I never considered myself a DIY-er. I do consider myself thrifty so sometimes one leads to the other. I’m also full of family hand-me-down ideas. This time of year, I like to turn up the festive touches regardless of my budget.
I’m aware that there are many holidays celebrated out there and this list won’t apply to everyone. Hopefully, in light-hearted spirit, you will enjoy my horrible puns anyway.
So my family loves ornaments. Gifting them. Trading them. Inheriting them. Making fun of them. I happen to be the black sheep and don’t even use ornaments on my tree (whaaaa?). But I like to partake in fun stuff so I give and receive ornaments. My solution? Ornament bowl. Fill ‘er up.
When you don’t want to waste those extra carrots sitting in the crisper... set out by midnight on December 24th for Prancer.
Does anyone else do this? Or just my mom? Holiday cards from the ghosts of Christmas past turned into gift tags for the Christmas present.
Cookie cutters can be so beautiful. Hello, copper. But, who makes roll-out cookies? I bake cookies often and very few work well with cookie cutters. So, cookie cutters + twine = garland. Hard to say if my old dollar store plastic cookie cutters will evoke the same mood.
Shipping gifts this year? Skip the bows and ribbons. Doodle on a “gift tag”, draw a bow on top. This is also good for stacking gifts in a small apartment.
Low on ornaments but wishing you had some? You can get 10 candy canes for less than $3 and hang ‘em all over. We all know candy canes are for looks (not taste) anyway.
Everyone’s favorite affordable-yet-thoughtful-and-tasty-gift? Baked goods. Even if you baked dozens of cookies, you’d still not be spending tons of cash. Just consider nut allergies, dietary restrictions, etc.
Gather scraps from the tree lot (my favorite freebie) to create a swag or wreath. Find yourself a grapevine wreath form to make it easier!
Rarely do I see a tree skirt that isn’t cheesy. This year I have a blanket wrapped around the base. Other years I’ve used tablecloths, curtains and random thrift store material.
And lastly, create a classic luminary. White lunch bags were less than $3 at the grocery. Add a votive and rocks/sand to steady. Set the along your driveway, porch, stairway… glorious.
Happy holidays to you all, I’ll see you in 2016 Asheville!
By Chelsea – lover of outdoor adventure, local goodness and attempting hostess-with-mostess status.
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