Decorating a home with boughs of holly is not a new idea; holly projects date back to the Romans, the Greeks, and the Druids. To the Druids, holly was a sacred tree; to the Romans, the plant was a symbol of good will. American holly, or ilex opaca, is native to the eastern and southern regions of the United States, and is most common the states south of New England. This evergreen tree is well known for its dark green color and small red berries. It makes a great holiday decoration, whether it's used in ornaments or wreaths.
You can incorporate holly into wreaths or garlands. Its leaves and berries are excellent for obscuring wires and other structural elements of these decorations. Use a standard twine or thread to attach the plant to the wreath or garland. The rustic and rugged look of a standard industrial twine will look good with the natural element of the holly.
Consider taking small bits of holly and attaching them to wooden or silver-colored napkin rings. The sprig of holly will brighten your table arrangement. Simply take a sprig of holly, with the berries still attached, if possible, and insert the twig in between the napkin ring and the napkin. Choose a napkin color that complements the holly, like dark green or maroon.
Or you can trim branches of holly and add them to a vase or centerpiece. You can mix them into a holiday bouquet or allow them to stand alone. You can use the leaves and berries to fill in the space at the bottom of the bouquet, like a filler, or let them stand tall and proud.
Instead of bows on presents, use sprigs of holly leaves and berries. Simply intertwine the sprigs with ribbon, even add it as a complement to bows, and attach it to the gift.