Christmas decorating on a budget.

Blogmas day 3

   Or you could call this Frugal decor for your holiday season…nothing wrong with being smart with our money, especially now. And if you are stuck inside because of lock downs then this is one of those posts to help put you all in the Christmas spirit. All it takes are a few items you may already have around your home.

I did a post like this last year when we were up north. It isn’t like the city here where you can go out any time and shop at gigantic stores. Up north they have a little market and a second hand shop that is opened on Tuesdays and Saturdays only. This makes things difficult when shopping for holiday decor.

 I never realized last year when I started decorating using items I had on hand, how much this style of decorating would come in hand a year later during a pandemic. Even though I live in a red state (well we did) with most things staying open during the pandemic and people following masks wearing, social distancing…here in Arizona at least, business still went on. In Arizona we still practice safety and my family and I only go out once in awhile. Some things are still ordered on line and all packages are left out in the UV sun rays for a couple hours before we take them in. Plus we always wipe them down when we open packages. Just being extra careful. After a day of shopping we stay inside for a couple weeks to make sure we are okay so as not to spread anything just in case. We always wash and change our clothes as soon as we get home on shopping days when we have to get supplies. Shopping during a pandemic is not as much fun as it used to be. Maybe once a month we will have a fun shopping day usually up north in the small towns where the pandemic numbers are low and this is after we have been in for awhile making sure we are not sick of course. We will test ourselves by smelling items to make sure we still can since this we have heard is a way to tell if you may have it without symptoms so much…you never know.

So anyway here it is, this years frugal decorating at Our Little Red House.

 First thing I did was head out to the tree by our house and clipped some branches to decorate with. There were also several pine cones on the ground that I picked up and brought in for decorations. I had some pine cones inside already but it never hurts to grab a few extra.

 I had a basket inside the house that looked like it needed a new update so I used some left over chalk paint I had from another project and painted it white.

This little wooden snowman needed a touch up.

And an old deer my daughter was getting rid of last year just needed something extra

 On one of my dollar store grocery shopping trips I picked up a package of snowflakes. I was ready to decorate.

After painting my basket white, I added fresh pine clippings and paper birds.

I added a scarf to the wooden snowman and glued on some colorful buttons.

I was not sure which color scarf to use and went back and forth between two styles. In the end I decided to stick with a classic red scarf for the Christmas season.

With extra pine clippings I made this tiny table top tree and added some of my handmade ornaments. The little ceramic candle holder I picked up at a thrift shop as well as the little crochet tree skirt.

An old t’shirt, felt, beads, and pillow stuffing became two little gnomes.

The deer was painted white and I sewed a tiny saddle blanket for it.

And that package of sticker snowflakes were added to class doors and my library cabinet.

Just adding a few little things around the house added a whole lot of Christmas cheer. Hope you all liked this years frugal Christmas decor at Our Little Red House. Happy Holidays everyone.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Excellent ideas! It really doesn’t take much to bring the festive spirit home, does it? I particularly love your gnomes.

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    1. I make these little gnomes out of the aspen tree branches up north and they are so cute. I have been making them for years, they remind me of little old Swedish grandpas.

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  2. Pure Glory says:

    Love your simple ideas that make so much Christmas cheer. Merry Christmas 🎄

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    1. Thank you, you are very kind. I think the simple things are so important and they keep us out of debt. Have a Merry Christmas too.

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  3. Johanna says:

    You are crafty! Love the little deer saddle…so sweet!

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  4. ourcrossings says:

    I love your crafty ideas. This year, instead of getting Christmas decorations from the stores, we decided to make as much as we can ourselves.

    It’s actually amazing what can be achieved with things found at the local forest. I love using natural elements such as twigs and branches throughout the house.

    Decorating them with pinecones and fairy lights is all that’s needed to make the room look magical and festive. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva

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    1. You’re welcome and I love that you are decorating this way too, so much better for our planet and our pockets too. Nothing wrong with saving money. I still have little items I pick up if the price is right but mostly I use decorations that I make myself. We use battery operated fairy lights all year long in my home. I use rechargeable batteries to keep costs down. They are on timers so they come on every night at a certain time. I love fairy lights everywhere especially during the holidays. I still need to decorate here in the city, everything is up in our attic right now.

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  5. simplywendi says:

    everything looks so lovely but the gnomes! oh my goodness, they are just precious!

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    1. Thank you Wendi, I have some felt gnomes I have been working on for plants I am giving out later. I will try to share a photo of those when I am done. I try to work on them in the evenings when I have a little time to myself, Sometimes I feel like one of Santa’s elves.

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  6. Oh, so adorable! I don’t know how you do it!

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    1. Thank you, these are so easy, everyone can make these and then add them to Christmas packages like a big bow.

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