As the Grinch learned in the classic tale, the spirit of this holiday season doesn't come from a store. Which is a good thing for those of us who are feeling less than flush. The articles that interested us in this week's Los Angeles Time Home & Garden section speak to that sentiment, doling out creative ways to do-it-yourself or bring a little more of your own twist into things. There's a card hanger and some gift wrap you can make yourself; creative things to do with a string of fairy lights; holiday decor made from office supplies and some tips, gleaned from a selection of popular Bed & Breakfasts, for welcoming guests into your own home.
DIY holiday project: A card hanger for holiday greeting cards, and homemade gift wrap: What to do with the holiday cards you receive? Since most of us don't have a mantel, we've got to come up with alternatives. Here's a project that lets you display them but doesn't take up valuable surface areas. Plus an idea for making your own gift wrap.
Take some advice from celebrated B&Bs and welcome holiday guests like a pro: If you're hosting guests this holiday season, where better to turn to for advice on how to do it in style than some of California's most popular Bed & Breakfasts? The Simpson House in Santa Barbara gifts returning guests with mini sherry bundt cakes.
Bright ideas to give string lights a wild, cheeky twist: We love fairy lights and welcome any excuse to use them. Artist Anthony Schmitt, who created the "tree" of shopping carts for the Edgemar Center in Santa Monica, shares some novel ways to use them to decorate your home this holiday season (and beyond, we say!).
It's a cubicle Christmas: Holiday decor made easy and cheap with borrowed office supplies: Oh, the office supply closet, how we love thee! From rubber bands to paperclips to binder clips, it's a treasure trove of raw materials just waiting to be transformed. Last year, we were enamored of a Post-It Note holiday tree we saw in Living, etc. This year? Check out the modern take on the classic Pomander and the star made from those cone-shaped water cooler cups.
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