Shannon Crawford, interior designer and writer of the blog “Design Gal & Her Handyman,” explains how to craft up and create bargain Christmas décor.
You don’t need to have a lot of extra cash to decorate your home with warmth and personality for the holidays. You can do it on even the tightest budget and save your cash for the things that really count. All you need is a little bit of creativity and a few of these great hints to create a festive feel.
Hit up the Thrift Stores
Thrift stores are a great place to find pretty accessories such as crystal jars & candle stick holders, pretty silver platters, and classic white plates that you can use to decorate for the holidays! Turn your favorite holiday word into a beautiful display by using your home computer to print out the letters of your favorite Holiday word, cut them out, and tape to pretty white plates you found at a thrift store!
Create with Candles
Simplicity is elegant. A simple pillar candle can be beautiful if it is setting in a bowl of cranberries, or peppermint candies. Use a basket to fill with red and green apples, and put a pillar candle on a holder in the middle of the basket. Or arrange candles on a pretty silver platter with some greenery.
Use What You Have
You probably have a lot of things around the house that would be happy to get some attention as Christmas decorations. Use your Christmas cards! Display them in groups, varying the height with books, or display them by pinning the cards onto a long string of ribbon and hang it on either sides of your mantle.
Spruce up your chandelier with greens or by hanging ornaments from it.
Fill a glass or crystal punch bowl with Christmas balls that you don’t need for the tree and embellish with a few sprigs of greenery or some leftover ribbon.
Take some hanging picture frames and simply frame some pretty holiday paper as artwork. Sometimes you can even find a nice greeting card worthy of being framed and hung!
Trim the Tree
Go branch hunting and place them in a sturdy vase. Hang Christmas balls or Christmas cards from the branches using festive ribbon, or copy old Christmas family photos and hang them from the tree for a great conversation piece!
Pinecones have natural appeal, so show them off in clear vases or decorative bowls. Try spray painting them silver or gold, or dust them with a little bit of glitter!
Ask your local Christmas tree lot for fresh scraps/cuttings! Most will give them to you for free, and you can arrange them on a mantle or around a pretty tray with candles. You can also gather them in bundles tied with a ribbon.
Shop the After Christmas Sales
Some of the best bargains I’ve found have been at the after Christmas sales! Look for inexpensive ornaments, ribbon, & other accessories to decorate with the next year!
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