Deck the Halls in DIY: How to decorate for the holidays without breaking your budget
In holiday seasons years ago, I was a full-time college student, full-time employee, and a mom. My toddler son and I lived in the least expensive apartment I could find, and we made some pretty amazing memories there.
Our budget was tight out of sheer necessity, but I didn't worry about whether we'd have holiday cheer. A secondhand, artificial tree (complete with lights) lit up the corner of our small living room. Over the couch, a simple strand of green twine was hung with cheery Christmas cards and my tiny tot's holiday-themed art projects. But there was one bit of decorating that I always liked best: foraged evergreen bows formed a garland for our window sills, giving the whole apartment the smell of fresh trees that so many of us associate deeply with the holiday.
While I might have the means to purchase garland today, homemade things still imbue our home with meaning and care (and save us some pennies too!). From ornaments, to gifts, to package wrapping, to decor... The holidays were practically made for DIY projects. While we've put together a Pinterest Board of our favorite Do-It-Yourself holiday decorations, here are some of our favorites:
Alternatives to the Ever-pricey Christmas Tree (many of these are great for small spaces!)
- Sticks & String Make the classiest things!
- Washi Tape Tree
- Display those cards!
- Tastefully Simple
- Tomato Cage Base
- More ideas!
Deck the Halls
- Cardboard + Lights = Twinkly Nights!
- Put your chalkboards to use
- Boxwood Wreaths
- Bright & Cheery DIY Felt Garland
- More Ideas!
Trim the tree