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5 Ideas for Cheap Christmas Decorating2

With the economy in a state of turmoil and Christmas right around the corner, money seems to go out much faster than it comes in.

If you’ve put off your holiday decorating so you could buy gifts, don’t  despair!   There are still plenty of options out there that won’t break the bank and will help you feel at home for the holidays.

1.  Wrap some empty boxes and place them strategically around the house.  Nobody has to know that they’re empty.  Simply put rocks in them to simulate the weight of a real gift if that’s important.  Just don’t accidentally put them beneath the tree, or little Billy might be disappointed when he opens up a box of rocks—though if he was a bad boy, maybe that’s just what he needs.

2.  If you have a pine tree in your yard (or in your neighbor’s yard—just sneak over there one night), you’re in luck.  Snag some pine cones, some shiny paint, spray glue, and glitter, and you’ll be making eye-catching Christmas decorations in no time.  This is a fun project that you can share with the kids as well.

3.  While we’re on the topic of pine trees:

I like some of these ideas—but, it’s not exactly safe to put pine branches in candle bowls.  I warn about similar dangers in my article on Christmas tree safety

4.  Pasta garlands, particularly made of spinach and tomato pasta (colored green and red, respectively)—can make quite a festive holiday decoration.  Watch to see if the dried pasta is on sale at any of your local markets. 

 5.  Utilize items that you may already have—such as teddy bears, winter clothing, and other winter themed items can be combined to make cute little Christmas showcases.

What ingenious and low cost ways have you decorated for the holidays? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below.

by John Barker

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Comments / Discussion

  1. Tam
    I keep old Christmas cards and change out picture frames with them.
    December 21, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Permalink
  2. editor
    That's a great idea, Tam. Thanks for sharing.
    December 23, 2010 at 10:39 am | Permalink
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