Now that Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season has officially begun. And that means that we can discuss all kinds of festive holiday ideas to make this season special. For many families, the joy of the holiday can be squashed by the constant battle of trying to eliminate debt. Even when it comes to decorations, you may feel like you have to splurge to make everything look just right. But that’s not the case! There are tons of DIY Holiday decorations that you can whip up that will probably look better than stuff at the store, anyways.
Tuesday Tip – Try DIY Holiday Decorations
The holidays can be a fantastic time of year, full of joy, family, and lots of food. But, they can also create a lot of added stress in the financial department, specifically consumer debt. Making DIY Holiday decorations can get you in the spirit and help you save a bundle in the process. Here are just a few that could spice up your home this season.
Mason Jar Centerpiece
Mason jars are in right now. They’re a cute and classic jar that probably won’t go out of style any time soon. What you can do is get a few mason jars around the house or pick some up at the dollar store. Then, paint them red, white, and green and stick whatever you want in them for a simple and cool centerpiece. Be it cranberries, marshmallows, or some greens and a pinecone – anything will look good! Just pick up a little box or tray to put them in and you have yourself a reusable centerpiece. Keep the box simple so you can use it all year round, or add a few little touches to liven it up and make it special for the holidays.
Okay, this is one of the easiest, cheapest, and all around best holiday decor ideas. It’s so simple. If you feel like you’re drowning in debt but still want to do something festive, holiday potpourri is for you. All you need is an orange, cranberries, some cinnamon sticks, a swig of pine and a jar. What you do is stick all the ingredients in one jar and and it will not only spice up your counter tops as a decoration, but it smells great, too. When you’re ready to give your house an extra kick, just add water and voila – your house will smell amazing. Just put it in a pot on the stove top and let it simmer all day. You could also fill the jar with water and let a tea light candle float on top. No need to buy an expensive candle or put plug-ins all over the place.
The great news is that holiday potpourri can also be a great host or hostess gift for any party you attend. Just grab enough ingredients for a few extra jars and make a whole batch. You’ll be set with gift giving to friends for the whole season. And it’s less expensive than buying individual gifts or showing up empty handed.
You can really get creative with door wreaths. Got an old picture frame that you could re-paint and add a bow onto? Boom, you’ve got a cool, festive decoration for inside or outside your home. Add a snowman, a menorah, or a little Santa hat and your new decoration is complete.
Another cool idea is using old wine corks to fashion a reusable wreath. You can add your choice of added decorations like cranberries, greenery, or keep it simple and just add a bow. This is a good idea, especially if you already have some old corks laying around. If not, maybe start saving them up for a while and make your wreath then.
One of my favorite ideas is using old ornaments to make a wreath. Use a foam base (think pool noodle) and glue or pin ornaments to the foam. You can either keep the wreath as is with an array of different colors, or paint it for a fresh new look. What’s fun is that these decorations can be made to last all winter – not just through December.
If you are struggling to balance the holidays and your budget, try this holiday budget worksheet to avoid getting in over your head.