Fresh garlands are gorgeous, but customize yours to give it a touch of fun and to ensure it fits in with the existing environment. Grab some construction paper in vibrant colors and then cut out some seasonal shapes (like these triangle trees). Then glue them together and hang them from your garland. To make it all match, tie a ribbon in a corresponding color around the end of the banister.
This tree celebrates the heavens with cookie decorations, baked with ready-made dough bought at your local grocery store. Plaid ribbon doubles as garland and packages are wrapped to match. Buy ready-made dough—it's sturdier than homemade. Knead in 2/3 cup flour until smooth to increase dough's density, making it suitable for ornaments. Roll dough. Cut shapes. Make holes for hanging. Chill and bake per manufacturer's instructions. Decorate to suit your style!

Whether you’re crafting a Christmas tree for the very first time, or simply want to switch things up for a fun holiday refresh, there are decor ideas—big and small—to spark endless holiday inspiration. Take a little decorative risk and opt for an extravagant tree, or stick to the basics with an unadorned pine. Whether you're set on a color scheme or style, or have ornaments you can't wait to use, your tree should reflect your taste and personality no matter which direction you go.
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