By Chris Lee
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Don’t stop with traditional spruce tops for seasonal outdoor containers. Try long-needled white pine, juniper, and riff from there. Shop your yard for dried bounty: hydrangeas, pinecones, and seedpods. Add bursts of color or sparkle with red dogwood twigs, branches of berries, or lights from your local garden center. More DIY tips at startribune.com.
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Wreaths of fresh magnolia leaves lend southern flair to Midwestern homes. Just as lovely fresh or dried, shiny green and russet magnolia leaves create a two-tone organic base for ribbons, ornaments, or other greenery. Fresh, 20-inch magnolia wreaths are available at Weber’s Westdale 15310 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, 952-935-2134, weberswestdale.com.
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Add some Latin flavor to your holiday table and tree with handmade decorations from Mexico. Brightly painted tin ornaments ($4 - $16), bird candleholders ($36), and woven palma garland ($12), all available at Zinnia Folk Arts, 826 W. 50th St., Minneapolis, 612-824-4342, zinniafolkarts.com.
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Light up winter nights with ice globe lanterns that cast a magical glow outside your door or on a festive tabletop. Local entrepreneur Jennifer Hedberg took the guesswork out of ice creations with kits that include heavyweight balloons, a plastic base, and directions for best results. Wintercraft Globe Ice Lantern kits are available at several local retailers, including Bachman’s, The Bibelot Shops, and Patina. wintercraft.com
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Lowes’ bloggers’ holiday decorating day yielded several fun décor idea. Our favorite is from Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom. Inspired by a European tradition, she filled boots with small, wrapped packages. Makes a whimsical vignette or a fun alternative to traditional hung stockings. See more at designmom.com.