Create decorative kissing balls with evergreen instead of mistletoe this year. Start with a styrofoam sphere for your base, and cut fresh evergreen to the same length, and inch or two long. Hot glue a piece of twine around the styrofoam ball, and then cover the entire ball with evergreen cuttings by hot gluing them right next to each other. When the ball is covered, hang above a doorway, on a doorknob or in a corner that needs a bit of holiday cheer.
If you’re pushing the hardiness envelope, give tender plants an extra measure of warmth by providing a layer of insulation. You can wrap shrubs with burlap, insulate with a Styrofoam cover or use a pop-up type plant protector. With any of these methods, provide extra insulation by stuffing the covering with chopped autumn leaves.
Create a fun and modern Christmas tree arrangement with a few small natural objects combined with some bright colors. Hot glue pebbles, acorns, pine cones, twigs or other natural elements onto a styrofoam cone base. Once the cone is completely covered use a heavy coat of acrylic paint to color your Christmas tree. You can make all of your trees the same color, or create an arrangement of complementing colors to fit your decor.
This fun Christmas tree is made with nothing but garden twine and regular white glue. Cover a styrofoam cone with plastic wrap to create a mold for your tree. Dip lengths of twine into white glue and wrap them around the cone, making sure the twine overlaps to strengthen the final tree. Let the glue dry completely, and gently pull out the mold. Decorate your finished tree with bright red berries for a festive touch.
Take your pick, or do all of these things in one weekend. Add comfort and style to plain metal or wooden bar stools by crafting cushions, like these in a beachy blue. Then, attach them using double-sided Velcro, says Atlanta designer Robin LaMonte. For the island top, she purchased a wood trough at a discount home store and filled it with decorative balls from a craft store. You also could wrap styrofoam balls in assorted textiles, securing the fabric with a glue gun.