Deck the Halls: Decorating Tips from Wildflowers

Take the advice of floral designer Amy Wiest of Wildflowers in Palos Heights and you can deck the halls in style without blowing your budget.

Add some sparkle to your tree: Cut sheer wide ribbon in 6~8 feet lengths. Tuck in the end and drape on an angle down the tree on an angle. This should be done after the lights but before ornaments go on the tree.

Outdoor greenery crocks: These festive containers were once reserved for estates and commercial buildings can now be made for the pots you already have.

· These pots can be easily personalized by adding decorative sticks, pine cones, large ornaments berries, and even snow flocking.

· To keep them looking fresh all season long, remember to water regularly (freezing will keep stems locked in place).

· How to: Place wet floral foam in a liner. Add tall sticks for drama and begin to fill with assorted evergreens. Make sure the greenery faces outward and vary heights. Select greens that will more than cover the edges of the pot (or window box). Finish it off with some large pine cones or oversized ornaments.

Budget friendly fixes:

Rejuvenate rather than replace quality decorations. Fluffing and replacing bows & dated accents can give new life to your décor without spending a fortune. If you don't feel confident in your ability, a florist will gladly give them a facelift for you.

Everything looks better with a bow! Good quality wired ribbon can be purchased just about everywhere. A relatively small investment in a few bolts of ribbon can stretch your decorating dollar. When adding bows to things, smaller bows with more tails will give a more polished look. Using wired ribbon makes bow making fool proof.

Amy's Favorites:

Paper whites and Amaryllis: Potted paper white narcissus bulbs and/or amaryllis make fantastic gifts. They are especially great for homebound people as they have visible growth daily. The paper whites give off a wonderful fragrance while blooming. They also make great hostess gifts!!!

Petite posies: These thoughtful little gifts of holiday charm are the perfect gift for teachers, babysitters, neighbors and secret Santas. They have trendy charm without breaking the bank.

Learn How: Amy Wiest will be hosting design classes to teach these decorating techniques and much more at Wildflowers:

Holiday Urns and pots: Monday, December 1 at 6:30pm Festive live wreathes: Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30pm Decoration Rejuvenation: Monday, December 8 at 6:30pm Bow making workshops: Every Saturday at 12:00pm and 2:00pm

Class space is limited; for reservations and fees, call (800) 259-7355 or (708) 361-2223 or visit Wildflowers is located at 12234 S. HARLEM AVE., PALOS HEIGHTS, IL 60463

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