Guest Post: Decorating for Christmas on a Budget

November 25, 2014
Christmas is nearly here again. It is so easy to get carried away but remember you don’t have to spend a fortune to get your home looking both festive and stylish. Here are a few tips that can help bring anywhere into the festive spirit, from contemporary new homes in Devon to a retro Christmas look for older properties.

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Check the garden – If you happen to have access to holly or ivy you can bring some greenery into the house without spending a penny. Pine cones make another wonderful Christmas decoration if you’re on a budget – either au naturel or the spray painted silver and gold look works well. It’s also pretty easy to make your own Christmas wreath. For the simplest design, just bend any suitable greenery into a circle and connect the ends with ribbon – add baubles, pine cones, beads, berries or feathers for a fancier effect.

Paint the windows – Use stencils and spray paint or, if you’re confident in your artistic skills, sponge snowmen or other festive scenes onto the inside of your windows. Make sure you use suitable paint such as acrylic craft paint so that you can clean the scenes off once Christmas is over.

Get creative – Anyone can make their own Christmas decorations and the more creative the better. Painted bottles can make attractive candle holders while tea lights floating in a bowl of water with a dash of food colouring added can create warmth in any room. Making decorations such as paper chains and cards can also be a lot of fun, especially if you have kids to help to apply the glitter.

Recycle and buy out of season – Don’t feel like you have to buy new decorations every year. Even if you’re a dedicated follower of fashion, these things tend to go around in cycles and vintage decorations can look great in almost any setting. It might not help you much this year but the best time to buy decorations is after Christmas. Keep an eye out all year round for decorative items that can be put into use when this time of year rolls around once more.

How will you be decorating your house this christmas? Do you find these tips helpful?


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