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In the (St.) Nick of Time

Add more merriment to your home with quick and easy last-minute holiday decorating ideas inspired by Santa’s suit.

Looking for extra no-fuss flourishes to round out your Christmas decorating? Try one of these simple ideas that take a cue from Santa’s cheerful red attire.

Make your table merry with this Santa belt napkin wrap. Purchase a silver frame-style belt buckle and cut a piece of black felt into a long strip to match the inside width of the buckle. Thread the end of the strip through the buckle. Poke a hole in the felt to allow the prong to go through, leaving enough length to loop the end around the center post and stitch to the underside to secure. Trim the other end to a point. Slide the point through the buckle and determine where the prong should poke through the strip. The point should extend beyond the buckle at least an inch or more. Cut a tiny hole, slide the prong into place and push the strip through the rest of the buckle. Fold a red napkin to fit within the belt, gathering at the middle. This project originally appeared in the 2017 issue of Country Sampler Christmas Decorating.

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Turn a classic Santa hat into a festive cover-up for an outdoor planter full of greens. Slip the hat up and around the center of a wire hanging planter and secure it to the wire by stitching from the inside of the planter through the hat brim, working around the perimeter of the planter. Place a waterproof container inside the planter with a mixture of fresh or faux holiday greens, berries and pinecones. Display the arrangement indoors or outdoors in a protected area.

This project originally appeared in the 2018 issue of Country Sampler Christmas Decorating.
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Give a plain red pillow a jolly makeover by cinching it with a wide black belt like the one on Santa’s suit. Use a red belt with a green or holiday striped pillow for an elf-inspired version.

This idea originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of Country Sampler.
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Transform an empty coffee can into a Santa-style container by painting it with a rustic red acrylic paint and circling it with a decorative belt. Fill it with fresh or faux greenery and berry picks and station it atop a wood slice to give it extra emphasis.

This project originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Country Sampler.
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