- Fill baskets of pine cones in various sizes
- Make them into tree ornaments by gluing on ribbon
- Use them to surround candles in hurricane lamps or on plates or mirrors
- For extra pizazz, spray paint them gold or silver, and/or add a dusting of glitter
- Add them to floral arrangements
- Sprinkle tiny ones across the dinner table
Thursday, December 22, 2011
If you are looking for inexpensive holiday decorations, pine cones can provide lots of fun, festive looks for free (assuming you collect them yourself). Their association with evergreens - one of the classic symbols of Christmas - make them especially appropriate.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Using what you already have on hand is one of the best ways to save money. So instead of heading to the mall to pick up some new holiday decorations, take a look at what you already have. A bowl of colorful (but burnt out) Christmas tree bulbs is pretty, as is a table featuring greens and fruit (citrus, apples, almost anything will do). Spell out "Merry Christmas" with your Scrabble set. Place paper snowflakes in a fancy frame. Click over to the Better Homes & Garden web site for photos that will inspire you.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Glitter - widely available with stationary and craft supplies -- is a festive yet frugal way to add sparkle to your holiday decorations. Here are a few ideas:
- Dress up plain tree ornaments with a dusting of glitter.
- Stencil a design onto taper or votive candles and outline it with glitter.
- Cut seasonal shapes (e.g. trees, stars, doves) out of felt and decorate with glitter.
- Make home-made cards and gift-tags out of construction paper festooned with glitter.
Friday, December 9, 2011
The BH&G article Pennywise Projects for Christmas has lots of good ideas for holiday decorating that use objects you may already have on head. From recycling old colored Christmas tree lightbulbs, to making a tree out of tinkertoys, there is something here for everyone.