4 Budget Christmas Decorating Ideas

| November 21, 2012

lavender wreathGetting ready to deck the halls for the holiday season but worried about Santa’s slim budget? Read on for some Christmas and holiday decorating ideas that will help you get your home dressed for the holidays and still make sure Santa has enough holiday funds left over to fill his sleigh. Then find savings on the fun and unique Christmas decoration projects by checking out DexKnows local listings.

Get in touch with nature

Looking for inexpensive ideas for Christmas decorating? Head into your own backyard. Clippings from shrubs and evergreens, as well as flowers that dry well, can be be used as greenery in your home, according to TLC. Wrap them into garlands or wreaths or put a few sprigs into your floral centerpiece. Country Living suggests gathering up pinecones to tuck into baskets or add woodsy style to your mantle. Give those cones a spritz of metallic paint and use them as ornaments or festive present toppers.

Other natural items that can boost your holiday style, are fruits, such as oranges or other citrus fruits, marshmallows or even wheat.

Reuse and recycle

Got an old sled that won’t slide or skis that are no longer slope-ready? Use them to create a wintery holiday display, and give yourself a pat on the back for making this season’s holiday decor eco-friendly. Old toys can get new life as tree ornaments, according to Martha Stewart. Even worn-out mittens can take center stage.

Your Christmas can get even greener if you reuse items that might otherwise end up in a landfill. Esprit cabane shows how empty water bottles can turn into sparkling ornaments. Also consider new uses for wine corks, such as this festive wreath by P. Allen Smith Garden Home.

Look around your home for throwaway and everyday items that you can turn into holiday décor such as wreaths, ornaments or even a festive centerpiece.

Focus on friends and family

Greeting cards can be turned into this year’s homey décor. Martha Stewart teaches how to turn last year’s cards into ornaments, while Better Homes and Gardens shows how you can use this year’s cards as artwork by putting them on a decorative board. Readers Digest even suggests turning them into a swag, or a garland, to drape across the mantle or across a doorway.

Get the kids involved

Your kids can create folksy artwork for your holiday home, too. Christmas stockings, candy streamers and yarn Christmas trees are just a few of the great holiday decorating ideas you can help them to make. Older kids can even help make beautiful Christmas candles, such as these at Spoonful, to light up your holiday season.

Ultimately, you don’t have to spend a lot to make your home cozy and festive this holiday season. Just look around at what you already have, and you may able to incorporate everyday items into your holiday display. Check out DexKnows local listings to find craft and hobby stores in your area or even thrift shops where you can pick up some items to get your home ready for winter guests.

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