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christmasglitterExcerpted from an article by Kim Cook/Associated Press..

“Even if you practice restraint in your everyday home decor, you might be inclined toward a bit of sizzle and sparkle when the holidays roll around.  The season is a great excuse to let your festive flag fly, and few things say “festive” like decor that’s got some glitz.

‘My go-to holiday look each season – Winter Wonderland meets Glamour’ says NY designer Genevieve Gorder.  She uses metallic and glittery spray paint to add personalized flair.  If you’re on a budget or are fairly crafty, this is a good option.  Jazz up things you already have like terra cotta pots, tea light holders, candlesticks, picture frames and serving trays.  There are some new paints out now that stick to most materials, and come in both opaque and translucent finishes.

Gather bare branches or buy some from a garden center – find instructions for glittering them up at www.momtastic.com.  Then spray them with adhesive and dip in both glitter and clear crystalline sprinkles, which add an icy extra touch.

Make a table top holiday village – easy and inexpensive.  Got some plastic toy animals laying around?  – Give them a coat of metallic paint.  A stack of newspapers or old magazines?  – Transform them with a few folds into trees, and spray them  with glitter paint.

You can build a few houses out of chipboard (or cardboard) , paint and powdered glitter and create your own tableau – a fun project to do with your kids or friends.  Martha Stewart has instructions online:  www.marthastewart.com.

Scatter gold or silver acrylic “ice gems” that look like ice cubes in a glass vase; they’d make a great base for white painted branches or greenery.  Or scatter then along a faux fur runner with some tiny twinkly lights.

Paper poinsettia balls edged in gold glitter bring baroque style to your mantlepiece.  Dress the base of the tree with an organza skirt dusted with glitter.  Sparkly ruffles give a little kick to a tree skirt.  You can set the holiday table with subtle shine using bronze/brass/silver-toned place mats and add a few slim white, copper or silver glass trees for a tablescape that’s minimalist, yet merry!

SOURCE:  Kim Cook for the Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times


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