Easy and Cheap Winter Decorations

One way to save on holiday decorations while also making your house look great is to reuse old decorations in new ways.

Pinterest, while an awesome distraction from everyday life, makes it hard for us ladies with limited funds. We want the fancy, garland-trimmed fireplace with white lights strung around it perfectly. But using what you already have, in combination with some Dollar Store deals (there is no shame, gals!), will make your living area seem alive with creativity.

Below are some ways I reused old decorations and how I incorporated new items.

IMG_4181

OK, this isn’t actually a decoration, but it helps with your creativity when you have a helpful little elf. In black fur. Sticking her tongue out.

IMG_4182

All those Christmas photo cards you don’t know what to do with? Sticky tack them to an empty space on the wall and tie together with an old garland.

IMG_4184

Again, it helps when your little, black fur clad elf inspects decorations for playful bugs or funny smells. Hard at work, that one is.

I made that poinsettia display with fake flowers from the Dollar Store, blue ribbon from the Dollar Store and a Corona tin bucket from college. And who says I didn’t take anything away from ASU!?

IMG_4187

Silver and gold, red and white. Mis-matched stockings represent the mis-matched characters of your family. All were Dollar Store deals.

IMG_4188

Add your own personality to your decorations. These majestic beasts are ornaments, but because of their prehistoric beauty, I put them on display in front of the TV. Never forget.

IMG_4191

Scented pine cones from the local grocery store are only a couple of dollars and they make great fillers for a space that you don’t know what to do with. Add color with scented candles to display with them. (Plus the pine cones make the bathroom smell great. Gotta ward off Uncle Frank as soon as you can, people.)

IMG_4192

Basic, colorful, round ornaments are great fillers for all those vases you have stored in the pantry. This display adds fun color to your house as well.

IMG_4194

These candles are usually in our stairwell window, but using them as our dining table centerpiece makes them feel like they’re brand new! Use an old garland to wrap around them and then pepper in those cinnamon-smelling pine cones around the garland.

IMG_4195

Holly candle holders are holding small tea light candles. These make a colorful focal point for the coffee table, while making sure not to obstruct anyone’s view of the TV. (Lord forbid dad can’t see Bill O’Reilly for ten seconds.)

IMG_4196

Yoga frog lamp gets cozy with an old candle holder (which is holding a new candle from the Dollar Store. And it doesn’t smell like a bathroom! Yay!) and a simple bowl of nuts. Making this more special is the fact that that bowl was my grandma’s. Incorporate family mementos when you can.

IMG_4199

Display your Christmas books from when you were a wee little elf. Colorful and vintage. Take that, Pinterest.

IMG_4202

Make sure your helpful little elf gets her own stocking. Right by her cat tower. Another Dollar Store deal.

IMG_4217

Using winter-themed scrapbook paper that I know I’ll never use in a scrapbook, I made a pendant garland to hang above our back door. No pattern to the different papers I used. I like things unorganized just a bit.

The snowflakes are actually coasters from the Dollar Store and I stuck them on the window with sticky tack. No harm ever came from using stick tack.

What about you? What are some ways you are using old decorations in new ways? What’s your favorite holiday decoration to put up?

Advertisements

About julieschicklit

My book blog is dedicated to finding books, stories & ideas that redefine women's literature to be something smarter & funnier. More RAWResome lit for ladies. I am remaining some-what anonymous because I have a day job. My Man-Beast and I are soon going to live abroad in China, so that's why I'm a reblog-aholic.

One comment

  1. great winter decorations
    thank you

Leave a comment like a good litasaurus

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: