This idea, for example, is a simple but very effective way to brighten up a shelf, ledge, mantelpiece or windowsill for the festive season.
What you’ll need:
A preserving jar
Walnuts (small pine cones or glossy chestnuts would work either)
Red and white gingham ribbon
Holly or other greenery (optional)
Clean the preserving jar so that it is clear and shining. Fill the jar with walnuts. Tie a gingham ribbon round the neck of the jar and finish it with a bow.
Place the jar on a surface such as a windowsill or mantlepiece with a backdrop of holly, ivy and other greenery of your choice and there you have a natural-looking festive element to your home within minutes.