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25 Ways to Use Ornaments Without a Tree

One drawback of living in small spaces? Not having room for a seven-foot Christmas tree.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t put a collection of ornaments to good use.

Christmas tree ball ornaments are one of the most inexpensive and flexible holiday decorating accessories you can find. Since they come in an unlimited number of colors and finishes, you can find ornaments that give the look and feel of any holiday style. In the past, traditional Christmas tree balls were always made of glass, but nowadays there are unlimited choices in other more durable materials, which makes them much more family friendly and affordable.

Here are 25 different ways to display and use Christmas ornaments that bring holiday flare to your home without breaking the bank:

1. Use them in lieu of place cards.

When added to a wooden box with overflowing greens and candles, they have a traditional rustic look.

2. They are a fabulous addition to a table centerpiece.

When added to a wooden box with overflowing greens and candles, they have a traditional rustic look.

3. Add them in place of candles.

Place ornaments on top of a few random candlesticks for a streamlined modern look.

4. Fill a vase.

Use ornaments as an alternative to a traditional flower arrangement.

5. Make a wreath.

A simple wire hanger or wreath form can become a gorgeous holiday wreath when accented with matching ornaments

6. Use a frame.

A picture frame featuring a few ornaments strung on ribbons makes a great wreath alternative.

7. String ornaments up in a window.

Use transparent ornaments to allow light to shine through.

8. Display in an old window frame.

Looks great on a mantel or hung on a wall.

9. Replace a traditional evergreen garland.

Make a garland of ornaments that sparkles and shines.

10. Stack them on a wooden dowel.

Create a topiary to add height and interest to a holiday vignette.

11. Find an antique printer’s cabinet.

Add ornaments to random compartments for a touch of whimsy.

12. Hang from a chandelier.

Reflective or transparent ornaments add sparkle and luxury to your decor.

13. Make an advent calendar.

This is a fun and inexpensive way to count down the days.

14. Hang outside.

Use both regular and oversized ornaments to your outdoor decor.

15. Fill a vintage candy dispenser.

16. Pile them in an old locker basket.

17. Place them in small bud vases.

18. Stash them under a cloche.

19. Group them in an old dough bowl.

20. Fill up a child’s wagon with festive colors.

21. Display them in clear glass hurricane vases.

22. Stack them on a vintage balance.

23. Put them in a simple display case.

24. Add them to a bird cage.

25. Fill up old lanterns with translucent ornaments for a glowing centerpiece.

For any style or color scheme, the traditional Christmas ball has become a go-to decorating item. Take them off the tree and use them throughout your home to add holiday cheer in the most unexpected places!

Kim Six is a DIY and home improvement blogger and a stay-at-home mom of three. Kim writes on her home projects, often with a focus on budget-friendliness, for Home Depot. For more information on some of the holiday ornaments referred to by Kim, you can check the Home Depot website.

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