I kept the pillar candle and the faceted candle holder form the fall arrangement and surrounded it with a bunch of pinecones. The ones I used came from Walmart and were cinnamon scented. Some of the bigger ones have glitter and the little ones are all painted gold. Then, because I thought it needed a little something extra, I added a pair of crystal candle holders - ours are Mikasa - and pretty silvery tapers. And that's it! It only took a few minutes and I didn't spend a dime (unless you count the pinecones, but I already had them on hand). So if you don't have a lot of spare cash to spend on decorations, take a look at what you already have and try to think outside the box.
You never know - an act of penniless desperation might just become a holiday tradition. The first Christmas we spent together was wonderful, but there was one thing missing - a tree. We just didn't have the extra money to go and buy one. But I was determined that we would have something to put our gifts under. So I picked up the prettiest stick I could find in our yard, brought it in, and positioned it in a basket of pinecones. We still have that stick, and every year, we put it up as faithfully as anyone else puts up any other tree.
This year, I decided to put it in the sunny windowsill upstairs in what is soon to be my craft room. I stuck a bit of Sculpy on the end to help hold it in place and put it in a small glass candleholder. Then I added a bunch of faux pearls in shades of white, cream, and gold. I arranged my little "tree" with some pretty white and gold candles atop some pretty, wintery fabric that I draped over the windowsill. Today, I was gifted with my very own Charlie Brown Christmas tree, which I happily added to my little windowsill arrangement. I think the whole thing looks quite festive.
Our holiday decor is far from tradition, but it certainly suits us. What about you? What sort of outside-of-the-box decorating have you done this year?