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So we have this new house, and I have ZERO winter decorations (not holiday-specific - something we can keep up until spring). This fall, we decorated 100% out of our garden and it worked great. I'm all but stumped for winter, though. Here are my ideas (please add to them).<br><br>
Color scheme: white, light blue, and chocolate brown<br><br>
* pine cones in glass bowls (will take a walk and find them) <span style="color:#0000FF;">$0</span><br>
* groups of branches or sticks for the corners and mantels, wrapped in blue ribbon <span style="color:#0000FF;">about $5, though I may have some blue ribbon somewhere</span><br>
* ornaments from an old box from DH's grandmother hung from fishing wire in the windows <span style="color:#0000FF;">cost of fishing wire - about $2</span><br><br>
What else???? I could do paper chains and snowflakes, but I want the house to be warm and elegant, not junky. Maybe hang them a couple of inches off the ceiling?<br><br>
Other ideas?
 

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My dad makes these great stars out of birch twigs. There are five similarly sized twigs that are nailed together to make a star. Add a bit of twine to hang it. Ours adorns the front door all winter.
 

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Pine branches, make swags and such. GREAT smell and very pretty. Do you have holly available? Berries? Nuts?
 

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First, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> that colour combination!<br><br>
I think paper chains would actually look great if you alternated the icy blue and chocolate <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Maybe hit the dollar shop or something similar and see if you can find fat pillar type candles in varying heights. Put a few of them on a plate & use hot glue to glue ribbon around them 'tying' them together. Candles always feel very cosy and wintery to me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/cold.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cold"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
A twig 'tree'... we did this a few years ago (actually kept it for a year and decorated it for each season <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">). Get a nice branchy twig, however tall you want and 'plant' it in a pot using whatever is handy to keep it upright. Hang your snowflakes on it. Our snowflakes were blue & white as well and it looked great.
 

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I love this <a href="http://www.craftstylish.com/item/28838/how-to-make-a-snowstorm" target="_blank">snowstorm idea</a>.<br><br>
Martha has a really nice arrangement of twinkle lights and pine cones in a bowl.<br><br>
Berries are always beautiful -- ask neighbours if you can do some pruning <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">.<br><br>
Instead of using fishing wire, if you could find a natural branch you could hang it horizontally and hang ornaments from that.<br><br>
You can glue origami paper (in your colours of course) to the outside of pillar candles.<br><br>
Gotta say, we keep things pretty simple around here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">. I'm all about the lights and the tree.
 

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I use clippings from various trees/bushes -- magnolia leaves, pine branches, holly sprigs, etc -- grouped with red or white candles, pine cones, or nuts.<br><br>
Also, packages of silver or blue ball ornaments are inexpensive and look pretty grouped in a bowl or glass vase or hung from the ceiling or chandelier.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I love this <a href="http://www.craftstylish.com/item/28838/how-to-make-a-snowstorm" target="_blank">snowstorm idea</a>.</div>
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Me too! I think I have those labels somewhere...<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Gotta say, we keep things pretty simple around here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">. I'm all about the lights and the tree.</div>
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Yeah, trying to go simple. We're Jewish, so no tree for us - but I love the lights, and DH puts them all over the place.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">First, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> that colour combination!<br><br>
I think paper chains would actually look great if you alternated the icy blue and chocolate <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Maybe hit the dollar shop or something similar and see if you can find fat pillar type candles in varying heights. Put a few of them on a plate & use hot glue to glue ribbon around them 'tying' them together. Candles always feel very cosy and wintery to me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/cold.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cold"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
A twig 'tree'... we did this a few years ago (actually kept it for a year and decorated it for each season <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">). Get a nice branchy twig, however tall you want and 'plant' it in a pot using whatever is handy to keep it upright. Hang your snowflakes on it. Our snowflakes were blue & white as well and it looked great.</div>
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Great ideas! I loved that color combo, too. Our house and property is very colorful, so I wanted an almost neutral winter palette to really speak to the season.
 

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Loving the ideas. We just bought a house after a small apartment so our Christmas decorations are being spread pretty thin. (We'll buy more lights etc after Christmas)<br><br>
Paper chains can look very nice, especially if made with scrap booking paper. I saw a photo somewhere of a project similar to the one linked above (snowstorm idea). Cut out circles of paper and sew threw them to make a chain leaving an inch or two between each disc of paper. It was very pretty and now I can't find it! I've already started some though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
I also started last night making snowflakes to hang in our windows. I hung them on thread starting with larger flakes at the top and smaller (itty bitty cute ones!) at the bottom. I think they look pretty and I love the way they float in the window when the heaters come on. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<a href="http://domestikgoddess.com/how-to-make-folded-paper-stars/" target="_blank">http://domestikgoddess.com/how-to-ma...d-paper-stars/</a><br><br><a href="http://www.craftideas.info/html/german_star_instructions.html" target="_blank">http://www.craftideas.info/html/germ...tructions.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.lostbuttonstudio.com/makepaperstars.html" target="_blank">http://www.lostbuttonstudio.com/makepaperstars.html</a><br><br><a href="http://christmas.newarchaeology.com/make_paper_decorations.php" target="_blank">http://christmas.newarchaeology.com/...ecorations.php</a><br><br>
Also, check out Martha Stewart's website. She has TONS of ideas, and you can find many low cost easy to do but beautiful things to make!<br><a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/holiday-crafts-for-kids" target="_blank">http://www.marthastewart.com/photoga...rafts-for-kids</a><br><br>
If you can get your hands on any of the Usborne "Make and Do" series, there are some excellent ideas in there! I particularly love the "Recycling Things to Make and Do".
 

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I know someone that used to make these out of recycled Christmas cards:<br><a href="http://www.betterbudgeting.com/christmasornaments/paperball.htm" target="_blank">http://www.betterbudgeting.com/chris.../paperball.htm</a><br><br>
They lasted for YEARS, and were a truly beautiful reuse of the cards!<br><br>
Variation here:<br><a href="http://www.designspongeonline.com/2008/12/diy-wednesdays-paper-ball-ornament.html" target="_blank">http://www.designspongeonline.com/20...-ornament.html</a><br><br>
And here:<br><a href="http://www.babycenter.com/210_paper-ball-ornament-from-recycled-greeting-cards_3704.bc" target="_blank">http://www.babycenter.com/210_paper-...-cards_3704.bc</a>
 

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i made a super cute bunting/banner/garland (with help from toddler and preschooler) the other day for free. i'm totally in love with it.<br><a href="http://spontaneousgeneration.typepad.com/superhappyrainbowhouse/" target="_blank">http://spontaneousgeneration.typepad...yrainbowhouse/</a><br>
i used a few sheets of scrapbooking paper, but you can also use fabric. the triangles don't have to be perfect or uniform, and your sewing can be wonky. i've also seen this done without the ribbon - just sewing through the paper.
 

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the most beautiful winter decorations are straight from nature...which tend be inexpensive as well! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
bringing in the outdoors and pairing it with white twinkle lights and candles is a surefire way to create a serene environment.....and incidentally your color palette is a mirrored reflection of the colors outside during this time of year.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I love this <a href="http://www.craftstylish.com/item/28838/how-to-make-a-snowstorm" target="_blank">snowstorm idea</a>.<br><br>
Martha has a really nice arrangement of twinkle lights and pine cones in a bowl.<br><br>
Berries are always beautiful -- ask neighbours if you can do some pruning <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">.<br><br>
Instead of using fishing wire, if you could find a natural branch you could hang it horizontally and hang ornaments from that.<br><br>
You can glue origami paper (in your colours of course) to the outside of pillar candles.<br><br>
Gotta say, we keep things pretty simple around here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">. I'm all about the lights and the tree.</div>
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Thank you for linking to that site!!! My son and I are now making the recycles newspaper basket! great fun!<br><br><br>
I always love the paper chains. We have made them for the last few years now.
 

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My mom used to put my brother's toy trains around the tree. She also would clean up the wagon and put new red bows on all the teddy bears in the house and put them in the wagon by the front entry. I guess they were waiting for Santa or something.<br><br>
I trim the evergreen trees in my yard and the ones blocking my local sidewalk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> I put the greenery in vases in every room. Or hang little bunches of them from my brass chandeliers. If you mist them every few days they smell great. And cinnamon simmer on the stove with apple and orange peels make the house smell as good as it looks.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I love this <a href="http://www.craftstylish.com/item/28838/how-to-make-a-snowstorm" target="_blank">snowstorm idea</a>.<br><br>
Martha has a really nice arrangement of twinkle lights and pine cones in a bowl.<br><br>
Berries are always beautiful -- ask neighbours if you can do some pruning <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">.<br><br>
Instead of using fishing wire, if you could find a natural branch you could hang it horizontally and hang ornaments from that.<br><br>
You can glue origami paper (in your colours of course) to the outside of pillar candles.<br><br>
Gotta say, we keep things pretty simple around here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">. I'm all about the lights and the tree.</div>
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I did the snowstorm the other day and couldn't find the site link to credit it on my blog. Thanks for posting.<br><br><a href="http://arosecottage.blogspot.com/2009/12/window-decor.html" target="_blank">Here's</a> my pic.
 

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I found round labels in the house! Sadly, they're orange. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> So I'll have to get some white ones.<br><br>
Anyone want to <a href="http://www.craftstylish.com/item/27694/decorate-your-windows-with-crocheted-snowflakes" target="_blank">crochet a snowflake</a> for me?? I do NOT have the patience for work that detailed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I realize this partly defies the "looking for as close to $0 as possible" thing here, but have you ever been to the Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata? Everything's fair trade so the prices have gone up in recent years, but still they always have a wealth of tasteful, not-specifically-Christmasy holiday decorations this time of year, and a few carefully chosen ornaments or such never run too much. (Not that I have ever managed to stick to just ornaments ... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sulkoff.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="tiptoe">)<br><br>
I have a friend who makes folded tissue paper stars with her kids like <a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_SJ5S43VGz5Q/SQD1WxFSBcI/AAAAAAAADMY/IgvC8i2UaVQ/s400/folded+tissue+paper+stars.jpg" target="_blank">these</a> ... not sure if that really qualifies as "elegant," but they are cheerful and seem somehow seasonal.<br><br>
If there's any around and you don't have kids or pets likely to insist on eating from them, oriental bittersweet makes nice wreathes or such. Just be careful it's oriental bittersweet, not American bittersweet, and that you're not dropping the berries all over your yard.
 

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I love the Ten Thousand Villages! My only problem is that every time I go, I want to buy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
I love those tissue paper stars. Just lovely. Tissue paper is cheap, too.<br><br>
Any idea where to find oriental bittersweet?
 

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Yeah, I usually go with my mom, who absolutely refuses to enter the building with a credit card ... and who subsequently winds up putting things on my card and paying me back. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Oriental bittersweet .... probably just roadside; it tends to spread up into trees where it still has access to sun, so country roads, lines of trees along the edges of farm fields, etc, are pretty ripe territory. I mean, if you wanted I could point you to a very specific point on a map where I know it was rampant last year, but I'm pretty sure you don't want to trek all the way to near my family's home just for that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 
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