If you are one of the people trying to cut down on holiday spending, keep reading. Every year consumers spend money they do not have to make the holidays special for friends and family. What many people fail to realize is that overspending on holidays hurts in the end. People place items such as decorations and Christmas gifts on credit cards and pay the minimum due each month. Many people have not paid that debt off before the next holiday rolls around, which gets them in debt further.
A few DIY projects can cut down on holiday spending, saving you a world of headaches later. Here are a few tips for DIY decorations for the home that will save money this holiday.
Do not purchase new decorations for the Christmas tree. Instead, make homemade Christmas ornaments. Use construction paper, cut out different shapes, and design them to your liking. Children and grandchildren would be great at making ornaments for the Christmas tree. You could even use small antique cups to decorate the tree. Use your imagination to create ornaments for the Christmas tree right from home.
Walk through the woods to obtain greenery and pine cones for decorating mantels, tables and stairways. Running cedar looks great running down the handrails of staircases or even hanging from the fireplace mantel. This adds a touch of the outdoors and Christmas warmth to your home.
Decorate the dining room table with some of the greenery obtained in the woods. Make a centerpiece with the greenery and place a candle-holder in the center. You could even place the pine cones in the candle-holder for a more decorative look. Then decorate your dining room table as usual.
Go through your attic or basement for old Christmas ornaments passed down from generation to generation. What you find will add some Christmas past to your DIY holiday decorating. You might find old tablecloths for the dining room table or even antique ornaments for the Christmas tree that your grandparents used.
Another great way to save money on Christmas decorating is exchange ornaments or decorations between friends and family. Exchanging gives the feeling of something new and something more bright and vibrant for holiday decorating.
Save your personal finances for something other then holiday decorating by doing DIY Christmas decorating. Christmas will be more magical when you decorate the old-fashioned way, straight from what you already have at home.