Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the smells, the tastes, the sights, the movies, the music. There isn’t much I dislike about Christmas. One of my favorite things about Christmas is all the decorations. I love decorating my house for Christmas. But decorations can be so expensive. Our budget doesn’t allow for us to buy new decorations very often. So what’s a frugal girl to do?
Make the best of what she has, of course!
While there are many items you can use to create a lovely but frugal Christmas, I have two things that I really like to use to decorate in different ways: shatterproof ball ornaments and pinecones. When paired with items I already own, like bowls and vases, they can create a beautiful home for Christmas.
Let’s start with the pinecones. Pinecones always seem so festive to me. They are especially great if you tend to lean to a more rustic or primitive decorating style. One of my favorite things to do with pinecones is just put them in a pretty bowl for a centerpiece. You could also add a glass votive holder and candle to the middle. Just be careful that the pinecones aren’t piled too high and fall into the candle.
Another thing I like to do with pinecones is to tie a small ribbon on the top and a use a little piece of string or fishing line to hang them on my interior doors. It adds a little rustic, festive touch to the whole house.
There’s even more you can do with pinecones. I have tied a small plastic snowflake with them and attached to the corners of my interior doors. You could get a wreath form and create your own pinecone wreath that would be useable in the fall as well.
(Note: One thing to know about pinecones is that you need to prep them first so they don’t make everything sticky. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil, lay the pinecones on it in a single layer, and bake at 200 degrees F for about 1 hour.)
I also love to use shatterproof Christmas balls. I like them in all sizes but the mini ones seem to be the most versatile. I love that they come in so many colors. You can usually find them to match your color theme. Mine is blue and silver. They are usually around $3 per package but I purchased mine in an after Christmas sale for half price. One of the things I do every year is put them in a glass vase. I usually like to put it in the window sill over my kitchen sink. I like to see a bit of Christmas while I do the dishes. I sometimes weave some narrow tinsel rope in as well but sometimes do just the balls. It would also be quite pretty with some white lights weaved in.
Another thing I have been doing the past few years with the mini ornament balls is to put them inside a wine glass. Once the balls are in, I turn the wine glass over, carefully, and put a tea light on top. Two or three of those, depending on the size of your table, makes for a pretty and inexpensive centerpiece.
With the regular sized ornament balls I have also hung them from a curtain rod with fishing line. The fishing line makes them look like they are floating. I love that affect!
These are just some of the ways that I use what we have and a few inexpensive purchased decorations to create a simple but lovely home for Christmas. I hope I have given you some ideas of what you can do in your home as well. With a little garland and some lights as well, you can do a lot with very little money. 🙂
Julie is a wife, mom, crafter, Christian, and country girl. You can find her blogging over at Logger’s Wife.
Logger’s Wife is a frugal living blog that helps the average woman learn how to stretch her budget but still live a good life. Basically, she teaches women how to “rub two pennies together to make a dime.” Logger’s Wife is also a Christian and parenting lifestyle blog. Julie shares the good, the bad, and the ugly as she learns this whole parenting thing and learning how to be a better follower of Christ. You can follow Julie on Facebook
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