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Tips for holiday decorating on a budget

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Holiday time is typically a cheerful time for boundless fun, joy, and excitement. However, if you’re on a tight budget, it can be a time of excessive worry, stress, and tension. Seniors are especially vulnerable for this “under-side” of the festivities. A few tips for budget-friendly holiday decorating may help.

You don’t need expensive, lavish, store-bought decorations. You have a vast array of unlimited opportunities right outside your door.

If you live in the South, gather pine cones for a multitude of uses. Include twigs, colorful leaves, branches of greenery, and other similar gifts from Mother Nature. Besides being free, they’re seasonally relevant and extraordinarily popular, often used in the expensive, ready-made decorations.

A little white (or gold) paint on the tips of the pine cones can go a long way to wake up an otherwise drab item. Use them abundantly throughout your house. Paste them on holiday colored ribbons for table decorations. Add them to everyday arrangements or bowls. Put them into garlands for mantles or stair rails. Furthermore, use them to enliven wrapped gifts.

Use floral wire (or glue) to add beautifully colored leaves to twigs or sticks. These make creative, unique place cards for dinner guests. They also make attractive additions to garlands other arrangements, centerpieces, swags and wrapped gifts. (If you don’t have floral wire, strip the paper off twist-ties and use what’s left.)

Fresh greenery is always in style, but especially at holiday time. Cut any size branch you desire to create a multitude of various decorations. Use it for dining or accent table tops, centerpieces, swags, garlands, fill-ins, and gift wrapping. Furthermore, it’s perfect used as a base or additions to door decorations as well as over-the-door jams. For more fun, hang mistletoe from it.

If your budget allows, find inexpensive glitter and glue to brighten some old decorations and any other natural items you find. This also adds an extra sparkling touch to wrapping paper, bows, and other display items.

Re-cycle old decorations and trims by incorporating some of Mother Nature’s bounty into them. You will give new life to and completely change the look of timeworn, possible throw- away items. You’ll have fun and create memories as if you spent a fortune.

If you’ve already decorated for this year, these tips are certainly good for next year and the years to come. Using them will make you happy and proud.

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