Christmas time is just around the corner and decorating your house can be quite expensive. There are plenty of things you can do to decorate your home without breaking the bank. Christmas can be expensive enough as it is trying to purchase gifts, food for the Holidays and a lot of times we travel so gas alone can be a big cost. Here are some easy ways to decorate your home on a dime!
Head out to the great outdoors – There are plenty of decorations you can use to decorate by using things from nature. Head out on a walk and you will see some beautiful decorations and they may even be right out your back door. Try looking for a pine tree, holly berries or just a plain ole nice bunch of pine cones. The pine could be used to make a nice door hanging and the holly berry branches would look very nice placed in a glass vase. A pretty bowl would look wonderful sitting on the dining room table or on your coffee table for a nice rustic look.
String some popcorn – This is fun to do and actually has been a Christmas tradition for years! Pop some popcorn, grab a needle and thread and sit down under a nice warm fuzzy blanket and get to stringing! I have found it easier to get some wax covered thread at the hobby store but in a pinch any old thread will work. All you need to do is thread your needle and tie a knot at one end and string away. It is much easier to make short pieces and then tie them together when you are finished that way your string doesn’t keep knotting up and if one of the strands breaks your not stuck with a bunch of popcorn all over the place.
Use cheap glass bulbs – You can pick up a box of cheap glass bulbs at your local Dollar Store and they look fabulous sitting around in bowls or placed in vases on shelves or tabletops. They even look fabulous in the bathroom in a cute little basket.
Dress up a teddy bear – If you have children you are sure to have some stuffed animals. These are adorable sitting on a shelf and all you need to do is tie a pretty colorful bow around their neck or hit up your local thrift shop and see if you can find a cheap plaid scarf.
White Christmas lights – My local Dollar Store carries white Christmas lights for a buck or two. These look absolutely marvelous under cabinets or on a mantle. Take a look around your house a little extra lighting can make for a very elegant looking Christmas decoration.
Check your local thrift store – Someones else’s trash is another persons treasure. When you don’t money to go buy a lot of fancy decorations just drop by the thrift store. Sometimes people are just tired of the same old decorations and there is absolutely nothing wrong with them! Make sure if there is any lights involved that you have a store employee plug them in for you. You don’t want to get home and find out you have something that doesn’t work. Most of the time they have already checked before putting them out on the shelves but it’s better to be safe then sorry.
Decorate with words – Most every household has an old scrabble game sitting around in the closet. Well pull it out and play it once and then decorate with words! Scrabble letters look so cute sitting on a mantle or shelf spelled out in cute little words or sayings like Merry Christmas or Santa is Welcome.
Use things you already have – Check into your inventory and make sure you take full advantage of things that you already have. A red or green throw is great for hanging onto the back of the couch. Do your kids have Christmas books from years past? Put them out in a basket or standing up on a mantle, pull them down to read them and then place them back up for a cute decoration.
Use a frame – Do you have any old frames just begging for some use?? Spray paint a frame with white paint and just using the old frame (remove the back and the glass), add a bow to the top and hang some ornaments from the bow sort of hanging down onto the middle of the frame. Makes a cute wall hanging or even a decoration on the door.
What are some thrifty ways that you decorate for Christmas on a dime?? If we all share our great ideas together we can save a bundle of money and enjoy Christmas without breaking the bank!