Decorating for the holidays on a budget? How to bring cheer to the holidays with simple DIY hacks
December means the season of the holidays, gifts, goodies and decorations. It’s time to bring out our red Santa hats, decorate our homes with lots of light and unleash our creativity when it comes to decor. For some of you wondering how to bring in the holiday season on a budget, don’t worry. With the flood of hashtags and videos on social media, you can turn anything in your home into festive decor.
Dubai-based interior designer Terry Humphrey has a few tricks: saving, recycling and making the most of textiles. When it comes to upcycling, she says, “We always have decorations left over from the previous year that aren’t in their best condition. However, with a little gentle care, you can give them a new lease of life. You can unleash your inner artist and get creative by using eco-friendly paints to repair them. You can Even get the kids involved and turn it into a fun family activity. This not only reduces waste, but adds a personal touch to your home decor. For example: You can use an old bar at home and turn it into a beacon of Christmas lights, as TikTok will tell you.
“Look around at local stores,” she says. You’ll be surprised by what you find.
We always have decorations left over from the previous year that are not in their best condition. However, with a little gentle care, you can give them a new lease on life. You can unleash your inner artist and get creative by using eco-friendly paints to repair…
– Terry Humphrey, Interior Designer, Russell & Rose Home
Still wondering how to bring festive cheer? We’ve got you covered.
No Christmas tree? Here are some alternatives
While we all love a starry pine tree in our living rooms, we can explore some other ideas as well. For example, don’t throw away the egg holder. It can serve as the perfect little Christmas tree. As TikTok user Dires58 shows in a creative video, you can cut an egg holder into a diamond-shaped cup-like structure and paint it green. Glue it to a bottle cap, decorate with little stars, then add one on top.
Humphrey suggests recycling and using items you have in your home. How about stacking them up into a Christmas tree? You can try using old cup holders and arrange them in a triangle shape, with the help of tree holders that you will find in stores like IKEA. Add some lights for a festive feel.
Humphrey also has her own ideas for her Christmas celebrations. “I’ve decided to use a live plant on my Christmas tree table top to add freshness. I plan to reuse the velvet ribbon to form simple bows to add to the branches, then place them in a large flower pot from Millennium Market Online.” So, you now have a Christmas tree that’s not only friendly Not only is it low maintenance for the home and the environment, but it is also very cost effective,” she says.
Or you can just arrange some fairy lights in the shape of a Christmas tree on the wall. It’s super easy, as TikTok user BestOfChristmas shows.
With a little help from a bookshelf…
Remember, Christmas doesn’t just mean you need an actual tree. Thinking outside the box. As pointed out by decor website MyDomain.com, artist Michael Johansson shared a photo on his Instagram page of how to create a “colour-blocked” Christmas tree, by setting up a shelf of green household items. See how you can creatively place items by creating a long triangle to create a tree feel. Add some red elements that act as decorations.
You can also use ropes and wood to create your own Christmas tree for the wall, according to the site, by art Instagram page, House of Bobbins. Using pieces of wood and rope hung on the wall from the smallest to the largest, you can create a Christmas tree shape. You can add ornaments too.
Now this is a new twist on tradition.
Most of us want that touch of ornaments, snowmen, pretty bows and festive chandeliers. Don’t worry if there is no snow where you live. You just need to use your imagination.
So, here’s how to turn straw into gold. As Tiktok user LifePrettyHacks explains, turn to the power of origami. Create your own snowflakes from just paper cuts in a rather artistic way. In fact, as the majority of TikTokers show, you can save a fortune if you just make your own paper ornaments. It’s cost effective, and it looks good too. Choose fun, bright colors for ornaments, and hang them in a row from the ceiling.
For those of you who want some wreaths at home, cut a circle out of cardboard, as TikTok artist Jasmine explained. Carefully crease and cut some green paper, then place it around the circle. Make a bow out of red paper to add effect.
Make a snowman out of cups
Christmas doesn’t seem complete without a snowman, does it? So, you can arrange several plastic cups, depending on the size you want your snowman to be, and glue them together. According to TikTok user Metdaan.DIY. You can cut out black leaves and place them on the shape like eyes as well. There, you have a snowman.
Noodles pool on the stairs
Another TikToker shows that you can cut up a pool noodle, a cylindrical piece of flexible foam, and place it on your stair railing. “Attach them to the railing,” she explains, while adding the rest of the decorations, which include ornaments, ribbons and flowers.
Put those jam jars to good use
Dubai-based interior designer Ambika Malik suggests using old jam jars around the house and turning them into Christmas decor. Fill it with a little sand and glitter, then add a candle in it. You can decorate the outside with some red ribbons as well.
Twisted garlands, with stockings or lace
Instead of buying fancy wreaths, how about using what you have at home? “You can tie anything together,” Malik says. You can hang some brightly colored socks on the wall, or use old pieces of lace and turn them into wall decor.
Recycle those old food containers for decorations
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have actual lanterns. Malik suggests turning old food cans into a twinkle light. First, wash them well. Then paint on it, or draw strange decorations like stars on it. Finally, add a small light in it, then add a handle using aluminum wire.
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