Sure you could pick up Christmas decorations at any retailer during your back-to-school shopping last August, but WBAY.com's "Hack Your Holidays" feature has some simple and creative ideas for giving your decor a more personal touch.
And if some of these projects are time-consuming, consider making it family time.
Deck the halls
Tie ornaments to string of different lengths and hang them just above your heads.
Run white bar soap over a cheese grater to add snow flakes to your decor. Make sure you like the smell of the bar soap.
Surprise your kids this winter with icicles hanging from the ceiling. Get a couple boxes of icicle lights and hang them using one or two packs of small 3M Command hooks or decorating clips. Whether you get warm or cool lights or the kind that twinkle is up to you.
Garden of trees
Do you have wire cages for your tomato plants? Your garden doesn't need them right now, so turn them upside down, tie the pointy, poky wires at the top together, and wrap it with Christmas lights to make a tiny forest in your garden or yard.
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