Home Decorating on a Budget: Christmas Decoration Ideas

You really don't have to spend a lot of money decorating your home for Christmas. There are many ways to decorate that are both tasteful and inexpensive for the holiday season. As usual, I turned to the internet to round up as many fabulous, budget friendly Christmas decorating ideas that I could find. Some are traditional, some are bold and some are more unique (at least I thought so anyway), but any of them can be achieved to make your home look gorgeous without spending tons of money. Many are made with existing items that you probably already have around your home- these are the best ones! I hope you enjoy going through these budget decorating ideas for Christmas and hopefully you will find something that may work for you in your home.


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At Home for Christmas I found this decorated fireplace mantel. I LOVE the large mirror with the snowflakes scattered around and also the ice cycles below hanging from the mantel piece. This would be very easy to do plus inexpensive too. The snowflakes look to be foam shapes. Just think if you added some glitter to them. Also, Hobby Lobby has big letters for 1.00 a piece. They aren't like those in the photo. They are more flat but they would work!

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I was looking around at the The Inspired Room and found these candle jars. I'll tell ya, for something so simple, these sure are beautiful! I can picture having them on a mantel or a bar. I bet they really are something in the dark. I believe she has a mixture of Epsom salt and glitter for the snow in the jars. Be sure to click the link to see more ideas!

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I am really impressed with these DIY Christmas tree decorations I found at The Exchange. What is so amazing is how cheap they were to make. Have some poster board and some fabric laying around? Click on the link and go to the end of the page to see the tutorial on how to make these trees. I'm telling you.. you will not be disappointed. These are super easy to make and super cheap too!

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Love, love, love these hanging decorations from Frugal Design Girl via Apartment Therapy! You could make these in your own colors and prints. She doesn't share how she does it except that she used leftover wrapping paper. I think I would cut out circles from cardstock and then glue the glue wrapping paper (cut in circles to match card stock circles)- just so they will be more sturdy. I think these would be really nice to hang around for a Christmas party, too.

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Home Design Decorating has many, many beautiful Christmas décor ideas. I love these candles and how simple they are to re-create. The peppermint stick candle is easy. Just get some red or white candles and glue the peppermint sticks all around. You can do the same thing with cinnamon sticks too. I especially love the candles with greenery all around them on the bottom left. If you have some vases, you can easily do this. Just go get some greenery from some bushes outside. Put it in the vase and add a candle!

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How creative are these upside down wine glasses used as candle holders that I found at Interior Designing Blog!! Talk about simple to do but SO, so pretty! The minute I saw this I automatically thought, I could go to thrift stores, etc and buy different sizes and shapes of these glasses and come up with a really nice and unique candle grouping for just a few bucks. I love the leaves being showcased in the upside down glasses too.

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Martha Stewart has some of the best Christmas decorating ideas! I came across these punched paper candle holders. It is made by wrapping the decorative paper with a punched hole design around a hurricane vase. Hurricane vases are not expensive and many times you can find them at thrift stores even less inexpensive. I love the ideas of this because you can use different prints and colors to mix and match. Also, she does have a template to follow for the hole punching but you could very well make your own template and punch out whatever shapes you want. Love it!!

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Nothing is more beautiful than a chandelier adorned with beautiful, blingy ornaments. Don't you agree! Unfortunately, I don't have any chandeliers in my home but if you do, you are in luck! Check out this one at Everyday Beauty. You can decorate your own in whatever colors you like and enjoy the beautiful, bright sparkles as you are sitting at your dinner table. Maybe I'll hang a faux chandelier in my apartment :) It would certainly be worth it to me.

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I found this and tons more ideas for decorating with branches at Inspire Bohemia. Super simple to make and easy on the pocketbook! If you have some white spray paint and some ornaments and some sort of vase to anchor it in, you are good to go. If you don't have the spray paint, leave the branch natural. I've never really thought much about using actual branches but after seeing all the photos on the site, branches can be used to make some stunning Christmas décor. Go and see at Inspire Bohemia and see what I mean!



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This is a unique idea I found at Beyond Drapery. Got some ornaments, glass candlestick holders and some glitter glue? What a neat idea, using round glass ornaments to spell a Christmas word. I believe some glitter glue or something like that would be perfect for writing the letters on the ornaments. You could switch up the colors of course. Lots of possibilities with this one for sure. There are some other very nice décor ideas as well but this was my favorite.

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Lots of great Christmas décor ideas at Digs Digs! This one is so pretty. I love all the different shades of pink candle sticks. The glass candlestick holders really make it elegant. It's simple, yet very pretty, I think.

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Get the directions to make this simple, yet stunning candle centerpiece at Wandering Mist. I love the natural look to this one and it's made with real greenery too. Candlelight and greenery makes for perfect Christmas décor. You could dress it up with some poinsettias or something like that.

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Throw pillows are a beautiful touch around Chrismtastime. They really help get you into the holiday spirit. I managed to find a tutorial for these super cute snowflake throw pillows at Noodlehead. I absolutely LOVE snowflakes and this tutorial look pretty simple. They are made from felt. If you don't have a sewing machine, you can hand stitch or use a fabric glue. I would hand stitch the seams and glue the snowflake on. It's not complicated and fairly simple to do.


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Go to Practical Enrichment to see this colorful hanging 'curtain' of ornaments and for some great decorating tips. This is bit colorful for my taste but still it's very pretty. I think I would use some silver and gold ornaments and hang them with smaller width organza ribbon with a bow where the string attaches to the ornament. It can easily be changed to suit your own taste.


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This is such a bold way to decorate and I love it! I found it at Yossawat but I couldn't find the how to so I'll share how I would do it. I would cut big snowflake shapes out of cardboard, paint white and maybe add some glitter. For the big stars I would use the paper star lantern template I found at bookmarked at Homemade Gifts Made Easy- so grateful for this awesome tutorial! I would just hang the paper star as it is without adding lights. Of course, adding lights would be fabulous too. All of these would be hung with fishing string to give the illusion that they are just floating in the air. Love, love, love!!


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At Georgia Peachez I found this low effort, high impact idea that will blow your mind! Simply take existing large to medium sized artwork or photo frames that are hanging on your walls and wrap them up like presents complete with a bow and hang them BACK on your wall. Christmas gifts hanging on your walls! How easy is that? It's a fun, bold way to decorate for Christmas.

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This is a very pretty Chrismtas card holder/Wreath found at Fern Creek Cottage. She said she used muted colors on the clothespins so it could be used all year round but you could make one especially for Christmas cards in your favorite Christmas colors. She shows you exactly how she made it and it's very easy. For a tutorial on how to make the decorative clothespins see my hub here. Displaying Christmas cards received is always a nice touch.


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Look at this beautiful candle holder I found at Beauty and Bedlam. It's basically some Christmas balls, garland and some candles in a bowl.. it's so pretty and easy to make too. I would just make sure to have the candles anchored down solid before putting the balls and garland around and make sure to keep an eye on it so the candles do not burn down too far. This would be a nice centerpiece for the table to light just while having dinner. Don't you think? So pretty!


Thank you so much for dropping by to read my hub.. I hope you have found these ideas useful in your efforts to save money while decorating for the holidays.

Merry Christmas!


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Jamie Brock 11 months ago from Texas Author

aesta1- oh good! Glad this hub was helpful for you :)


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Jamie Brock 11 months ago from Texas Author

Raguett-Thank you!


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Jamie Brock 11 months ago from Texas Author

listsnthings-Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it :)


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listsnthings 11 months ago from London, United Kingdom

Thanks So many simple but really effective and unique Christmas decorating ideas and tips


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raguett 12 months ago

another great post thanks for sharing


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aesta1 13 months ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow, being away from home and having given away all my Christmas decorations, I am happy to use some of these ideas to give our winter place some Christmas spirit.


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Jamie Brock 23 months ago from Texas Author

carter06- Thank you so much! I really appreciate it.. and so glad you enjoyed the hub :)


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carter06 24 months ago from Cronulla NSW

I don't think I saw this when you first posted it Jamie.. and just as great to read now..great tips for an inexpensive Christmas..super ideas..will tweet & share..Cheers


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Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas Author

velzipmur- Glad you enjoyed this hub! Thank you for dropping by!


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velzipmur 2 years ago from Maryland

Thanks for sharing this, I loved the ideas you provided and it gave me some ideas of my own.


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Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hendrika- Glad you found this useful..thank you for dropping by!


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Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

I have been looking for a real quick and easy centre piece and I think the bowl with candles and bubbles will do just fine, thanks


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

TopTenChristmas- Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the hub :)


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TopTenChristmas 3 years ago from Christmas Village

My wife is a designer so I was trying to come up with some ideas for her for once. You've given me a lot to think about!


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

Paul Kuehn- Thank you for sharing about some of the crafts over in Thailand... what a great experience getting to work there! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.. I think there are so many different things we can make out of materials that people usually regard as trash. I make it my mission to find these types of crafts and share them. Thank you so much for the vote up and for sharing.. I really appreciate it :)


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

Dannie Rae- Thank you :) I'm so glad this hub has inspired you and that you are doing some projects! Have fun decorating and thanks so much for dropping by!


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Jamie,

You have presented a lot of great useful ideas for making Christmas decorations on a budget. At the school where I work in Thailand I saw some of the Philippine instructors making ornaments out of empty washed cans of Pepsi and Coke. Bells were made from styrofoam coffee cups and decorated with paper. Voted up as very useful and sharing with followers.


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Dannie Rae 3 years ago from Boulder, CO

These are such wonderful ideas. Thank you for making decorating for Christmas a little bit easier. I am already in the process of buying some materials online for a couple projects.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

tebo- You are welcome.. so glad you enjoyed the hub :) The upside down glasses were one of my faves too. I hope you have lots of fun decorating your home for Christmas this year!


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tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

There are so many lovely christmas decorating ideas in your lovely hub. I like the upside down wine glass candle holders - great and I do like the curtain made from decorations on ribbon. Thanks for so many suggestions to brighten up Christmas.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

tammyswallow- Wow... that is super sweet of you to say... thank you so much:) I'm glad that you love so many of the ideas here and truly appreciate that you have shared and pinned. I am obsessed with DIY stuff so I'm always on the look out for new ideas and so glad you have found these useful :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is one of the most eye pleasing décor hubs I have ever scene. I LOVE glass and light. I love the Wandering Mist and the upside down wine glasses. This hub is full of wonderful ideas. Sharing and pinning.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Green Art- Thank you for stopping by... I love that you have found this hub useful! I was trying to find ideas about décor that people could make with things that they may already have around the house. I had never seen the holly under the wine glasses like that but really thought that was very different and creative. Thank you so much for visiting and for the votes up :)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Better Yourself- You are welcome :O) The mason jars are one of my favorites... they are so easy yet they yield such a stunning result. Thanks for dropping by, glad you enjoyed the hub!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Bobbi L Johnson- Thank you :) I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.. hope you have lots of fun creating some pretty Christmas decorations for your home!


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Green Art 4 years ago

So many great ideas here. Love the holly under the glasses with the t-lights on top or should I say bottom of the glass. Anyway, very fun and festive idea. The white bowl with candles and beads is a simple and beautiful idea too. Voted UP and useful!


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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great ideas! I especially love the mason jars with candles and the red and white décor! All of these ideas would be easy to recreate. Thanks for sharing!


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Bobbi L Johnson 4 years ago from Red Deer AB

Great job! These are stunning ideas and I'm really in the mood to be creative, especially with Christmas around the corner. It's great that I know these sites exist for future reference.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Kimberly Vaughn- Thank you :) I love those candle holders with the ornaments too... it's a bit different but so pretty. Thank you so much for dropping by :)


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Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

Great ideas! I really like the glass candlestick holders with ornaments on top.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

faythef- You are welcome :) I would love to do that clothes pin wreath too... It looks really easy and it's perfect to hold all the Christmas cards. Thank you so much for dropping by!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

KerryAnita- I love decorating for Christmas too.. it's so much fun! Thank you for dropping by.... so glad this hub has inspired you!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Miss Mimi- Thank you so much... I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! I'm always looking for ways to save $... especially around the holidays :) Thank you for the votes up and for sharing this too!


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faythef 4 years ago from USA

So many great ideas..I am sure to incorporate some of them in my decorating this year..I think I will start with the clothes pin..card hanging idea....thank you.


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KerryAnita 4 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

Great Ideas! I LOVE decorating for christmas, so will definitely have to give some of these a try!


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Miss Mimi 4 years ago from On the road again

This are great ideas, I love how easy and customizable these all look. Really wonderful hub, with great photos. Voted up and shared!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

The Frog Princess- Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment :) I am so happy to hear this hub has come in useful for you and has given you some ideas. I think natural elements are wonderful and just perfect for Christmas time decorating! I have been thinking about pine cones a lot lately.. in fact, I'm about to publish a pine cone crafts and décor hub.. you may want to have a look at that as well for more ideas! Thank you again for stopping by.. and Merry Christmas to you and yours :)


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The Frog Princess 4 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

Merry Christmas from my home to yours. As I begin to start on each room of my home and new life the excitement of decorating each one to a fashion I have never done before and I have been on the web for great new ideas. Your article gave me some ideas. I this year am doing my home in an ole Christmas theme with a lot of nature from the outdoors. Its been fun gathering up what God gives us to use and design into something special. I am looking so forward to a long month of enjoying the décor with family, friends and love ones in my life.

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

moonlake- Thank you for the vote up and for sharing... so glad you enjoyed the hub! I actually just moved into a different apartment and we have a chandelier in the dining room. I can't wait to decorate it! Thank you for dropping by and for commenting :)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Just Ask Susan- Aww.. thanks for the pin and the share! I am so glad you enjoyed the hub. I fell in love with those jars with the candles and salt in them too... So pretty and I bet the salt sort of sparkles in the dark. Thank you so much for dropping by :)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Esther Strong- Thank you for dropping by and for commenting. I love those upside down glasses too. I thought it was unique as I had never seen anything like that before. The presents on the walls is such a genius idea I thought.. It's something simple you can do with things you already have and it really makes such nice decoration for the holidays. I'm so glad the hub inspired you.. take care!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

khmohsin- Thank you for commenting, I'm glad that you enjoyed all the images. There are so many creative things we can do.. I always hope my hubs will inspire people. Thank you so much for the like and for the vote up!


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khmohsin 4 years ago from London,UK

Jamie Brock,

you elaborated your topic with creative images. I am too much impressed with these ideas as i am keen interested in decorating my house, but you explained the topic with budget. A huge thanks for sharing your creativity to us.

Liked and voted up


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Esther Strong 4 years ago from UK

My favourites are the upsidedown glasses with leaves in topped with candles. Beautiful.

Presents on the walls - how unique.

Thanks for these inspiring ideas.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

All these ideas are fantastic. I especially like the candle in the jars with the Epsom salts.

Pinning and sharing.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Great ideas. Your right it never has to be expensive to deocrate for Christmas. I always hang Christmas ornaments from my chandeliers. It think they look so pretty on them. Vote up and shared.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Barbergirl- Thank you, I'm glad you like these ideas. I love those upside down wine glasses too. It's time to start planning, Christmas is just around the corner :) Thank you so much for dropping by :0)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

These are great suggestions. I particularly love the upside down wine glasses. I might have to recreate it for a Christmas gift or for my own purposes! And I bet with some of those flameless candles and you could really have something to treasure year after year! Great hub - and it isn't too soon for Christmas!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

vibesites- That's one of the main reasons I did the hub, even those who feel like they are not the crafty type could do this stuff and the best part is it really doesn't cost a whole lot. I am glad you enjoyed the hub, thank you for stopping by :)


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vibesites 4 years ago from United States

I love topics such at this. Making these things "on a budget" really engenders creativity aside from practical sense. Great hub all around! :)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Au fait- Hi, thank you for the wonderful comment! I totally agree with you, I think it's a smart idea to make gifts and decorations through the year and put them in storage, it helps to cut down on stress of shopping and to actually be able to enjoy Christmastime. So often, I am way too stressed out and really do not even get to enjoy the holiday, usually because of worrying about money and buying gifts. It would be nice to finally be able to go through a Christmas and enjoy it instead of it being the most stressful time of the year. Thank you for the votes and for sharing, I really appreciate it!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

carter06- You are so welcome, thank you for dropping by and leaving such a nice comment :) I love hearing that you will give some of them a try! Thank you so much for the positive feedback, vote up and for sharing :)


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Gee these are such great ideas and can see how easy some of them are to do...will def try some this year...thanks for sharing this...up & awesome, beautiful & shared...cheers


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

You have so many inexpensive and pretty ideas here and Christmas will be here before you know it. Wise if you are doing a handmade Christmas to get started early so you will have more time to enjoy the holidays instead so much rushing. Make decorations and put in storage for a couple of months, and if there are a lot of gifts to make, the sooner your started the more likely you'll be better organized and have time to enjoy the festivities.

Fabulous ideas and fantastic hub as always! Voting you up and awesome as always too, and will share!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

lisasuniquevoice: Thank you for stopping by! Yes, I love those ornaments hanging by the ribbons and I bet they look really pretty hanging in your kitchen window. Thank you again for reading my hub and I hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas :0)


lisasuniquevoice 4 years ago

Jamie,

I love your pictures. You've got great inexpensive ideas that all look like they would cost so much less than they probably do. I'm going to put up those ornaments hanging from ribbons in my kitchen window. Fellow Hubber, lisasuniquevoice


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

GmaGoldie: Glad you liked these! It sounds like you are in the holiday spirit:) Merry Christmas to you and yours!


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GmaGoldie 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Very inventive. Fun hub! Thank you! Off to put more decorations on my tree.


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Trust1: Thanks so much for reading! I appreciate it :)


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trust1 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Maniitoba

Love it all .....Thanks for sharing


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

LetitiaFT: I love the upside down glasses as well. I love finding and sharing new ways to re-purpose things and that one really is unique. I kept thinking to myself, why haven't I thought of that! Thank you for stopping by :0)


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LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

Great. The upside-down glasses for tea lights are genius. Thanks.


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

A.CreativeThinker: Thanks so much.. so glad you like it :)


A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

This is such a beautiful hub Jamie Brock. Thanks for sharing. Take Care :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Miss Paula: Thank you SO much for your comment and for stopping by! Best Wishes and Happy Holidays to you, too!


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Miss Paula 5 years ago

These are all so beautiful, my favorite one is the wine glass turned up side down as tea light holders. so many different ideas they're great Happy Holidays and GOD BLESS!!!


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

thewahm: Thanks for reading.. I love them too. Such a cool idea.


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thewahm 5 years ago

Oh I love the idea of using wine glasses as tea light holders.


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

vocalcoach: Aww..thanks! I LOVE looking for unique decorations and crafts to share on my hubs. It is just amazing how many truly talented people are out there that come up with this stuff! So glad you liked these :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

You are a Hubpage gift, Jamie! This is brilliant. The upside down glasses with tea candles is one of my favorites. And wrapping wall pictures as gifts - love it! I voted this hub across the board. Bookmarking it too. A huge thanks!

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

prasetio- So nice to "see" you! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting on the Christmas décor ideas. I hope that you are doing well. Thank you again :)


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

This was so beautiful. You come up with wonderful ideas. I believe that this décor will make Christmas more colorful. Thanks for share with us. Rated up!

Prasetio


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Aww.. thanks tsmog! I appreciate you sharing this with your relatives :) Yes, Digs Digs is pretty neat. They had many different ideas there. I LOVED the pink candlesticks! Thank you so much for stopping by :)


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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

Darn you Jamie. So much to choose from. I can't decide for now. I will have to journey back latter (maybe sneak a moment at work) to see again. Kinda partial to Digs Digs now - forwarding for relatives to view now. Thanks and remember to smile while having fun, fun, fun, , ,

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