Christmas Decorations on $10
…and a few scrapbooking supplies.
So, we’ve moved and due to our small living arrangements at this time, I had to leave all our Christmas decorations in storage for this year. I was a bit sad at first since Christmas is coming up in a few weeks and my family is coming to visit. Of course I wish for it to “look” like Christmas, whatever that means anyways. Christmas here in America can be so overrated when it comes to decorating and the things we do. We so easily lose sight of what we’re really celebrating. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas! I love the time with family, the special productions, concerts and events, the treats and goodies that are shared and it’s a great time to do these things but it’s not what Christmas is all about.
Christmas is about celebrating Jesus’ birthday! Funny how we give gifts to each other when it’s HIS birthday! Again, there’s nothing wrong with giving gifts, it’s a great time to share but I so easily forget why there’s so much hustle and bustle in November and December!
So, this year with an empty box of Christmas decorations and no “extra” resources I decided to get creative. I gave myself a $10 budget and I’m doing pretty good! I do have my scrapbooking supplies to use along with a little scrap paper to add in as needed.
I’ve created some of these little ideas already and others will have to wait as the time gets nearer.
First winner is the wreath for our door! Yes, I googled things but that’s what it’s for! 🙂 The local library has a little bookstore where they sell used books for a very small price. Don’t tell the librarian but yes, I bought an old songbook and it’s being torn to pieces but for a good reason I promise! 🙂 My wreath is made with song pages of worship and praise music. Quite fitting I do believe!
Go to: http://sewspoiled.blogspot.com/2009/11/gift-idea-2-paper-wreaths.html for a few instructions for this super easy craft!
My husband helped me make a nice little selection of paper snowflakes from music pages and I hung them with sewing thread from the ceiling near our double glass doors. The sun catches the few glitter coated snowflakes and it’s very festive! Thanks baby for your help! 🙂 I’m not sure what I will do with the remaining song sheets I have…we’ll see!
I found a few strings of Christmas lights on sale on Black Friday so my kitchen and our dining room is sparkling with warmth! We have a great big mirror on one wall next to our dining room table so I used a water based paint to sketch the nativity scene so we do not forget the reason we’re celebrating.
I can’t wait to decorate the table for Christmas dinner! Fresh pears with a little name tag will serve well for dinner and we’ll have fresh fruit for breakfast the next day! And quite possibly individual gift boxes made from recycled cards with a homemade peppermint patty for our after dinner mint! Oh I can’t wait! I’m so excited!
Budget of $10
I was hoping to score a poinsettia on sale as we near Christmas but I’m not sure my budget will fit even a small one, oh well…I’ll have to get creative with what’s left! 🙂 Maybe a single red rose in an elegantly modern vase with cinnamon sticks incorporated (I have those on hand). I’ll share the results! 🙂
Update: We found a poinsettia on sale! $2.99 so I’m over my budget by $1.24 but I decided that was acceptable. 🙂 A few evergreens snipped from trees=free! The scent is wonderful! I bought cranberries for a dish and they were on sale buy one get one free so I have a little leftover of my “free” bag. A little sprig of greenery and a few cranberries make a darling little decoration on my kitchen cabinets! As for the remaining cranberries… they’ll garnish dishes and the table!
We’re almost ready! Today is full of food prep and baking desserts! A few gluten free and dairy free and a few just organic desserts that contain a little gluten and dairy for those of my family who are not allergic and prefer a few grains and cows! 🙂 I love having the vegetables all cut up and ready to eat with fresh hummus or homemade ranch dressing. It’s a healthy “go to” snack when there’s sweets around this time of the year!
More to come….
And here is our dinner table decorated on a budget for Christmas! Paper trees, mason jars, handmade napkin rings and pears graced with a name card for each person.
So pretty and easy and fresh fruit for snacks! Voila!
Scrabble tiles displayed helped to add to my low budget decorations.
Twas a wonderful Christmas making memories and being thankful for all the blessings God has given!