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Deck The Halls (And The Front Porch) The Stress-Free Way

Budget Decor for Christmas

You don't have to hang lights and baubles from every surface inside and outside of your home to capture the spirit of the holiday season. Sometimes it's the simple things that have the biggest impact. Decorating gurus are filling vases and bowls with ornaments to make attractive tablescapes and gathering nature's offerings into attractive displays. Here are a couple of these ideas done in Dollar Store Style.


We gave these 6 1/4" high galvanized metal pails a seasonal boost by applying large die-cast Christmas stickers to them and filling them with natural or natural looking things to decorate the front steps. (The "apples" are actually Christmas tree ornaments.) The evergreen branches and twigs are held in place by a piece of floral foam and the handle of the buckets. If not held upright by the contents, the handle can be held in place by gently bending the metal tab at each handle end outward. A wide velvet ribbon adorns each pail handle.


Materials used:

- metal pails, 

- pinecones, twigs and evergreen, free

- spool of velvet ribbon

- sheet of die-cut stickers, assorted sizes

- two packages of apple decorations


We created this miniature version of a tablescape with three different shaped vases, four packages of ornaments, 3 sprays of silver colored flora, a bag of artificial snow and three mirrored candle plates. The total cost was about $13.00.








The ingredients for this festive garland are simple:

- 2-6' lengths of wired garlands

- 1 thin gold-colored pinecone and berry garland

- 1 length of red wire-rimmed ribbon

- 1 package of pinecone decorations

Twist the two green garlands together then wind the pinecone garland and ribbon around that. Place it on top of your fireplace mantle or on top of a large picture frame, as here and finish off by hanging the pinecone decorations on it just as you would on the Christmas tree.


                                                               See Also: Christmas Candles

                                                                                  Get Glowing For Christmas

                                                                                  Pretty Easy Christmas

                                                                                  Craft Your Christmas





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