I love Christmas!
And I love decorating for Christmas!
Here’s the problem: I’m a cheapskate! I don’t like to spend a lot of money on anything, but especially on something that will only be used for a month each year. Over the past few years, I’ve managed to find some inexpensive ways to decorate my tree.
1. Dollar Tree
They have such a great selection of ornaments and all for $1! Several years ago, I bought a pack of 10 glass ornaments from there and have put them in bowls or vases with other sized ornaments or with pine cones.
They are also ideal for the top of the tree where big ornaments won’t fit.
2. Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments
I used to make these ornaments with my students. It was a lot of fun and always made the classroom smell so good! All you need is cinnamon and applesauce. I like to use cookie cutters* for the shapes. When they are dry, you can either leave them as is, paint them, or add glitter like the one below.
I’ve been using this glue-free recipe for years.
3. Go Outdoors
One year I filled a plastic grocery bag with pine cones from our yard. Pine cones look pretty hanging from the tree, attached to a wreath, or gathered together with ornaments in a basket or vase.
Just like the cinnamon applesauce ornaments, you can leave them plain like the one below. Or you could dress them up with spray paint or glitter!
4. Craft Supplies
I have a couple of jars of glitter in my craft supplies that I added to my foam snowflakes* from from Dollar Tree. The snowflakes aren’t technically ornaments, but they are great fillers in the tree. Plus, the glitter shimmers next to the lights on my tree and looks so pretty!
Since my son is a toddler, I didn’t want to use any metal hooks to hang ornaments. I simply replaced the hooks with some scrap ribbon pieces and twine that I had in my craft supplies.
You probably have all kinds of things in your craft supply that could be used to make or spruce up ornaments. Look for paint, clothespins, ribbon, buttons, material, flowers, book pages, and twine.
5. Hobby Lobby
I love that Hobby Lobby runs a 50% off sale regularly during November and December on Christmas items. I like to buy their packs of ornaments for $2-3 when on sale.
If you are looking for a specialty color or ornament, Hobby Lobby probably has it. Their Christmas selection is huge!
6. After Season Clearance
One year, I scored some glass ornaments at Kohl’s after season clearance for 90% off! I’ve also been able to find ornaments for less than a dollar at Wal-mart’s after season clearance.
As you take down your decorations this year, think about ornaments that you would like to add for next year. Then hit the clearance aisles and see if you can find them at a discount to use next Christmas.
Decorating your tree doesn’t have to cost a bunch of money.
How have you saved on your Christmas ornaments?
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