Five Inexpensive and Easy Christmas Decorations

Hey all! Do you know what’s crazy? Christmas is in fourteen days….two weeks! How is it almost Christmas time when we literally just celebrated Thanksgiving??

I try my best to enjoy the holiday season every year, really take in the joy and wonder of it all. But sometimes it just goes so quickly and it’s hard to keep up with the excitement. One of my biggest challenges this holiday season has been trying to keep my house festive while working around a tight budget that’s already being stretched by shopping for gifts. It is not easy, but I’ve been able to find some awesome DIY  ideas that I want to share with you guys.

Here are five inexpensive and easy Christmas decorations to try!

1. Jar of Ornaments – My husband and I have many Christmas tree ornaments that weren’t able to fit on our tree this year, so I decided to put some of them in a uniquely shaped jar and set them out as decoration. Simple, easy, and they stand out.

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2. DIY Ornaments – This project is a lot of fun, and makes for a sweet date night with a significant other or a group of close friends! Kris and I went to Michaels for a set of plain glass ornaments and decorated them with things like pipe cleaners and acrylic paint. You can even start a tradition of adding a new one to your tree each year! The photos I tried taking of my ornaments are pretty terrible, so I am declining to share them. No professional camera unfortunately. However you can find plenty of other ideas online 🙂

3. Greenery – This isn’t necessarily a Christmas decoration, but it brings some color into your home and can look festive. You can buy a bundle of greenery at the store and place them in a vase as a centerpiece somewhere. I bought these for around $2.00 at Safeway, and I love how they look on my dining table. They command your attention!

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4. Pinecones in a Jar – I had some scented pinecones out in a woven basket shaped like a pumpkin during the Fall months. I wasn’t ready to put them away just yet, so I grabbed a mason jar and put them inside as decoration. To be honest, I feel silly for calling this decoration. It’s pinecones in a jar (LOL)…But sometimes I enjoy doing things differently, I personally find this to be simple and adorable. You can gather them outside if you find any, and if you wanted to, you could add some fake snow to the pinecones to make it look more wintery and festive. You can find out how to do this here.

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5. Christmas Movie Quote – A fun fact about me: Not only do I speak English, but I am also quite fluent in movie quotes. Anyone who knows me well can attest to this. I take whatever opportunity I see available to reference or quote a movie, so what better way for me to make my home festive than adding a movie quote to my wall somewhere?? I painted this “Son of a nutcracker” sign in reference to Elf. It’s one of my favorite Christmas movies ♥ You could purchase a wood piece for a decent price at a craft store and paint it like I did, or even write in a pretty font on paper, and place it in a frame and hang it up for everyone to see!

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I hope these ideas are helpful to all you wonderful readers! There is something special about creating your own decorations for the holiday months, they can become precious memories, and it gives you a chance to spend time with loved ones.

Let me know in the comments what you think, and please let me know about any other decoration ideas you might have. I love trying new things 🙂 Thank you so much for reading!

 

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Table Project – Part 3

Hey everyone, happy Saturday to you all!

I have very good news, I was able to come up with enough money to buy a new computer on Wednesday! It’s actually used, but refurbished, and it’s a 2012 MacBook Pro. So thankfully I can keep up with the blog and put it back to its normal pace!

I have God to thank for this blessing. Kris and I have had times when we are really down to nothing in our bank account, and as soon as we have a bill or some other unexpected expense coming our way, we always end up with exactly what we need, every time. I’m very thankful for how He he has provided, and this week He has done it once again ♥

So with that, I’ll go ahead and jump into part three of this decorating adventure!

These are sketches that I drew up a few days ago, and they are both different ways I might approach decorating the space around the table.

PLEASE excuse the poor quality of these photos! I did edit them so that they would be easier to look at, but for some reason when they carried over to my computer, they got switched back to their original state. I’m new to having an Apple computer, so I’m still trying to learn how to use it. I will eventually post better quality photos.

The photo on the left features a large piece of wall art that would sit on the table and lean up against the wall. Next to that on the left I drew another picture frame that would be sitting on a sliced tree round. To the right of that, on the other side of the table, I’d  take some leftover cans and dress them up to put flowers in them. Then, on the wall would be the key hook art that I posted about in part 1, and then above that would be a fun, floral wreath.

The photo on the right also features a large piece of wall art, only this time with a large vase and a flower to accompany it. Then in the middle, I thought I might try and find a plant box and add that to the table. Next to that would be a container for Nessy’s treats and then above that, again, would be the key hook art.

These are just some general ideas, just to put me in some kind of direction as to how I want to approach the space. So I might end up with a combination of both drawings.

I have to drive through the heart of town almost daily to get to school or work, and I’ve noticed that there are several thrift stores and local decoration stores all over. I was thinking that it would be fun to find my items there. So with luck, I might find a cool new vase or some wall art, those are my specific goals.

I also decided that I’m going to paint the wood in that Serenity Blue color that I discovered the other day. So hopefully, within the next week, I’ll be able to start painting. We shall see!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments below what you think! I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Have a great weekend!

 

Table Project – Part 2

Hello all, happy Wednesday! How are you this week?

I’m feeling pretty good today, it’s day 3 of my brief summer break. I’m feeling well rested and excited to tackle this table project I have planned!

I got started on sanding one of the three pieces of wood today, and it is definitely a little harder than I thought it would be. I did some research online to find the best approach with cedar wood.  There was a page on eBay that has been extremely helpful to me, and it advised me to use sandpaper with grit between 140 to 180. This is because cedar wood is soft and porous (the higher the grit, the less coarse the sandpaper). It also said to use tack cloth along with it, specifically after the sanding, to pick up all of the dust and particles sanded off of the wood. You can click here to view the article.

So far this is how it’s looking after the first round of sanding.

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I walked over to Bi Mart for these materials and was able to find sandpaper with a grit of 150, along with some tack cloth. Together these cost me only $4.28, pretty cheap!

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And of course as soon as I was ready to get started, my furry sidekick Nessy was sitting on the table, so properly, waiting to assist me ♥

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While I was at the store, I looked in the paint section to see what my options were and what prices I’d be facing later on. I came across a really nice, soft blue color called Serenity Blue. This light color would allow our hardwood floors to stand out quite a bit I think. I’m considering this as one of my color options, but I’d still like to keep myself open to other ideas. I use blue a lot these days, so it might be nice to break out from that, but we will see.

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I might need to go over the first piece once more, I got it pretty well smoothed out, but I might need to make it smoother. I think I’ll ask my husband first what he thinks and then decide. I haven’t done any wood projects before, and he knows a little more about this stuff than I do.

That’s all I’ve got for you today! Any advise or critique is welcome, and greatly appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by!