Statements of Style: Christmas Décor on a Budget

Studio 5 Contributor Jennifer Heslop took the challenge, and went straight to her friend Amber’s home.

Jennifer’s Tips:

• Glass or plastic ornaments look fabulous piled high in a serving bowl, or showcased on a platter.

• Replace your taper candles with ornaments. Round ornaments look great placed on top of a candle stick.

• Cluster and group 3 or more ornaments together. Secure with ribbon.

• Add character and dimensions to wreathes, garlands or Christmas tree by adding outdoor elements such as branches and sprigs of evergreens.

• Use holiday wrapping paper to cover various sized boxes. Attach an ornament and ribbon to the top. These brightly covered boxes add instant sparkle.

• Use fabric to create a table runner or sash for a mirror or chair. No sewing required- just iron rough edges under.

• Replace existing photos with Christmas photos.

Budget Breakout:

You may already have some of these items in your cupboard and Christmas storage. But this is how Jenn spent the money in our $100 challenge:

Lampshade $7.99
Pillow 6.99
Vases (2) 11.88
Wrapping paper 4.99
Wreath 14.99
Fabric 9.99
Ribbon 6.99
Ornaments 37.02
Total $99.84

Studio 5 Contributor Jennifer Heslop loves turning trash into treasure. She is handy with a hammer, and has a knack for saving a dime by doing it yourself! If you have questions for Jenn, e-mail her at

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