Looking for a super simple, festive and frugal Christmas decorating idea? Keep reading to learn my Christmas decorating secret!
I love decorating for Christmas. I love how lights and trees and festive colors pair together to create a warm, festive home.
I also love simplicity and resourcefulness. And I’m quite a bit of a cheapskate.
Over the years, I’ve found that my love of Christmas decorating blends well with my simple, resourceful and frugal approach.
I don’t feel like shopping for new Christmas decorations each year – so I don’t.
I don’t want my home to lack a Christmas cheeriness each December – so it doesn’t.
After I noticed a tasteful decorating idea in quite a few home stores, I decided to try it on my own – and I haven’t looked back.
My solution is so simple that I’m almost embarrassed to share it.
But I will.
My Super Simple, Festive & Frugal Christmas Decorating Secret
Once my Christmas trees are up and decorated and I know I need to add a festive pizzazz to the rest of my home, I look for what I already have – clear glass jars and containers of all shapes and sizes. I dig out my huge salad bowl, footed trifle bowl, Mason jars, hurricane vases, and tall, wide glass cylinder vases.
Once I’ve gathered all my glass containers, I fill them with glass Christmas bulbs of all sizes and colors.
Then I place them around my house in spots that could use a little splash of color and merriment.
- My trifle bowl holds red, green and silver bulbs as our dining room table centerpiece.
- Glass vases filled with red, turquoise, lime, and orange bulbs accent shelves on our bookcases.
- A huge bowl of mismatched vintage glass bulbs decorates an end table.
- And when I host a table at my church’s Christmas brunch this coming weekend, my centerpiece will be three big glass vases of different sizes, filled with red, green, turquoise and purple bulbs to complement my Fiesta dinnerware.
That’s it. The easiest, peasiest Christmas decorating secret of all.
How to make it frugal
Aside from reusing all my cool collection of glass containers, this particular way of decorating is so affordable because I reuse the same bulbs year after year after year. And some of the bulbs, like my vintage ones, were passed along from my mom and grandma.
When I first tried – and loved – this decoration, I hit the stores after Christmas and stocked up on decorations priced at mega clearance prices. I have an entire plastic tote of glass bulbs that I use each year, but only paid about $10 for the entire collection.
How to make it kid-friendly
If you have children and the thought of jars filled with glass ornaments makes you shudder with baby-proofing fear, you still can use the idea. Simply choose plastic ornaments that look exactly like glass bulbs. Put them in clear plastic containers, and you have a festive, kid-friendly decoration.
How to make it last long after Christmas
I love the simple look of glass containers filled with a collection of interesting objects, so I recycle my decorating idea throughout the year. After my Christmas decorations are stored away, I’ve filled my glass jars and bowls with:
- Coffee beans
- Polished pebbles
- Plastic Easter eggs
- Wine corks
Now that I’ve shared my Christmas decorating secret, you can understand how my approach to Christmas decorating — and this particular tip — blends well with my simple, resourceful and frugal way of life. Decorating doesn’t have to be difficult. And it doesn’t have to break the bank.
What is the best Christmas decorating secret you’re willing to share? How do you like to simply and frugally approach Christmas decorating?
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