Ever since the German’s first brought the modern Christmas tree to these shores we have been obsessed with creating the perfect festive home. Households all over the UK spend hours lovingly decorating their homes with all manner of garlands and trinkets, and it can become ultimately quite an expensive project when you consider all of the different decorations you need to buy.
However it doesn’t have to be that way, as there are a whole host of different ways you can turn your property into a veritable Santa’s grotto without breaking the bank.
The centerpiece of all festive decorations, the tree is arguably the most important element of your Christmas decor. It can be just as much a source of family arguments as it can enjoyment as you fight over whether to put a star or an angel on top of it, however one thing it doesn’t have to be is a costly financial burden.
Buy an Artificial Tree: There are a lot of reasons why you may want to buy an artificial tree rather than a real one, but chief among them will be long-term cost. Real trees can cost anywhere from £20 to £100 ($30 to $150) depending on the size, and by investing in an artificial one you will save a packet in the long run.
Add a Fresh, Natural Scent: If you do opt for an artificial Christmas tree but think you’ll miss that natural scent it provides why not add a few sprigs of real eucalyptus?
Make Your Own Decorations: On their own baubles and tinsel isn’t particularly expensive, but when you factor all of your tree decorations together the cost soon begins to add up. With this in mind, why not make some of your own?
You can create your own baubles with nothing more than some old light bulbs, coating them in paint or glitter, while pinecones make another great addition to any tree. Simply dip them in gold or silver paint for a beautiful – and free – Christmas decoration.
Make Your Own Wreath
No home is complete at Christmas without a festive wreath on the front door, and it is easier than you think to make your own at very little expense. Simply take some greenery and bend it into a circle, tying it together with a ribbon or string, and decorate it with coloured ribbons, festive ornaments or the homemade pinecones we mentioned above.
Don’t Forget the Accessories!
Trees and wreaths may be the staple of your Christmas decorations, but to achieve a consistent festive theme throughout your home you will need to make use of additional accessories.
You will find a huge number of Christmas ornaments available to buy in shops, but it is far cheaper and surprisingly easy to simply make your own…
Use Old Cards: Do you end up throwing out dozens of Christmas cards every year? Why not hang on to them and use them as a work of art the following year? You could even create a collage of festive scenes and characters, and something you can get the whole family involved in.
Create Natural Centerpieces: Christmas decor is all about natural greenery, so why not take advantage of this fact to save you some money? Evergreen branches, berries and those pinecones again can transform something as simple as a candle into a stunning table centerpiece – but remember to use a protective holder!
Ribbons and Fabric: It’s amazing what you can do with nothing more than a piece of fabric, transforming everything from lamp shades to throw pillows into festive accessories. Pin coloured ribbon to a lamp for a splash of festive colour or tie a bow around a cushion to a wrapped present effect.
By taking advantage of these festive tips you will be able to craft your way to a low-cost Christmas.