The Most Expensive Time Of The Year.
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but also the most expensive time of the year too. It is no easy feat for some of us to decorate our houses. Decorations are pricey and a small festive Santa ornament can set you back $20.
When you have kids, gifts to get, a dinner to plan, and more, there is hardly enough cash to go around to fund the winter wonderland you wish your house could be.
What do you do when your paycheck won’t cover gifts, food, and making your home into a mini Santa’s grotto? Panic? No! You can still decorate on a budget, and what is better, is using your own unique inventive ideas can make your decorations and winter wonderland truly unique.
You do not need to spend a tonne of money on lights left, right, and center, or get the best inflatable Santa, or the most flashy ornaments, you can make plenty of decorations, and some decorations can be super simple.
As an artist would say, less is more, and we are sure that Saint Nick would agree!
You can easily repurpose plenty of the things already in your home, and fashion them into the most creative and unique Christmas decorations you can think of, just look at repurposingjunkie.com for plenty of inspiration!
This one is a great idea if you have kids. Kids love crafting, and secretly… we do too! Get some paper, card, paints, pencils, scissors, glue, and start crafting away.
Why use tinsel when you can make your own! That’s right, you can easily make your own tinsel! What about snowflake hanging decorations? That is super easy, or even a string of festive snowmen holding hands.
Wish you had a Christmas painting up? Why not try decoupage? Put your artistic cap on and gather some super simple crafting materials from the kids rafting section in Walmart, and you can create countless decorations yourself, for less than half the price of what stores charge for ready-made ones!
We all like Christmas ornaments, they change the atmosphere and make things feel super special. However, a good ornament in a shop can cost $20, $40, or even $60 or more! You can pick up cheap ones from a thrift store, but why do that when you can get creative. Have some spare baubles? Pop them into a basket, or bowl.
Pine cones also make for some Christmassy decor, lather them in glitter, and they’ll look extra pretty!
If you have some ornaments, bought or hand made, why not hang them up in a cheap dollar store piece of tinsel!
A Christmas Card Goes A Long Way.
Christmas cards are great to get, and they remind us we are being thought of, even if we haven’t seen people for a while.
However, they also make for epic Christmas Dinner decorations. You can make them into a collage, or attach them together via a piece of ribbon and hang them on your wall, or door. If you are feeling inventive, you could even try to create a hanging decoration from your stair railing with strings of cards, all you need is some ribbon or string and some tape. Voilà!
Fake Snow? Easy!
Okay, this one is messy, but Christmas is messy anyway, so it is okay. If you require some fake snow for your tree or a winter wonderland scene, and fake snow is just too expensive, having a hole puncher can change everything!
Use a hole puncher to create some gorgeous snow. And a few sheets of paper will create a lot more than you think
Similarly, if you have any old pillows or duvets you do not need anymore, the stuffing inside can actually make for a great realistic blanket of snow under your tree.
Real or battery operated, candles make for perfect winter ambiance. Even having some tea lights lit around the house can change the mood in your home from traditional to Christmassy!
Getting some Seasonal candle holders will exacerbate the ambiance.
Oranges, Pine cones and Cinnamon.
Ahh, the smell of Christmas! Cinnamon is such a wintry smell, and mixed with citrus it smells like a warm cup of mulled wine by a wood fire.
Dry some orange, and cinnamon and oak it in oils, then pop it into a basket, and you have your very own Christmas potpourri!
You can also get essential oils that smell like this to save you the effort.