Do you enjoy decorating for the holidays, but hate to spend extra money on holiday décor? Decorating your home for the holidays can still be fun even if money is a bit tight this year. Here are 5 holiday decorating ideas for busy moms on a budget:
Budget Décor Idea #1 – Pinecones
You don’t always have to purchase pinecones at the craft and department stores. A few years ago, my children and I went outside for a walk and picked up pinecones in the neighborhood. We could have picked 100 pinecones if we really wanted to, because they were everywhere! As it happened, we did pick up quite a few (though nowhere near 100!). I kept most of the pinecones in their natural state, and decorated a few with spray gold paint to add some sparkle. Now, every year I decorate my mantles and tabletops with pinecones, and faux and natural pine branches. The pinecones will last probably last forever.
If you enjoy crafts and are feeling extra motivated, create a pinecone wreath. You’ll need a wire frame and a hot glue gun from your local craft store. A few boughs from a pine tree can add greenery. Cranberries can add color. You can also simply fill a nice basket with pine cones and use it as a centerpiece.
Budget Décor Idea #2 – Pine Branches
A few pine branches from a pine tree, placed on your front door will make a nice natural decoration. You can also hang them with a few white lights entwined. In the past, I’ve decorated my front door with a traditional wreath, and tied some pine branches, with a pretty ribbon, on the porch light. I also have a holly tree in my front yard, so each year I cut off a few berry-filled branches and include them with the pine branches. It’s quite pretty. Pine branches can also be brought inside to decorate mantels, window sills and other flat surfaces.
Budget Décor Idea #3 Holiday Cards
Have you kept your holiday cards from previous years? Have you considered using parts of them as gift tags? It can be a fun little craft project. You only need the front of the cards. Simply cut out the illustration, punch a single hole and add a pretty coordinating ribbon. Attach them to your holiday gifts for this year, and you will probably also have extra gift tags for next year.
Budget Décor Idea #4 Candy Canes
Group a few pretty candy canes in a vase or jar to add color. Consider wrapping each candy cane or candy cane bundle with beautiful holiday ribbon to add flair.
Budget Décor Idea #5 Presents and Paper
Do you have empty cardboard boxes lying around? Wrap them in holiday paper and add bows and accessories to make them pretty. Use them to decorate your home, by grouping them together on shelves and tables or under the Christmas tree.
You can also use gift wrap to wrap your front door or interior doors with Christmas wrapping paper to make them look like oversized presents.
These are just a few frugal holiday decorating ideas for moms who want to save some money. If you’re on a particularly tight budget this year, think about ways you can save money.
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