Decorate Your House This Holiday With Easy Inexpensive Homemade Christmas Decorations
It’s that time of year again when we start to think about Christmas baking, Christmas gifts, Christmas tree decorations ideas, Christmas theme ideas, and all of this costs money.
Christmas can cost you lots of money if you are well invested in the holiday, especially if you don’t budget for the holidays.
You’ll undoubtedly feel the crunch come January when the bills come due if you don’t have the cash to pay them.
You can eliminate a chunk of the holiday financial stress by making homemade Christmas gifts, including DIY Christmas decorations.
If you’re already tight on cash, don’t go out and spend your money on Christmas decor that you can make at home for a fraction of the price.
I like homemade Christmas decorations over store-bought as it adds that personal touch.
One of my fans was showing off her DIY Christmas holiday frames.
I would have never have thought to re-purpose a picture frame with some spray paint, bows with sparkly Christmas balls dangling.
There are some pretty cool Christmas decorations you can buy that are outdoor, but you’ll pay big bucks for them unless you wait until the end of the season.
Scoop Up Boxing Day Sales
On Boxing Day, consumers flock to the stores to grab deals as high as 75%-90% off Christmas Decorations.
This is the time when you want to be standing out in the cold with a hot cup of coffee, waiting to scoop up the deals for next year’s Christmas decorations event at your house.
If you’re not one to get up early on Boxing Day, then your next best bet is to create your own easy Christmas decorations that are budget-friendly and look fabulous.
How To Create Christmas Decorations
I went looking around the web to save you the hassle of finding eleven DIY easy Christmas Decorations tutorials for all of you crafty fans out there.
I found a few fun Christmas decorations that the kids could participate in making with the help of adults.
If you live in a small space and don’t have room for a traditional Christmas tree, check out the DIY Fake Christmas Tree on a Budget and the Build A Tree Wall House below.
Christmas tree decorating is fun, and our son, who is now two, will enjoy it even more than he did last year when I put him on my shoulders so he could attempt to put the star at the top of the tree.
We’ve had a look around the Christmas Store in a small village near us, which is lit up with Christmas bulbs and holiday decor as far as the eye can see.
The problem with this kind of boutique shopping is you must have the budget to pay the prices.
Sure, you’ll find some glamorous Christmas decor, but it depends on how much you are willing to pay for it.
The return on investment with Christmas decorations is slim, and most of it ends up at a garage sale or second-hand shops for a fraction of the cost.
Homemade Easy Christmas Decorations
Check out these remarkable DIY Easy Christmas Decorations below that look like they are boutique purchased when in fact, they are homemade.
Fake Christmas Tree on a Budget from DIY Home Decor Guide
Holiday Tablescape from Le Zoe Musings
Birch Log Tea Light Holder from Make+Haus
Paper Towel Christmas Stars from Blog ala Cart
Magazine Christmas Trees By Tara Dennis
Car in a Jar Snow Globe from Mason Jar Crafts
DIY Stocking Hangers from Decorating Your Small Space
Build a Tree Wall Shelf by Ana White
Pine Cone Christmas Trees from Scissors and Spoons
Baby Food Jar Snow Globes from Craftaholics Anonymous
Melted Crayon Art DIY Christmas Ornament from The Heathered Nest
I hope you enjoyed my 2016 Easy Christmas Decorations picks, and if you make any of them, let me know.
I’d love to see photos you can share on my Facebook page or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discussion Question: Do you create and DIY easy Christmas decorations at your house?
Leave me your comments below, as I’d love to get your feedback.
CBB At Home And Blog
This week was all about finishing up the Fall yard work, even though it was starting to feel like summer was sticking its head back into the weather updates.
Last year, we knew one string of our Christmas lights on the house was burnt by the holiday season’s end.
We bought the lights from Zehrs after Christmas about seven years ago, but one strip had enough and quit me.
I made a trip to Canadian Tire after researching online to see what stores had the best deals on flights that were LED and not going to cost me a fortune.
I was lucky to find reels of lights at Canadian Tire for $29.99 with a savings of $20 for each spin. I bought three reels which did the entire house.
I also put up our massive wreathe that lights up in a soft white that matches the house lights.
The majority of the Christmas lights on the house were put on the trees in our yard since a few strings were working fine.
Now, all we have to do is get our big Red Bows and a few other bits, and we’re set outdoors.
I have everything on a timer as well, which helps control the utility costs.
Mrs. CBB wanted to find a small strip of lights to put on our front window, so I’ll keep an eye out for a good deal.
Ideally, buying at the end of the season is what we want, so if we don’t find a reasonable price, we’ll wait and continue to build our outdoor holiday decor the frugal way.
The Christmas tree is next on our list, and we’ll have to sneak out to buy our son his second Christmas Tree Ornament that we want to get engraved every year as a tradition.
The wife and little guy will be making some Christmas crafts at home, so we bought many arts and crafts products from the Dollar Store.
Today’s post was timely as I’ve saved a few leaves for some holiday decor, and we will be doing some kid-inspired decorations to hang around the house.
That’s how my week went, how was yours?
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I noticed a sign that stated these Orchids were $9.88.
It just so happens that they rang up at $9.97, and I mentioned it to the cashier and voila, FREE!
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I like this quote because we often forget that about appreciating what we have instead of being angry that we don’t have more or jealous that others have more.
Be happy with what you have, and you’ll soon see that you won’t need anything more.
Top Finance Post
I stumbled upon the personal finance blog The Money Wizard this week and enjoyed reading about how You Don’t Have To Be Homeless To Retire Early.
After being featured on CNBC about a crash course on how to retire early, the comments came rolling in. Now he’s here to share some of what he learned about himself from people he doesn’t even know.
It’s pretty funny and educational at the same time.
Here’s a look at #1, but before I go, might I add that I’ve also been subject to such comments in the past?
But what some people don’t realize is that it is possible to retire early to learn about all the innovative ways to save but still enjoy the finer things.
Enjoy the read!!
1. “You Must Live Like a Hobo if You Save More Money Than Me.”
This was a common one. Here are a few direct quotes from the comments sections:
- “Even welfare live better than his frugal lifestyle.”
- “Why save and live like a homeless pauper? Enjoy the fruits of your labor.”
- “He’s not a Money Wizard, he’s just a miser.”
- “Secrets [to saving $150,000]: 1. Be a miser. 2. Lie to others about your financial condition. 3. Be a jerk.”
Frugal Recipe Box
Food is a big part of any budget and a struggle for many, which is why it has been essential for me to create frugal recipes for my fans.
I have a second Facebook page called The Free Recipe Depot, where I exclusively share recipes from Food Bloggers worldwide.
Since we are officially in the Christmas Holiday season, I’ll be sharing recipes that you can make at home just in time for special gatherings, celebrations, and gift-giving.
Check out the Free Recipe Index on CBB, compiled of frugal recipes that are 100% tested and accepted by family and friends!
This week, I stopped by Daily Appetite because I spotted a gorgeous tray of Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies.
Everyone here knows how much I love shortbread cookies, and I know these would be perfect on any Holiday table, Christmas gifts, Bake Sale goodies, etc.
What goodies will you be baking for the holiday season?
Please leave me your comments below. 🙂
Check out all of my holiday cookies and balls in the free recipe index.
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Always begin and end your day with a SMILE!- Mr.CBB
Every week I get thousands of people to visit Canadian Budget Binder because they searched online and found my blog.
Most times funny, Sometimes serious.
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- Standard Grocery List– What the heck is a standard grocery list
- Scanning Code Worst Offenders– Haha, Sounds like a television program
- How Many People Have A Million Dollars To Their Name In Canada?– Yes, because you’ll find that number on the internet. Try again.
That’s all the fun for this week. Thanks for dropping by, and we’ll see you all again next Saturday!
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