I have gone from one extreme to another when it comes to holiday decorating, especially for Christmas. When my boys were young I went overboard, way overboard. Every inch of my home would be scrubbed then decorated from the front door to the bathroom. I would take down all my art work and wrap them with holiday paper and ribbons then hang them back up. I quit doing that when I realized the number of trees sacrificed just to disguise a gift, or in my case the added cost to decorate my walls.
The year both my sons were living out-of-state and wouldn’t be with me for Christmas I did absolutely nothing to decorate for the holidays. It was just another day to me without them here. But then I slowly started to add a few things back in with the birth of my grand children. Most of my decorating today comes from nature, such as painted pine cones, or a few handmade ornaments.
I balk at spending money on items that will only be used for a couple of weeks out of the year at which time will need stored….some where. So in that spirit, I want to share a few ideas that will cost you next to nothing and give you that holiday feeling around your home.
Starting at the front door.
If I decorate nothing else I like to have something nice on my front door year round. Here are a couple of ideas I found interesting.
Instead of a wreath, be different. Try this a pair of mittens, and some twigs and pine cones from outdoors would look welcoming on any door. You don’t have to overdo a room to make it feel festive. Just check out My Crazy Quilt life to see this mitten display and more ways to add just a few touches to your rooms for the right amount of decorating.
I couldn’t find the owner of this photograph if you do please share so I can give proper credit. This involves collecting nothing more than an old rake and a jar of buttons. What do you think?
This candy wreath wouldn’t work on my front door as I have direct sunlight hitting it all morning. If you have a protected door or even an interior door that you want to decorate this would be perfect. After Christmas simply take a part and eat. This comes from a series of 12 posts about Christmas here.
There are plenty of ways to arrange candy canes to create a wreath. I wasn’t able to find the source on this one as my antivirus software freaked when I tried to link to the website, you have been forewarned if you try.
I found this next idea from Ashlee who has a lovely pictorial post on Christmas decorating.
Looking for something bigger? This idea uses wooden letters, but rather than spending the money I would most-likely use cardboard, I have enough of it. :-) You can see the tutorial here.
Toilet paper rolls can be used in many ways, you don’t have to toss them in the recycling. Here’s one tutorial you can follow to make a lovely wreath for your door. If you have a few extras, make a couple of individual petals to hang on your tree.
Okay, let’s move on from the front door, shall we?
Let’s take a look at inexpensive tree decorations now.
If you sew you will have plenty of leftover fabric pieces, many too small to normally use in everyday projects. Here’s one idea from Stumbles and Stitches with a full tutorial that will use up some of those scraps.
Do you have a supply or source for corks? If you like to decorate with nature corks fit right in. Add a bit of twine and you have yourself a cute tree ornament, or tag for on a gift. Check out more cork ideas at The Homeless Finch.
Want more fabric ideas? You could use any type of fabric including denim scraps to make these. Don’t forget that anything small enough to hang from a tree would be cute on a package as well.
Do you have a collection of Christmas cards? Why not repurpose them into cute little ornaments. I found this at Better Homes and gardens. Check out other ideas here.
If you didn’t use up all your pine cones yet, why not glue a few tiny pom poms on some and hang them on your tree?
I do love Charlie Brown! I grew up watching A Charlie Brown Christmas, yes it really is that old, and so did my children. Now my grandchildren get to enjoy the program. I found an easy tutorial on how to make these cute ornaments from felt, but they are also available at Jessica’s Etsy store.
You may remember that last year around this time I had changed out the last of my incandescent light bulbs, took them apart and used them for ornaments. This tutorial doesn’t involve taking them apart which makes this ornament easier to make.
I don’t happen to have dominoes on hand, but if I did I would be very tempted to make a couple of these cute ornaments. This tutorial is easy to follow, you will be a pro after a couple. :-)