The most wonderful time of the year is on its way and it is time to decorate. Exciting! For those on a budget, here are some of the best and most affordable ways to transform your home into a festive wonderland.
Glistening and patterned baubles can be expensive, especially when bought to decorate an entire tree. For a low cost alternative, choose a plain, clear glass bauble instead. They shouldn’t cost more than one pound and you can create your own unique designs. Remove the top and add a variety of fillings from wood chippings to artificial snow or even a peacock feather! These can be reused year after year, allowing you to empty and change the design or color scheme.
Cutting away napkins or paper to create a snowflake is a childhood memory most of us cherish. Rekindle that joy and make these unique decorations for a chic addition to tableware. Use colored paper or old magazines and follow an online tutorial for a 6 pointed paper snowflake. Be sure to get the kids involved as they’ll love getting creative.
Miniature nickel picture frames from the thrift store can easily be transformed into decorative pieces. Instead of adding a picture, add festive wrapping paper that has been cut to shape. You can now hang the frames from a red ribbon on the tree. For an even cheaper option, collect pine cones from your backyard and spray paint white or silver. Add a ribbon and they’ll look great against the green of the pine needles.
A candy mantelpiece
To add some life to your mantelpiece, line it with a selection of different sized, clear glass containers. Next fill these containers with some of your favorite festive colored candy. If you’re encouraging a healthier Christmas, opt for a mixture of fruit instead.
A showstopping centerpiece
Create a beautiful and modern centerpiece by using a wreath as a bowl and filling with eye catching baubles. Rather than using a traditional Christmas wreath, why not create your own, using a ring of feathers or a combination of leaves and fairy lights.
Personalizing your decorations is a great way to spread the festive cheer and make your guests feel welcome. If you’re entertaining on the big day, tie a name tag to some festive napkins and add some mistletoe or a fragrant herb. Alternatively, bake gingerbread and pipe names using frosting. These can be used as place settings and novel gift tags.
Bring some festive cheer to your living room by adding some decoration to the couch pillows. Using felt or burlap, cut a holiday themed shape such as a star or tree and fix to the pillow by wrapping colored yarn across repeatedly. Alternatively, simply add a red ribbon to your pillows and they’ll resemble presents.
A festive home makeover doesn’t have to break the bank. Create some of these Christmas decors and you’ll save the pennies this holiday season.
Have a merry Christmas!