Frugal holiday décor can be as simple as re-purposing items in your home or taking a look in the backyard. Try these easy DIY ideas.
Repurpose: Simple containers can be easily repurposed for the holidays. Try: glass containers, Mason Jars, bowls, cake-plates, trays, baskets, decorative boxes, vases, or flower pots.
Fill them with festive fillings like: fruit, nuts, candies, gift-bows, jingle-bells, pine-cones, cinnamon sticks, tiny toys, gift shred, ornaments, etc. Odd-numbered groupings look best.
Easy Outdoor Holiday Planter: Festoon empty planters and flower boxes with holiday greenery like balsam, spruce, juniper and white pine. Mix these with berry-laden holly or crabtree branches, red dogwood twigs, boxwood or eucalyptus, either real or faux.
Start with a layer of pine branches (like white pine) laid flat over the base of the pot. Then arrange them proportionally, varying the height and building up and outward, as you would for a floral arrangement. Stick in holly and red dogwood branches for height and interest. Holiday lights and glass ball ornaments add twinkle.
Find branches outside, at the craft store, garden center, or buy an inexpensive fresh wreath and disassemble it, like those at Trader Joe’s.
Easy DIY Indoor centerpiece: Take a tray and cluster three small glass vases upon it and tuck pine or holly sprigs between the vases. Fill the vases with real or faux white flower like Queen Anne’s lace or carnations. Any white (or red) flower will work.
-Collect pine-cones, pine boughs and branches and bring them inside. Fill baskets with pine-cones, or run a pine garland along the table and dot it with pine-cones for a simple centerpiece.
-Stick branches in a vase or urn, and tie them at the base with ribbon— perfect for a twiggy tree to display ornaments.
-Greenery tucked in among white pillar candles makes an elegant and simple mantel or table topper.
-Classic holiday plants like Christmas Cactus, poinsettias, narcissus, amaryllis or Norfolk Pines are naturally ornamental and affordable during the holidays. Four of these plants staggered with tea-lights upon the mantlepiece makes a simply elegant mantlepiece décor. Cared for properly, these plants can survive long after Christmas.
Be-ribboned Ornamentals:Heap bowls and trays with vintage or glass ball ornaments, or tie them from satin ribbons and dangle them from chandeliers, balustrades, doorways, or windows. Hang ornaments with single-color satin ribbons instead of hooks to add pop to the Christmas tree. Find vintage ornaments at thrift stores, estate sales or the Oakton Antique Center in Elk Grove.
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Where to find supplies:
Real Deals Home Décor: 117 S. Emerson Street, Mt Prospect, IL 60056 | (847) 342-1551
TJ Maxx: 1307 North Rand Road | Palatine, IL 60067 | Phone: 847-705-1389
Marshalls: 601 East Palatine Road | Arlington Heights, IL 60004 | (847) 577-9177
Target: 1700 E Rand Rd | Arlington Heights, IL 60004 | (847) 222-0925
Antiques and Vintage
Oakton Antique Center: 2430 E. Oakton St. Arlington Heights, IL 60005 | (847) 437-2514
Salvation Army: 250 West Rand Road, Arlington Hts 60005 | (847) 577-2826
Practically Perfect Resale: 1815 W Central Rd | Arlington Hts, IL 60005 | (847) 577-0267
New For You Resale: 1915 S. Plum Grove Road | Palatine, IL 60067 | (847) 358-7899
Hobby Lobby: 223 E. Northwest Hwy | Palatine, IL 60067 | (847) 963-1336 or 1500 S. Elmhurst Rd. | Mt Prospect, IL 60056 | (847) 357-1762
Jo-Ann: 373 East Palatine Road | Arlington Heights, IL 60004| (847) 394-9742
Michaels: 1050 Mt Prospect Plaza | Mount Prospect, IL 60056 | (847) 259-3550
Trader Joe: 17 W Rand Rd | Arlington Heights, IL 60004 | Phone Number: (847) 506-0752
Home Depot: 350 East Kensington | Mount Prospect, IL 60056 | (847)342-1800