Deck your Halls in a Twinkling

By Max Wilker
December 15, 2014

When we got together with the Walmart Moms recently, we all agreed on one thing: Holiday decorating shouldn’t cost us so much time and money! So when I shared these ideas for decking the halls—Better Homes and Gardens style—a party mood ensued. Consider these snapshots our party favors for you!

Hands on the cookie jar
Modern LED candles take the worry out of warm, flickering candlelight. For more size and drama, I shopped the seasonal aisle and found this delightful canister large enough to tuck in floral foam and a few fresh greens. For a final flourish, I banded the candle with burlap ribbon held by pearl pins and a button charm.

Serve up seasonal style
Rethink your serving pieces for fresh style, fast. Use a serving bowl upside down as a pedestal and adorn it with ribbon. (Double-stick tape is great to use for this, plus it removes in a flash.) Top it with a chip-and-dip tray to hold sparkly new ornaments. Then place a small cereal bowl into the center dip compartment and add an arrangement of fresh flowers. Tip: Use double-sided foam tape to secure stacked serving pieces and bowls.

Pretty as a picture
These new serving pieces have the nostalgic, natural appeal of botanical art. We stacked them into a towering masterpiece to add height to a buffet or serving table. Floral foam holds greenery in the bowls.

Two if by season
Bright, graphic lanterns are the accessory of the moment…a perfect match for super-popular LED candles. We love the flashy red one, especially when it signals Santa season with translucent inserts.

Create these shades in a dash by copying vintage greeting card images of ole Saint Nick onto precut, 8.5” X 11” vellum sheets. Cut the sheets to size for the lantern windows, slip them into place and secure with invisible tape.

The lustre of objects
Set your tabletop aglow with this sparkling take on frost and firelight. I studded the wax shells of our LED candles with pearl pins for a fancy finish. I traced a simple snowflake design, trimmed the pins to ½-inch with a wire cutter, and pushed them into the wax. Surround them with glittery sticks or, even easier, fresh greenery.

What holiday decorating ideas would you like to share? Let us know in the comments section. And make sure to check back here for more tips from the teams at Better Homes and Gardens and the Walmart Blog.