Here are 10 ideas that will save you money on holiday decorating. Nothing better to immerse you in the Christmas spirit and spend time with those around you.
Glitter trees of all sizes
Isn’t life better when you put glitter in it? Let in the light, which will reflect like a kaleidoscope on your pretty homemade trees. It is a very cheerful decoration which requires little investment in time and money. In less than 20 minutes and 2 euros, you can create one or more trees. For this you need: thick enough paper, glitter of the color you want, spray glue and possibly tape to hold your paper cone once formed. Choose the size of your tree and cut a circle accordingly, shape your cone and secure it with scotch tape or glue. Then go to the spray glue and glitter step, which it will be better to make in the open air rather than indoors. To avoid having glitter all over your home, fix them as needed with hairspray.
A pallet wood tree
In this Christmas season, what better way than to make a unique tree from pallet wood? Take a look around your garage to see what materials you already have: you need an old palette, paint, wood glue or nails and a hammer. Start by cutting your pieces of pallet wood to the desired size, the idea being to assemble increasingly long pieces of wood to symbolize a tree. Then paint the pieces of pallets. Assemble your pieces: you can do it with wood glue or with nails. You can, if you are equipped, cut a star from the remaining pallet pieces. Paint it and use wood glue to secure it to the top of your tree.
A Christmas plant rather than a tree
What if your Christmas tree was a cactus this year? Funny idea? Or why not the green plant that dominates your living room? After all, you don’t need a tree. You can choose a tree or another plant. It’s original and it’s more economical. Be careful when decorating not to weaken your plant. Prefer to opt for a plant or a small shrub that will be able to support the weight of Christmas balls and garlands.
Pine cones for multiple decorations
Fall is pine cone season. They are quite easily found in nature. Collect some and turn them into real Christmas decorations. They already have a conical shape, which is a good start for making mini-trees for example. You can paint them, with a gold or silver paint, it is the most beautiful effect, but you can try a more daring flashy pink… Then you just have to place them in glasses or cups. Embellished with branches, you can otherwise make a pretty Christmas wreath. Or glued with small multicolored pompoms under the pine seeds, you can make decorative balls to hang on the branches of the tree. You can also use it to create little sprites. Dressed in felt, they become the body of little characters. It is an ideal activity to do with children. You need a wooden log for the head, felt for the pixie’s feet and hat, and something to accessorize her outfit – on the pine cone itself.
Garlands to make yourself with scrap
Do you have some pasta left in the back of a cupboard? Take the pretty butterfly-shaped or the twisted ones. Paint them in silver or gold color and thread them along a pretty string, which you can also spray paint of the same color. And here you are with a brand new garland that you got at a lower cost. You can also let your imagination run wild with fine twigs and string: it’s up to you to create beautiful stars to assemble to make a very natural garland. Some people use the coffee capsules they customize to make adorable Christmas garlands. If you have lots of corks on hand, you can use them to create snowflake garlands – take a look at sites like Pinterest.
Transparent Christmas balls to fill
Do you see what it is? So of course, you have to buy transparent balls to fill. But that’s the only investment. Then you can fill them with whatever you want! Sequins, candies, plants, tiny decorations, cotton, pieces of fabric… You can make a magnificent folding with colored paper and slip this beautiful origami inside your transparent ball. Pine cones, we told you about them above, can also be locked in these personalized Christmas boxes. Feathers give your transparent Christmas balls a subtle soft, light and airy side. It’s up to you to find what will fit in this ideal container for the holidays.
Tealight holders at a lower cost
You have surely seen images of this type of candle holder on the web. To make them, you need pretty glass jars. Emptied and cleaned yoghurt pots do the trick. Then, it is simply a question of covering the outside with colored tape. This scotch called masking tape is found in the creative hobbies section of your stores and generally costs a few euros for several meters in length. For example, cover your pots with vertical bands. Then once you’re done, drop a candle at the bottom. You will then have unique, homemade candle holders that you can match for the occasion with the colors of your Christmas decoration.
Anything that glitters, flashes, is noticed works great as a Christmas decoration. For the occasion, some brands are selling garlands, neon lights or light objects at low prices. It’s up to you to find the right brand!
Hanging Christmas baubles above the table
Rather of opting for the tree or another shrub, place your Christmas balls like a designer light hanging above your table. To do this, you need fifteen to twenty Christmas balls, fishing line to hang them and sturdy tape to glue the wires to the ceiling.
A personalized table runner
To decorate your table with a Christmas atmosphere, opt for the table runner. To do this, nothing could be simpler: you need a simple pair of scissors, light paper, a pencil and… the template of the shapes you like. You can find shapes of snowflakes on the Net, which will make you a delicate table runner to handle with care.