This year I thought it would be fun to do my frugal decorating post from up north where there are no stores to shop at to really find decorations with. You either need to get creative shopping at the two food markets in town or wait for the only store in town that happens to be a thrift store to be open. The thrift store is only opened twice a week.
I always have fun shopping at the local thrift store in town. The day we drove up, which was the day before Thanksgiving, it wasn’t opened. Luckily I have some second hand items from that store already up in the house. Along with some embellishments I brought with me from the city and things I collected out in the woods I was able to decorate for the holidays without spending a ton of money.
First things first…collecting art from the woods. In our area we are allowed to pick up little scraps of twigs and pine cones, but please check the rules in your forest before you do this. Some places will fine you if you are removing things you aren’t allowed to. Picking old twigs and pine cones helps keep the forest floor clean and less kindling is always better when dealing with forest fires.
I made some really adorable little trees with the cones. To be posted in more detail in one of my 12 days of Christmas crafts post.
Then I used a bunch of twigs to make a tiny twig Christmas tree.
Just glue twigs on top of each other starting with largest at bottom to smallest at top. You will have to trim the twigs to have different lengths.
Don’t forget to add your own personal touch to your little twig trees when decorating them. I needle felted tiny little wool balls in all colors. Then I glued them all around the tree.
Decorating the trees has always been my favorite part. You can get the little ones involved with this as well. This project is perfect for fine motor skills.
Last year I transformed an old wooden toy into a red truck for Christmas. This year I decided to make a pillow using the old red truck design. A discount store here in the USA had an assortment of cloth placemats and I bought a few to make into holiday pillows. I used an old sheet folded over twice as the backing and used recycled stuffing from an older pillow to stuff it with. The place mat was only $2.50, a lot cheaper then what some pillows cost which run $20-$30.
My mother-in-law gave me this old heart wreath.
I added some paper garland I bought and hung it from our door up north.
That paper garland went a long way because I also used it for this lamp I bought second hand. I twisted some garland around the top of the lamp shade and tied a red bow around the lamp for added detail and color.
The lamp can be filled with items. I used tiny pine cones I picked out in the woods. Alley Cat was very curious to why I was decorating and not snuggling with her. She will do this sometimes. Stand in the middle of a book I am reading, walk on the computer keyboard when I am writing or lay right in the middle of a craft project I am working on…she is so clingy.
I had all kinds of little second hand items from the thrift store in the house. I just started adding garland and little red beads to make it feel more like Christmas.
Next door our neighbors shared some fresh pine tree clippings from one of their trees with us, it was perfect for a display I had in mind.I made a cute little arrangement with this old log cabin container. The fresh clippings from the tree filled the house with the scent of pine.
I can’t forget my dollar store items. The day before we headed up north I went bargain shopping and bought a cute little white ceramic house that lights up, and a little red tin container to add pine trimmings to. I painted the house red. It turned out really cute and looks adorable next to the Santa I bought at another dollar store. I am sure I do not have to warn you guys but be careful with those dollar stores, they really can turn into the $100 store. This post is about being frugal during the holidays after all. As you can see I only picked up a tiny amount to decorate with and I brought all these things back to the city with me to decorate there as well.
Made some pom poms to use as ornaments. I just glued on little embellishments I bought from a craft store.
This little ceramic horse was just too cute to pass up on. It came in black and white. It had a Scandinavian look about it but it needed something else. I brought it up to Our Little Red House for Thanksgiving and that night while sipping away on cocoa I sewed a little saddle blanket for it along with some braided yarn as a bridle. This was also $1. Dollar store ceramics usually are plain but everyone has little scraps of fabric and thread around the house to give these items their own personal touch.
It shouldn’t cost a lot to decorate your home. There are so many items out there in the world and if you keep things simple, you can make a lot of these things yourself. Even tying a bunch of birch wood logs together looks pretty displayed in a basket. Oh, and the fun you will have as a family out collecting art supplies in the woods is an added bonus. I love this tradition in our family.
When we keep things simple and don’t allow ourselves to over do it during the holidays we have less stress. Making things or using items we already have in our homes to decorate with keeps us dept free.
I hope you all have fun walking around your homes now seeing what you can decorate with or change up. Remember to include the whole family, especially when you are out in nature, who doesn’t love walking around enjoying fresh air and sunshine next to people you love.Tomorrow I will be posting last years frugal decorations for even more ideas. Happy holiday decorating everyone.