Early in life my mother taught me a few timeless rules for decorating that I always stick to. When it comes to decorating for the holidays, they’re especially important if you’re anything like me- in your 20s and low on extra cash but still in love with all things pretty!
1. Use what you’ve got.
Already have a tree? No need to splurge on garland. Just cut some branches from a hidden area and weave them into the wiring of twinkle lights. I added cute little gold snowflakes that I found at Walmart years ago and stuck a few bulbs through them for added sparkle. For the rest of your decor, raid your family member’s old stuff. My tree is decorated with dainty old wood ornaments my parents had from the 70s and others that I made as a little girl. I spent $10 at Target on some bright colored balls to work in for a modern mix. Red beads draping the branches are my grandmothers from many, many years ago and the big colored lights were a snag from my roommate’s parents’ garage! Be crafty and work with what you have for now. It only takes a few dollars to spruce up the old and make it feel new again.
2. Don’t be afraid of color.
It’s beautiful to stick with a color scheme or theme that matches your home’s decor. But, if you’re being thrifty and sticking to rule number one, that may be tough. ALL of the colors of Christmas are so beautiful, so why not play with them all?! The traditional red, green and gold looks fun and eclectic when mixed with bright pinks and blues too! Play around and have fun with color, it’s much more youthful.
3. Go natural and bring the outdoors in.
From magnolia leaves to holly bushes, there’s all kinds of free decor right outside your door! I like to stick magnolia leaves around trinkets and picture frames to add a little extra cheer. They’re also beautiful when woven into your twinkle lights. Liven up an old, faux wreath with real accents and wire them into your tree too. I love strung cranberries and oranges with cloves stuck in them for a delicious scent. Both are budget friendly from the grocery store and if they don’t go bad can be used later for a big batch of hot toddy’s!
These three tricks will keep you savvy but always stylish so that you don’t have to sacrifice your holiday spirit or that new pair of shoes you’ve been eying. Merry Christmas to you and your bank account!