Christmas is just around the corner and soon everyone will start taking out their Christmas decorations and filling their houses with Holiday cheer.
All is well until, after two or three trips to the shopping center, you find your wallet empty and your bank account bleeding. Avoid being penny-less on the happiest season of the year by spending less money on your Christmas decorations.
My first tip is that you re-use old yet working garlands and lights. If they work, there’s no reason for you to go buy new ones. Do the most out of what you’ve got already. Now, here’s a list of items you might need to buy for the following ideas I’ll be giving you:
- Hot glue
- Different paints (preferably the color pallet you’ll choose to decorate for Christmas this year)
- Textured white spray paint (usually sold in hardware stores, they give the surface a porous or grained feel.) Alternatively, if fake snow spray is cheaper, go for that.
- Foam and or felt fabrics
- Clearance or cheap present wrapping paper rolls (or old ones stored in your home?)
Re-make your Christmas tree balls: by painting new designs or gluing new patterns, fabrics or even spraying them with a different color you can already save a lot and avoid throwing away perfectly good decorations.
This activity is also a great way to start a family tradition where every member of the family takes care of creating their own special ball to decorate the tree and they’re hanged together. It’s a beautiful and creative way to make a family come together during Christmas time.
Fake/Decorative Presents Boxes: you can either use old present wrapping paper rolls, make your own patterns by covering the boxes with recycled paper and painting/spraying on them or use store bought rolls. Either way, the boxes can be shoe boxes, old boxes or just go to the back of a local store, supermarket or shopping center and take a few boxes from them.
Cover these boxes beautifully, wrap ribbons around them and you can either have adorable decorations to put under the tree and around the house or use them to actually put your Christmas presents in them.
Make your own Christmas stockings: this is where the foam, felt or fabrics come into play. This is also another activity that can be done with your family and be turned into a lovely tradition. Most stockings go from $3.99+ while making your own, for life or each year can cost you much less (specially for big families).
There’s many stocking patterns online you can search, print and used as guides for when you sew (or glue) your stockings. Make sure to fill them with candy and gifts for all! But most of all,