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Budget Christmas decorating ideas that won't break the bank

Budget Christmas decorating ideas that won't break the bank
It's only two weeks until Christmas.

So, if you haven't yet decorated your property, you're running out of time.

You might be running out of money, too, if you've been splashing out on nice presents for the family - and especially if you've recently purchased your home.

But feat not - there are a whole host of Christmas on a budget ideas that can bring your home into the festive spirit.


Christmas decoration ideas on a budget

  

Grab some foliage for free

The deep greens and browns of holly, twigs, sprigs and pine cones are synonymous with Christmas.

And you don't need to spend a pretty penny at the garden centre to get them, either.

Get your welly boots and a thick coat and scarf on and get out on a bright day to grab some festive foliage.

Then, once you get home and have warmed up with a mug of something hot, start turning what you've foraged into amazing creations like wreaths and table decorations.


The scents of Christmas

What smells remind you of Christmas?

Perhaps your go-to aroma is dried oranges spiced with cinnamon?

If so, don't head to the shops for an expensive plug-in fragrance or candle, because you can make your own scent if you've got a roaring fire in your front room.

Simply bunch together cinnamon sticks and some of your pine cones from your woodland forage and tie them up with newspaper. 

Throw them on the fire and breathe in the smell of Christmas at very little cost.


Decorate your tree with dried fruit

We've already mentioned how dried fruit like spiced orange simply screams Christmas.

So, why not use some to decorate your tree?

Add some cinnamon spice to some clementines and dry them out in your oven. Once fully dried out, make some incisions around the edge to allow the smells to come out and thread through some string from bottom to top, make a loop and voila! 


Recycled items are you friends

As well as creating amazing tree decorations, garlands make from recycled bits and pieces can make stunning wall hangings to liven up the rooms in your property.

Try stringing together pieces of lace with pine cones and holly to make a really unique piece of festive art.


It's a wrap, folks

Wrapping paper for all those presents can be a costly affair.

And it's not always the easiest material to recycle, either.

So, why not make your own?

Grab a cheap roll of recycled paper from a craft store and get your creative juices flowing with potato stamps shaped into holly or little Christmas trees.

You can get the kids involved, too, and the recipients will love the extra effort.


Festive place settings for dinner

If you've got the family over for a huge Christmas lunch on the big day, try creating some personalised place settings to really bring out the smiles.

You could try to make mini wreaths from your forage, attaching name tags made from your recycled paper to them.

Or, you could make some mini Christmas trees by taking small cuttings from a fir tree and placing them in a clear shot glass.


Trees from twigs

Remember those twigs you foraged earlier?

Well, now's the time to put them to good use by creating some mini Christmas trees for your mantelpiece or chests.

You'll need some hard-fixing glue to stick together two long twigs side by side.

Then glue two short twigs of equal length to the top of the two long twigs you've already glued.

Work your way down the two long twigs, attaching horizontal twigs front and back that get longer as you go down.

Leave a few inches at the bottom and stick your new creations into a pot filled with moss and berries.


An alternative advent calendar

Okay, so the kids might take some convincing on this one as there's no chocolate involved - well, not directly anyway.

But making an alternative advent calendar can certainly make a real impression this Christmas.

Cut out 24 Christmas tree shapes from the recycled paper you bought and get the kids to paint them in festive colours, before writing the numbers one to 24 on the front.

On the reverse of each shape, write a clue for where a sweet treat is hidden in the house and then peg each one to lengths of string and fix to the wall.


Do some tin really special...

If you've got a lot of tins out for recycling, grab a few before they're collected - they make great festive lanterns.

Peel off the labels and put them through your dishwasher so they're looking as shiny as possible.

Fill each one with water and put them in the freezer until frozen solid.

Next, use a hammer and nail to piece the outside of each tin and form a festive shape, like a heart or a Christmas tree - the ice, you see, will stop the cans denting!

Once the ice has melted and each can is dry, put a tealight in the bottom, light each one and line them up on your mantelpiece.

Don't do the things everyone else is doing

Why?

Because they'll more than likely be expensive. And it's good to be different, too, while also saving a few pennies.

So, go for a small twig tree and hang some of your home-made decorations from it, rather than spending big on a real tree.

Once you've got the rest of your personal creations up, you'll have those extra pennies in your pocket while also having a decorated home that is genuinely unique.


Outdoor Christmas decoration ideas

If you're looking for easy outdoor Christmas decorating ideas, look no further!

We're all hoping for a dry Christmas this year - after all, is there anything better than wrapping up for a hot mulled wine in the crisp evening air?

But if you are going to head outside on the big day, you want it to feel as festive as your home's interior does.

Try some of the following cost-effective decoration ideas to liven up your property's exterior with the need for too many lights and a huge electricity bill.

* Fill pots or water containers with festive foliage
* Wrap solar lights around bushes
* Hang home-made wreaths from doors and on walls
* Make a wooden Christmas tree from an old pallet
* Hang boule boules from porches 
* Decorate garden furniture with foliage