Pile up all the ornaments you are not using on your tree. The key here is to stick to one or 2 colors and vary the sizes. You can mix in some sheer white tissue paper or batting to help the ornaments stay in place and it will also act like a bit of faux snow!
Wrap a few presents in festive paper, add tea lights (which I bet you already have in your house) and drape a single strand of garland over the picture or mirror. Instantly you have an easy make over!
Candles can create drama to any mantel! Vary the heights and use similar colors. Gather frames from around house and fill them with family holiday photos from the past. It's the perfect opportunity to reminisce a little and make fun of each other, that is if you are my brother! A casual swag of green adds the holiday cheer!
Greens, Greens, Greens! One of the absolute easiest and inexpensive ways to decorate. Jump outside and see what you can gather from the backyard or go down to the local Christmas tree yard and see what they might give up. There are always tree limbs which have dropped off and need to be discarded.
What do you think, would you try these inexpensive ideas on your mantel? Please share ideas you might have used this holiday season!
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