Every year, I dig out my stash of Christmas decorating magazines with visions of making everything I love. This year, I’m being sensible. It’s hard for a Christmas-decorating junkie like me.
First of all, the kids and I are making decorations and ornaments. I love seeing our handmade ornaments festooning the dining room light at dinner time. The big paper stars are on the still plain mantel. The cinnamon applesauce ornaments are filling the kitchen with the smells of Christmas.
Second, I don’t have the time and budget to do everything. As much as I love Pinterest, lingering there takes too much time and makes me feel like I should be doing more. I forget my mantra of doing a few things well.
6 Frugal Christmas Decorating and Craft Ideas to Try
Since I love to do something new every year, I came up with 6 Christmas decorating ideas I want to try. All are inexpensive and use supplies I have on hand.
Inexpensive and Creative Wrapping Ideas from Cup of Delight – This year, I’m running low on wrapping paper, and need to get some more before Christmas. I’ve always wanted to decorate brown kraft wrapping paper, or have the kids work their creative magic on plain white paper. Even if we don’t have time for painting the paper, I can dig into my stash of cupcake wrappers and ribbons for some fun decorations for our gifts.
Easy DIY Knitting Needle Ornament Tree from In My Own Style – I have a needle ornament tree topper languishing in my attic ever since the kids found a lighted star for the top of the tree. I love that I can recycle it into a decoration and see it again.
Glittered Bleached Pine cones from A Delightsome Life – I love pine cones, especially the over-sized ones. While I usually like my pine cones plain, glitter always has a place in my home.
Paper Snowflakes from Vintage Junky – Every year, we make snowflakes. I love how a series of cuts can create such a thing of beauty. Like the real snowflakes, no paper snowflake is alike.
Glitter Salt Dough Ornaments – Yup, more glitter, and this time on salt dough ornaments. Ever since I saw the painted salt dough ornaments made by kids showcased at Longwood Gardens last year, I’ve been itching to make our own salt dough ornaments.
Christmas Paper Baubles from Red Ted Art – With paper showing up again on my crafting list, yes, I like working with paper. The kids love the paper trees we made thanks to Making Lemonade. These paper baubles are similar and perfect for the bits of leftover wrapping paper that I hate to throw away.