cards of friends, family, and loved ones begin arriving; use your mantel garland to display them. Spray paint clothespins a crisp, metallic silver or gold, making sure you allow them to dry completely. Evenly distribute the clips across the ribbon woven through your mantel garland, amongst the family’s stockings, and as Christmas cards arrive, clip them onto the garland so that everyone can enjoy them during the holiday season! Hint: when hanging stockings under the mantel Bulldog Stic Mount hooks can easily be removed at the end of the season, protecting your fireplace from unsightly nail holes.

Fill Empty Jars with Seasonal Items for Some Pizzazz: Dust off the apothecary jars that you filled with mini-pumpkins at Halloween and Thanksgiving, and try filling them with a Christmas treat! For a fun filling, try soft, round peppermints or colorful gumdrops. For a more sophisticated option, fill the jars with an assortment of oranges and magnolia leaves. The jars can be places on the mantel and can easily accompany a seasonal floral arrangement. Tip: Try lining a tall cylindrical vase with tall peppermint sticks so that they are flush with the edge of the vase; fill with your favorite festive flowers!

Customize Your Front Door with Christmas Joy: The front door wreath is the perfect winter welcome into any home. A traditional Christmas wreath can easily be a DIY project, customizing the decorations to the style of your personality and home. Accessories can be fastened onto an evergreen or bay leaf wreath using thin, green, gardening wire found at your local craft store, along with cinnamon-scented pinecones, clusters or sprigs of berries, wire-edge ribbon, faux- cardinals, artificial or beaded fruits and anything else that represents your family. For a little bit of sparkle, remember that a coat or two of metallic spray paint can brighten up any ho-hum decoration. Hot-gluing a ring of Christmas cookie cutters together, and adorning with a plush red or gold bow can create a kid-friendly wreath. For an even more cost-conscious solution, use the trimming of any straggling Christmas tree branches to make your own door swag. Simply bundle the ends of a few evergreen branches (about two feet in length) together, wrapping them with ribbon or twine, for a more rustic look. Attach decorations using gardening wire, and hang using Bulldog’s over the door hanger for a quick, easy removal at the end of the season.

Dust Off Retro Christmas Lights in 2010: Christmas lights are a quintessential part of holiday decorating and while the traditional small white lights create a classic look, try a more creative lighting option this season. Reminiscent of a Charlie Brown Christmas, invest in a strand or two of oversized multi-colored lights; make an old-fashioned statement on a wreath or picket fence in the yard. Check out Christmas-themed lighting, such as snowflakes or doves for a seasonal sensation. No matter the option you choose, just make sure your Christmas tree and yard do not fall dark!

All of the recommended Bulldog Hardware picture hanging tools can be found at your local Wal-Mart. Merry Christmas!!