Christmas Decorating on a Budget


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Christmas Decorating on a Budget

Christmas decorations don’t need to be elaborate to be attractive! There are many simple things you can do to add some holiday cheer to your home without spending many hours or a lot of money.

Begin by grouping similarly colored holiday items in several containers. Tabletop groupings can be placed on any flat surface and bring the colors and smells of Christmas to any room you choose to decorate. Depending on the containers and contents you choose, you can create many different looks. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

Fill a few bowls or jars with candy canes, cinnamon candies, and peppermint candies. The red and white will look very festive, especially in clear glass or white containers. If any of your jars are tall and narrow, you could tie red ribbons around the outside to further emphasize the red theme.

Combine glass Christmas balls in coordinating colors and place them in open bowls, making sure the hangars are all tucked out of sight. Using balls of varying sizes will add to the visual interest. Tuck a few pinecones or pine trimmings in around the edges to give it a finished look. This is a nice way to use the Christmas decorations that didn’t fit on your tree and continue its color scheme throughout your home.

Fill a platter or large shallow bowl with candles of various shapes and sizes. For the most striking effect use all the same color, such as all ivory, red, or green candles, but you can mix different colors if that’s what you have or enjoy. Once all the candles are arranged fill the remaining space with beaded tree garland and a few glass Christmas balls. When the candles are lit, the balls and beads will reflect the candlelight nicely and create an eye-catching centerpiece.

Display your Christmas collectibles on a shallow tray. All your Angels and Santas collected on every vacation can be used to their best advantage by grouping them.
Almost any container can be used to hold anything holiday related, and if you group several of them together, it’s certain to create a festive touch. Look around your home and see what you can whip up in just a few minutes!

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