Friday, December 14, 2012

Inexpensive and Creative Holiday Decorations

Have you been wondering where in the world I am?! I'm here I promise!!! I've had so much on my plate lately I've felt like I can't get a moments rest.  Want to know a secret that's bumming me out... I've been so busy I haven't decorated for Christmas yet!!!
That's actually what got me brainstorming ways I can start decorating - but for less....
Do you ever feel like coming up with lavish Christmas decorations can’t be for you because of the crazy high cost of filling your home with beautiful decorations?  It can be overwhelming to see beautiful landscapes on tables, topped off mantels, and filled up Christmas trees but all you see is expensive dollar signs!

Ways to save while decorating for the holidays

I wanted to come up with a few inexpensive ways we can save money, but still fill our home with beautiful decorations for the holidays.
There’s multiple ways to decorate but still be budget friendly on your wallet such as using thrift store repurposed items, bringing in nature as key decorating elements, and even using your own day to day items in your home just redressed with some Holiday spirit.

Last year I did a few projects for the Holidays that save on money:

Napkin Pillow CoverLeft: Thrifted Sweater Pillow, Right: Holiday Napkin Pillow Cover
Throw pillows are a super easy way to fill your couch with holiday spirit, but store bought ones can add up fast.  Change out the covers for DIY holiday inspired ones to keep the cost low.

Tablecloth Tree SkirtTablecloth Tree Skirt
Tree skirts can have a high price tag, and I have always been a fan of simple pieces so I turned an inexpensive table cloth into our tree skirt.

Tinsel TreesTinsel Tree Crafts
Using inexpensive tinsel and paper cones I made beautiful new Christmas trees that can fill my mantel with ease.

Here’s a few other ways to decorate your home for the holiday season without breaking the bank on decorations.

Using a shutter as card displaySource
Using thrifted items and repurposing them during the holiday season is one of the most inexpensive ways to fill your home with joy!
View Along the
Kelly used her own tree clippings from her yard to add volume and texture to the simple dollar garland that never fills a space well.  She has some great tips where to find tree clippings if you don’t have the right trees in your own yard.

I love wreaths as holiday décor but they can cost a pretty penny.  DIYing your own is the easiest and most inexpensive way to impact your front door.  Bonnie uses inexpensive materials to create this beautiful wreath that would be a high cost item if you purchased it new!  Can’t find any dipped pinecones in the store?  You could even use ones from your backyard and dip them in your own paint!
Ornaments can be a high investment to fill your tree.  Jessica made these cinnamon dough ornaments and filled her tree with beautiful new ornaments with little to no cost to her wallet, and also filled her home with that holiday cinnamon scent too! 

The Space Between
I love love love this mantel from! Karah uses so many rustic elements that come together beautifully!  She uses a lot of materials she had around the home, and just repurposed them into décor items.  The holiday season is a time to look at what you have and try to give it new life for inexpensive decorating tips! (She also links to a lot of other posts where she has DIY tutorials for a lot of items up on her mantel!)

Back to using nature as a main source of décor pieces!  It’s so simple, inexpensive, makes a huge impact and smells great!  Jenna uses a old tree log and makes it into a mantel piece that holds candles.  She has repurposed this piece over and over again between her mantel to her tablescapes, using it for multiple holidays too!  It is such a versatile piece and looks great.

Simply Klassic
Printables are another way to add beautiful new pieces of art that are inexpensive, but make a statement.  Kristin shares her free printables for the Holiday season on her blog, I love this one, plus she share a couple others. Simply visit her blog and download the piece and have developed to the size of your choice.  Place it in a frame and you have instant beautiful inexpensive art thanks to her!

Now to start using my tips and advice and make it time to start decorating this weekend for Christmas!



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  2. Great roundup Pamela and thank you so much for including my mantel. xo Jenna


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