Holiday Decorating on a Budget

Nothing says Christmas more than twinkling lights, wreaths, and the smell of pine. Purchasing these items year after year can be costly. Trying to revive the ghosts of Christmas past can be cost effective but challenging. Here are few tips to help with the inbetween:

Branch Out - Simple branches from your yard—whether from green firs or bare deciduous trees— make excellent decorations when you add a little spray paint. Cover dry branches with silver or gold spray paint, then place in a vase for an entryway or dining room table decoration. Not decorating a full-on Christmas tree this year? Hang a few ornaments on the branches for an instant holiday tree.

Show Your Cards - Do you hang onto holiday cards because they’re just too pretty to throw out? Turn last year’s cards (or leftover cards from your own mailing) into works of art. Attach the cards (just the fronts) to mat board using Spray Mount, double sided tape or rubber cement. Trim the mat board to fit just a single card, or cover a large piece of mat board with multiple cards. Turn them into a hanging banner or swag. Using a piece of twine, tack to a mantle or other appropriate place. Hang the cards over the twine for a beautiful holiday display.

Go Natural - Natural elements, like evergreen branches, pinecones, and berries, make simple candles look festive. Display them together on a table or mantle. Just make sure to place candles in a protective holder, like a hurricane glass, so the branches or pine cones don’t accidentally catch on fire.

Tie It Up - Tie a bow around your throw pillows with holiday colored ribbons, and they’ll look just like Christmas gifts! Add a rhinestone pin for an extra kick.

Brighten Up - Cranberry-filled vases add a beautiful splash of Christmas red to any room. Or use 3 or more clear glass wine bottles or other household bottles. You can even take it a step further and add flowers, twigs, or greenery with water.

Frame It - Turn holiday wrapping paper into instant artwork by sliding it into a frame. Or frame your favorite greeting cards and hang in a collection.

Spray It - Turn empty bottles (from wine, juice, or beer) into holiday decorations with a little spray paint. Try holiday colors like red, green, or blue, or go fancy with silver or gold metallic paint. You can fill with flowers or

branches, or just place a line of bottles on a long table for an elegant display.

Just Add Water - Take clear vases or bottles, fill them with water, and add holiday-colored food coloring—a few drops will do. Then line the bottles up in a row, or add floating candles for an extra festive touch.

Turn the Lights Up - Take holiday-colored ribbon and pin or glue it around the bottom of your lamp shade. It’s a simple way to add a splash of color before a cocktail party.

Decorate the Door - Make your own holiday wreaths. Go outside and cut almost any type of greenery that you see, bend it into a circle and tie with anything you have, whether fishing string, ribbon or rope. Hang it on your door and add ribbons or ornaments as desired. Or gift wrap your door to look like a Christmas gift.

A little glue, ribbon, construction paper, and creativity can turn your home into a winter wonderland. If anyone is interesting in previous holiday tips on budgeting, creative gift giving, and saving money, contact your case manager, we would be happy to provide any information from previous Holiday articles.

Enjoy your holidays, may they be blessed!

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