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No fireplace? No problem. Find a branch, spray paint it white (or leave it natural), and hang it in near the tree. This woodsy "mantel" can not only hang stockings, but it can also be decorated further by twining holiday lights around it.
Another alternative stockings hanging over the fireplace: tying cups and mugs near the bottom of stair banister rungs with bright, cheery ribbons.
If you can't get enough of tree branches, here's a decorating idea that would make a statement in the dining room: hang a branch above the dining table and decorate it with ornaments.
Need a centerpiece? Clementines are in season right now, and their vibrant orange skin is a perfect and affordable way to brighten up a table.
If you don't feel like splurging on a Christmas tree this year, one alternative is to hang a cord (like a clothing line) from the ceiling, strung with a selection of similar-hued ornaments. This project looks a lot easier than it is (we tried it!)...but if you've got the eye for arranging shapes in a sculptural way; well, frankly, we're jealous.
We still haven't put a wreath out on our front door--and after seeing this solution, we might skip it entirely. Instead of hanging a wreath, round up a few ornaments (preferably shatterproof and/or ones you don't mind having knicked and scratched) and tie them to a nail or door knocker. We're thinking this idea would look even lovelier topped with a large, simple bow. Got some DIY holiday decoration ideas yourself? Share it with us in the comments! [ Photos from Living Etc. ]