It is right around this time of year that my budget really starts to feel the pinch. I know I am not alone in feeling this way and realize that all of us could use a little extra cash during the holiday season. One place where you can cut costs and save a few bucks is with your Christmas decor. Cheap Christmas decorations can be found all around you if you only take the time to look and be a little creative.
1. Utilize Candles
Candles give off a romantic and festive glow throughout the year, but you can use them as beautiful accents to your Christmas decor and they are cheap! Available for $.25-$1 at the dollar store, you can get tapers, votives or even pillar candles to help bring a holiday glow to any room.
Plain glass holders can also be found at the dollar stores and can be trimmed with holiday ribbon or even painted to give a more sophisticated look. Don’t be afraid to mix and match candles of different heights for a more bold look on a mantle or table.
2. Pretty the Place Up With Poinsettias
Nothing says Merry Christmas like a poinsettia. The brightly colored plants bring a festive look to both the inside and outside of your home. Use them in bunches for a lively display or place them along on a shelf or table as an accent piece. Not only can poinsettias be used as budget Christmas decor, they also make great low cost Christmas gifts as well. On sale for as little as $.99 throughout the season, these make the perfect gift for acquaintences who you don’t really know how to shop for.
3. Get Creative With Nature
There are many cheap holiday decorations waiting right outside your door if you take a look. Pinecones are one of the greatest natural Christmas decorations. Gather some in a brightly colored basket and place them in a corner for a quick and easy decoration or sprinkle them with different color glitter for a sparkly statement.
Twine and twigs can be melded together to form an affordable wreath. Add sprigs of berries, holly or even hot glued cranberries to add a dash of color and finish the look.
4. Get Crafty
Creating your own holiday decroations is another great way to cut costs. Paper chains are a popular homemade Christmas decoration and they can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes. Use them to decorate your tree, trim a table or even hang them on the wall or around a curtain rod.
Another great crafty idea for the holidays are popcorn strings. I have fond memories of sitting around and making popcorn strings each Christmas. Want to add a little color? Add some cranberries after every few pieces of popcorn for a beautiful touch of red.
5. Get the Kids Involved
Kids love Christmas, love to help and adore making things, so why not involve them in creating fun and festive holiday decorations? Budget friendly Christmas tree ornaments can be easily crafted by children, using nothing more than some yarn, construction paper and markers. Let the children decorate ornaments for their own tree or create pictures of what Christmas means to them and hang them on the wall.
Crafts like handprint wreaths give you a lasting memory that you can cherish for years to come and are simple and affordable to make.
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What are your favorite tips for cutting costs on Christmas decor?