With the holidays right around the corner, there’s no time like the present to start getting your home in the Christmas spirit. However, as anyone with a long list of people to shop for can attest, Christmas time is hardly conducive to saving money. That being the case, cost-conscious households may want to think twice before breaking the bank on their holiday décor.
Fortunately, there are a number of budget-friendly décor choices that can imbue the old homestead with Christmas cheer without leaving a hole in your finances. Families looking to save big on holiday decorations are sure to love the following options.
In decades past, artificial Christmas trees were regarded as something of a joke. Sure, they were readily available, but the number of households that owned them was relatively low when compared to the number that preferred the genuine article. While there are certain advantages to natural Christmas trees, the cost of purchasing them every year combined with the burden of cleaning up after them and throwing them out has prompted many families to give artificial trees a second look.
Although early artificial trees looked glaringly fake, contemporary ones look every bit as real as natural trees, and their artificiality should only be apparent to the keenest observers. Furthermore, investing in a high-quality artificial tree stands to save you a small fortune over the long haul. Instead of shelling out money for a new tree every year, you’ll be able to reuse the same tree for many years to come.
If your household is serious about reducing its carbon footprint, look for artificial trees that are made from recycled or organic materials. Since many artificial trees are created in factories and shipped overseas, this can be a great way to lessen the environmental impact of your purchase. Similarly, getting as much use out of your new as possible is a great way to help the environment while ensuring that you get the most for your money.
Tin Can Christmas Trees
Tin can Christmas trees can provide your family with a fun crafting project and first-rate homemade holiday decorations. Per the name, this project involves crafting miniature Christmas trees using tin cans. After painting these cans green (and allowing the paint to fully dry), arrange them in the shape of a Christmas tree and hold them together with glue. Next, use colored beads and any other add-ons you find appealing to create the appearance of lights and ornaments. If variety is what you’re after, task every member of your household with crafting their own tin can tree.
With a bevy of basic crafting supplies at your disposal, there’s no limit to the types of homemade ornaments you and your family can create. In addition to commonplace art tools, you can also incorporate upcycled materials into your ornament creation efforts. For example, paper from unneeded books and magazines can be used to create eye-catching ornaments that can imbue any area of your home with a sense of holiday wonderment. Any household looking for an enjoyable way to express Christmastime creativity should try its hand at ornament crafting.
Creative outdoor lighting displays are a surefire sign that the holidays are upon us. Needless to say, the more ambitious the display, the more lights you’ll need. With this in mind, it may be a good idea to purchase holiday lights in bulk instead of buying them on an as-needed basis. This ensures that you’ll always have a steady supply of lights on hand and saves you the trouble of investing in new ones on a consistent basis. So, the next time you find yourself in the market for new Christmas lights, make sure to prioritize quantity in addition to quality.
The holiday season is generally regarded as a time of excess. From giving and receiving large numbers of presents to indulging in sumptuous Christmastime feasts, this is the time of year where many of us go big. While adorning the homestead in holiday décor is a tradition for many families, it needn’t entail spending a small fortune. Although getting your home in shape for Christmas is often synonymous with shelling out cash, there are a number of ways to turn your residence into a den of holiday cheer while sticking to a modest budget.
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