Frugal decorating at Our Little Red House.

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.


35 Comments Add yours

  1. John says:

    The horse reminds a lot of a Dala horse from Sweden, if it was red.

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    1. I have a couple Dala horses. I really like the designs and folk art on them. I should have bought a couple of horses and painted one red, that would have been nice. Maybe they still have some left, might go back and try that.

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  2. This is so great – everything looks wonderful and Mother Nature approved!

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  3. This is darling and I love the Christmas tree!! I think we will try that one!! 🤗

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    1. Thank you. I always liked making miniature things. There are enough twigs out there to make several little trees.

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  4. Dandelion B says:

    Adorable décor! and your alley cat is like my copper kitten, he is half maincoon and soo clingy, when I’m in the tub in the shower in bed sewing crocheting typing. He is here stuck to me like glue, and I love it. I agree 100% decorating should not break the bank, it should barley touch the bank. If I could go back in time I have always said id want to be in the 1800s at Christmas time in a cabin somewhere, your post and décor is a tiny glimpse into what my wish would look like

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    1. Awww…thank you. It does seem like we are going back in time when we are up north. The place is so different from the city. IT is very quiet and we do simple things like play games, read, watch old movies on DVD or VHS and cook…oh, and explore around the woods and creeks near by, It is always a nice break.

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      1. Dandelion B says:

        Hubz and I plan to have a summer home once again once all the kids are old enough, as they protested leaving the comforts of modern society on the weekends we sold our trailer home for now


  5. Dandelion B says:

    oh and that pinecone tree is amazing!

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    1. Okay, I am not sure which one you are referring too but thank you that always makes me happy when someone likes what I made. If you are talking about the little twigs with the felt balls that is so easy to do. The other one with the little santa next to it will be one of my 12 days of Christmas craft projects coming up. I still haven’t gotten around to writing that post but hopefully will find some time this weekend. We try to get out and do a lot of Christmas things this month. The days and hours are flying by.


      1. Dandelion B says:

        same here, this weekend we are doing a drive through light display and I hope to get some photos to share even if quickly. The tree beside the santa, it looks like a lot of work but gorgeous!


  6. Looks great your shpuseo creative and I love the little red house

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    1. Awww…thank you. It is very comfortable there.


  7. Sorry typo! Your so creative

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    1. No problem, I knew what you meant. I am an expert when it comes to typos because I am always making them myself.


  8. simplywendi says:

    i absolutely love all the decorations that came straight from God! The twig trees are adorable.

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    1. So true, they are straight from God. We don’t need to spend a ton of money stressing ourselves out all the time. Simple to me is always the best. Today I took some clippings from the pine tree next to our house and made my yearly mini table top tree. We have a full day of organizing and building shelves for our pantry.

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      1. simplywendi says:

        I love this!! I bet it is beautiful…….and smells amazing.

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      2. It does. I love the smells of Christmas.

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  9. Beautiful decorations! Well done, you. You’re absolutely right; there’s no need to spend a ton of money on decorations. The things you make and embellish have more meaning. They’re made with love, care and consciousness.

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    1. Thank you, that is so sweet, love what you just wrote. It is better for the planet too, not over doing things, make it count as they say.

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  10. Tanya says:

    Everything is so pretty. I love the old red truck design. Alley Cat is “helping.”

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    1. Thank you Tanya, hope you are well. I have been so busy lately it is so hard keeping up with you all, I need to see what you have been up too. Your love seeing photos of your cat out in nature, so fluffy and gorgeous, what a cutie. Yeah, Alley cat is so funny about always wanting to see what I am up too.

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      1. Tanya says:

        Thank you for being so kind and friendly. We are doing fine. I have a relative giving me a hard time but other than that just enjoying my home, cats, hubby, and our walks. Take care🥰

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      2. You’re welcome Tanya. again I am so busy this month and I no I have missed some great post of yours. I am in the process of trying to get a post for blogmas done for every day, we will see if this is possible. Give your cat a cuddle from me, my little alley loves ear scratches and cuddles the most.

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      3. Tanya says:

        Yay I was thinking of doing blogmas too. Happy blogmas!🎄⛄🎅

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      4. It will be a fun challenge to see what we all come up with. Right now I am trying to write this coming weeks posts so I have a busy day ahead of me.

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  11. Thank you for the ideas! I love that lamp that’s filled with all the cones, etc. Your cat reminds me of our new kitten. She is very clingy too. We never spend a lot on decorating. We don’t have a ton of family or friends who visit so it doesn’t need to look all nice for anyone but us. that’s the one time it’s nice to be lonely. 😉

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    1. You’re welcome Lisa. We used to have big get togethers for the holidays but then over the years things started changing and it got to be too much. Extended family are not as close as they used to be. Seems there are a lot of divisions out there right now. I love reading about families that are still connected and spend time together like yours. We have a neighbor down the street who is in her 90’s. One year she lost her husband and her youngest son who was in his 60’s I believe, all in the same year. Her oldest is still alive but he lives in another state. It was a rough Christmas for her that year. I knew she would not have the energy to put up anything Christmas. I had a bunch of mini Christmas trees I bought the year before from the Dollartree that were marked down to 50 cents. I decorated one up for her and dropped it off. It was so cute and tiny and it lit up with fiber optics. It took batteries so it was perfect for moving around. She said that little tree cheered her up every morning she walked into her kitchen and saw it on that table all lit up. I believe she said she kept in her kitchen for the rest of the year. I haven’t seen those trees at the dollar store for years now. Wait, it was the 99 cents store. Anyway, it was super cheap and it was so cute all decorated up.

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      1. That was so nice of you to do for her! I’m sure it really was so nice for her to see each day.

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      2. I wish I still had some, they are so cute and now I hear $1 store trees sell out fast. I like to tie tiny candies to the trees. They make great gifts for teachers and friends and neighbors. Our neighbor still has her tree. She said it is the perfect size for her because the big ones are hard to deal with.


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