Last year’s Christmas tree was the best one ever. How can you create a bright and festive Christmas tree that looks different than last year’s on your current budget? With some upcycling, creative crafting and a penchant for the simple, you can outshine last year’s Christmas tree, without busting your Christmas budget. Dig out the famous wedding saying and decorate this year’s budget Christmas tree with something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue (or pink, purple or teal).
Revamp The Old
Polish Dull Ornaments
Year-long storage may not have been kind to your Christmas ornaments. Polish old bulbs and balls with a little help from nail polish. Chipped paint or dull colors will find new life when you create new abstract designs with nail polish. Use the colors you no longer wear, or the polishes which have become too thick to apply to your pretty nails. On some bulbs, the nail polish may remove more of the paint and reveal the ball beneath. No two will be the same.
Any old and mismatched ornaments which need a wardrobe change may be painted one color. Choose a theme color or two and spray paint your ornaments. Consider surprising color combinations including purple, red and gold or teal, silver and orange.
Hit the Toolbox and Junk Drawer
A metal item which has lost its purpose will find new life on a Christmas tree. With some paint, glitter or ribbon, turn old keys, stray decorating tips and any other abandoned item with an interesting shape into a one-of-a-kind ornament.
When buying new Christmas tree decorations on a budget, choose wisely. Opt for the items which have the biggest impact including a new tree skirt or tree topper. Add one new color theme to the tree each year, while phasing out another.
Tie One On
Buy a spool of fancy, embellished ribbon. Choose a vintage color or look for one with metallic threading. Cut it into even pieces and make your own bows. Strategically place the bows around the Christmas tree for one snazzy makeover.
It’s time to borrow! Trade a set of Christmas ornaments with family or friend. Stick with inexpensive, non-sentimental sets. You will each have a brand new Christmas tree theme without spending a dime. Turn it into an excuse to get together after the holidays, when the Christmas dust has settled. You can have a quiet cup of tea or coffee while you take down the ornaments and trade them back.
Play With Your Food
Create your own intricate Christmas ornaments using three to five types of uncooked pasta, glittery paint, glue and craft wire or yarn. Paint rigatoni, bow ties or Fusilli and glue the pieces together to form mini wreaths, snowflake shaped ornaments or angels. Add cotton to angel or Santa ornaments and glitter or sequins for the more decorative pieces.
Cookie Cutter Ornaments
Create an instant theme with an array of cookie cutter ornaments. Tie metallic ribbon around matching cookie cutters, from gingerbread and snowmen to miniature Christmas trees.
How Sweet It Is
If candy tends to find its way into your home around Christmas, put it to good use before it’s gone. Cover summer’s leftover sugar or plain cones with felt or paint. Attach chenille sticks and hang them on the tree. Fill with your favorite holiday candies for a colorful and yummy
Paint whole walnuts with shimmery paint. Screw in a silver eye screw into the top of the walnut. Hang on the tree with any gift wrapping ribbon. For more elaborate walnut ornaments, add leaves and use more than one color of paint.
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