Wrap empty boxes with holiday paper (plain colors or plaids are best); tie on fabric ribbon or twine, add decorative tags or bits of holly and arrange in a vignette on a sofa table or in a large planter or galvanized tub.
Take a tip from restaurants and wrap the fronts of your wall art and decorate with a large ribbon bow. It will give your home a festive appearance and go better with your other holiday decor.
Spray long twigs gathered from your yard or the woods with white or gold paint; arrange in crock or tall glass cylinder (with glass gems or marbles in bottom). You can hang a few Christmas balls on this if you want.
Toss a few pieces of garland onto a cake platter and nestle Christmas balls in the center; top with cake dome and use as a centerpiece or kitchen counter decoration.
Spray pine-cones with fake snow and dust with white glitter; arrange in basket or decorative bowl.
Tie a big red bow on a child's teddy bear and place under the Christmas tree or on a shelf.
Use children's Christmas books (Little Golden books are great) for decoration on the tree or hung in a garland or placed in a basket with Christmas floral picks.
Put glass Christmas balls in a glass compote or punch bowl for a holiday centerpiece.
Decorate a small Christmas tree for kitchen use with metal cookie cutters, jar rings tied with ribbon, small spoons, etc. Place inside a crock or put on a cake stand and cover bottom with a plaid bread towel.
Spray a quart canning jar with fake snow and add glitter while wet (use white sparkly glitter for a snowy, elegant look or red glitter for a festive touch); when dry, drop a 20-count strand of white lights inside, cover opening with a circle of fabric and then screw on the ring, leaving end of light strand out. Add a sprig of fake holly or greenery and ribbon, plug in and enjoy (but don't leave it on when you leave home:)