8 ways to use ornaments if you don’t have a tree

8 ways to use ornaments to spruce up your holiday décor without the, well, spruce.

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holiday windows

String your favorites on a piece of twine or heavy-duty string and drape them around a window for a festive display for you and for passerby.

festive front door

Use a wooden wreath form, available at most craft stores, and hot glue ornaments to the exterior and the interior of the form. Go colorful or choose a

monochromatic palette

with your favorites.

center of attention

If you’re not a big holiday baker, repurpose your cake stand and create a dinner table centerpiece.

bottoms up

Pop the tops off round clear ornaments and fill them with your favorite holiday cocktail. They’re the perfect size for a post-dinner dessert drink – don’t forget the straws!

all aglow

If you’re all out of holiday votives, use round ornaments on your favorite candlesticks. A little double-sided tape will keep them from toppling off.

take a seat

Put your favorite childhood ornaments on display by using them as placeholders for your next holiday fete. String a piece of twine and a piece of cardstock with names around each so guests know where to sit.

shelf life

Scatter your favorite holiday baubles all over a bookcase. Group them in threes, place them on top of books, fill up your favorite vase – the more, the merrier.

that’s a wrap

If your ornament collection could use a little culling, pull out leftovers and use them to top off gifts.