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Posted in You | December 2016

Have a very merry DIY holiday!

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One of the joys of the holiday season is decking the halls to make your home feel cozy and festive for family and friends who are visiting for holiday parties and celebrations. Most people enjoy the tradition of pulling well-loved decorations and family heirlooms out of storage each year, but it’s also fun to add new touches too.

Brand new decorations, centerpieces, and other holiday bling can be expensive, but happily there are budget-friendly ways to add some new sparkle to your holiday décor. A little creativity and a bit of do-it-yourself spirit is all you need to create some beautiful new holiday touches for your home.

Check out these clever ideas for making your house sparkle on a budget:

  • Visit thrift shops for amazing vintage décor. You may have to make a few repairs and do a little polishing, but you can find wonderful and sometimes delightfully kitschy holiday décor items for sale at your local thrift store near holidays.
  • Use dollar store finds. The dollar store is an amazing place to find “raw materials” for holiday decorations. Along with craft supplies, most dollars stores have seasonal aisles where you can purchase inexpensive décor items that can be turned into beautiful ornaments and centerpieces. Visit Babble for 20 amazing ways to use dollar-store finds to create beautiful holiday décor including a candy cane vase, painted pinecones, a gorgeous garland made of inexpensive plastic tree balls, and even a cute sock wreath!
  • Repurpose what you already have. If you have old holiday cards from family and friends tucked away in drawers, or partially used boxes of cards from past years, check out our article on creating ways to transform old cards into new and beautiful decorations and gifts. Upcycling is a wonderful way to save money since you usually have everything you need laying around the house. Consider these beautiful tin can luminaries that are perfect of Hanukkah, or this charming photo menorah that simply requires snapshots and a bit of colored paper.
  • Make elegant paper ornaments. You don’t have to go out and buy expensive craft store paper to make beautiful and delicate paper ornaments. Bits of old wrapping paper, old greeting cards, pages out of old books, old sheet music, or even white paper you color with markers, crayons or paint can make stunning Holiday decorations. Visit Better Homes and Gardens for 22 beautiful paper ornaments you can make yourself including paper pinwheels, rosette ornaments, paper snowflake stars, and paper ribbon candy.
  • Think outside the box. Sometimes it’s just a matter of looking at an ordinary item a little differently. Glue inexpensive plastic tree balls onto magnets and give your fridge a festive facelift, buy tiny dollar store Christmas stockings and use them as silverware holders on your holiday table, turn tomato cages upside down and wrap them in dollar store garland to make quick and easy trees for your front porch.

The holidays can be expensive, so adding some DIY charm to your home is an affordable and fun way to make the holidays a little extra special and a little extra beautiful this year.

 

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