Frugal Holiday Decorating

I rent a room, and don’t have much space to work with, but I wanted to set things up to show you how to frugally decorate for Yule or Christmas.

Now, by the end of this post you will see that I actually have a lot of ornaments and such, but it has taken me 25 years to collect all of this stuff. I did not go out and buy everything all at once. I started out meagerly with things that first belonged to my mother and others.

So don’t worry if you don’t have much. You will have plenty soon enough.

Photogrpah by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.I actually have two trees this year. Both are table top trees because I do not have any place for a bigger one.

  • The one pictured above was given to me last year by my mother. The tree used to be my grandmothers, who passed a few years back.
  • The lights on this tree were also my grandmothers. They have bigger bulbs than lights these days generally do, so you can really see the lights from the road down below.
  • The bows were cheap Dollar Tree finds. Two different types, plus ones shaped like Poinsettias.
  • The bead garlands I have acquired over the years, mostly during after Christmas clearance sales. I have red and purple garlands for this tree.

Photogrpah by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.This tree topper was also my grandmothers. I cherish all the things that were hers.

Photogrpah by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.This tree was a Family Dollar Find.

  • I bought it while visiting my daughter Skye back in November, for $12.00.
  • The beads for this tree I bought on sale with Christmas money from my parents. They were half off at the beginning of December, so I hardly spent anything on them.
  • The angel was $1.99.
  • The bows were Dollar Tree finds last year.
  • The purple tree lights are actually Halloween ones, bought for .50 at a thrift store. I love purple on my trees!
  • The two sets of white lights were only a couple of dollars each, purchased at the same time as the garlands and angel.

http://www.examiner.com/article/after-holiday-sales-seasonal-clearance-salesI have so many things, that I really don’t need to buy anything else, but:

  • The two blue and white ornaments under the garland were also on sale, and all the items in picture to the left cost under $15.00, but were really a gift from my parents who actually paid for them as part of my Christmas present from they. (They also bought me boots and lunch at Five Guys!) A huge savings over the regular cost of those items.
  • All my ornaments get wrapped and placed in tins after the holidays. The tins were derived mostly as gifts throughout the years, filled with popcorn and other goodies, though a couple were bought during after Christmas sales and others were bought at yard sales.
  • I have a large collection of ornaments that others have made for me. The little snowman in the upper left corner of the lower middle picture was made by my mother.
  • The pasta and stocking ornaments were made by my daughter when she was a child.
  • And I am not sure where the snowman came from. But, if I bought it, it would not have cost much.
  • And the little snowman box was a splurge, because I love snowmen. $1.99, and I will reuse it year after year to store tiny breakable ornaments safely.
  • I work as a front desk agent at an inn, and guests sometimes give me there Kohl’s cash if they wont be in the United States to use them. So the Kissing Crystal and the Get Your Jingle On sign were free, as were a few votive candles.

http://www.examiner.com/article/after-holiday-sales-seasonal-clearance-saleshttp://www.examiner.com/article/after-holiday-sales-seasonal-clearance-salesMy family and I, as well as some of my friends, are crafty people, so many of us have made things for the tree and to use as other decorations. What I make does not cost much.

  • I even have an ornament that another grandmother made from plastic canvas. A square with a candle.
  • And bulbs that one of my sisters’ family makes for me.

http://www.examiner.com/article/after-holiday-sales-seasonal-clearance-salesI have a large collection of ornaments that the children in my family have made over the years. They are very crafty in their own right, and I cherish all of my homemade gift ornaments and decorations.

http://www.examiner.com/article/after-holiday-sales-seasonal-clearance-salesSimple touches do not have to cost much.

  • Bulbs can be placed on candlesticks for something different, and cookie cutters can be hung as ornaments.
  • Pine cones can be rolled in glitter glue, and strung to hang on the tree.
  • Little painted apples given to me by my girls also adorn my tree.
  • And candy canes count as ornaments in my home.

http://www.examiner.com/article/after-holiday-sales-seasonal-clearance-salesI love beaded ornaments as well.

  • The wreath was made by my mother.
  • I made the Pixie that hangs on my tree for only a couple of dollars.
  • My mother even made some of the snowflakes and icicles that hang from my tree.
  • http://www.examiner.com/article/after-holiday-sales-seasonal-clearance-salesI made some of the icicles as well.
  • I did spend about a little bit to get some fake candlesticks to hang on the tree, and I love what they add to the look. They cost about $10.00.

http://www.examiner.com/article/after-holiday-sales-seasonal-clearance-salesThere are other decorations that adorn my home as well.

  • My mother is quite crafty. It is really quite impressive the things she can make. Like my wreath. I am able to hang it on the outside of my door, because the door leads into a hall rather than outside. She put a snowman star on it, because snowmen are my favorite decorations.
  • My stepfather is also crafty. He made the sleigh that hangs on my wall. My mother painted it, and again added snowman details.
  • And my daughter and her boyfriend sent me the How to Build a Snowman wall quilt for Yule one year.
  • One of my sister bought me the red star. It holds a tea light candle.

As you can see, I have a lot of stuff. My room is real well decorated, and I love it. The finished trees look like:

http://www.examiner.com/article/after-holiday-sales-seasonal-clearance-saleshttp://www.examiner.com/article/after-holiday-sales-seasonal-clearance-salesWhat does your holiday decorating look like? Share with us in the comments below, or email me personally at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. Pictures are always welcome, as are tips for saving money!

You may also be interested in:

Creating Holiday Traditions

Easy Ways to Package Food Gifts

Frugal Ways to Decorate for Christmas

Frugal Decorating Ideas for Yule

Happy Holidays đŸ™‚

Shannon

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