(Closed) Calling all creatively thrifty bees! I have a $50 Christmas decor budget!

posted 4 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Busy bee

I’m a big fan of popcorn string garlands, and am considering making corn starch ornaments.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Definately a dollar store or even dollar bin at Target! 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I prefer stringing cranberries versus popcorn, but that’s just me!

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ChellFish22:  you can also make salt dough ornaments. Once they are dry you can paint them or modge podge them. 

Post # 11
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Newbee

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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. 

 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

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