Guest Author - Donna Coogan
Christmas decorating doesn't have to ruin your holiday budget. Read on for ten ideas to enhance your home this season with a few creative touches, some discount buys or re-using what you already own.
1. Christmas Ornaments
Hang Christmas ornaments in other areas besides the Christmas tree. Attach them to ribbons and hang from chandeliers, the top of doorways and along the fireplace mantel. Or use them as name cards for table place settings or to embellish packages under the tree.
2. Candle Displays
Create candle displays. Buy candles at discount stores in assorted sizes and your holiday colors. Use your dishware to display them surrounded by greenery on glass pedestals, in crystal wine goblets or china bowls.
3. Flower Arrangements.
Create festive flower arrangements with simple accents. Display real flowers in clear vases filled with red and green marbles. Display faux flowers in clear containers filled with red and white peppermint candies.
4. Christmas Lights
Hang your Christmas lights in unexpected places such as bed canopies or as ceiling borders and along the edges of furniture or cabinets.
5. Holiday Linens
Buy a few throws in solid holiday colors and casually drape over sofas and chairs or use as tablecloths. Look for discounted holiday bedding and pillows to provide festive flair to the bedrooms.
6. Holiday Dinnerware
Create an inexpensive set of holiday dishes for your table by purchasing plain white dishes at discount stores. Embellish with red and green polka dots and stripes using inexpensive ceramic or glass paints. Display extra holiday plates and platters in groupings on the wall. Use small festive bowls to hold soaps or cosmetics in the bathrooms.
7. Create Holiday Frames
Find mismatched frames and spray paint in holiday colors or decoupage with scraps of wrapping paper. Showcase your favorite holiday photos in them or hang empty frames for an eye-catching arrangement.
8. Christmas Cards
Use your Christmas cards for simple holiday flair. As they arrive in the mail, hang them from ribbons or display on mantels or decorative room screens.
Adorn lampshades with ornaments, ribbons, tinsel and garlands. Stencil holiday motifs onto inexpensive plain shades.
10. Add Holiday Aromas
Fill bowls, miniature sleighs, ice buckets, or metal pails with aromatic finds: pinecones; oranges speared with cloves; cinnamon sticks; potpourri.