{Tips} Holiday Decorating on a Budget

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
We’re still recovering from wedding expenses so I’m limited for holiday spending and having to get creative this year.  Not being able to go out and binge shop on Christmas supplies was actually pretty liberating this year and I took it as a challenge. Here are some tips I used to stay within my budget-friendly bounds this year .
examples of holiday decor
 
Inventory and Plan – my first step was to figure out what decorations I had and what non-Christmas craft supplies were available in my own home.  My existing Christmas stock was small but plentiful. Aside from a pre-lit faux tree from my apartment days, I had ornaments, pillows, gift wrap, tags, stockings, ribbon, and so much more!  After an assessment I was able to narrow down my decorating focal areas to fireplaces, front door, and dining tables. 

DIY when Possible – I decided to make what I couldn’t buy this year décor wise to cut costs. So my centerpieces, front door, table runner (my favorite Christmas Carol written on Craft paper), and even my Christmas cards this year are DIY.  Shout out to Pinterest for being the gift (and curse) that makes my holiday season bright.

Beg, Borrow, Recycle - using low cost items is not a new concept (I know). But I needed to remind myself that aside from my local Dollar Tree, everyday living provides me with ample supplies (jars, linens, cans, pine cones, etc.). Getting creative with some of my desirable essentials was as easy as grabbing some holly from my yard, asking a neighbor for left over paint, or repurposing what I already had. So thank you unused spray paint, wedding leftovers, and Mom for being available in my time of need!
gift wrapped art on a mantel
 
lanterns, ornaments, and craft paper
  
holiday decor with mason jar and ribbon


simple holiday tree
simple tree and lights
 

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