Christmas can be a wonderful time of celebration, togetherness, and family. However, it can also be a time of financial strain, with gifts, luxurious food and drink, and expensive decorations all putting pressure on your purse. Sometimes, the stress of money can even overshadow the nice parts about the season and lead you to dread the whole thing!
Christmas is supposed to be fun, not a source of stress. If you are worried about the financial cost of the season, thankfully there are plenty of ways that you can cut costs, such as on decorations. You don’t have to fork out a lot of money for expensive decorations every year – there are plenty of ways that you can design homemade decorations for a fraction of the price! Not only do homemade decorations reduce the cost but making them can also be a fun activity for all the family. In this guide, we have listed five homemade decoration ideas that you can use this Christmas.
DIY Scented Candles
Scented candles are a popular Christmas tradition. Many households that never use scented candles at any other time of year like to use them at Christmas. However, they can often be expensive. Thankfully, there is a simple DIY option. Lining plain glass candle jars with slices of dried orange can create a festive aroma all around the house.
Instead of using an expensive tablecloth to serve up Christmas dinner on, why not use a simple paper one? If you choose a colour like black, green, or red, this will be festive and also cut costs. What’s more, you and the kids can decorate it however you want, with personalised place cards and even festive drawings. When the meal is over, there is no need for cleaning the tablecloth – just chuck it straight in the recycling with all the wrapping paper!
String Light Lanterns
You can get the cosy, rustic touch of a lantern without having to light a fire or go outside in the cold. Simply get hold of some string lights (sites like powerpointelectrics.co.uk offer a selection of string lights) and bundle them into an indoor lantern. If you have an unused fireplace, you can add lanterns there for a warm glow.
A cute idea that we came across is to take a small but sturdy twig from outside and turn it into a mini tree ornament. You can do this by painting it white, placing it in a vase or jar so that it stands upright and leaning to the side, and hanging two or three small baubles on it.
You may have plain clear baubles, or if not, you can find them very cheap from a lot of shops! If you want to spruce up your baubles to make them look like the more fancy ones, you can do this with some enamel paint. Simply fill the baubles with a teaspoon of water and some paint of different shades, and turn them in your hand so that the paint moves around and created a swirling effect.