Decorating your space can be expensive. If you’re anything like me, you love a pretty space, but it takes a long time to get it the way you want because, well, money. We’ve lived in our home for a little over 2 years and are still rug-less, haven’t painted as much as I would like, and have paid little to no attention to the bedrooms. I have spent most of my time on the “entertaining” rooms, and I’m JUST NOW starting to put time and resources into our bedroom, but it takes bit longer because I do a lot of the work myself. I paint the walls, the furniture, change out knobs, etc. I hire NO ONE. I am the hire.
Then comes the Most Wonderful Time Of the Year, and it feels as though you have to decorate all over again. I mean we want to though, right?! Because transforming your space for Christmas feels so good. But then you realize you can’t spend much on decor because you have to buy so many presents for all the people. So now you have to be creative. And this is where I come in, because I’m going to let you in on a few of my tips…but you gotta be willing to put in some elbow grease. Not too much grease because we aren’t painting walls or furniture, but it may require a can of spray paint or two.
So let’s get to it.
- THE TREE. We all know there is nothing like a real live balsam fir-smelling tree in your house. But if you can get over the whole “let’s drive to the mountains and chop down our own tree for $80,” then I’ll let you in on our secret. For the past three years we have gotten the most beautiful and perfect tree from Food Lion for $29.99. That’s right. “Hop on in the car children! Let’s go to the local Food Lion and get a tree!”…but seriously. At this stage in our life, driving to the mountains or even the local tree lot and buying a tree for $60-$80 is just not in our budget. Maybe one day we will be able to incorporate the whole romantic notion of tree shopping (the way I grew up), but you know, maybe our new tradition will be getting our tree from Food Lion.
- GREENERY. Usually after you buy a real tree, you have to trim the bottom. Don’t throw the limbs away! Use the greenery everywhere. As your centerpiece, on your mantle, on your shelves, anywhere and everywhere works. This will transform even the simplest of places. Another option is cutting greenery from trees in your yard. Or your neighbor’s yard works too. Pine needles and magnolia leaves are beautiful. There are plenty of tutorials on Pinterest for making your own garland using these leaves.
- PAINT. The dollar tree comes out with holiday decor. Look for Christmas trees, reindeer, nativity pieces, and spray paint them metallic gold or white and wah lah! I do this in my everyday decor, as well. If I find frames (or anything really) on sale that aren’t the color I want to use, I spray paint it. It’s a super easy and low cost way to decorate. The frames on this shelf I found on sale at Target. I can’t remember the original color, but I spray painted them a metallic brass. Also, more greenery!
- USE WHAT YOU GOT. If anything, use what you got first. Spray paint it! Take every day decor: candles, candlesticks, frames…and rearrange them using greenery. Remember, greenery makes everything look Christmas-y! I took my pillar candles (which you can get from the Dollar Tree) and brass candlesticks off of my dining room table and placed them on the mantle with greenery cut from our tree. You know how much it cost me? Nothing.
This is a good start to get you on your way to a more Christmas-feel (filled)…see what I did there…home. Would love to hear from you! What are your tips and tricks to low-cost decor? Shoot me a message or email me: Kelhovis@gmail.com. Merry Christmas!