Decorating your home for the holidays is fun, but can be expensive. If money is a bit tight this year, you can still enjoy a beautifully decorated home, with some creative holiday decorating ideas:
At this time of year in the Baltimore area, we have pine trees everywhere will fallen pinecones. You don’t always have to purchase pinecones at the craft and department stores. A few years ago, my children and I went outside for a walk and picked up pinecones in the neighborhood. We could have picked 100 pinecones if we really wanted to, because they really were everywhere! As it happened, we did pick up quite a few and were able to be choosy too. I kept most of the pinecones in their natural state, and decorated a few with spray gold paint to add some sparkle. Now, every year I decorate my mantles and tabletops with pinecones, and faux and natural pine branches. The pinecones will last probably last forever. The key is to store and organized them properly so that you can use them year after year.
If you enjoy crafts and are feeling extra motivated, create a pinecone wreath. You’ll need a wire frame and a hot glue gun from your local craft store. A few boughs from a pine tree can add greenery. Cranberries can add color. You can also fill a woven basket with pine cones and use it as a decorative centerpiece.
Decorate your front door with a few pine branches from a pine tree decorated with a few miniature lights. In the past, I’ve decorated my front door with a traditional wreath, and tied some pine branches with a pretty ribbon to the porch light. I also have a holly tree in my front yard, so each year I cut off a few berry-filled branches and include them with the pine branches. It’s quite pretty. Pine branches can also be brought indoors to decorate mantels, window sills and other surfaces.
If you like to save your holiday cards from previous years, consider recycling them and creating holiday gift tags. This can be a fun little craft project, especially if you involve the kids. Simply cut out the illustration, which is typically on the front of the card. Punch a single hole and add a pretty coordinating ribbon. Attach each gift tag to your holiday gifts for this year, and you may also have extra gift tags for future years.
Group a few pretty candy canes in a vase or jar to add color. Consider wrapping each candy cane or candy cane bundle with beautiful holiday ribbon to add flair.
Presents and Paper
Collect a few empty cardboard boxes that you have on hand, and wrap them in holiday paper. Add bows and accessories to make them pretty. Use them to decorate your home, by grouping them together on shelves and tables or under the Christmas tree.
You can also use gift wrap to wrap your front door or interior doors with Christmas wrapping paper to make them look like oversized presents.
These are just a few frugal holiday decorating ideas for moms who want to save some money. If you’re on a particularly tight budget this year, think creatively about different ways that you can save money during the holiday season.