Monday, December 2, 2013

Budget Christmas Decorating

If you're like me and you love to decorate (and redecorate) then you always have this tiny, annoying, little thing called a budget looming over you. Right?

This is especially true around the Christmas season when there is so much to do and so many other expenses. Yet, I always want to create fresh and new holiday displays around my home. What am I to do! Well, I have created a little system filled with tips to decorate beautifully on a Christmas budget.

First, use older holiday items in a new way. For example, I have an extensive collection of vintage ornaments (all found for free or just a couple of dollars a box at tag sales) that, some years, completely decorate my tree. This year, I have used them differently, piled in a vintage bowl in my entry. It gives them a totally new and unexpected look!

Secondly, purchase inexpensive filler ornaments. You all have seen these before. They are the large boxes of plastic ornaments at the less expensive stores. Use these as your foundation and then top with your more expensive (or special) ornaments.  See the gold ornaments in the basket? Those are super cheap, but you wouldn't know when they are layered with pretty, vintage, glass ornaments.

Tip: Wait to buy these on clearance at the end of the season or look for deals, plus coupons to buy them now. That's what my husband did last year and only spent a few dollars on a huge assortment.

Third, bring nature inside. This is forever a favorite of mine, regardless of the season. Things like boxwood, sticks and pinecones are all good options for Christmas. I added a sprig of boxwood to this brass container in my living room for a natural element in this holiday vignette.

Fourth, use one decoration as a focal point. For example, one beautiful ornament balanced on a container can have a major impact and really highlight a sentimental piece.

Lastly, make something crafty! I had a large amount of space to fill on my tree and couldn't justify the cost of all the ornaments needed so I crafted a filler. I just took some tags purchased at the office supply store and painted fun patterns on them with metallic gold craft paint.

Next week I'm be teaming up with over 50 other bloggers to share our holiday home tours! I'm super excited and hope you'll all follow along!

Also, be sure to check out my series called Inspiring Bloggers and, this past week Meeha Meeha shared some fantastic decorating ideas with us all.  You can see her entire post here.

Lastly, my first contributor post was published at Jennifer Rizzo. You can read all about my Anthro inspired pillow here.

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  1. LOVE those tags on the tree! i spied them on fb i think and was dying over them!

  2. Loved the little peeks Angela...can't wait to see more!!

  3. The tags are simple yet decorative. Great inspiring ideas.

  4. Outstanding tips friend!!! I am just smitten for your vintage ornaments!!! Keep it coming...loving what I am seeing! Here is to a great week!!!!

  5. Hopefully we're not at the same thrift shops - or there may be a scuffle over all of those vintage ornaments! Love them - and your cute idea with the tags on the tree!

  6. Angela everything is starting to come together. Can't wait for the reveal!


  7. Awesome ideas Come link up to Centerpice Wednesday and share this idea with us!

  8. Thank you for this home tour. You have beautiful house. It's feel like I'm visiting your house right now.

    Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm Clotee. It's my first time visiting your blog. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-shop. Nice to know you.



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