Deck the Halls on a Budget

Nothing brings out the holiday spirit quite like twinkling lights, Santa hats and the fresh smells of a real Christmas tree. Each has a magical ability to give you the kind of warm fuzzies that can only be felt during the holiday season. But seeing the same old décor in your home every year can get a bit stale. So if you’re looking to spruce up your home with a few new pieces of tradition, these tips can help you do just that without busting Santa’s budget – so you can get back to a cozy and stylish holiday.

Browse the House. Take inventory of what you already have. Household items like candles, pillows and blankets are great for making a room feel extra cozy. Presents (or empty wrapped boxes), can also be placed around for added festive flair. And, if you have extra ribbons from gift-wrapping or strands of lights, string them up and around to brighten up your space.

Shop the Yard. You’ll be surprised at just how many decorative pieces can be found right in your backyard. Branches, pinecones, and twigs can be easily fashioned into wreaths, ornaments, and center pieces. Just remember to shake your findings out before bringing them inside!

Show off that Merry Mail. It seems like every year we all get more and more beautiful holiday photo cards from friends and family. So why not display these in a festive way for all to see? Plus, you’ll get bonus points from people who come over and see their holiday card proudly on display.

When in Doubt: DIY. Feeling extra crafty? Create your own decorations with glue, markers, a sewing machine, or other pieces from the craft stores (they always have great coupons). One of the simplest projects is using a few yards of fabric as a throw. Check out Pinterest or other crafty blogs if you’re feeling extra adventurous.

Hunt for Bargains. Holiday décor doesn’t always come at a hefty price tag. There are plenty of budget-friendly options at local grocery stores, thrift stores, flea markets, big box stores, and even online retailers. But before you buy, do your research by comparing prices and keeping an eye out for coupons and sales.

Whether you craft only a few simple pieces or attempt a festive overhaul, we hope these tips and ideas will help your home (and your wallet) feel extra cozy this season. And if you run out of time, that’s okay! At the end of the day, the holiday spirit is all about spending time with the ones you love.

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