Many people are still feeling the money-pinch and wondering how they are going to pay for their Christmas this year. They may be working overtime or perhaps a second job but can’t seem to find the extra that they think they will need for their holiday. So what’s the answer? DIY, of course. There are a myriad of things you can make to decorate your home, gifts that can be made, and plan ahead food items that can be purchased in bulk for savings.
Decorations can be as simple as Christmas balls hanging by string in the front window or from your ceiling fan, a wreath made from a Styrofoam ring and Christmas balls, or a tomato cage wrapped with faux evergreens and placed in a large plant pot to form a tree and set up indoors or lining your front walk. Create a winter wonderland on the front porch, perhaps using an old “Flexible Flyer” sled, tomato cage trees, a hand lettered wooden sign, and paper mache’ snowmen. String lights inside the house, around windows, draped across the ceiling, as well as on the tree. The air current in the house will cause the shiny Christmas balls to sway and glisten, creating that magical feeling of the holiday.
Dollar Stores are a great place to find inexpensive items for your frugal holiday. Create gift baskets using plastic bins or cake dishes, perhaps a Movie-Night or Spa basket, and wrapped in cellophane. Gift wrap or bags, ribbons, candles, and stocking stuffers can all be found here.
Another resource is Thrift Stores such as Goodwill where you can find many new items with tags, decorations, toys, and books and fashion items for the family. If used clothing isn’t your thing, pick a garment made from a great fabric and use it to lay out a pattern in a smaller size. Some Goodwill stores sell by the pound and you can really score some deals on decorations, possibly finding vintage ornaments, unique glassware, mason jars, as well as a wealth of other items that can be repurposed into gifts. Old picture frames can be spraypainted with bright holiday colors and garnished with ribbon and bells to be hung on your front door to welcome guests.
Pinterest is the place to find ideas! There are tutorials for just about any project you can imagine, including the Christmas ball wreath, and you will find ways to utilize those mason jars and turn them into a variety of usable gifts. There are recipes to layer in jars: soup mixes, trail mix, deserts; there are recipes for Christmas make- ahead crockpot breakfast, yummy deserts, and homemade food items that can double as gifts, such as bread and jam.
Remember, the holidays are about family gatherings, love, celebration and the amount that you spend is not what’s important. A homemade Christmas just might be the best one you’ve ever had.