Purchase Seasonal Decor
Instead of buying holiday-specific decorations, opt for seasonal decor that will last longer than a month. Some examples include leafy wreaths made of eucalyptus, dried fruit, and pops of red that will be appropriate from Thanksgiving through the New Year. Mercury glass votives and vases are the perfect holiday accent and gold garlands are sure to give your fireplace a wintery glow. Pine cones and metallic candlesticks will add the perfect finishing touch to any dining table centerpiece, whether it’s over a turkey dinner or Christmas brunch.
This is the perfect time of the year to sharpen up your DIY skills. Show off your creativity by making a wreath out of inexpensive ornaments, burlap, dried flowers, or paper. Decorate your tree with handmade ornaments. Whether you choose to hang dried fruit and cinnamon sticks, wrap the tree in popcorn garlands, or tie ribbons at the end of each branch, a unique and beautifully decorated tree doesn’t need to be expensive. Finally, save on gift wrap by using newspaper or craft paper and get creative with gift toppers. Make flowers out of paper or include a trimming from a pine tree.
Greenery is the perfect seasonal decoration as it’s natural, easy to dispose of, and smells wonderful. If you live in a wooded area, cut your own boughs to sprinkle around the house or save the bottom branches cut from your natural Christmas tree and display them on the mantel above your fireplace. Fill your home’s outdoor window boxes or planters with sprigs of different types of pine, berries, and other holiday accents like ornaments or cinnamon sticks.
Buy Second Hand
One of the first things people dispose of when they move are holiday decorations they no longer need. Because of this, donation stores like Goodwill or Salvation Army are often bursting with good finds come holiday season. While shopping at these stores make take more time, many people enjoy the thrill of the hunt and feel rewarded when their hard work pays off. Turn your holiday decor shopping into an experience by creating a list of the second hand stores near you, set a tight budget, and see what treasures you can find.
Time your Purchases
If you able to hold off and purchase seasonal decor at the end of the holiday season, you are sure to find amazing deals at some of the top retailers. Make note of your favorite items when they are full price and check back for after-holiday sales. Sometimes items can be purchased for a fraction of the price thanks to Black Friday or New Years sales.