Embellished Pine GarlandUnfold the artificial pine garland branches so it looks more natural. Bend the garland in half and twist the two sections together to double the thickness. Tuck natural clippings from around the yard into the garland, using the wired branches to hold them into place. Hammer finish nails on either side of the doorway molding to hold the garland. Embellish the corners with ribbon for the finishing touch.
Unusual Garland IdeasBeads, cranberries, popcorn strands, ribbons, overlapping crocheted place mats—anything can become a garland. Just use your imagination!
Minimal MantelPlay up a mantel with fresh, fragrant flowers for vertical interest plus simple gold frames and candle embellishments. Fill a tall glass vase halfway with water and put the large flowers in first. Add individual pieces of eucalyptus to the arrangement, and then use large filler leaves to hold the arrangement in position.
Stocking LadderLean this little ladder against the fireplace or a wall to stylishly hold all the family stockings.
one 8'x2"x3" piece of lumber
4' closet dowel (1-3/8" diameter)
tack cloth or rags
1-3/8" spade bit
two 28-inch bungee cords
Faux Metal and Patina glaze (Gold Metallic 99192) - American Tradition (available at Lowe's)
Faux Weathered Crackle Glaze (Weathered 97097) - American Tradition
flat latex paint (Chinese Red 728-3) - American Tradition
blue painter's tape
1. For the stiles (side pieces), cut the 2"x3" lumber into two equal four-foot pieces. Use sandpaper to remove any rough spots and round the corners.
2. Cut the dowel into three pieces; one 15 inches long, one 14 inches and one 13 inches long.
3. Make three equal marks with pencil where the rungs will go on both of the stiles. One mark will be in the center and the other two will be of equal distance between the ends and the center.
4. Mark 1/2 inch on the spade bit with blue painter's tape for a depth gauge. Drill the six marks on the stiles to the 1/2-inch mark on the spade bit to create holes for the ladder rungs. Sand all the pieces and remove the dust with a tack cloth or damp rag.
5. Use wood glue to secure the three rungs (put the 15-inch piece on the bottom, then the 14-inch then the 13-inch at the top). Hold the ladder together with bungee cords and allow to dry.
6. Apply two coats of gold metallic glaze, allowing it to dry between layers. Once dry, apply crackle medium according to the manufacturer's directions.
7. Paint the ladder red and let dry thoroughly. The cracks will slowly appear, creating an aged look.