You Need These 10 Creative Ideas for Decorating with Food

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If you’re anything like the staff here at Rachael Ray, you kind of have a thing for food. (Actually, you’re obsessed with it.) You love food so much, that you’d decorate your home with it! If you’re looking for creative ways to deck the halls, look no further. We’ve got your back!

Edible Ornaments (watch party pro Giuliani make these in the video above)
These are cute, easy to make, and can be made in advance. BONUS -- they can double as yummy party favors, too. To start, dust off those adorable holiday cookie cutters that have been stashed away for the past 11 months. Then, roll out some store-bought cookie dough (or make your own) and cut out as many cookies as you want! Poke a little hole at the top so you can put a string through it, and bake for however long the dough packaging tells you to. When they’re done, decorate with icing and sprinkles, put a ribbon through the hole and you’re done! See?

DIY Bagel or Doughnut Wall
This ingenious (and drool-worthy) creation isn’t just for parties! Grab a pegboard and hang bagels or doughnuts off of it. Just prop it up against a wall for a beautiful and functional display. You could even hang utensils from it in your kitchen!

Make Champagne Bottles Sparkle
It’s easy (and gorgeous!). Once it’s empty, clean it up, then coat it with a spray adhesive and gold glitter -- instant sparklyness that you can decorate your home with!

A Table Runner Made Out of Corn Husks
Genevieve Gorder made a fun table runner using corn husks (click here to see how she made it). It’s easy to do and adds a lot of texture to your table. Just staple the husks in neat, overlapping rows on cardboard to get the look!

Scented Note Cards
Whether you’re sending greeting cards out to friends and family or using them as placecards around the holidays, you can never go wrong when there’s food involved! Cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and a little twin go a long way.

Candy Cane Vase
Here’s a fun DIY project you can get the kids involved with! Take a vase and line it with candy canes (still in the wrapper). Then take a smaller vase and put it inside the larger one. Grab some pretty red carnations and put those in the center. Voila!

A Pretty, Rustic Ice Bowl to Keep Drinks Chilled
Pour water into a large metal mixing bowl and add any edible decorations you want -- fresh sprigs of thyme, lemon slices or berries to name a few. Place a smaller bowl inside and freeze the whole thing. And when you take it out, it’s the prettiest bowl you’ve ever seen!

Cinnamon Stick Candle
Just buy a basic white pillar candle and some cinnamon sticks. Attach the cinnamon sticks to the outside of the candle with a rubber band and twine, then tie on some bells or other adornments! Pretty cool, huh? And it smells great, too!

Cookie Jar Cocktail Holder
Cookie jars aren’t just for cookies you guys! You can keep cocktails in them, too -- and Mary Giuliani doesn’t mess around when it comes to fun, pretty cocktails like this one. Leave this on your countertop to make your kitchen extra pretty and sip away!

Garlic Knot Christmas Tree Centerpiece
Grab a styrofoam cone from the craft store, stick some toothpicks in it and press the garlic knot onto the toothpick. Make it snow with some freshly grated parmesan cheese and top the tree with a star made out of cheese! But wait, there’s more! Create a tree skirt with fresh sprigs of thyme and rosemary, and serve with little dipping bowls full of marinara. Best. Centerpiece. EVER.


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