Post # 1
Since this is my husband and I first actual Christmas together not at our parents house, we have nothing. He challenged me yesterday that I couldnt decorate our condo on a $50 budget. So I took that challenge!!! I already got a 7 ft Christmas tree from a guy leaving island for $10. So I am down to $40 left. My mother has graciously offered to donate lights to my cause, and I have a tree topper. I would like to stick with a candy caned theme with red and burlap. I found a link on pinterest to a diy giant candy canes out of pvc pipe I will probably do. And planned on making the tree skirt myself with red fabric and burlap, and some garland myself out of burlap. Also, I have some “sticks” as my husband calls them that I will be spray painting pretty christmas colors and putting in a vase on the bar. Also making a wooden sign that says merry christmas as I already have the stain and paint and can get some wood cheap at home depot. But help me out! Ideas, thrifty websites or stores, comments, encouragement. $40 has to cover a lot but I am determined to make our little apartment look like a winder wonderland!!!
Post # 3
Go to a thrift store or somewhere like Big Lots– you can find huge ornament packages for under $10 that should cover your whole tree. Look for coupons to places like Michael’s, they often run 40 or 50% off coupons, and you can snag something like a wreath for cheap with them. JC Penney usually has $10 off $25 coupons if there is something more expensive you need. If you’re not in a time crunch, wait for Black Friday– places like Walmart and Target always have big sales on holiday decor those days.
Final tip, if you want to get a jump on next year, go shopping the day after Christmas. Decor is always 50% off– that’s how I’ve decorated the majority of my home, things I accumulated over the years of after holiday shopping!
Post # 4
Do you have a dollar store there? I picked up a box of cheap plain balls there and I’m going to modge podge them from a dollar store. Popcorn is always a good Christmas garland along with gum drops. Dollar stores are great places to get all kinds of things to be creative with.
Post # 5
Michaels usually has clear glass ornaments you can decorate for pretty cheap. I think they come in packs of 6 and are only $4?
I also second the Big-Lots ornament kits. I love them! They’re especilly nice if you want your whole tree color-coordinated.
Post # 6
I’m a big fan of popcorn string garlands, and am considering making corn starch ornaments.
Post # 7
@tksjewelry: no dollar store unfortunately. =( not even a Michaels or Hobby Lobby. So unless I can order it or get it at Target or Walmart..im pretty much stuck. Im going to look around goodwill and keep an eye out for people leaving and selling stuff for cheap. And taking donations from my mom in whatever she has laying around that she isnt going to use and feels like mailing. Lol
Post # 8
Definately a dollar store or even dollar bin at Target!
Post # 9
I prefer stringing cranberries versus popcorn, but that’s just me!
Post # 10
@ChellFish22: you can also make salt dough ornaments. Once they are dry you can paint them or modge podge them.
Post # 11
If you’re into crafting at all and have any access to plain white printer paper you can make lots of snowflakes, garlands, and ornaments! I think the key is quantity – 5 paper snowflakes looks chintzy but clusters of 50 start to look like a window display at Anthropologie!
Post # 12
Mason jars (anything clear) with cranberries, a few pieces of the tree, water and a candle. If you flip wine glasses upside down you can put candles on them and some sort of decoration in the glass part. Red beads and fake snow.
Pintrest will be your best friend.
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