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Christmas Decorations on a Budget

Updated on December 7, 2016

A lovely wreath to welcome guests~~Made by my daughter several years ago, it is still beautiful and hangs on my front door again this year.

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For many, summertime is the time to purchase materials to use to make decorations and even gifts for Christmas and other holidays later in the year.

Feel the Spirit, as you read and make decisions about what you will include in your décor this year.

Cute little snowman

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No need to break the bank, to stress, to be unhappy at holiday time when it comes to decorating your home. It takes only a little imagination and creativity to create decorations that will bring a little cheer to your home.

In this article two Christmas wreaths and one Thanksgiving wreath is shown. There is also a happy little snowman decoration and a Santa napkin holder. The idea for the little snowman was one my daughter found on Pinterest.


Another way to save is to purchase gently used tablecloths and cloth napkins. They can be laundered carefully and they are ready to use.


. I have found that some of the cutest and most memorable decorations are the simple ones. You may wish to give these a try this year.

A felt Santa napkin holder/fun for kids to make

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Santa napkin holder (Can be turned in an Easter Bunny napkin holder simply)

To make the Santa napkin holder:

  • You need red, pink white felt
  • small pom poms
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • scissors

Make a pattern using steps shown. Cut out. Glue. Let dry.

Cute and fun for a holiday dinner or breakfast on Christmas morning

Excellent Little DIY Ideas

Where to get free or almost free ornaments/ribbons/lace

  • Yard sales
  • Relatives
  • Your attic
  • Your containers in which ornaments are stored
  • Church rummage sales
  • Discount tables in many stores

A good time to stock up if you want new items is after Christmas when items are marked down to 75% and 90% off.

Another beautiful wreath my daughter made/ready to be stored away

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Create a wreath

To create a wreath you need:

  • a wire form for a wreath/straw form for a wreath
  • lace
  • glass balls
  • decorations or ornaments
  • faux pine garland/real pine garlands can be used too (they smell so good)

Assemble the parts of the wreath as you please.

This is not really too time consuming. These three wreaths were put together in 2 hours.

About the wreaths in the photographs:

These wreaths are mounted on metal wreath forms that were in the free bin at the church yard sale.All other items were ten cents apiece at the same church yard sale. The grand total that my daughter spent on them was about $3.50. If you have priced wreaths especially of this size, they begin at about $59.00.

A Second Christmas wreath

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Storage of wreaths

Storing wreaths safely can mean that you can use them again and again.

To store:nd through the loop that is used to hang the wreath on the wreath holder on your door.

2. Tie ribbon or cord in a secure knot and hang over a clothes hanger.

3. Cover the wreathe with a large black trash bag or two smaller bags connected together it you have no black ones. I invert the bag so the open end is at the bottom so dust does not come in to spoil the wreath. I make a tiny hole in the bottom of the bag and slip it over the crook of the clothes hanger.

4. Voila!! Protected wreath....You can use the following year or several years later.

The little snowman

To make a snowman you need:

  • a little clay pot
  • a sock that an infant has outgrown
  • a pom pom
  • paint
  • paint brush

You can put your own personality into these little decorations as well. You could make a family of elves, a Santa or Mrs. Claus, A Rudolph, a team of reindeer. You can have lots of fun with these crafts. These are simple enough for children to do. Happy decorating.

Thanksgiving wreath

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© 2012 Patricia Scott

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      Patricia Scott 4 months ago from sunny Florida

      The jingly bells hang each year on one of the doors at my daughter's.... my beautiful wreath with lovely lace that she made me still is lovely enough to hang on my front door.

      Thank you for stopping to visit and for commenting

      Angels are once again on the way ps

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      Susie Lehto 4 months ago from Minnesota

      I remembered these pretty Christmas decorations once I saw them again. I feel like I was just put into the Christmas Spirit all over again. I think my favorite is the wreath made out of bells, I would like to hear it jingle.

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      Patricia Scott 7 months ago from sunny Florida

      Thank you Peggy. I will be putting up the Christmas wreath next weekend as I am having a party that weekend. I have already begun to put out Christmas decor as it is a favorite time for my family and for me.

      I appreciate the share too....

      Hoping all is well with you and yours as always...many Angels are headed your way ps

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      Peggy Woods 7 months ago from Houston, Texas

      People are already starting to decorate for Christmas in our subdivision. A house behind us already has their Christmas tree up and lit. They do that every year prior to Thanksgiving. Another family across the street is having a Christmas party for their church members at their home on Dec. 3rd so they are also in high gear getting ready for that date.

      This is a perfect time to once again share this hub of yours. It may give people ideas of what they can make with a more limited budget but still have very pretty items for this time of year for decorating or gift giving.

      Sending prayers your way for a blessed Christmas!

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      Norma Lawrence 7 months ago from California

      Hi

      Your Christmas decorations are beautiful. Thanks for the share.

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      Patricia Scott 7 months ago from sunny Florida

      Hi colorfulone...I can hardly believe it is time to decorate so soon...this year has flown. Some new little bits of decor will appear again this year for sure. Thank you so much for stopping to read. Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Susie Lehto 8 months ago from Minnesota

      I love arts and crafts projects. We use to make so many Christmas decorations and gifts when the kids were still at home. It was a lot of fun, and I still have decorations that they made for me, I love them. There is so much we can create with a good imagination. - Kudos!

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      Patricia Scott 10 months ago from sunny Florida

      Believe it or not this is the time of year when I begin to check out my decorations to see what needs refurbishing, discarding, or some tlc.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning once again. ps

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      Norma Lawrence 10 months ago from California

      Great article. So many fabulous Xmas ideas. I will have to try some of them. Thanks

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      Patricia Scott 18 months ago from sunny Florida

      thanks, Peggy, for stopping...

      It is hard with tight budgets to have extra funds for decor but with a little imagination we can glam up our living space if desired.

      Hoping to see ideas others have found that work as well.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Peggy Woods 18 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Nice time of year to remind people that they do not have to break the bank to make or give seasonal gifts. Sometimes gifts of time can be even more meaningful than things as I know you know. Just saw your comment made 5 weeks ago about passing through Houston. For some reason it ended up labeled as spam and I just discovered it. Hopefully the next time...we will be able to meet. Enjoy the rest of this month and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      You know, truth be told, even when I was not on a fixed budget, and could pretty much go buy whatever, I still liked to find things I like, put them together in a lovely way, or let my daughter do it for me.

      Free or inexpensive does not have to mean tacky.

      Thank you for visiting. Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      so cute, i really like your ideas, simple and cheap, no need to buy the stuff

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      It is true...at least for our family..a big part of the fun of this time of the year is making crafts and decorations together as a family.

      It is especially fun to see the little grandson having so much fun with us.

      Angels are on the way this year. ps

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      Pollyanna Jones 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      These are lovely! We have been making tree ornaments from pine cones, and little elves and fairies from pipe cleaners, felt, and beads this year. It is such fun to make your own, and when you get them out the following year, you bring back the great memories of making them.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thank you so much for sharing. The little Santa stays out all year long.

      The wreath I am using for about the fifth year and it is still as lovely as ever. I am not doing a lot of new things this year as far as decorating is concerned I am doing a lot of special treats for my family that we have not done in a long while though.

      Have a lovely Christmas, Shyron.

      Angels are on the way to you. ps

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Really clever ideas for decorating for Xmas. I love your Santa.

      Voted up, UABI and shared.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yes, I also find great prices on ornaments and ribbons and all after the Christmas season and I try to wait till they are 75 to 90% off....We can have lovely decor without breaking the bank.

      thank you for stopping by...

      Angels are on the way to you and yours....Merry Christmas :D

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      Fiona 3 years ago from South Africa

      I love the wreath your daughter made out of bells - it's gorgeous. We usually wait for the after Christmas sales to stock up on Christmas decorations and to replenish the present cupboard.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      hi Moonlake thank you so much. I have it out every year ...it is just so perky

      Many Angels are on the way to you...ps

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      The little snowman is so cute. Really enjoyed your hub and pinned it to my Christmas board.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi thundermama They are so cute...and so easy. It is a fun activity you can do with adults or children.

      And another plus is that it is not expensive to make.

      Have fun.

      Angels are on the way this morning ps

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thank you Peggy for sharing.. I am going to use that same gorgeous wreath this year.

      And the little snowman sits in a prominent spot in my corner cupboard where I can see it every day.

      I hope others enjoy doing these and displaying these as much as I do.

      Thank you for the Angels ...we need them every day....Know that they are on the way back to you too. ps

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      Catherine Taylor 3 years ago from Canada

      I really enjoyed this hub and look forward to making the snowmen flower pot decorations with my kids. Great pictures and wonderful holiday message.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      These are so pretty and perfect for people to make for this upcoming season of the year. There is still time to make these wreaths and decorations and not only would they be nice for one's own home but would make terrific gift ideas as well.

      So happy to hear that your grandson is finished with chemo for now. Will say some prayers for him and his mother. Sending angels your way! Sharing this!

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      thank you JPS for stopping by. This time of the year is one of my most favorite but being conscious of each penny is important to me as well.

      I just wanted to share a few little ways to save.

      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Great ideas and very practical. I am very happy indeed that I came across your hub as the season is coming soon. Voted up..

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      You are so right, Rebecca.

      Lovely or cute does not have to mean expensive. The jingle bell wreath hung on my daughter's door. I know she will have another different one this year. I may get her to let me hang it on my fence.

      So nice to see you this morning have a lovely day...Angels are wining their way to you ps

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love your pretty wreaths and the clay pot Santa is adorable. You are right! No need to break the bank. I think the jingle bell wreath is my favorite. Thanks for these ideas.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      thank you, Mama Kim....A little secret is....I keep the little snowman on a small shelf in my kitchen all year long just so I have a bit of playful right before my eyes as I am baking or washing dishes.

      Happy New Year..

      Sending Angels your way :) ps

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Such cute ideas!! love the flower pot snowman! Voting up and awesome ^_^

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning sgbrown

      I know. I would have had to take a second mortgage on my house to pay for wreaths this year. So glad that my daughter knows how to work magic with lace and ornaments. I will be looking shortly after Christmas when people start putting out ornaments and such to sell.

      Thanks for the vote... :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great ideas! Your wreaths are simply beautiful! I priced some wreaths this year and was amazed at the cost. I will be looking for some decorating materials during the after Christmas sales and garage sales for making some of these beautiful wreaths for next year. Voting this us and more... :)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      thank you, Au Fait My daughter has a way with turning inexpensive into gorgeous. I am so thrilled with the Christmas wreath...it will be hung on my door when I return home.

      So nice to see you stop by today. Sending Angels your way. :) ps

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      thank you, Au Fait My daughter has a way with turning inexpensive into gorgeous. I am so thrilled with the Christmas wreath...it will be hung on my door when I return home.

      So nice to see you stop by today. Sending Angels your way. :) ps

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Festive decorations that don't have to cost a lot. I'm sure children would love the cute little clay pot painted to look like Santa. Great ideas and Christmas is almost here!

      Voted up and useful!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good evening, Alocsin....

      I have my daughter to thank for that wreath. She recycles everything. It is actually hanging on her entry way door as we are having a big Thanksgiving Do at her house Thanksgiving Day.

      So nice to see you stopping by. I will be over to visit soon. Sending Angels your way. ps

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      An excellent hub for today's economic times. I especially like the Thanksgiving wreath, which I would never think to make. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Shining

      Thank you. You are so sweet. My daughter made the wreaths..she is so clever and I think it is a kind of therapy for her.

      The other day my grandson came to visit and she brought my wreath. I hung it in my kitchen as I am not putting it on the door till Thanksgiving Day. He kept bringing me to the kitchen and saying, Christmas, Christmas...boootifull...Out of the mouths of babes.

      Glad to see you today...I am trying to stay warm, wimp that I am. It is cool here today. About 59 and after 80+ that is cool. :) When I lived in South Dakota 32 was a heat wave...it is all so relative, isn't it? have a lovely afternoon..Sending Angels your way... :) ps

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      These are wonderful ideas my friend. You are always making my life more pleasant with amazing economical ideas and fabulous recipes!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Mh...You ares o funny. Never used ornaments would be fabulous. For your wreath, you could print your limericks and poems on tiny paper, insert them in clear glass ornaments, and hang them on the werath. When the season is over, give one to each of your friends and family ...:)

      Your sense of humor keeps me smiling. ps

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Steph

      The little snowman is the cutest isn't he? My daughter made him as I mentioned. She saw him on Pinterest and made it for me about 2 months ago. I would love to have a whole family of them. And elves and reindeeer. Glad to see you stopping by.. ps

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Billy

      Frugal is such a diplomatic word....Cheap is the term I use for me. I give new defini

      tion to the term C H E A P. I call others frugal...me I call the other word..

      Long ago when I was a little girl we used whatever was available to decorate our tree and home with. We had little money to buy such things but our home was merry and filled with all of the joy of the season. I guess that is where I learned to look for bargains. Yes, this teacher is still always looking for ideas to share.

      Happy middle of the night to you...ps

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Does it count if one uses decorations that were never used? :)) Thank you for the ideas

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very nice PS! If it smells like frugal and looks like frugal it must be frugal! :)

      This looks like it was written by a teacher; I wonder why? I remember making a couple of these in my classes in Decembers gone by.

      Great suggestions my friend!

      bill

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      Steph72 4 years ago from Sunny Fl

      very cool ideas ... ty for sharing!! I love the lil snow man

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