The holidays are fast approaching, and the magic of the season is in the air. Despite the cozy, inviting feeling and the goodness that shines bright around the holidays, it is also often a time associated with expenses. This year, avoid the stresses associated with the financial aspects of the season and use these tips for holiday decor on a budget.
Forget the Traditional Tree
Purchasing a traditional Christmas tree can be a significant expense, and it requires a lot of space. In an apartment, a tree can take up valuable space, and sometimes even get in the way. Save your wallet this year by opting for a modernized version of the tree by using non traditional materials that match your home decor. Your creative alternative to a tree will not only look chic, but it will save you a lot of money, and keep you within your holiday budget.
Use Nature to Decorate
The natural beauty that surrounds us in winter includes pinecones, tree boughs, and winter berries. Make decorating on a budget fun by planning a walk in the park to collect natural Christmas decor to bring inside. Tree boughs are an easy way to make your home look and smell festive, while pinecones have a wide variety of options for using as decor. Homesteading has many DIY ideas for decorating with pinecones that will make your apartment feel festive and cozy in no time.
Do it Yourself
One creative way to decorate for the season without breaking the bank is to create your own decorations. Whether it is as simple as these DIY snowflake and swivel ornaments, suggested by Beauty and Bedlam.com, or some of these Ikea hacks, DIY is a perfect way to save money, while also making your apartment festive for the season.
Use Items You Already Have
Everyone has items around the house that can be converted into holiday decor that is unique and budget friendly. An old scrabble game is perfect for creating hanging ornaments, and items like old vases can be filled with bright coloured rocks or upcycled Christmas bulbs. Old light bulbs can be painted to look like snowmen or reindeer, and books can be strategically stacked to look like a Christmas tree. Save on decorations, while feeling good about recycling, and get creative with items you already have around the house.
Shop Within Your Budget
Your apartment can look and feel festive without you going over your budget. Instead of going to the fanciest designer store in your area to purchase decor, consider opting for a more affordable, but similar style at another place. Stores like Ikea and The Dollar Tree are perfect examples of places where you can find similar decorations at better prices. If you really have your heart set on a particular trend, but can’t afford it, try recreating it as a DIY Christmas project.
The holidays don’t have to be a financial burden on you and your family. Getting creative and using items you already have, or creating your own decorations can save you a lot of money, and keep you within your budget. This year, enjoy the holiday season by saving money with some of the tips for decorating on a budget. For more ideas on how to decorate on a budget, visit the Medallion Blog.