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How to Create an Elegant Place Card

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Place cards are great decorative additions to parties, providing a personalized touch to the occasion. This season, impress your guests with this classy home-made place card idea inspired by The Frugal Crafter.

Image courtesy of Pixomar | FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Items you need:

Card stock
Decorative ink stamps
Scoring board and scoring knife
Decorative punchers

Step One:

Select card stock in a color that goes well with your table décor. For an autumn-inspired table setting, you may want to choose pastel shades of orange, yellow, or red. A winter-themed dining table is best complemented by shades of off-white. Stick to paler shades as they highlight the decorative details of the card. Cut the card stock into 4×4 inch squares, or larger depending on your table arrangement. Score them down the middle to make folding easier later on.

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The Wait Is Over

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If you are just like us here at Balsam Hill, you’ll appreciate how delighted we are that the Christmas season is finally upon us. As purveyors of exquisite artificial trees and decorations, we’ve eagerly waited all year long for that nip in the air to arrive, inviting us to enjoy a cup of warm cider by the fireplace as we gather ‘round with our families to decorate our trees with beloved ornaments.

This season, allow us to help you create the perfect Christmas scene in your home. Enchant your guests with one of our top-selling artificial Christmas trees, like our Vermont White Spruce, and radiate the sparkle of the season in your holiday design. If you need some help choosing the right tree, take a look at our Christmas Tree Buyer’s Guide for some tips to help you figure out what type of tree is best for your home.

We wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas season ahead!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

When Family Members Disagree About How to Decorate

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Every living space is an amalgamation of personalities that live in it. Even if there are only the two of you, it’s important to agree on how to decorate your home. Here’s how family members can reach a compromise over house decorating:

  • Discuss design sensibilities. Before you begin decorating, think about how the individuality of family members could be reflected in your decor. Create a sample board showing photos of your ideal home space. Include a paint or fabric swatch beside each picture to help family members visualize the design.
  • Agree to disagree. Chances are, you won’t agree on every decoration! That’s alright, because differences in taste make home aesthetics more interesting. Incorporating family members’ input makes them feel that they’re part of the decision-making process.
  • Give and take. Compromising on certain things makes decorating easier. When the children want big red ornaments but don’t care which artificial tree you choose, and you’re not picky about the decorations on the tree, then you both win. Understanding the most important item to each person and working around that is a key to success.
  • Let clashes create something new. He’s more modern, she’s staunchly traditional, and neither will budge. Finding ways to make the best of what styles of have to offer can result in something fresh and creative.

Turning this from a stressful situation into a positive one can be done with some careful planning and open minds. Happy decorating!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Creative Ways to Use Pine Cones and Other Natural Objects in Your Home Décor

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Pinecones and other natural objects are fun yet inexpensive decorations you can use in all sorts of ways. Buy them from a craft store, or better still, gather some right from your yard for a nice way to spend a fall afternoon!

Pine cones: Gather pine cones and paint them in traditional autumnal colors like gold, red and orange. Turn them into holiday décor, table centerpieces or tree ornaments. You can also use them as natural accents in any wreath or garland.

  1. Pine cone wreaths: Spruce up your holiday wreaths with recently dropped pine cones.  Attach clean, dry pine cones with some hot glue and you’ve got yourself a lovely pine cone wreath. You can also check out our Autumn Harvest Holiday Wreath, one of our timeless pieces.
  2. Pine cone garlands: Liven up your garlands with some strategically placed pine cones. They’re so easy to do! Using some hot glue, attach the pine cones in clusters; complement them with red berries and dried leaves.
  3. Pine cone table centerpieces: Make the most out of your empty baskets by filling them with pine cones. For variety, use pine cones in different sizes! If these aren’t readily available, you can get our big pine cone kit (which already comes packed with thirty medium cones and twenty large cones).
  4. Pine cone ornaments:  Add a charming, natural accent to your artificial tree by making some pine cone ornaments. Just spray paint them in gold and add some holly and traditional ribbon.
  5. Pine cone Christmas Trees:  Easy and cute! Spray paint pine cones in green, attach them with floral picks to cone-shaped foam, and then place it in a flowerpot.  Dust them with a little glitter and voila!

Other natural objects: There’s so much you can do with Nature’s bounty. Besides using pine cones, there are other natural objects to use in home décor.

  1. Flowers: This Thanksgiving, make your own floral arrangements by drying some flowers and dusting them with gold glitter. For Halloween, you can use bouquets of fresh pumpkin flowers.
  2. Fruit: Buy fruits in season, like apples and oranges, and place them in nice wooden bowls. You can use these as centerpieces for your dining table.
  3. Gourds: What would Halloween be without pumpkins? Place small pumpkins around your trees or garlands for that uniquely Halloween feel. (We know, pumpkins are fruits!)
  4. Natural fiber: Use rugs and tapestries made from jute, organic cotton or hemp and in fall colors like gold, red or orange for a festive Fall touch.
  5. Stone: Use candleholders or fountains made from stone. You can also gather up some pebbles and use them as decorative accents on your mantelpiece.
  6. Metal: Use wall decorations and lamps made from copper and iron.

Try flexing your creative muscles by making these decorations with your own unique twist. Happy decorating!