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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The trend for the holidays is more natural and a little less bling. If you are looking for that perfect gift for someone special or maybe even yourself, then craft an ornament influenced by nature.

Chris Olsen of Botanica Gardens shows you how on "THV 11 News This Morning."

Ornaments by Nature

The trend for the holidays is more natural and a little less bling. If you are looking for that perfect gift for someone special or simply for yourself, then craft an ornament influenced by nature. Just take a clear glass-ball ornament, remove the top and fill with sprigs of evergreens such as juniper, holly, bayberry, and even mistletoe. To prevent condensation, leave the tops off for about 24 hours. For that finishing detail, thread ribbon through the top, knot the ribbon, and hang.

f you love to bake and give yummy treats away, then we have a few suggestions for packaging them up.

Making Merry

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is feasting on all those delicious baked goods. If you love to bake and give these yummy treats away, then here are a few suggestions for their packaging. Just go to your local craft store and buy some inexpensive glass jars. Now fill the jars with your goodies and a few sprigs of evergreens. You can also find at your local craft store wood birch boxes. Secure the tops with colorful twine in holiday colors. You can even decorate the wood boxes or for that matter the glass jars with Christmas designs you paint yourself with acrylic paint. Even holiday decals will work for those of you who doubt your artistic ability....lol...

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