The holiday season can be the most magical time of the year, but with presents and holiday travel, your budget will feel the strain of the season. Here are three do-it-yourself suggestions for saving money this holiday season.
DIY Holiday Cards
Greeting cards are a necessary expense every holiday season and while there is no way to save on postage, you can save money by making your own holiday cards.
The best DIY holiday card is a family photo, printed on card stock, following the USPS regulation for post-card size:
- At least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick
- No more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick
Just put a postcard stamp on the back and the photo itself will be mailed directly as a postcard.
You can also have your kids trace small holiday designs out of construction paper, then tape those to the front side of a low-cost card as a personal design. Remember that you can use your computer and printer to create the tracing designs before cutting.
DIY Christmas Ornaments
Decorating a Christmas tree can be the best part of the holiday season, but it can get expensive to find the perfect ornaments. You can save some money with DIY Christmas ornaments this winter.
Start by using old magazines or newspapers as a base to create structure for your ornaments. Then use construction paper to cut-out the specific holiday shapes for your ornaments. Many vendors sell tracing patterns you can use to design your ornaments and you can mix-and-match your own combinations.
Don’t forget to let your kids in on the fun by having them cut red and green construction paper into holiday shapes that you can use as ornaments. Family photos also make great ornaments and they draw visitors and relatives towards your tree.
DIY Christmas House Decorating
My favorite childhood memory of the Christmas season was helping to decorate the house. From colorful lights to fake snow, Christmas decorations can be joyful and expensive. Save some money this holiday season with DIY Christmas house decorating.
There are a number of online resources for anyone interested in DIY Christmas house decorating. From message boards to detailed walkthroughs to magazine special issues , there are many ways to learn about doing-it-yourself this Christmas season.
I would recommend starting by taping old holiday cards to a matboard to create a festive collage. You can also place bath towels or clothing in an alternating red/green pattern in a window. A simple string of outdoor lights hung from the roof can brighten up the neighborhood during the Christmas season.