5 Tips for Christmas Decorating on a Budget

5 Tips for Christmas Decorating on a Budget
Christmas is a time for love and laughter, and nothing helps put you in the spirit of the holiday like some good old fashioned decorating. The issue with going all out with decorations is that it can prove to be a costly venture. Here are five tips to help keep your Christmas decorations this year within an acceptable budget.

1. DIY Christmas Decorations

Christmas decorations do not need to be extravagant things that are bought from expensive stores during the holiday season. Turn decorating your home into a fun time spent with family and friends where you can create your own holiday decorations. Use potted plants and candles that you already have to create a winter feel in your home. Candles can be found on sale throughout the year, and pine or fresh baking scents are perfect for this time of year. Several websites offer Christmas themed printouts that you can use as decorations; in fact, you can add your own personal touch to them if you desire. Make your own garland as a decoration out of string and painted popcorn or even flower petals.

2. Repurpose Household Items

If you look around your home, I am sure you will come across a lot of vases, bowls, or jars that are not serving any purpose. Take those items and turn them into an elegant Christmas decoration. You can fill a bowl with red or green beads and place a candle in the middle to create a festive feel or you can fill a basket with globe shaped ornaments. You can also use cotton balls to create a snow covered landscape in the bottom of your repurposed item.

3. Utilize Nature

When you think of winter, the scent of pine comes to mind. Christmas decorations traditionally focus around pine trees and holiday wreaths. Purchasing a real tree is often a more budget conscious decision that getting an artificial one. Pine cones are a great addition to many decorations, and they also smell amazing. A project that is simple to complete using nature is to create a wreath. Intertwine pine branches in a circular shape, and then decorate it with berries, pine cones, garland, or anything else your imaginations can come up with.

4. Recycle

Christmas is a time for giving and receiving, but some years we receive a plethora of Christmas cards and have no idea of what to do with them after the holiday is over. One of my pet peeves is throwing away cards, especially when someone personalized it and put a lot of thought into creating it. This year, plan to recycle all of those festive cards for your decorations next year. Cut out the design on the front of the card and punch a hole through the top. This will allow you to string some yarn or ribbon through the hole and create tree ornaments or a unique string of garland that was created from the kind thoughts of your friends and family.

5. After Christmas Sales

Buying decorations before Christmas can be costly and aggravating. But consider this, all of those decorations that are not purchased before the holiday, are still in the store afterwards. These items will be on sale; sometimes at prices that are up to 75 percent off. This is a great time to go out and find decorations to use for the next year. Come up with a decoration scheme early, and as time goes by, those already low, after Christmas, prices may drop even more. If you do end up needing to purchase items before the holidays, make sure to check out the dollar stores and eBay for better deals.

Christmas can be a costly holiday, but there are ways to cut the expense without cutting the presents. Make your own decorations, recycle, and reuse items in your home to create beautiful, low cost decorations that you can share with your friends and family.

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