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New Year’s Decoration with Chris Norwood

Happy New Year’s from Tipton & Hurst! We’ve got a few tips and tricks for taking down your Christmas decorations and adding a little flare to your New Year’s Eve, from our vice president and design mastermind, Chris Norwood.

When it comes to taking down your Christmas decorations, organization is key. You want to minimize the amount of headache for yourself when Christmas comes again this year. Instead of wadding up your Christmas lights into a tangled ball, take a slip of cardboard, make a short slit into the edge. Place the female end of your lights (the end without the plug) into the slit as a holder. Wrap the lights around the cardboard piece and fit the male end into the cut to keep the line from unraveling. As for garlands along banisters, instead of taking them all down at once and stuffing them into trash bags, take them down piece by piece. This way if the garlands are pre-lit and you have any that burn out, you can test them individually and take them apart easier. If you don’t want to take them down separately, you can hang them on clothes hangers in an unused closet for easy access.

For a great New Year’s decoration, add a little style to your champagne bottle. Take a length of silver or gold wire ribbon, anything that sparkles brightly, and wrap it around the neck of the bottle. Don’t tie it tight just yet. Where the ribbon makes the bow, begin inserting sparkling garland branches between the ribbon and the bottle. Once the garland is in place, tie the ribbon tight to hold it. Take more ribbon and begin wrapping it around the bottle neck, adding more garlands as you see fit. Once you are happy with the result, tighten the ribbons to make sure everything is held firmly.

For ribbons, garland and more decor, visit Tipton & Hurst, especially if you’re looking to stock up on next year’s Christmas. All of our Christmas decorations are currently 70 percent off. Consider it a belated holiday gift.

You can watch Chris’s tips below. Be sure to catch him Tuesdays between 9 and 10 on KATV Channel 7.

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