20 Christmas Decorating Ideas We Bet You Haven’t Thought Of

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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.

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OH MAI DARLING

Make baby Christmas trees by placing branches in simple jars–then trim them, of course.

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BRIGHT BOLD & BEAUTIFUL

Skip the credenza display and tuck holiday cards into an evergreen garland.

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JULIE BLANNER

Speaking of garlands, why not place one somewhere unexpected–like across a window?

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RACHEL RAY EVERYDAY

Perch bird ornaments on a branch for a whimsical centerpiece.

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EASY DAY

Or go for wreaths on a cake stand surrounded by candles.

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CRAFTING AND CREATIVITY

Dust vintage light bulbs in sparkly glitter.

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JULIE BLANNER

Take festive fruits out of the bowl and onto the table.  

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PRETTY STUFF

Or go for gold by making them the focal point of a gorgeous place setting.  

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LANDEELU

Give charmless Christmas tree light wires a glossy gold finish.

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HELLO NATURAL

And fix chips and dings on ornaments with gold leaf detailing.

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PARISIAN EVENTS

Outfit boring old votives with pretty greenery.  

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TREASURES AND TRAVELS

Or better yet, aromatic cinnamon sticks. 

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EMMAS DESIGNBLOGG

Glam up basic white candles with metallic paint.  

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Fake an outdoor Christmas tree with a well-placed twinkly light silhouette.

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KRISTIN JACKSON

Use holiday ribbons as a chic accent on the tree.

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DREAMY VINTAGE

…or tie them onto your favorite jewelry (just for fun).

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DOMINO

Hang favorite ornaments from the chandelier.

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STYLE AT HOME

Or put them out on display in a pretty bowl.

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DOMINO

Hang a wreath on the mirror for double the festiveness.