Shape up your home in time for the holidays
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(BPT) - Excited about hosting a holiday party; but dreading the decorating? You don't have to spend a great deal of money or invest a lot of time to get your home holiday ready. There are a number of quick, easy and inexpensive projects you can complete to update your decor before the first guest rings the doorbell.

Since many holiday gatherings revolve around eating, drinking and enjoying each other's company, why not add personal flair to your entertaining space? Enhance the furniture and accessories throughout the room where everyone's bound to gather, like the dining room and kitchen. These easy improvements can be made with a little imagination, paint and new FrogTape Shape Tape. This tape features a pre-cut, repeating pattern for easy use and endless options. It's available in three popular patterns: Chevron, Scallop and Wave. Best of all, this painter's tape can liven up much more than your walls; Shape Tape can be used when painting a number of surfaces - from furniture, fabric and household decor, it can help add the perfect amount of cheer to any room.

Here are three project ideas that will liven up any party this winter season:

Scallop serving trays

Make serving your guests creative and fun. Add scallop patterns to a ceramic platter and you'll be sure to receive tons of compliments on your personalized piece. Apply strips of Scallop Shape Tape across the serving platter in your desired direction. With bake-on ceramic paint, use a different shade of the same color on each section for a classy, modern masterpiece. If you want to create the perfect serving ware for the holiday season, alternate using red and green or silver and gold paint in each section. Let the piece dry and follow the manufacturer's instructions to bake your pattern onto the surface. Once it's done curing in the oven, you'll have a beautiful serving piece that's safe to eat from and will impress even the biggest scrooge.

Chairs with character

Getting tired of your dining room chairs? You can easily transform them from ordinary into an eye-catching masterpiece simply by updating the fabric. Select an impressive material that coordinates with your current color scheme and remove the seat frame and outdated fabric. Place the new fabric on the frame and adhere tightly with a staple gun. Reattach the seat frame with the original screws, and your chairs will be just like new. In addition to the new fabric, you can also stain your chairs a darker shade for a more subtle look, or paint them a bright color to create a vibrant, modern style.

Wavy runners

No need to spend a fortune on a focal point for your holiday table. Festive centerpieces can be effortless and inexpensive. Try creating a custom table runner with tape and fabric paint. Craft an edge along your runner in any direction you choose using Shape Tape. Paint the rest of the runner a color that will coordinate with your decor. Remove the pieces of tape to reveal a unique design in the original color of the fabric.

Make sure your home is in perfect shape for the holidays. Try one - or all - of these projects to create a festive table fit for the holiday season.

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