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-$ Ideas for Christmas

Posted by Zena Arnella on December 16, 2010 at 12:39 AM

The most unique Christmas decorations are ones that use your creativity, or that turn to nature for their inspiration. Cheap decorating ideas for Christmas can utilize the skills of your whole family, to result in some truly unique and stylish Christmas decorations on a budget.


*  Back to Nature:  The cheapest decorating ideas for Christmas make use of what we have around us. In wintertime there are so many gifts that nature provides, that we can use in our cheap Christmas decorating.


One of the easiest and most effective decorations you can make this Christmas is frosted fruits, for an elegant table centerpiece. Select fruits in different colors, and lightly beat one or two egg whites before brushing them over the fruit. Hold larger fruits by their stalks, and put small fruits on a skewer or cocktail stick, that you can then use to dip into caster sugar. Leave the fruits to dry on paper covered in sugar - try not to touch the fruits themselves when you are doing this, as finger marks will show.


Pine cones and teasels are often used in winter decorations, added to wreaths or centerpieces, or used around the fireplace. You could add spray snow to the tips, or spray them entirely in gold or silver. If you can find any cones from the cedar tree then pick them up - their more dense structure looks stunning on a mantelpiece or, Christmas table.


Using twigs and branches to decorate, at Christmas is another gift from nature. Put diamond vase filler into a container and stick twigs into it. You can further decorate the branches with fairy lights, or by painting them with white glue and dipping them in glitter.


*  Reuse Items or Use Found Items:  Recycled Christmas trees are becoming more popular, as well as offering a cheaper way to decorate at Christmas. Many commercially available ones also come with cardboard ornaments that are left plain for you to customize - great to keep kids busy on snow days.


Jam jar candle holders grouped together look highly effective - decorate with permanent pens, stickers or glass paints. Or get even more inventive and use found items to make a chandelier. Give it a Christmas theme with the addition of mistletoe, holly, or other evergreen items, threaded through or affixed around the bottom, making sure they don't come into contact with the candle flame.


Use jeans, gingham dresses, or any other unwanted clothes or linens to make Christmas tree decorations. Simply cut out a diamond shape using pinking shears and tie a ribbon through the top, or else add details like a simple fabric Christmas tree adding plenty of sequins and glitter.


*  Get Crafty: If you have more time on your hands than cash in your pocket, it's time to get crafty this Christmas, to keep your decorating costs down.  Gingerbread tree decorations add a wonderful aroma to the house as well as being a cheap and easy Christmas decoration idea. Use cookie cutters and make a hole in the top before baking. Once cooled, decorate with icing and edible glitter, or just leave plain, before threading ribbon through the hole and hanging it on the tree.


A simple way to make ice decorations is to use shaped ice cube trays, dipping wire or ribbon into each mold before filling with water and freezing. Shapes like hearts and stars work well, and you could even put a cut out shape inside before freezing too. Try using plastic yogurt pots or similar and cut out stars or snowflake shapes. Melt some edges to meld shapes together and freeze again to make an ice sculpture, or hang from an outside tree.


Bark prints are an easy Christmas make. Take a close-up picture of some tree park and upload it to your computer. Print it out in grayscale, or just in one color like ice blue. You can then transfer these to cover books, cut up and laminate for tree decorations, or print onto a T-shirt transfer sheet and iron onto fabric - a perfectly seasonal Christmas tablecloth.


Cheap decorating ideas for Christmas aren't hard to find you just need a bit of time, creativity, and even get the whole family involved to make everyone feel part of the festivities.


Happy Holidays to ALL.



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