December is a magical time where we gather with friends and family to celebrate the holiday season. Between gifting, meals for guests at our homes and travel expenses, the holiday season can start to put a drain on our pockets. There are several ways that you can wow your guests and show your holiday spirit without breaking the bank. Here are a few holiday decorating ideas to keep you in budget…
Create and end table-scape for under $25
Create an end table-scape for a few dollars. This time of the year most garden centers have started to clearance out the outdoor décor. Why not pick up a couple glass lanterns at 75% and convert them into chic holiday décor? Instead of placing a citronella candle in them and putting them on your patio or deck, bring them indoors and fill them with Christmas tree ornaments. You can usually get a 20-30 pack of these ornaments for under $10 in stores and this is enough to fill 2 lanterns. In this example, we chose a black lantern to go next to a black lamp and spray painted the nutcracker a matte black to coordinate. Keep in mind a similar color palate will help pull the look together and make it look like you hired a decorator to come to your home. All this for under $25 on a budget.
Do you have a large ledge or shelf? Fill it with high design on a small dime.
Do you have an odd ledge or shelf in your home that you don’t know what to do with it? Decorate in a big way with a
low budget. Empty cardboard present boxes painted a festive color like gold, silver or red and stacked with a bow will make it look like Santa has visited your home early and will fill in that large empty space. If you can’t find decorative boxes with lids at your local store, why not take the empty shipping boxes that arrived at your house from your black Friday shopping and wrap them in paper from the dollar store? You can add an organic feel to the ledge with $.99 live poinsettias found at your local hardware store in between stacks of presents. Add a lighted garland from your local department store for under $10 and a few candles and bows and you big open ledge will become a scene to be seen.
Light up your large windows with something other than the mini Christmas lights.
Does your home have vaulted ceilings or a 2 story space? You might have over-sized windows that remain dark during the bright holiday season. Why not light them up in a classy way. Instead of the normal Christmas lights in your window, why not go with a large lit focal point. You can get large paper lantern stars at many local retailers like Ikea or Home Goods. If you ass an LED lightbulb that doesn’t emit much heat in the middle of the star, it will illuminate your entire window for the whole neighborhood to see. The paper lanterns usually cost less than $10 and the light kit is usually less than $10 too.
These decorating tricks will get your holiday guests to notice your decorating skills without breaking your budget.