Between gift-giving, travel, and parties, the holiday season can be a strain on the budget. If you want to alleviate some of the financial stress but still make your home festive for the holidays, incorporate these common items for super low-cost holiday decor:
Pine Cones: Pine cones can make beautiful, rustic holiday decorations. You can use them in their natural state, or simply spray paint them gold or silver for a more elegant look. Another idea is to paint them in color combinations to match your decor, or add a light dusting of white paint for a snowy forest ambiance. Consider combining them with silk flowers, candles, ribbons, or decorative balls in a wide, flat bowl as a centerpiece. Pine cones also make excellent additions to homemade wreaths, mantles, and garland displays.
Candy Canes: Candy canes are the quintessential holiday candy. They make beautiful decor right out of the box, but you can also wrap them in ribbon, dip them in chocolate, or even add eyes and twist ties to create reindeer. Consider putting candy canes together in a glass jar with a ribbon for a simple centerpiece, incorporating them into floral arrangements, or hanging them on the tree. You can even find candy canes in different colors if you have a certain color scheme for your holiday decor. The creative possibilities are endless with these colorful, minty treats!
Greeting Cards: If you usually receive holiday cards from your loved ones around the holidays, you can use them to add holiday cheer to your home that has a personal meaning. Pin cards to a string (or multiple strings) of garland or ribbon on the wall, or affix them to the mantle.
Colorful Snack Displays: Filling clear jars or vases with seasonal snacks makes for inviting decor with the bonus of a festive treat. You can make these either monochrome or in a variety of seasonal colors. Use any combination of cranberries, cookies, peppermints, or colorful candy in clear vases or jars. Or, use a layer of cranberries in a clear vase underneath floral arrangements for a splash of color and originality. Jars or vases can be spruced up with colorful ribbon or garland.
Cinnamon Sticks: Nothing beats the warm scent of cinnamon to add holiday spirit to your home. Cinnamon sticks can be incorporated into a centerpiece (either spread throughout or tied in bundles), or lined up around a glass candle holder and tied with a ribbon.
Not only will incorporating simple items into your home decor save money, but it is also a great way to get kids involved in the festivities while teaching them about resourcefulness. Using simple household items with a little color and creativity, you can give your home standout holiday decor on a budget!