From gifts to grub, Christmas brings with it a whole host of expenses. However, savvy homeowners have a few tricks up their sleeves to create and purchase inexpensive festive lighting and decorative ornaments. From handmade tea lights to beautiful Christmas tree light displays, follow these simple tips for some fabulously frugal ways to light up your home this Christmas.
Create Your Own
You don’t need to be a creative wizard to create your own lighting ornaments and decorations. In fact, there are several easy and inexpensive craft projects that will allow you to decorate your home on the cheap.
A simple light bulb can be transformed into a pretty hanging Christmas tree ornament with just a touch of glass paint, some ribbon, and glitter. Try recreating the Grinch, a reindeer, a star, or even Father Christmas himself. Tie a piece of ribbon around the top of the bulb so that you can hang it on the tree.
Empty tins can be recycled to create magical tea light holders. Simply fill a clean tin can with water, and pop it into the freezer to freeze overnight. Remove the tin can and carefully use a hammer and some nails to create a series of small holes in the can for the light to shine through. Pop in a lit candle and voila, your DIY tea light holder is complete.
Pinterest is a great place to check for some affordable Christmas craft projects. Just remember: These lights are not designed to be switched on as the heat can damage the paint or even cause fires.
Use Christmas Lights
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Christmas lights provide an inexpensive way to illuminate the home and transform it into a magical winter wonderland. There is a huge selection of both indoor and outdoor Christmas tree lights available to purchase from ChristmasLightsEtc.com that will be sure to wow guests and add a homey, festive feel to your property.
Icicle lighting features small lights that are attached onto dangling wires to create a magical, cascading waterfall of lights, which are perfect for hanging underneath windows and around the roof. A fun way to illuminate pretty bushes is to use a web of net lights over them. Single-line Christmas tree lights can be used on the tree, to light up photo frames, or to create a pretty sparkly canopy over a bed. You can also insert some coiled Christmas tree lights into a mason jar for a twinkling lighting feature that will add a special glow to your bedroom.
The great thing about Christmas lights is that you can use them in ingenious ways throughout the year to light up porches, decorate children’s bedrooms, and add some extra detail to walls.
Buy in Bulk
If you need a large amount of Christmas items, then you may be better purchasing them in bulk. You can even split the cost of a package with a friend or a family member. Some retailers will offer major discounts to shoppers when they purchase ornaments, tinsel, and other decorations in bulk. Check out auction sites, craft stores, and online retailers to see what bulk ornament deals you can find.
Finally, one way to save on your Christmas decorations for the following year is to make sure that all of your festive items are safely and efficiently stored so that you can reuse them. Use some simple packing supplies that can be purchased from craft stores or online retailers to properly pack Christmas lights and store them until Christmas arrives again. Make sure that fragile items are individually wrapped with bubble wrap and packed into boxes filled with packing peanuts or crumpled newspaper. Fragile stickers will also help to warn people of the contents when it comes to moving them.
Armed with a touch of creativity, an eye for a bargain, some Christmas lights, and proper storage techniques, you can save yourself some big bucks while still decorating your home with festive wares that everyone will be sure to love. How will you be lighting up your home this Christmas? Happy holidays!