I've searched around and grouped the most interesting and practical ideas into categories below: Chandeliers, Mobiles, Windows, Props. Let me know if I left out something you love.
This idea is from "A Fabulous Fete" blogger, Lauren. She wanted to dress up her chandelier, so she hung sparkly ornaments on baker's string from the "arms". They are hung at different lengths, and nicely fill the space above the table.
|Ornaments suspended from a high chandelier|
fill the space above a holiday table.
Another take on hanging ornaments from a chandelier comes from Vanessa and Valentine. I love her sense of style. Although too embarrassed to show the actual chandelier (vintage 80's, not in a good way) she shows the ornaments hanging ffrom the chandelier suspended by ribbons in a tight cluster. Nice photo collection, Vanessa!
|When ornaments are hung closer together|
they give the impression of being one large ornament.
My personal favorite is this virtual Christmas Tree made entirely of ornaments and invisible line.
|It takes patience to hang so many ornaments|
but the stunning effect is worth it.
A simpler, yet very attractive mobile comes from Elle Decor. Wire rings for hanging the ornaments can be found in craft stores. These have hooks, which make it easy to space the ornaments out evenly. Fishing line, which is nearly invisible, is recommended for this decoration.
Photo: Elle Decor
There are lots of devices for hanging and displaying photos that can double as ornament holders. Here's one from Good Housekeeping. Each wire has a little clip for holding a photo. The clip can be used to hold the top wire loop of the ornament. It's important to use small, very lightweight ornaments with this type of hanger.
|Photo Mobile idea from Good Housekeeping|
|Photo Mobile that can double as an ornament hanger.|
Ornaments in Windows
There are some tricks to making this look good. Use some attractive ribbon to suspend the ornaments. Hang the ornaments at varying lengths, so they fill the space behind them. For example, if the ornaments are hanging in front of a large window, they should be spaced in such a way as to occupy the full area of the window. There should be a big difference between the length of the shortest ribbon and the length of the longest. To give the arrangement a finished look, adorn the curtain rod itself by wrapping some festive fabric or evergreen roping. The perfect example of this comes from Salvage Savvy.
|The spacing of these ornaments|
gracefully fills the window space.
Ornaments and Props
Picture Frame Prop for Ornaments
A Huge Mirror Frame as a Prop for Ornaments
|Inspiration for Home|
|Hang the ornaments from bottom to top|
and they will hold each other up.
Hanging Ornaments from a BranchI found this idea on the Desire to Inspire web site.
|Not every branch has to be evergreen during the holidays!|
|Branch + Ornaments = Instant Chandelier!|