Christmas is already an expensive time of year if you have a guilty conscience like I do that drives you to buy too much for people. It’s even worse when Michaels sends you coupon after coupon the entire month of December to buy more decorations. Well, instead of spending a grip of cash, why not borrow from around your house to make decorations for December?! I mean, if you’re stuffing a tree in your house, stuff is getting rearranged anyway. Or maybe you have family visiting and you need to make room for them, so, again, things are getting rearranged. Maybe no one is coming this year, so you could easily afford to borrow from an unused guest room! And that’s just bulky furniture!
What about DIY projects that you haven’t quite finished yet? Or those amazing decorations you’ve had for years before ever having a baby and now you want to use them without them being a safety hazard!
Well, friends, that’s me.
Last year, I had to forego my awesome glass ornaments to keep Tidy Toddler (then Immaculate Infant) safe.
That was in another house, however, but I did find some cute ways to display glass tree ornaments, glass icicles, and extra bows and beads that, surprisingly, couldn’t fit on the tree! I also did those cute, sock snowmen you see tutorials for, so I had tons of Christmas spirit running around…not Tidy Toddler 🙂
Before getting to the photo fun, the key thing for making simple items into a great little work of art is the details!
- Throw in tree trimmings where things seem bare – Most tree lots give them away!
- String lights and beads around windows that don’t have a whole lot going on
- Attach bows to the center of blinds with pipe cleaners if you don’t have shutters
- Use tree trimmings to make your own garland by screwing in hooks above the window to weave them into
- Hang extra ornaments around the house, on garland, or on corners of bathroom mirrors – These spots always get forgotten!
- Invest in one ceramic, lit home, as you’ll see in this year’s ideas below, because they really add festivity to boring, old, kitchen counter corners
- Paper decor is soo cheap, you should just always plan to do at least one every year – Great for areas of your home you haven’t decorated yet too
- Old frames ♥ Remove all inserts, remove metal prongs (that hold inserts inside frame) with pliers, and spray paint
- Brass candle holders, candle sticks, and baskets are great for small elements and holding extra decor you’ll see below
- Old knit sweaters ♥ Turn them inside out and “sew” yarn into the shape of a stocking using your awesome
paperclip that’s taped into perfectiondarning needle for homemade stockings
Around the House
- Sticks and pine cones ♥ Don’t break bones but they will look awesome painted, glued around coffee cans, or strung up on a wall
- Extra baskets, small tables, holiday-colored blankets, crafting foam ♥ All can be repurposed for December holiday use!
- Unused wine glass ♥ Do those exist?! Turned upside down can hold candles while sitting over holiday trinkets
From Your Stash
- Tree trimmings ♥ Stuck behind frames, under centerpiece cloths, or inside fake trees
- Unused ornaments can also hang on makeshift trees from branches, washi tape, or a string of lights in the shape of a tree
- Craft paper…you name it…you can make it!
Here’s my collection from last year and this year for a little photo inspiration, although I do like when you envision your own creation from my prompts 🙂 Click any photo to view larger slideshow.
I honestly am not even close to done either. I think I just like decorating, so I tend to decorate all the time until the next holiday starts creeping up. But there are so many things you can do with what you already have! Okay…maybe you’d have to buy a few things, but cheap things!
Hopefully I’ve inspired you a little to think inside the box so that your well-earned money can be spent on giving and memories instead of more decorations that everyone else has! So, do you have any one particular thing that you have been able to breathe new life into year after year? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!