TEN MORE EASY IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS DECORE
1. Add a few drops of food coloring to white glue. Put the glue into a squeeze bottle or icing piping bag. Draw simple Christmas star outlines on waxed paper. Pipe glue onto the paper, following your drawn outlines. Dry. Peel glue ornaments off of the waxed paper and hang in windows with thread or ribbon.
2. Place some fun ornaments on pedestals. Glass candlesticks are just right to hold your vibrant ornaments. Simply turn ornaments upside down and hold in place with a little tacky clay if needed.
3. Cut pictures out of old Christmas cards and create a collage by gluing them onto a piece of poster board. You can frame the poster board if you like or simply hang it on the wall.
4. Paint fruit such as apples and pears with egg white and roll in gold sparkles. Air dry on a rack and display in a basket along with nuts.
5. Twist garland or popcorn strings around railings or banisters and secure here nd there with tape.
6. Using a glue gun, glue candy canes, side-by-side (standing on end with their hooks at the top) to the outside of a terra cotta pot. Tie a red ribbon around the pot. Place a small poinsettia inside the pot or fill the pot with wrapped candy.
7. Tape a doily to the outside of a glass canister or clean glass mayonnaise jar. Spray the outside of the container with artificial snow. Dry. Remove the doily. Fill the container with cookies, candy, ornaments, etc.
8. Use scraps of Christmas print fabric to create quick sachets. Place two pieces of fabric right sides together. Pin a paper pattern of a Christmas shape to the fabric (use our basic patterns). Cut the shape out of both layers of fabric. Stitch the fabric layers together all along the edge, leaving a one inch gap. Turn the sachet right side out. Fill the sachet with potpourri. Hand stitch the gap closed. Place your sachets in a basket by the front door so you can hand them to departing guests (meanwhile, they'll fill your entryway with wonderful scent).
9. Remove your favorite pictures from their frames. Wrap the frames with Christmas wrap and replace the pictures.
10. Make a gingerbread house. They make wonderful centerpieces or Christmas decorations for any table top.
HOLIDAY VELVET CAKE BALLS
Crumbled white cake is combined with cream cheese frosting and tinted red and green. The mixture is formed into balls and dipped in melted dark and white chocolate
1 box white cake mix
1 16 oz. can cream cheese frosting
Red and green food coloring
1 package dark chocolate bark
1 package white chocolate bark
Prepare and bake cake mix in a 13x9-inch pan. After cake is cooled completely in pan, cut in half. Remove cake and crumble each half into 2 medium mixing bowls. Add HALF of the cream cheese frosting to each bowl; mix thoroughly. Add red food coloring to one bowl, and green to other bowl, until desired color is achieved. Using hands, roll mixture into balls the size of a quarter; lay on cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Cover and chill well. Melt the dark chocolate in microwave according to directions on package. Using 2 spoons, roll half of the balls in melted chocolate; place balls on waxed paper until firm. Set remaining melted dark chocolate aside. Melt white chocolate and repeat process with remaining balls. Set aside remainder of melted white chocolate. Once chocolate coating has set on the balls, return the bowl of remaining white chocolate to microwave to melt again to drizzling consistency. Drizzle white chocolate over dark chocolate balls. Repeat the process, melting the remaining dark chocolate to drizzle over white chocolate balls. Let cool until set, then transfer to candy cups and refrigerate.
Recipe from Better Recipes