Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also the most expensive time of the year. With parties, gifts, charities, and more, the bills can sure add up quickly. With the impending debt that you see adding up before you, let’s look at some décor for our home that won’t break the bank. In fact, these impressive additions to your home might not cost you anything at all.
On the ninth day of Christmas The Stylish Steed gave to me, décor for the penny pincher in me.
We all have things lying around the house or garage that we don’t use. In many cases, it is leftover items from a weekend project or an activity from the warmer months. What better way to save money than make some beautiful display pieces from items that are doing nothing but collecting dust.
If you’re like me, I always over-estimate when it comes to purchasing supplies for a project, and then, in turn, am left with tons of leftovers. That scenario was what brought me to create this great stacked Christmas tree. Using leftover lumber, I am able to bring a personalized piece to my home décor for Christmas. I had some extra scrap pieces of 2×4’s from a weekend project. You can do the same with your scraps. You will need six pieces of wood in the following lengths:
(2) 2 ½”
After cutting the pieces to the appropriate lengths I painted the two short pieces brown and the remaining pieces in a leaf green.
After the paint was dry I added an aged look to the wood by painting black on the edges and smearing it with a wet paper towel. Always remember to rub the paint with the grain of the wood. This wet rubbing will also give you the opportunity to take off some of the green paint to add to the weathered look.
When the distressing was dry I measured and centered the boards atop one another and secured them with hot glue.
Now you could leave this tree just as it is, but I decided I needed a little more personality. I decided to write a holiday message on mine. After painting my words and some details of dots and stars, I hot glued a star cookie cutter to the top. It was now ready to display.
The only cost I had in this project was my cookie cutter, which was less than $1.00! You can’t beat that with a stick…or a scrap piece of 2×4.
This summer I decided to try my hand at gardening. For the first time ever I grew tomatoes, banana peppers, and bell peppers. For the most part it was a huge success. My one little tomato plant produced enough tomatoes to feed a third world country for at least 6 months. Needless to say, I spent my summer giving away tomatoes to anyone who passed by. However, now that the first frost has come what do I have left?
A great way to re-purpose out of your garden is by creating this tomato cage tree. By using that old tomato cage, you can transform your gardening garbage into holiday works of art.
The first step in your creation is securing the top pieces together with wire to form the point of the tree.
Next, I chose a fabric that would best coordinate with my decor. I went with an inexpensive muslin material because you know I love my rustic looks. Beginning at the top of the tree, I attached four long strips of fabric to the top of the tree with jute. I made sure that each strip was lined up with the vertical support of the cage.
Allowing the fabric to billow, you will work your way down the cage, attaching the fabric along the way to create a billowing effect that will look like snow laden branches.
(Pardon the blue glow. I was watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta while I worked on this.)
When you have reached the bottom of the tree, cut off any excess fabric to insert later for filler.
When all four vertical pieces have been secured, you then use the same process to fill in the gaps with the excess fabric. When the filler pieces are inserted, you have yourself a finished tree!
To give your tree a more natural look, consider inserting branches or leaves to the design. Something like pine branches or magnolia leaves would be a great addition. I think inserting pine branches in a tree wrapped in light fabric would give the look of a snow cover pine tree. You can even choose to wrap the cage in lights before adding the fabric to give your tree a glow!
If you are placing this outside, you may find it useful to insert it into a large pot to avoid any wind from blowing it over.
I am sure that you have seen a similar process done with tomato cages before. Most always, these trees are done with deco mesh ribbon. I, personally, am not a fan of the mesh ribbon because EVERYONE uses it for wreaths and decorating. I chose to go with the fabric and also used a technique that I have not seen before. I love the outcome of this tree. I am sure it will look great on my front porch. Who knows…you might get to see it later!
O Christmas Tray
(You sound like a true southern when you read that out loud)
Another great recycled project is this tiered tray tree. I am sure that all of you have a similar display pieces stowed away in a closet somewhere. Maybe you have used it to display cupcakes at a party. By adding a few little touches of Christmas cheer to this tiered tray, you create an instant centerpiece for your dining room or a great addition to your coffee table.
This project is super easy and only requires a few items. I chose to tie strips of muslin and burlap to the edges of my trays. Next, I simply placed pine cones and Christmas ornaments in each of the trays. Your finished product greatly resembles a beautiful Christmas tree.
Of course mine is a little rustic. You could easily create yours to fit your decor. A little spray paint and glitter on the pine cones would completely soften the look of the entire display. Add some beautiful blue and white ornaments and attach some snowflakes or glittered ribbon, and you’ll be walking in a winter wonderland all season long.
Three great ideas that are high impact and low-cost. I love all of these pieces in my home for the holidays and hope you enjoy them as well. Look around your garage and basement and see what “junk” you can use to recreate an awesome piece for your holiday home. Until next time, stay stylish!