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22 Holiday Decor Hacks That'll Make You Say "Why Didn't I Know About These Sooner?"

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1. Stick an upside-down Command Hook on the back of your door to seamlessly hang a wreath.

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2. Place a can beneath your candle in a hurricane vase — you'll use less filler, and your candle will sit perfectly straight.

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See more holiday decor on Thrifty Decor Chick and Passionate Penny Pincher.

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3. And put a toilet paper roll in the middle of an apothecary jar to save filler there, too.

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4. Clean last year's wax from your menorah by "baking" it at a very low temperature. No scraping required!

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Metal menorahs only, though. From Land of Honey.

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5. When you open a big box of decorations, take a picture of what's inside so you can quickly remember how to put everything back.

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You'll thank yourself come January! From Organizing Made Fun.

6. For statement mantlepiece decor or a personalized gift, get an oversized family photo printed for less than $10.

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They're called "engineering prints", and they start at $1.79–$7.29 at Staples, depending on the size you want.

From East Coast Creative and Home Stories A to Z.

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7. You can even print out your favorite ~holiday scene~ to set the mood.

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And simply hang it from a dowel. From Almost Makes Perfect.

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8. String together a sparkling gelt garland using plastic coins and your hot glue gun.

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9. Add more volume and fluff to an artificial tree by layering in two inexpensive wreaths.

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10. And fluff up faux store-bought garland with floral wire and yard clippings — or evergreen boughs from wherever you buy your fresh trees.

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Whether it's a hardware store or the local tree farm, they'll probably have a bin of boughs they cut so trees can fit in stands. From View Along The Way.

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11. Tie ribbon to your cabinets to display your holiday cards somewhere you'll actually see them.

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12. For a cheap and classy alternative to expensive tabletop trees, make a cone out of card stock and glue on some bead garland.

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13. Use mini Command Hooks on top of your doorframes or mirrors to hang banners.

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14. Cleanup from big holiday meals is quick and easy when you've covered the tables with brown kraft paper.

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Fancy centerpiece and calligraphy definitely optional. From Lemon Thistle.

15. Carve out the insides of a pumpkin and stick in a short vase for a ~very fall~ centerpiece / mantle decoration / whatever you want to use it for.

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16. And layer two vases together that are identical shapes, but different sizes, to make an illusion vase filled with gelt or mini dreidels.

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17. Repurpose old sparkly necklaces or decorative bows as curtain tie-backs to add some sparkle and cheer.

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From Dishfunctional Designs. You can order these felt bow curtain tie-backs on Etsy for $38, or simply repurpose bows you already have.

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18. If you're hanging new shelves for your decorations, easily measure the distance between the two holes you need to drill with a piece of tape.

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19. Invert tomato cages and wrap them with lights to make faux-topiaries (faux-piaries?) with holiday spirit.

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From 17 Apart.

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20. Use a paste of cornstarch and water to make removable wallpaper out of any fabric — and temporarily transform a room just for the holiday season.

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It'll make your home feel like a ~magical holiday wonderland~. From East Coast Creative.

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21. Tie strips of ribbons (in any color scheme) onto a string of lights for a drapey garland on the cheap.

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22. Use hot glue to easily hang outdoor lights on brick or stone.

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Don't glue anywhere that's painted, though — it will take the paint off! From Christmas Designers.

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