We’re all looking for ways to economize this year. As we continue to weather the effects of inflation, many of us are trying to save money this holiday season. But that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice any holiday cheer. In fact, you can make your home look extra-festive this time of year without spending a lot of money. Here are some fun ideas for budget holiday decorating from the Morsa Moore Team!
Decorate with greeting cards
If you’re anything like us, then you receive an avalanche of greeting cards in the mail this time of year. Many of them are so beautiful or feature lovely photos of your friends and loved ones. Why not turn them into a gorgeous – and free – display? Hang them on a string along your mantle or create a collage on the back of a door. It will keep you smiling all season long.
Display wrapped gifts
Why not get a head start on your holiday wrapping this year? If you do, then you can set out your beautiful packages to create a lovely holiday display. Of course, you can stack them under your Christmas tree. But you can also stack them next to the front door or tuck them beneath a bar cart for something a little different.
Make your own holiday ornaments
If you don’t have enough ornaments to fill out your Christmas tree, don’t worry. You can easily make beautiful ornaments with things you already have on hand. Slice and dry a few oranges and hang them from your tree. Or make paper ornaments with leftover scraps of wrapping paper. You can also string small items together to make a garland, such as cranberries, popcorn, pompoms, or any other festive bits and bobs you have laying around.
Hang ornaments in other places
On the other hand, if you have too many ornaments to fit on your tree, then hang them in other places around your home. We love hanging some of our favorite ornaments from ribbons in our windows. You can also hang them in doorways, along stairwells, or even from a chandelier.
Add a touch of nature
Mother Nature is the ultimate decorator, and you can still (even in Montgomery County!) find many things in your own backyard that you can use for decorations. Of course, pine cones are a classic holiday decoration. Place them in bowls on a table or string small ones together to make a garland. Use a selection of evergreen branches in a vase for a pretty centerpiece that will cost you nothing to make. You can even use a large bunch of evergreen branches in a vase in place of your tree this year.
Up-cycle candle holders
No need to buy fancy holiday-themed candle holders when you can easily use what you already have at home. Fill the bottom of a mason jar or other clear glass jar with Epsom salt and place a tea light or votive candle inside. Or turn wine glasses upside down and place tea lights on top to create a stunning centerpiece for your holiday table.