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Christmas and Holiday Décor on a Budget

Updated on December 3, 2014

Finding Ways to Feel Festive Even When Money is Tight!

Images are all my own.

As we approach the festive season this year money is tight for me and my family, as I'm sure it is for many of you at the moment!

And I still wanted to find a way to celebrate Christmas, get in the festive spirit and make it enjoyable for myself and my loved ones.

So I decided to take control of my reactions to the circumstances and make it a fun challenge - to have a GREAT Christmas on a shoestring budget.

This will include everything from gifts to food to decorations.

And this lens is all about my ideas for decorating your house ready for Christmas, on a very small budget.

Decorations, Decorations, Everywhere! - If you think outside the box you will find plenty of free and cheap decorations, here are some ideas to start you off...

Free Decorations:

Go all rustic with natural decorations that you can collect from outside.

We collected branches covered in bright red berries and some 'Old Man's Beard' which I have mader a feature of on the side of a mirror and actually looks great!

You can also collect holly with berries on it and green ivy. These bring a splash of festive colour to your house for free! Just make sure that no children or animals can get at the berries in case they are tempted to eat them!

My boyfriend and I went out on a walk to gather these outside decorations and we had fun, giggling as we collected them and stashed them in a big, black bin bag!

We also gathered teasel heads which I am going to spraypaint silver and red (although you could use any colour you like) and use as tree decorations. A can of spray paint is a couple of dollars so it will always work out cheaper than buying tree decorations.

If you like to have chocolates at Christmas, such as Quality Street or Roses, I suggest saving the wrappers to decorate the tree as well. They are colourful and sparkly. Alternatively, put the chocolates on the tree with their wrappers on, and people can just pick them off and eat them as an edible treats when they want to.

Cheap Decorations:

Buy some coloured paper and glue. Cut the coloured paper into strips and then glue it together to make a paper chain.

More Tips:

Always check out last year's decorations, before buying new ones - it can be tempting to spend money on new decorations, and if you really want to watch your pennies, hold off until you have brought down your old decorations. I's easy to forget what you already have and It can feel delightful to unpack the decorations and discover treasures you has forgotten about. Sometimes you can vamp up tired old decorations with a bit of glitter.

Try drawing patterns in glitterglue on old glass baubles.

Would you enjoy using only free and cheap decorations?

Would you feel happy to decorate your home for Christmas using only free or cheap decorations? Or do you think that they will never quite compete with the more expensive versions and are only for cash strapped times?

My Christmas Decorations - I will update these as I continue decorating - expect it to get really colourful!

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Here are some berries decorating my fireplace. They are not as bright as they were when we first picked them and I still like them!Old Man's Beard on the mirror!
Here are some berries decorating my fireplace. They are not as bright as they were when we first picked them and I still like them!
Here are some berries decorating my fireplace. They are not as bright as they were when we first picked them and I still like them!
Old Man's Beard on the mirror!
Old Man's Beard on the mirror!

Link List

Here are some links to other things you might like.

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      PenguinGirl111 4 years ago

      @Melissa Miotke: Hi Melissamio and thanks for leaving a comment.

      Yes for sure. And if you want to explore even more wayts to save money over Xmas I wrote another lense on this topic: http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-have-a-frugal-christ...

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      Beautiful ideas- it leaves more money for gifts! Blessed:)