10 (Re)Uses: Holiday Ornaments

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'Tis the season for decorating, and ornaments are a quick, easy-on-the-budget way to add festive color and sparkle to almost any room in the house. Available in vast quantities of nearly every color, they’re easy to get and match to your decor. Here are ten ways to use ornaments beyond the Christmas tree. On the mantle  Above the fireplace is a great place to add more decor. Save the trimmings from your Christmas tree or get some from the seller and nestle ornaments in the branches and add lights for more sparkle. Variations on a color or shape add interest.   In bowls Heap ornaments in a bowl for instant festivity. As gift tags Write the recipient’s name on a matte ornament or simply tie one to the gift for an extra gift and...

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10 (Re)Uses: Glass Bottles

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 Last month we showed you some great ways to repurpose jars. This month, we’re sticking with the glassware since our recycling bin runneth over -- hey, 'tis the season! Flavored Oils       As the gift-giving season sneaks up on us, it’s time to make some homemade delights for the foodie in our lives, and maybe ourselves. Any glass bottle can be reused; put the goods and oil in a clean bottle, cap it, and give it. Be sure to do your research and follow any recipe directions to ensure safety. Some infusions (like garlic) can lead to botulism; garlic must be cooked in the oil and removed before storage.   Flavored Liquors       Want some vanilla vodka? How about plain ol’ vanilla extract? Bottles are a great way to store, transport, and...

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10 (Re)Uses: Glass Jars

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1. Memory jars Use clear, undecorated jars to display your favorite photos* and/or souvenirs. Larger jars can hold multiple items. 2. Candleholders Fill the bottom of the jar(s) with decorative stones, beads, or sand and use them to hold votives. These even make great luminaries to light your walkway or porch. 3. Vases Glass jars make great rustic flower vases. Tall, slender jars work best for single stems, and mason jars are great for small bouquets. Decorate them with raffia or ribbon, or use them as-is. 4. Bathroom storage Use jars with or without lids to hold bathroom essentials such as cotton swabs, cotton balls, and decorative soaps. Jars with lids are well suited to display pretty bath products like our homemade bath salts. 5. Kitchen storage Grains, beans, rice, flour, peppercorns, pasta, and...

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