The Christmas holiday can put a strain on the wallet. Between gifts, food, and decorating, many people find themselves in a lot of debt come January. You do not need to sacrifice in any of these departments, just spend wisely. Here are ways to decorate your home in holiday fashion without going broke.
Step 1: Use candles. Fill a basket with green and red apples and place a pillar candle within a candleholder in the middle. Use an overturned jar or can to raise the candleholder, if necessary. Center a large pillar candle in some holly or evergreens displayed in the middle of a table. Fill mason jars with mints, cinnamon candies, or cranberries and place a votive candle in a candleholder on top of these.
Step 2: Take inventory of what you have and use it. Hang ornaments or bows from windows. Place a toy sled or wagon by the front door, filled with gifts, stuffed animals, or antique toys. String popcorn and cranberries to make garland.
Step 3: Gather some holly and evergreens from outside. Cut the evergreen boughs and attach them with wire to create long swags. Use these around a door or on a banister or mantle. Or, make an evergreen wreath for the front door or the wall of a room. Add a bow to give it that extra touch. Collect pinecones and place them into a basket. If you like, spray paint them gold or silver or use fake snow. If they are used in front of a fireplace, glue glitter onto them to catch the light.
Step 4: Visit a thrift shop, consignment store, or garage sale. Clean ornaments and paint them if necessary. Glue ribbons on them or cover them with glitter. Add fake snow to worn fake greenery and accent the item with bows or ribbons.