The time has come to ‘Deck the Halls’ and give your house a sprinkling of festive cheer. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the decorations: baubles for the tree, fairy lights for the outside of the house, tinsel for some added glitz. It really helps the kids get excited for the season, sets the scene for the big day, and helps you get cosy when ‘the weather outside is frightful’.
That said, transforming your home into a Yuletide wonderland needn’t cost the earth. Take our advice for how to make your space super-festive on a budget and create a dazzling Christmas without parting with too much of your hard-earned cash.
Re-use Last Year’s Decorations
There’s no shame in putting up the same decorations as last year. In fact, this way you’ll create family traditions and make Christmas after Christmas truly memorable for the kids. As the old saying goes – ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!’
Downgrade Your Tree
This isn’t to say you shouldn’t have a beautiful Christmas tree that everyone in the family can feel proud of, but smaller trees can often be prettier and more delicate than their larger, more overbearing counterparts, and they help create a lovely cosy atmosphere in any living room. A more compact tree also means fewer baubles, lights and tinsel, so it’s certainly worth considering.
Quality Over Quantity
When it comes to Christmas trimmings, pick out a choice selection that would really make an impact, and try not to go overboard. A delicate and tasteful amount of décor is not only more pleasing on the eye, it’s also lighter on the purse. For example, too many lightsare an unnecessary cost and can look a bit garish. They could rack up a small fortune in electricity bills, which is the last present you’ll want to give yourself come January.
Doubling up as a way to keep the kids entertained when they are off school, home-making your Christmas decorations can save you buckets. It’s so easy to make paper streamers or snowflakes, make impressive baubles with ping pong balls and glitter, or fake ‘snow’ out of cotton wool. Just be sure to supervise any use of scissors, glue or any dangerous craft items.
Use Sweets as Decorations
At this time of year, multipacks of Christmas-themed wrapped chocolates and sweets are a dime a dozen. Hang some edible treats on the tree as a cheap and cheerful alternative to pricey baubles.
Think About Storage Solutions
At the end of every Christmas period, don’t just shove your decorations away willy-nilly. By storing them safely and securely, you’re more likely to preserve them for years to come, and get as much use out of them as possible.
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