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Frugal holiday decorating

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Every year, designers and stylists promote “whats in” in holiday decorating. This is just marketing ploys to get consumers to spend more money. Not the best idea for a person with a frugal nature.

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Consider first what you have and love and go from there. Love nature? Beautiful pine cones are free, found in parks and yards all over. Tucked among the branches they have a beauty that few glitzy things can match. If you prefer, spray paint the pinecones in silver or gold and allow them to dry overnight.

If you have children, plan a day when you can cut out snowflakes and make paper chain garlands together. Day old popcorn can be strung on thread for a lovely look.

Antique and vintage postcards can be propped against tree branches and set upon a mantel for an old fashioned feel.

Make a paper or cloth garland that spells out Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or Joy to the World. Strung on twine or ribbon, these garlands look great across windows, on mantels, even affixed to the Christmas tree.

Fill a pretty glass bowl or silver tray with colorful glass balls, either from your own collection or purchased from a thrift shop. Color combinations could be green and red balls, red and white balls, silver and white balls, gold and white balls, or a beautiful mixture of all colors. Different sizes will accent each other, or go for all the same size. Tuck in a few evergreen sprigs and you have a beautiful centerpiece, hostess gift or coffee table display.

Walnuts and acorns can be spray painted gold or silver and hung by a ribbon.

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