Friday, December 14, 2012

How I Decorated for Christmas with $30 [Part One - The Tree]

Actually, $30 was way over what I was planning to spend.  I thought I had the math figured out while I waited in the check out line, but the cash register said otherwise.  And the cash register always wins.

Honestly, you could do all this decorating for less.  For one, because you might actually have a lot of the supplies on hand that I had to buy.  And for two, because I will let you in on a couple of secrets so that you won't waste money [like I did] on supplies that were kind of pointless.

The whole decorating for Christmas thing actually started in March. Husband and I were working through our stuff, deciding what to keep and what to get rid of [that whole moving thing, you know], when we came across our awesome, giant, artifical Christmas tree.

"We aren't going to have space for that when we move, are we?"

"I don't think so."

So we gave the Christmas tree back to my parents.

Around September, I started talking about decorating for Christmas.

"Honey, its September. Its too early for Christmas talk."

"I know, but we don't have a tree anymore.  What are we going to do?"

"I don't know.  Let's just not have one."

That was not going to fly with me.  It was going to be our child's first Christmas; our first Christmas with our child; never mind that she wouldn't remember a single thing about it! We needed some kind of tree.

I ran across an idea a couple days later [thank you Pinterest!] where someone had made their Christmas tree out of books.  I told Josh about it. From there, the idea spiraled out of control into our very first holiday tradition.

We are going to make our Christmas tree out of something different each year.

The cool thing is, we are starting our tradition our child's first year of Christmas.  The goal is, once she [along with any future siblings] is old enough, she will get to decide how to make the Christmas tree some years.

This year marks year one of our family's Christmas tree tradition.

total cost: $2.00

supplies: cardboard, tissue paper


Cute, no?  I really like this tree for three reasons. One: it cost me next to nothing.  Two: it takes up no space.  Just nail it into the wall and you're good to go. Three: you can make it as big [or small] as you can manage.

I added a garland made of pom poms and yarn [$2] and a paper star I had found on the internet and cut out last year [$0].

[So I'm totally only halfway through this post and realizing that I have way too much to write about for just one post.  So here's a quick finish of the tree and garlands, and then I will finish up this post with a part two about the smaller decorations I made.]

The garlands were a self-inspiration born of a conundrum our cardboard tree presented - there was no where to hang ornaments anymore. And we have a decent number of ornaments that I personally am pretty fond of.  We live in a pretty old house, and with that comes some pretty old fixtures.  Most of our ceiling lights and fans have really long chains attached to them, which then hang down the ceilings and walls to the outlets.  Not too pretty.  But they are perfect for hanging things off of.  Like ornaments.

cost: $6

supplies: garlands, ornaments, and ribbon

inspiration: the ugly chains on the wall!

I like garlands more than I like christmas trees, in all actuality [I know, weird]. The garlands I found were on sale for $3 a piece, and one for each chain in the two living rooms were plenty.

[sorry about the terrible picture] I felt like our light fixture over the dining table was a little lacking next to the garland, so I strung up some leftover ornaments with ribbon. [Both I had on hand, so it cost me nothing].

Well, that's all I have to share for tonight!  Stay tuned for part two of my decorating extravaganza!

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