DIY Bouquets for Spring

Flowers provide us with an effortless and natural way to decorate, while inspiring and uplifting ambience with their scent. Any floral arrangement displayed at home not only keeps the household in tune with the outdoors, but also gives the home a fresh look. But more than their invigorating presence, flowers actually help keep you happy! Studies show that flowers are a good moderator of moods, helping you become more satisfied in life. Reap these benefits this spring by prettifying your home with these easy DIY bouquet arrangements.

Pretty Gerbera and Vero White Daisies

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Wedding Daisies by Mrs. Dolphin of Weddingbee.com

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Get Inspired: Creative Picture Frames

With spring just a few weeks away, it may be time to think about how you want to decorate your walls. While vintage picture frames are a sentimental and visual indulgence, creative picture frames add character to your home and make the place truly your own.

In this post, Tree Classics features a few ideas on making picture frames that will both amaze your guests and remind you of fond memories with family and friends.
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Gear Up for Spring Cleaning

For many homeowners, spring cleaning can be a real chore. From cleaning out the rooms in your home to organizing the clutter, it takes a lot of time and effort to go through everything all at once. This often discourages a lot of people from even trying.

Avoid the headache of annual spring cleaning by following our helpful guide to keeping your home neat and tidy. With this spring cleaning checklist from Tree Classics, you can definitely make headway with this seasonal task.

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New Year’s Resolution: Learn to Meal Plan

Many people have made the resolution to eat healthy, but never succeeded because of their failure to plan. Clean and healthy eating is a lifestyle, and to achieve your goals, you must change not only the food you eat, but more importantly, your way of thinking. But the resolve to follow this way of life must also be guided by proper meal planning habits and a good grocery list. Here are guidelines and tips on how to plan your meals for a healthy lifestyle.

How to Eat Healthy

Fruits and Vegetables

Clean and healthy eating means replacing processed food with lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and complex carbohydrates. These whole or “real” foods underwent minimal to no processing unlike the “junk” that most people are regularly exposed to. Here are things to consider and look out for when selecting the right food.

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New Year’s Resolution: Learn to Sew

Every year is an opportunity to learn a new skill or hobby. If you have been wanting to learn how to sew, but don’t know exactly where to start, look no further than this post. Tree Classics will guide you through the process, from choosing the right thread and needle to adding decorative stitches on your fabric.

Step 1. Prepare the Essential Sewing Tools

Sewing entails having the right kind of equipment at your disposal. It would be easy to grasp, and eventually master, this craft if you have the following:

Sewing Machine

A good sewing machine is the most important thing you need to create beautiful garments and accessories. It wouldn’t hurt to use a secondhand sewing machine for as long as its parts are working. If this is your first time to operate a sewing machine, this post will guide you through.

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How To Make DIY Snow Globes

Christmas snow globes add a magical touch to your home. These accents feature snippets of the snowy outdoors and other sceneries in nature. The great thing about snow globes is that they are actually very easy to make!

Customize a snow globe scene by picking out the elements you want, giving it your own style and personal touch. Follow these steps to make a do-it-yourself snow globe that you can add to your Christmas décor.

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Decorating Ideas for your Christmas Stockings

Stuffed Christmas stockings are always so nice to wake up to, making Christmas mornings even more exciting for the family. Inspire charm and cheer in your home by spicing up your Christmas stockings this holiday season with these decorating ideas.

Sequins for Sparkle

If you are recycling unused socks for Christmas, and you want to give it some shimmer, sew sequins onto them for embellishment. Using a variety of colors will give each a festive touch. Make sure to cover the entire socks with the shiny sequins to make them glitter from any angle.

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Christmas Traditions Explained: The Candy Cane

Candy canes are in high demand during this season. In fact, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) informs that the candy cane sales of the US candy industry will climb swiftly this month, as people start decorating their homes.

Contrary to its popularity nowadays, candy canes were unheard of back in the 17th century. People at the time would decorate their Christmas trees with fruits and straight, white, sugary sticks. Legend has it that these sugary sticks were redesigned by a choirmaster in Germany to make them look like a shepherd’s staff. But even then, it took two more centuries before the candy cane acquired its red and white stripes.

At present, this holiday candy comes in a variety of color combinations, but the traditional red and white remains the favorite of many people. Aside from their delicious taste, candy canes make lovely Christmas tree ornaments. They are also used as pretty accents on other holiday decorations.

In the succeeding paragraphs, you will see four Christmas decorations inspired by the traditional candy cane.

Candy Cane Candleholder

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Candle-holder with candy cane decorations.

Turn your ordinary candle into a pretty table accent with a unique candy cane candleholder. You just need four candy canes and a few minutes to make this tabletop décor. Hold your candy canes upside down, apply glue on each one of them, and then press them against your candle. Let the glue dry for a few minutes before putting your candy cane candleholder at the center of the dining table for all to see.

Stockings with Canes

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Fill your holiday stockings with candy cane treats.

Here’s one candy cane décor that your kids will love to do with you. Get five colorful Christmas stockings and insert a cylindrical container into each one of them. Put your candy canes inside the containers, then arrange the stockings on your mantel or hang them if you wish. These simple decorations will surely delight your family and guests.

Sweet Wreath

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Use candy canes as decorations on your Christmas wreath for a whimsical look.

Highlight your candy cane’s red and white stripes against the lush foliage of a classic Christmas wreath. Form different shapes with your candy canes before sticking them on the wreath. On the other hand, you can simply attach them as they are to obtain the natural beauty of this décor.

Snowmen on the Tree

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Make your Christmas tree more festive by adorning it with snowmen and candy cane ornaments.

A tree that’s rich with round and shiny trimmings will appreciate a little contrast courtesy of this candy cane snowman. You’ll just need a white felt paper for the snowman’s body and another color of your choice for its hat and shawl, two beads for its eyes, a fabric glue, and two candy cane handles for its arms. Make as many snowman ornaments for the kids to hang on the tree.

This holiday season, explore the many ways you can decorate your home with candy canes.  What Christmas ornaments in your home were inspired by a candy cane? You may share them below.

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Christmas Decorating Tips: Pet-Proofing your Tree

Decorating for the holidays is a fun and worthwhile activity that all members of the family – our pets included – look forward to each year. Our pets, too, get excited by bright and festive seasonal decor. Sometimes, however, we tend to pick holiday decorations that aren’t really safe for our furry friends. This could lead to various accidents involving your pets, such as ingesting Christmas ornaments and getting shocked by electrical wires, brought about by their curiosity and playfulness.

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Celebrate the holidays safely with your furry friends.

Make your Christmas display safe for your pets by following these simple decorating tips from Tree Classics. Learn to avoid house accidents by choosing the best Christmas decorations that are not only beautiful but pet-friendly as well.

Keep Your Christmas Ornaments Away from Your Pet’s Reach

Similar to how adults keep dangerous objects away from children’s reach, the same goes for your pets. Certain Christmas ornaments, such as Christmas balls and tinsel, are made from hazardous materials that could cause intestinal blockages if ingested by pets. Shards from broken Christmas ornaments could also injure your pet’s paws, mouths, or any part of their body.

Avoid Using Edible Christmas Ornaments

While edible Christmas ornaments make adorable decorations, these can cause a serious problem for your pets. These are too enticing for your pets and they might start snagging them off of your Christmas tree, causing it topple over. There is also the chance that your pets might mistake non-edible ornaments for edible ones and ingest them. These include holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia plants that have been proven to be poisonous to animals.

Spray Pet-repellent Scents and Flavors

Christmas trees make a very fascinating plaything for pets, especially for cats. There’s something about the artificial tree that cats just can’t help but climb up the branches and try to reach the top. Often you’d be left with a toppled Christmas tree and a big mess to clean, not to mention an injured pet to care for.

Keep this from happening by making your Christmas tree less attractive to your pets. Before your place your decorations, spray your tree with a scent or flavor that is repellent to pets. Some examples you can try are clove oil, citrus oil, bitter apple, or even a mild hint of vinegar. Try out different scents and see what works best for your pet.

Place Paw Repellents and Climb Blockers

Using paw repellents and climb blockers are another great way to keep your pets from ruining your Christmas tree. Cats hate walking on anything that makes a lot of noise. Placing a layer of aluminum foil or any material that crackles below the tree base can give your feline friend just enough annoyance to keep her away from your Christmas tree.

Discourage your pet from climbing into the branches by covering your tree with a dark mesh or plant netting. This will make it harder for their paws to get a good grip on your Christmas tree. You can also use these climb blockers on the Christmas presents to keep them from getting damaged.

Secure Light Strands and Power Cords

For owners who have puppies or kittens that are still teething or chewing, make sure to keep them away from Christmas lights and other electrical connections. They might mistake them for chew toys and start gnawing at the cords. Always remember to tape any expose indoor and outdoor wires to the wall or the sides of your house. Avoid placing Christmas lights on the lower branches of your Christmas tree so that your pets cannot reach them.

Keep your pets safe and secure this season by following our o pet-friendly Christmas decorating guide. With these practical tips, you can help make your holiday celebration fun and enjoyable for everyone in the family.

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Ask Santa: Father Christmas Answers Questions from His Fans

Everybody knows Santa as the jolly old man in a bright red suit. This holiday season, however, Tree Classics is giving everyone a chance to get to know the man behind the beard.

As Mr. and Mrs. Claus, together with their reindeer and Little Helpers, get set to deliver presents on Christmas Day, Father Christmas takes a break from his busy schedule to answer some of your most interesting and tongue-in-cheek questions to bring in a little cheer! Watch Santa share a few wise words and a couple of jokes here and there in our Tree Classics Ask Santa campaign. Here’s a sneak peek:

To watch more Ask Santa clips, visit Tree Classics’ Ask Santa Page.