Budget decor for Christmas

CHRISTMAS DECORATING

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.