christmas (on a budget)

christmas (on a budget)

Getting festive on a budgetI live in an apartment with two other roommates and we all wanted to decorate some for the holidays, but we also all had the unanimous decision we didn't want to spend a ton on decorating. For the most part, I think a lot of people are like that, since lots of us are in a stage of life where we’re constantly moving and have yet to find our “forever” spot, which leads me to this post!

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The next DIY involves gold or silver spray paint depending on your personal preference. I think this one is sooo easy and makes any area a bit more festive. Either go outside and find pinecones or go to Michael’s Craft Store and grab a pack of them and simply: spray paint them, let them dry, and fill a clear vase with them. I have also seen people do the same with acorns, which is just as cute. I can only take so much credit for this idea because when I was black Friday shopping, I saw anthropologie do something similar. 

Finally, and almost most importantly, why not buy Christmas decorations that can be used for more than just Christmas? I’ve linked a lot below that I think can double as house decorations, but allow you to add something to them and become Christmas decor. Take for instance a glass or gold vase; I’ve used both and planted a mini pine in the glass and filled the gold with clippings and added string lights. I had both when I moved into my apartment, but they were easily turned into cute decor for the holidays. Candles are also a must. Regardless of the scent, put them in a vase to cause really pretty ambient lighting or just by themselves and it automatically adds a homier and festive vibe to your room. String lights are also a good example of a versatile item. I’m in college and had a lot left over from when I lived in the dorm. I pulled them out for Christmas and covered every inch of ANY space I could. 

First of all I am going to talk about some easy DIYS that I’ve seen and do quite often! A big part of christmas is having some type of real/artificial pine tree. However, neither was in the budget this year. One alternative I did is to go outside and walk to the nearest park or pretty tree and cut some clippings. I usually do magnolias because I’ve found the clippings stay dark green for a few weeks. You can also add some bring lights that you would hang on the wall. I say those in particular (& have linked them below) because they are usually pretty light weight and won’t damage anything they're put on. 

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All around, you might not end up in Architectural Digest, but you can easily decorate your space in a festive way that’ll make the holidays still feel special and inspiring. Below, I've attached some similar items to what I have! Just click the photos to view the item. Happy Holidays!


All around, you might not end up in Architectural Digest, but you can easily decorate your space in a festive way that’ll make the holidays still feel special and inspiring. Below, I've attached some similar items to what I have! Just click the photos to view the item. Happy Holidays!

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