Decorating with Extra Ornaments | Midwest Living

Decorating with Extra Ornaments

Have more ornaments than you can fit on a tree—or not putting up a tree this year? Try these easy, creative tips for decorating with extra ornaments.

Decorate a present

Use smaller ornaments as pretty add-ons for gift wrap. Evergreen sprays and faux berries are a special touch.

Hang from a ladder

Create an unusual holiday display with a vintage ladder. Wrap rungs with colorful ribbon, then hang ornaments. 

Create a table setting

Add cheer to your holiday table setting by tying an ornament or two to napkins. Ornaments can also double as place cards (and be hostess gifts for guests!). 

Make a festive frame

Make a white frame (or spreay-paint one) a pretty focal point by hanging an ornament from the hook in back. 

Decorate a present

Use smaller ornaments as pretty add-ons for gift wrap. Evergreen sprays and faux berries are a special touch.

Serve up a centerpiece

To make a showy centerpiece, place solid-color ball ornaments inside a clear-glass vase and "serve" on a silver tray. Sprinkle faux snow over the display, and wrap it up with matching ribbon.

Decorate a wreath

Hand-painted red-and-white foam balls embellish this evergreen wreath. Get a similar look by using any of your favorite ornaments.

Cover with a cloche

A few Christmas elements add up to one dashing display! Place a large ball ornament, a single rose and a few evergreen sprigs on a dinner plate. Cover the arrangement with a cloche. To keep the rose fresh, put the stem in a florist's water tube. Or for a super-easy display, just use smaller or contrasting ornaments instead of the flower.

Make outside decorations

Do you have a potted evergreen outside? Decorate the plant or the pot with inexpensive ornaments.

Coordinate colors

Put coordinating colors of surplus ornaments in urns, vases, goblets and bowls of different sizes. Finish with bright green pine branches for a woodsy touch.

Put on candlesticks

Top clear or silver candlesticks with vintage ornaments for a simple Christmas centerpiece, mantel arrangement or side table display.

Photo vases

Create a personalized holiday display by filling glass cylinder vases with a photograph and ornaments. Click to the next slide to see how to make a mantel arrangement from this idea.

Mantel display

Photo vases (see previous slide) add a personal touch to this mantel. Finish the look with candles, flowers and candy canes in clear glass holders. For an easy garland, string ornaments along a ribbon.

Hang from a chandelier

Hang extra ornaments from a chandelier. Depending on the style of your fixture, use hooks or ribbon to hang the ornaments.

Make a "cupcake" display

Vintage or ceramic cupcake holders make a perfect (and portable) holder for ornaments. 

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