A Creative Mind by Hannah Greer

With Christmas quickly approaching, I am getting more and more excited about being with my family and sitting by a warm fire. If you are having a lot of guests over this Christmas season, you may be trying to think of some last minute decorating ideas that can warm up your home, and of course, be cost-efficient. In my opinion, it is possible to decorate your whole house without making it look like Christmas threw a party, had one too many glitter-covered cocktails, and never cleaned up. With some simple ornaments, ribbon, and lights it’s easy to decorate your mantle, doors, and even furniture. Just like this…

Make Your Couch Festive


Wrap a pillow with ribbon to make it look a present! By adding a tassel in the front like they did here, it dresses up the look. This is simple but I love it. Who thinks of pillow presents?

 Make a Snowman to warm up the room!


To make this, find glass blocks that have been pre-drilled. You can find these at Michaels or maybe even Lowes. With some orange construction paper, black vinyl, Modge Podge, and lights you can quickly make a glass block snowman to put in your entryway, outside your front door, or even right next to your Christmas tree.

 Wreaths Again!?


Oh, yes! Speaking of decorating your door...no one gets tired of wreaths. I mean  no one. Drinking lots of wine this Christmas? Or maybe so champagne to bring in the new year? Save your corks, find some festive red bells, and make a wreath for the inside of your house! To see all of the directions, go to http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/christmas-wreath-projects#slide-6.

If you love the felt flowers as much as I do then you’ll enjoy this wreath. These felt flowers are easy to make and the whole wreath has a very Dr. Seuss vibe. For directions on how to make these flowers and put the wreath together go to http://www.womansday.com/home/craft-ideas/Craft-How-to-Ring-of-Roses.

 Make your Mantle part of your Masterpiece

Apply some letter stickers onto some gold or white ornaments, or the color that would best match your room, to spell out the message of your choice. “Merry Christmas” always being a good choice. Loop the ornaments through a black ribbon and hang them from your mantle. This is simple, but very elegant. For some more photos of other beautiful mantle decorations, go to http://www.hgtv.com/decorating-basics/15-glowing-holiday-mantels/pictures/index.html.

If you’re trying to add some festive color to your mantle, why not use candy canes? If you use real ones instead of fake ones, you can give one to each guest as they leave. Hang each candy cane individually from ribbon so that they will all hang evenly.

NCLAC is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.