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A nice holiday tip I ran across while surfing the net was to add holiday touches to items already around the house, like putting bows on figurines, etc. I think that's a great idea and will use some gratis ribbon I got to put red bows on some of mine. And then after the holidays, it's easy to clean up and store!
I buy rolls of wired ribbon at the Dollar Tree, make bows, large and small and use them to adorn candlesticks, wreaths, lamps, a large bow is placed on my mailbox. I use strips of the bows to add elegance to hang ornaments, attach mesh ribbon to my Christmas tree.
Someone was giving away an older lamp with a dated dried flower decoration in the glass base. I took it and unscrewed the bottom off the base and added some spare Christmas decorations in it for a festive look for the holidays. (those are FAKE candy canes)
You could also add other items if desired; pine cones, acorns, sea shell collections, etc.
Dress up an dining chair with a multipurpose Santa hat and decorative necklace! Most everybody has a junk box full of these Mardi Gras necklaces. I took one, centered it on the chair and taped it into place. Then I took a Santa hat, also purchased from the dollar store about 10 Christmases ago and positioned it on the chair and taped that into place. When you go to your Christmas party you can un-tape them both and use them or leave them on the chair for Christmas morning.
Integrate artificial silk poinsettias in a live house plants for the Christmas season. I have several live philodendron potted plants. During the Christmas season I purchase several bright red silk individual artificial poinsettia flowers. I stick them in the flower pot along with the live plant. Come end of February I remove fake flowers and pack them away ready for the next winter.
The candy canes and lollipops from last year held up well, so I decided to buy more of the plastic, shatterproof ornaments this year. The two larger ones were my indulgence. When I saw them at Lowe's I knew that I had to have them even though they were pricey.
I also split the contents of a large box purchased last year with my daughter and added them to my collection. Some of the ornaments came with silver cord hangers, for the rest I bought a spool of similar, elasticized cord from JoAnn Fabrics, using a 50% off coupon, of course :)
Next year perhaps I can add LED lights and more ornaments, of course then I will have to haul out the ladder to reach some of the upper branches. This time I used the hooked end of a shoe horn from Ikea to pull down a few of the upper ones.
I really like the beginnings of this decorating project, hope you do too.
I love decorating for Christmas with Angel Fluff (snow), you can use it anywhere and it really adds a nice wintry touch.
For some added flair when decorating the home for the holidays, hang a large sized ornament from the turn switch on a lamp. This is a great way to change up the lamp for the season.
It has been very many years now of Christmas decorating, though I still try and add something new each year. It truly brings out the Christmas spirit when you start bringing Christmas into your home. I don't think there is a cozier more wonderful feeling.
Incorporating plants into your holiday decorating scheme is a wonderful way to bring a little bit of gardening into the season. Because the holidays can be demanding on our time and our budgets, decorating with plants that can transition from one holiday to the next makes good sense.
How about decorating along a theme this Christmas? Spice up your decorating projects for this Holiday season by using a theme.
These are quick and easy to make. You should be able to make quite a few while you watch TV. It is also easy enough for older kids to make them. Hang them on your Christmas tree, in your windows or tie on to packages.
The first decoration I always put out right after Thanksgiving is the nativity set. Mine is Precious Moments and made of porcelain so it goes on the server, not under the tree. Kind of keeps me focused!
Glue mirrored tiles to ornament hangers or pieces of ribbon, then hang from your Christmas tree for a beautiful and sparkly look. You could get by with using less lights due to the reflection these tiles will produce.
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I am trying to decorate my house for Christmas for my mom as a surprise but I'm on a budget. Could you help with some ideas!
Raine from Redmond, OR
Try using things that you already have in Christmas colors-- a red tablecloth for instance can double as a tree skirt. Also, your local dollar store will usually have basics such as garland and small ornaments, which will cost less than your typical mass merchandise store.
Try looking at some of your thrift stores and garage sales.
You can find cheap decorations at the Dollar store. They
have inexpensive little table trees. I like looking at Good
will stores also. J.B.
You can buy coloured printer paper at some dollar-type stores, if you can find red & green (great Christmas colours), you can cut them into narrow strips then loop them and make paper chains. You can also put up several balloons (cheap too) in reds and greens.
If you're not a member of Freecycle, join up, I've seen members giving away old decorations. I was even in my local thrift store last week and all their Christmas items were half-price....yes at the thrift store!
You can also use rolls of red and green crepe paper to decorate. My son made a wreath at school many years ago using crepe paper and a paper plate by simply cutting out the centre of the plate and weaving red & green paper around the circle which was left. It was so cute and clever, I still have it.
You could also wrap pictures/frames to look like gifts and rehang them.
Dollar stores are really cheap for Christmas decorations, many of them are having sales on Christmas stock already.
Best of luck with your decorating & Merry Christmas :)
Go on a hike and collect pine cones. You can string together pine cones and maybe some cinnamon sticks with brown twine and hang them or drape them. Very pretty. I just paid 10 dollars for one at a store because I just ran out of time.
Collect wild nuts and put in bowls, maybe with a candle in the middle.
Find all sorts of things at thrift stores and think of ways to tie red ribbons to them. Decorate your fruit bowl with red ribbon.
There's a few suggestions. :)
If your able to, go where they are selling trees and ask for the left-over branches and use them. Lay glass bulbs around the greenery and add some glitter. It makes a pretty centerpiece.
Go to Lowes' or a Christmas tree lot, ask for any fresh branches they've trimmed from a fresh Christmas tree (Frazier firs or pine smells great), they'll most likely let you have them free. buy 3 white carnations, (colored carnations loose scent, white smell best) and make a small floral arrangement with them, using a vase or glass you already have and tie a ribbon around vase. There's one Christmas scent. Bake homemade cookies, cake or bread, there's another Christmas scent to make the whole house smell like the holidays. (if you don't bake, buy good cookies at a bakery, place in oven just before mom arrives, set kitchen timer for 5 to 8 minutes and take out just before she arrives home.) At the dollar store, buy a box of glass ornaments, mix in a large bowl or on a plate with whatever you have handy (i.e. fresh tree branches, clean pine cones, sea-shells, ribbon, or such), buy a small bag of ribbon candy or such and there's the holiday look. Put on Christmas music as you set up, get a holiday movie out and pop a microwave popcorn when she arrives and tell her it's holiday movie night. Have a great holiday.
I know this won't help you for this year, but maybe for next year. After Christmas, many stores sell all their Christmas items and decorations for 50% off. I always stock up after Christmas one year for the next year.
Go to Craigslist.org then lookup Oregon then Bend for your area there are free items under the heading "Free"
-Specifically a tree if you need that too! Alot of people give away items for free that might help you with decorating or even gifts. Other ideas include: salt dough recipes for ornaments, cutting out pictures ect from old Christmas wrap to hang on trees or walls.Also set the table for dinner with all the glassware you've got ; the setting looks pretty and you can put decorations in the center of the table in different size glasses. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!
my sister done the simplest yet so very pretty display on her coffee table by finding any or all photos from past christmas of her family like her grandchildren her and her husbands family photos etc. any photo that was taking at christmas time of any year or age of the person. and she used little frames or frames that fit the pictures size and just placed them randonly all in the center of her coffee table she even put the frames back to back and then she just layed ribbon all around them in random loose fotting form. she stuck in around there bottoms some christmas pics like holly or pinecones. and in the center of the table she had a candle scape by just using simple clear tall glasses each one a differant size the bottom was filled with rock salt (like you use in your drive way to melt the snow) then she had those little tree ornament balls just placed inside each one up so far and in the canter of that she had placed the tall tapered candles to burn. the rock salt stabilized then to stand firmly. she used things she already had from years past of decorating and it was so pretty and felt very warm and inviting. a great conversation piece as well.
A few years ago I endured a house fire and lost all of my ornaments. Decorating the Christmas tree was depressing until I came up with a little idea; I bought miniature chocolate candy (kisses, three musketeers, snickers,etc). They all come in Christmas colors and foil. put a pin hole at the top (leaving it sealed) and put your hook in. It was a huge hit especially with the kids. It's now become a tradition for the candy tree and since the ornaments are eaten, clean-ups a breeze.
We have a huge boarding barn (for horse). We want to decorate for the holidays. We have 8 rather huge posts kind of like hitching posts that we decorate for every season and we are stumped for Christmas. They are about 2 to 3 feet round and 4 to 5 feet high. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Eloise from Ohio
How about Christmas lights for a starter.
You could wrap them in garland and lights also red velvet ribbon would look pretty.
What about making them into snowpeople?
8 posts need 8 tiny Reindeer , Xmas eve theme
I saw a stable decorated with lights and a sign saying, "Reindeer Food" with buckets with the traditional names on each one, ex. Rudolph, Dancer, Prancer, etc. It was really cute.
Big red bows? Fake evergreen garland?
I am looking for Christmas door decorating ideas. Please help. Thank you.
By RKresta from Ballinger, TX
When I lived in an apartment, I got some huge wrapping. It was either plastic or paper, covered my door with it. Then I got really wide ribbon and wrapped that around my door with a big bow in the middle. Made my door look like a present. I think I cut a little spot out for my door handle. It's been so long I don't remember, but it's possible that the door covering might have been sold just for making a "wrapped" door (I really think it was plastic).
Now I just put a wreath on the door. I have one I made myself several years ago.
You could also string a Christmas bell or two on to a ribbon, tie the ribbon closed and hang it on the doorknob.
I went to family dollar and found a wreath made of bright colored round bells for $3.00. That is on my door now and it is very festive and jingles whenever the door opens.
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It was set on a red charger that was filled with salt to resemble snow; I put small red apple ornaments around the base of the Christmas tree; ceramic reindeer were placed around the base of the tree and a small bunch of cinnamon sticks tied with plaid ribbon placed on the edge of the charger.
On one side of the charger was a small Santa Claus tea pot, a gold manger ornament with a gold wise man ornament; the candle holders were a champagne glass filled with half salt and half sprinkles candy (layered) with a LED votive candle; it was behind the teapot.
In front of the Santa were the gold ornaments and votive candle with sprinkle candies and a LED light; the other side of the charger were Margarita glasses with salt and cinnamon candies and LED votive candles; a large red short pillar candle in the shape of a snowflake was in the center of the Margarita glasses. There were two star shaped short candles which didn't need a candle holder; they are colored red and green.
The Christmas tree was tied with an assortment of Christmas ribbon (with wire) and twisted or folded like a fan; a silk poinsettia was the tree topper with a gold cross tree topper. The tablescape was very colorful and inviting to my family and guests.
By JOSE from Collierville, TN
To give your couch a cute decorative look for Christmas wrap your throw pillows in red, green, or plaid dish towels or fabrics and secure at back with safety pin, this will make them look like Christmas presents. You can even add gingham ribbons or wire ribbons that will hold a bow etc.