Beauty & the Budget: Free Christmas Decor Ideas

christmas budgetDear Readers,

If you are like many of us, you might not be traveling back to visit family for Christmas, and even if you are, you might be on a tight student budget with little room to really spruce up your house for the holidays.  Check out the below ideas to hopefully help get your place looking festive and bright!  (Even if not on a budget, these are some cute ideas!)

P.S.  I chose these to share because they all cost nothing to make basically, could be made from items already floating around your home, and wouldn’t take hours to complete.  Enjoy!

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1) Pine comb Christmas trees: take a walk, gather, glitter, glue, stick in a votive holder or little jar, done.

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2) Paper cone Christmas trees: The tutorial is lovely and teaches you how to make porcelain cones, however I’d say just use some paper and tada! (I’d be sure to use the battery operated votives for this one!)

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3) Magazine Christmas trees: I can’t get enough of these.  I’ve made them for our home and for the decor for several little events and they are so fun and easy.  I got free (expired) magazines from the local library to make mine.  Fold, fold, fold, tuck under, done!

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4) Paper Snowflakes:  These take me back to childhood!  You can make them into garland, hang them on the windows, make ornaments…these classic and tasteful little guys never get old. And you can even make them from coffee filters to save some cutting!

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5) Good ole’ Garland:  Last but not least, you can’t really go wrong with some lovely, simple, colorful garland to hang on the tree or to deck your halls.  The ones above were done with paint sample swatches, but the possibilities are endless of what you could use.  Get thrifty!  You can even make an advent garland where you take off one loop each day leading up to Christmas.

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And if you have kids, check out this adorable little idea! Looks like I know what our afternoon will look like today! :) (although mine won’t appear this fancy)

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