It wouldn’t be the holidays without twinkly lights and candy canes. But the ones you’ve had in boxes since Y2K? They could use a little refresh. Here, 20 ways to bring new light to your beloved (but well-worn) decorating staples.
Make baby Christmas trees by placing branches in simple jars–then trim them, of course.
Skip the credenza display and tuck holiday cards into an evergreen garland.
Speaking of garlands, why not place one somewhere unexpected–like across a window?
Perch bird ornaments on a branch for a whimsical centerpiece.
Or go for wreaths on a cake stand surrounded by candles.
Dust vintage light bulbs in sparkly glitter.
Take festive fruits out of the bowl and onto the table.
Or go for gold by making them the focal point of a gorgeous place setting.
Give charmless Christmas tree light wires a glossy gold finish.
And fix chips and dings on ornaments with gold leaf detailing.
Outfit boring old votives with pretty greenery.
Or better yet, aromatic cinnamon sticks.
Glam up basic white candles with metallic paint.
Fake an outdoor Christmas tree with a well-placed twinkly light silhouette.
Use holiday ribbons as a chic accent on the tree.
…or tie them onto your favorite jewelry (just for fun).
Hang favorite ornaments from the chandelier.
Or put them out on display in a pretty bowl.
Hang a wreath on the mirror for double the festiveness.