Thrifty Decorating Ideas for the Holidays
by Terri Seymour
Description: Inexpensive, creative holiday decorating ideas.
Decorating for the holidays is a fun and exciting way
to bring the holiday cheer to your home. But, it can
also be very expensive. Over the years, I have used
many of the ideas below to save money and spruce
up my holiday decor.
Use tin cans for eerie jack-o-lantern luminaries.
Before you throw those cans away, make more use of
them. Poke holes in them in a scary face design and
then use tealights or votive candles for lighting.
These are great for indoors or out.
Paint empty coffee cans to look like witches, goblins,
ghosts, pumpkins. They look adorable and are
great for holding, snacks, treats, etc.
Use pieces of plywood to make scary headstones for
Make a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece, with a
pretty birch log. Drill holes in the log for autumn
leaves/branches, birds. Be creative and add what
you like. This is a great idea for a Christmas one
as well. You could also use a pumpkin for a pretty
Thanksgiving or Halloween centerpiece.
Fill baskets with leaves, mini pumpkins, guords, acorns,
and other natural autumn items.
Paint some tin cans to look like pilgrims, pumpkins,
Evergreen boughs! These can be used for centerpieces,
mantle displays, arranged around candles, displayed on
your wall with bulbs and other items. Add some pine
cones, silk pointsettias, birds, etc. as well.
One of my favorite decorations is a pretty glass bowl
or basket filled with colorful glass balls, pine cones,
and little evergreen boughs. This makes a wonderful
centerpiece or coffee table display.
Make a pretty potpourri basket filled with pine cones,
evergreen sprigs, dried oranges/apples.
Decorate empty canning jars and turn them into
Christmas lanterns with votive candles.
Decorate your dining room chairs with pretty ribbon.
Turn old cds into mini-wreaths for your tree. Glue
small pine cones, glitter, cotton (for snow), evergreen
boughs, ribbon, stars, tiny glass balls.........the
possibilities are endless. You have never seen all
those free CD's put to such good use and what a fun
project for the whole family!
Look around your house and use your imagination.
Almost everything can be turned into a pretty decoration
with a little creativity and work. ;-)
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