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Decorating for a country Christmas

Get your place in the country ready for the holidays with these clever ideas!
  • Snowy sled

    Lean a vintage sled next to your front door to welcome guests! Decorate it with pine boughs, Christmas ornaments, fruit, and pinecones. What a wonderful way to display a sled from your childhood, or a small wooden sled your kids have outgrown.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: November 21, 2014
  • Holiday wildlife buffet

    Place orange slices, cranberries, nuts, birdseed, and other bird- and squirrel-friendly foods in a birdbath, then top with water and let freeze. Not only does this add a nice pop of color to the winter garden, but watching the critters dig into the ice for their treats will provide hours of entertainment!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: November 21, 2014
  • A warm welcome

    Ice luminaries are easy to make, with some help from Mother Nature. They can be as simple as freezing oranges and pine boughs in a bucket of water. Add a candle, and you've got a warm winter welcome. Try battery-powered votive candles, so the cold winter wind won't blow them out!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: November 21, 2014
  • Clever winter wreath

    Here's one more fun idea for making frozen decorations. Use an angel food or Bundt pan to make an ice wreath. Fill part-way full with water, add cranberries, poinsettia leaves, orange slices, or pine needles, and freeze. Remove the frozen ring from the pan (you may need to let it thaw just slightly to remove it), attach a sturdy ribbon, and hang from a tree or on a fencepost.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: November 21, 2014
  • Wreath alternatives

    A festive wreath is a great addition to your front door, but it's not the only option. Hang your old skates, filled with tiny presents and embellished with an ornament or two and some greenery. Just make sure the blades are dull so they won't scratch your door.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: November 21, 2014
  • Mitten magic

    Here's another fun wreath alternative. Mittens make such a cute door decoration! They don't have to match, either, so this is a great way to use those cute little mittens that have lost their partners. Don't limit yourself to the front door for this ... it would be adorable hanging on a bedroom door, too!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: November 21, 2014
  • Snowy topiary

    Your garden urns are filled with color the rest of the year, but are left empty all winter. Make a topiary of light by wrapping miniature white bulbs around a wire form. Consider using battery-powered lights so you can place these throughout your gardens without having to run yards and yards of drop cords.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: November 21, 2014
  • Barn lights

    Hang lanterns from the roofline of your barn or shed to welcome visitors for the holidays. Use hooks to hang them a safe distance from the structure, or better yet, use battery-operated flameless candles for a safer flame that won't be blown out by a gust of wind.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: November 21, 2014
  • Beauty in the barn

    Your holiday decorating doesn't have to be limited to just your house. Hang a few festive wreaths in the barn! They'll bring a smile to your face while doing chores, and when your visitors take a tour of your place in the country, they'll love these added touches! Just make sure the decorations are out of reach of your animals.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: November 21, 2014
  • Card ladder

    Turn an old wooden ladder into a country-style card holder. Attach bungee cords in an "X" pattern, then hang the cards on them, or attach with mini clips. Add hooks to the sides of the ladder to hang stockings or paper cones filled with candy.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: November 21, 2014
  • Soft glow

    Bring a feeling of warmth to your kitchen counter or holiday table with this cute country arrangement. Simply fill a canning jar about two-thirds full with water, drop in cranberries and a sprig of greenery, and add a floating candle. The possibilities are really limitless with this idea. You can add a few drops of food coloring or some pretty beads and change the look easily.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: November 21, 2014
  • Natural cake stand

    Display your holiday treats on a cake stand you can make yourself. Simply cut two different-sized logs, hot glue them together, and place a circle of cardboard on top. Then add your cake, and top it with a sprig of greenery!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: November 21, 2014
  • Faux snow

    Add a festive flurry of snow to candles by applying decoupage adhesive using a paintbrush. Then roll the candle in a mixture of epsom salts and glitter. Make sure to keep the glue away from the top edge of the candle to keep the salt, glitter and glue away from the flame.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: November 21, 2014
  • Add dimension to your display

    Take your holiday village display to a new level this year! Place miniature buildings on upturned white or ivory bowls of different heights, giving the illusion that they're each situated upon a snowy hilltop!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: November 21, 2014
  • Country craft

    Turn ordinary flour-sack towels into adorable gifts with a little embroidery. The kids can get involved with this craft, sewing on buttons or whip-stitching the edges of the towel. Smaller children can decorate holiday towels to use or give as gifts by tracing their hands or drawing on them with fabric markers.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: November 21, 2014
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