Top 5 Tips to Save Money on Christmas Decorations
It seems there’s no end to the holiday spending: presents, food, tree, wrapping paper and ribbon. Some expenses like Christmas balls or fairy lights are one time purchases. Others like a turkey or a door wreath have to be purchased year after year. So what happens if you get tired of the same old Christmas decorations? In this economy, few of us can afford to buy brand-new glass Christmas balls or garlands. That’s why we’ve compiled some ways that you can take materials lying around your home in order to make the most of your holiday decorations, and save money in the process.
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1. Jazz it Up
One of the things we forget is how easy it is to liven up tired decorations. By coating Christmas balls with glitter or tying scraps of ribbon on the end of ornaments, your tree can have a polished new sparkle. If a Christmas decoration starts to look worn out, try painting it, covering it with glitter, or gluing small jewels to it. Craft supplies like paint pens and craft pearls can be found at your local art store. It’s amazing the dazzle a little bling can bring!
2. Home-Spun Warmth
Recycling isn’t just for trash—some of the hottest new trends in window displays and home decoration involving recycling everyday objects and turning them into works of art. A Styrofoam ball covered in strips of newspaper can become an avant-garde Christmas ball. Green glass wine and juice bottles can become vases for red and white flowers. Left over wrapping paper can be folded into origami stars or cut into snow flakes for a charming window display. See what’s lying around your home and let your imagination run wild!
3. Good Enough to Eat
Many traditional Christmas decorations from the Victorian period were constructed out of edible materials. Cranberries and popcorn were strung onto long pieces of thick thread, then wrapped around the Christmas tree or the banister. Oranges were stuck full of cloves and placed around the home as fragrant Christmas balls. Apple slices were dried and arranged into wreaths. Try placing some glass Christmas balls and cinnamon sticks on a bowl, or arrange strands of dried lemon wedges around the house
4. Smashing Fashion
In order to make room for the new sweaters and ties that are sure to be under the tree, it might be a good idea to go through your closet and remove old and unfashionable clothing. But rather than throwing those clothes away, use them to add a homey feel to your decorations. Cut a t-shirt into scraps and tie a ribbon around plain Christmas balls. Use the fabric to wrap up presents instead of going out and purchasing costly wrapping paper. If you’re feeling really adventurous, use the fabric scraps to sew snowmen, candy canes, or Christmas trees onto decorative cushions.
5. Make it Personal
Little presents can go further if you can spend a little extra time to add some personal touches. Rather than purchasing fancy electronics, spend some time thinking about who the present is going to, and what they really need and love. If you notice a cat-loving friend’s Christmas tree is a little bare, try buying Christmas balls in the shape of cats. If a neighbour loves ships, a small model-ship kit will be more appreciated than a flashy fruit basket. Get into the spirit of the season, and give presents from the heart (not from the wallet).