Frugal Decorating Ideas Using Bulbs

Christmas bulbs can be picked up just about anywhere affordably, and used as is or decorated. Hung on a tree, or used elsewhere as decorations, bulbs will come in handy.

Look in dollar stores, or use what you have on hand.

Or, to save a bunch on bulbs that are a bit fancier, wait and purchase them just before Christmas or during the after Christmas sales.

My sister Katie’s family decorated ornaments for me two years in a row, because I love homemade ornaments.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.Unfortunately, after I moved I had my stuff in storage for a couple of years and two ended up broken. I was heartbroken, but I am so grateful for the ones that are left.

The photo at the top shows bulbs that were painted.

Ideas for You to Try

1. Small children might dip one of their hands in paint and then put their hand print on an ornament.

2. Parents could dip a babies foot into paint and then put their foot print on the ornament.

3. Older children and adults are capable of painting designs on the bulbs.

Once the bulbs are dry, string them with thread for hanging.

The photo on the bottom shows bulbs that were decorated a little differently, using glitter.

Ideas for You to Try

1. Take the tops off the bulbs and add glitter.

2. Before filling with glitter, pour a little glue inside. Turn the bulb as desired, to cover what will be the back half of the inside bulb with glue.

3. Quickly add glitter and turn the bulb to coat, allow to dry, then replace the top.

4. Use glitter glue to draw pictures on the outside of the bulb.

This is what the bulbs look like on the tree.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

I have a bulb from my childhood as well. It is a blue bulb, so old that the bulb came covered in blue threads. It is not necessarily in perfect condition, but I love it!

decorated simply, with my name written on the front and a cross drawn on the back with glue and then covered with gold glitter.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.Not all bulbs need be decorated, or even put on the tree. They can be used to decorate other areas of the room.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

1. Place them in unused candlestick holders.

2. Put them in decorative cups.

3. Place them in old chalices that belonged to your great-grandparents.

They will look in a number of places.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

1. For the first and second pictures, I placed some bulbs in plastic baskets the girls had decorated when they were young.

2. I put round and star-shaped ornaments in the base of three decorative candle holders. The cups that fit over the top hold tea light candles.

3. The window is a decorative one already. I hung a couple of bulbs along with other ornaments, for a nice look.

There are plenty of other things to do with bulbs. Here are a few.

  1. Get a medium size basket to use as a centerpiece. Fill it with bulbs, and add a bow or two to the handle.
  2. Pick up a wreath form, and glue bulbs all around it. Use one color, a variety, or a theme such as red outer bulbs and white inner bulbs.
  3. Fill a small vase with bulbs. Tie a ribbon around the neck of the vase, and fill with holiday picks that have berries, poinsettia, or whatever is desired.

To save money:

  • Use store coupons to purchase necessary items.
  • Use store rewards points to help cut costs.
  • Shop dollar stores.
  • Buy during clearance sales.
  • Pick bulbs and craft supplies up at yard sales.
  • Frequent thrift shops and keep an eye out for craft and holiday supplies.

You may be interested in

Store Rewards Programs

Purchase from the Discount Carts

After Holiday Sales, Seasonal Clearance Sales

Thrift Shop Deals

Share your holiday decorating ideas in the comments below, or email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com.

Happy Holidays!

Shannon

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