Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Decorating Ideas

Holiday decorating is in full swing and Martha Stewart as always has easy and "eye-catching" decor to help you get excited about decorating. Please share with me photos of your holiday decor. kim@kimberleejaynes.com Here are a few of her simple yet bold ideas:


This Scandinavian-style greenery "chandelier" is an eye-catching way to draw guests to a holiday cocktail or buffet table. It's fashioned from a pair of cedar wreaths that have been adorned with wine-colored satin bows and suspended from the ceiling with lengths of the same ribbon.


MATERIALS

  • 16-inch-diameter cedar wreath
  • 22-inch-diameter cedar wreath
  • 17 yards of 2-inch-wide red satin ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Ceiling hook

STEPS

  1. STEP 1

    With the small wreath's wire frame facing up, slip 1 end of a 5-foot ribbon length through frame's rim, and knot firmly. Repeat with 2 additional 5-foot ribbons, knotting at evenly spaced intervals around wreath.
  2. STEP 2

    Gather ribbons together, and knot at a point 15 inches above center of wreath. Leave these hanger ribbons in center of wreath while working on large wreath.
  3. STEP 3

    Attach three 4-foot ribbon lengths to large wreath frame.
  4. STEP 4

    Place large wreath on top of small wreath, aligning hanger ribbons. Gather hanger ribbons of both wreaths together, and knot 20 inches above center of large wreath. Trim ends of hanger ribbons above top knot to create a finished look.
  5. STEP 5

    Screw hook into ceiling. Hang wreaths from top hanger-ribbon knot.
  6. STEP 6


    Tie a 4-foot ribbon length at base of each hanger ribbon, and fashion into a classic bow. Trim bow tails to 12 inches.






    MATERIALS

            

    STEP 1

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      Use a Dremel rotary tool with a thin bit to drill through dried pomegranates, available at crafts stores.
    2. STEP 2

      Cut a piece of twine a little longer than you want the garland to be. Tie a double knot near one end of the twine, and thread the other end through a big craft needle. Send the needle through one pomegranate, so it rests against the knot at the other end of the twine. Make a second knot on the other side of the pomegranate to keep it in place. Make a third knot about 6 inches along the twine. Add another pomegranate, and secure with another knot. Keep making knots and adding fruit, spaced 6 inches apart, along the entire length of the twine.
    3. STEP 3

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    Fill in the spaces between the pomegranates with bay leaves: Cut 6-inch sprigs, poke the ends into the hole in the pomegranate, and use one or two short pieces of floral wire to secure the sprigs to the twine. Continue, adding bay leaves between all the fruit. The "tassels" at the ends are leaves inserted directly in the holes.