Holidays on a Budget

I am so excited for the Holidays. This is my absolute favorite time of the year. Bring on the parties, the snow, the food, the decorations, the food, the family, the food…I think you see where I’m going here. A common misconception especially among young people is that you have to spend a lot of money to have an awesome Holiday season. Well my friends this is simply not the case. Over the next few posts I will walk you through how to do all things holiday; decorations, food, parties, presents etc., all while keeping that bill at a less than alarming number. Shall we begin?

Let’s start off with the decorations. Thanks to the Godsend that is Pinterest (yes I am pinning at work…so wrong, yet so right) I have found about 3948 (rough estimation) different holiday décor ideas. Thankfully for all of us I have been able to narrow it down to my top 5 pieces that are absolutely essential for this holiday season.
  • This link is so awesome. You know those cute tags you see on all of the amazingly wrapped presents that are usually about five dollars at the store for a measly pack of three? Well now you can have tags just as adorable, for free. It’s fo free! How can you say no? You can’t okay there you have it. Download, print, stick em’ on your gifts and make them look sweet. (Click ‘Open’ to view)

  • Repurpose old pizza boxes. I know this may sound strange but I feel it’s quite logical. The next time you order pizza, save it, clean the inside (the best you can) close it and tape and/or staple it shut. Now all you need is some silver, red, green or blue (depending on which accent color you like), and some stencils. If it were me, I’d begin by painting the whole surface red, then laying the stencil down, spraying silver over it all then removing the stencil, leaving a red design surrounded by silver. Proceed to hang these on your wall (they look great in groups of three or four) or give them as gifts. I have seen these done and they look really nice. The design options are truly endless which makes it convenient because you can also use these to decorate your dorm room/apartment beyond Christmas time.
·         Homemade wreaths are a great way to spruce up any room in your apartment or would look great on your dorm room door. (Also could serve as a gift for mom…just sayin’) These classic decorations are fairly simple to make and can be personalized in so many different ways. I’ve listed some links below to some great sites that walk you through the process of wreathe making. Greatest part about a wreath is 90% of the materials can be found outside, thus equaling no charge for you. Quality holiday craft right here if I do say so myself.





·         I LOVE candles, especially around this time of year. While it is possible to make your own candles, that idea, while commendable, is a bit Laura Ingles for me, so I am suggesting something a bit different. All you need is a mason jar, some greenery, water, some cranberries (or another colorful element) and a small floating candle. I cannot wait to use this when I get back to Hope (oh wait, candles are forbidden in on campus houses…whoops..? it might have to happen) An example and further directions can be found here.


·         And finally, the last of my top five. For this one, all you’ll need is ½ yard of fabric, foam boards, glue and some sort of twine or festive string. These make a lovely addition to your wall during the holidays or a useful pin board to hang by your door for reminders, lists, that random assignment you keep forgetting to do, etc. Click here for some pictures of completed boards and further assembly assistance.

I seem to have carried on here a bit, I promise not all of these posts will be quite so lengthy; I just HAD to share these with you all! Let me know if you try any of these or have any other good holiday décor ideas, I would love to hear about them in a comment below!