Can you feel the excitement of the holidays approaching yet? It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for the season. Start planning ahead and gathering ideas so you can make your home as festive as it can be. You won't need a big budget because these projects are all low cost.
1. RAID YOUR GRANDMA’S HOLIDAY CLOSET
See what your family members have stowed away in their holiday collections. A lot of times people stop using things simply because they've gotten old. Sometimes old ornaments and home decor just needs a bit of sprucing up. This is a great way to find mini trees, or even last years ribbon.
If a family member has an abundance of holiday decorations in their garage (we all know someone like this), politely ask if you can borrow a few items from their collection. Not only will you be saving money, but you won’t have to worry about finding a space in your pad to store that reindeer lawn ornament after the holidays.
2. CHECK OUT THRIFT STORES
You’d be surprised at what holiday decorations can be found at a nearby second-hand shop. For instance, thrift stores can have great vintage glassware and bakeware for a fraction of what they cost new. While not necessarily holiday-oriented, they can add a bit of cheer when filled with treats or a cluster of pine cones in your living room. With locations across Ontario, Talize is a great one to start with, see their locations here.
3. REPURPOSE YEAR-ROUND ITEMS
Besides being a budget killer, holiday decorations can also be a space hog. To minimize how much real estate they’ll take up in your home in the off-season, you might want to skip the traditional Christmas gear. Instead, look for items you can repurpose and use year-round.
For instance, place a festive candle, shiny ball ornaments, or a string of copper lights in a jar. After the holidays are over and done with, you can reuse the jar to hold treats or as a perennial candle holder. As you can see, getting into the holiday spirit doesn’t have to put a huge dent in your pocketbook. Being resourceful and creative will go a long way.
4. TAP INTO NATURE’S RESOURCES
A well-placed fresh sprig of pine or bundle of twigs found outdoors could go a long way with home holiday decor. If you’ve got a crafty side, try creating a DIY wreath or centrepiece made of pine cones, sprigs of Douglas fir, and shiny ornaments. All you need is some copper wire and a glue gun to get to work. If you’ll be traveling over the holidays, you can deconstruct your creations to use for wrapping gifts, or just stick the ornaments back on your tree.
5. GET CREATIVE WITH BOXES AND BOWS
Have a bunch of boxes lying around? Give them a bit of festive flair with some holiday wrapping paper and a big bow. You can place them on your front doorstep, lawn, or right next to the door to bring some holiday cheer to your home.
There are also a ton of cool things you can do with some bows and ribbon. For instance, you can line the borders of an old wooden frame with some pretty ribbon. Or “wrap” your front door with large, red ribbon and a giant bow.
6. HUNT FOR MARKED DOWN ITEMS
Besides being on the lookout for killer deals, which start right after Halloween, sometimes holiday decor will be marked down because they were on display, or perhaps the box they came in was slightly damaged. Go through your Promotions Tab in your email and search for discount codes before you hit that Add to Cart button.
7. WRAP THOSE GIFTS EARLY
Adding Christmas gifts and placing them under the tree it adds that thrill to your holiday decor. There are a million ways you can wrap Christmas gifts, & you can even wrap faux boxes to look like Christmas gifts to place them under your tree or add to your Christmas vignettes before you wrap your actual gifts.
Wrapping tip: The dollar store sells great brown craft paper that looks great paired with some natural elements you can find in your yard. Cheap & chic holiday wrapping paper!
While you’re getting your place fully decorated this year, you can add some holiday flair to your wallet for next year with a MoneyHaus Personal Loan. Learn more here.