If you’d rather spend your money on gifts than decorations, I’m sure you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to get creative with your festive at-home decorations that won’t break the bank. Dig out your old ornaments and garlands, get ready to bargain hunt, and try these décor ideas out this holiday season.
1. Classic white lights. Tried and true, there’s something really breathtaking about a room glowing with white light. Pick up some discount white string lights (Target and CVS usually have great bargains) and hang these around the room. In the past, I’ve lined window sills and doorways with mine. Other years, I simply string the along the molding just under the ceiling. If you accent with simple silver garland, the wintry effect is spectacular.
2. Festive vases. Take your empty vases and dust them out. You can easily fill these with (broken?) garland of all different colors and glass ornaments (missing hooks?) for a classy, straight-out-of-a-magazine flare.
3. Candy dish. Sometimes a simple glass candy dish (Christmas or not) filled with red, green, and silver wrapped candies says it all. Trim the bottom of the dish if you like with some thin garland.
4. Festive towels. If you’re not up for decorating every room in the house (ahem, bathroom and kitchen!), just adding a snowman dish towel to the over door can make a big difference.
5. Potpourri baskets. Spread the delicious smells of the season around your home by making your own potpourri baskets. Decorate a few baskets with red and green ribbon and fill them with potpourri. It’s easy (and cheaper) to make it yourself, so grab some cinnamon sticks and get moving!
6. Tree Skirt. If you’re crafty and ambitious, try sewing your own Christmas tree skirt this year. These can be particularly expensive, so try to make your own and skip this purchase. Plus, you can stock up on the fabric and create matching table linens or stockings as well!
If you’d like to get the whole family in on the action, there are lots of classic decorating craft projects to try. To decorate your tree, pop some popcorn and string it along on a needle and thread. You can paint them green and red if you like, and then lay them around the tree in place of garland. Try making a Christmas paper chain, linking festive paper (decorated in glitter?) and stringing it around the room. Adding candy canes here and there, baking cookies to wrap and display, and posing for a new family photo to frame are all great ways that you can get your kids involved in the decorating. Happy Holidays!