Today we got our first official snow of the season, a whopping 4 inches of snow (LOVE!!!) which inspired me to write this weeks post about my Christmas décor.
I absolutely love Christmas time. It’s the only holiday that I really deck the house out. Lights, fresh evergreens, stockings…the list goes on. My goal this year was decorate inexpensively, as always, and to re-purpose things I already own or use things I bought from Goodwill, Salvation army or garage sales.
Lets start with the free, did I say FREE light turned into a gawwwgesss candle holder that I picked up on the side of the road.
I took out the lighting unit, screwed the top back on, and put a candle and some berries underneath. If I wanted to burn the candle I could screw the top off to let it breath. It looks really good sitting on my dining room table.
This wreath is hanging in my kitchen above the sink. Everything came from the dollar tree. (where everything is $1.00, not all dollar stores are created equally ) This wreath cost 3.00 bucks to make. I took the balls and used florist’s wire to attach the balls to the wreath. I did the same thing with the bow. It was slightly time consuming, but it looks amaze-balls.!!! Get it amaze…balls. The wreath is made of balls. Ok, well I laughed. Moving on –
So, I hit it big at Goodwill this year. I must say I am frequent shopper at ALL the local Goodwills. I can always, always, always find treasures there. This year, I found a bag of sparkly fruit. What more could a Christmas shopper ask for?!? And, it was 2.99. WHAT! I got a nice rolled eye from my husband, but I think he liked the final product. I arranged the fruit in a dessert bowl I found a garage sale a few years ago for .25 cents. Can we say festive. Score!
More Goodwill items – I found this cool plant with a crazy red flower sticking out of the top?! Not sure about that. But I bought it because I really like the pot it was in. So, I ripped that red flower out, and I literally had to use muscle to get that thing out, but it came out. Then I arranged some of the loose flowers in the pot.
I also found these random flowers for .49 cents each which I thought would replace the crazy red flower in the cool pot. (I used the grapes in the fruit bowl)
Here is what it looked like after. Much better right! I also used the gold leaves and put them in a vase I had just sitting around. I arranged them with some trees I got a garage sale last year for $1.00 each. I try to incorporate things I already have sitting around. It works.
This little plant came from IKEA. I have quite a few them in different varieties. I love to sit them around (because you don’t have to water them!!) My green thumb is a little off if you know what I mean. I bought the little sparkly balls on a stick at the dollar tree. I got about 8 of them for 1 dollar in gold and silver. I popped them right into the plant for a quick holiday spruce up. It makes the bathroom a little festive without being too cluttered.
One more easy thing to do is take a lantern that you have sitting around the house and put some Christmas balls in it. (My lantern came from IKEA). I also had some left over green moss, so I shoved that in the bottom and sat the balls on top.
The picture on the right is of a plant that I got at Goodwill, $1.99, which I sit out all year long. I thought it looked good paired with a santa that my grandma gave me and cute deer I picked up on sale last year at Christmas shop at the local mall. (Again, mixing everyday things with festive items can look good and save you money)
Another quick fix, add something sparkly to an existing item in your home. I added these sparkly leaves (.50 cents from the dollar store) to my flower arrangement at the front door. Super quick and easy with a big impact!
We always hang our stockings on the stair railing. It’s a great way to dress up the hallway with a specific purpose. (the kids have to stare at it for the next few weeks and wait until santa fills up the stockings with goodies) It’s a constant reminder for them to be good 🙂
One last thing is outdoor décor. If you buy a fresh Christmas tree, don’t throw away your trimmings after you cut the bottom of your tree so that it fits in your tree stand. If you keep them, you can arrange them in your summer planters for a nice wintry look. I kept old soil in the bottom of planters so the trimmings would have something stick into. I arranged the cuttings to my liking. It was still a little bare, so I went out back and trimmed some of our pine tree (it needed a trimming) and stuck those in there too. I threw some lights on and it looks so nice. Best part of all, it was free! Look at your yard, do you have a pine tree, a holly tree or grasses. Cut some pieces and have at it!!
Check out my post and other great holiday ideas on the 25 days of Christmas on http://www.thatswhatchesaid.net/2013/holiday-happenings-link-party-2013/.