I have had a lot of of wonderful compliments on the Christmas Decorations here at TheMadHouse, so here are some tips for decorating on a budget.
Ikea also do great candle-bridges which are super for adding atmosphere to a room.
Often parents and grandparents have lots and lots of decorations, many more than they use, why not ask if you can look through the boxes that they havnt used this year.
This Father Christmas came from my mum, she hadn’t used it for years as it was part of a double set and it is older than me!!
The older I get, the more sentimental I get nad I love to see the children make their own decorations, but homemade decorations do not always have to look childish.
I made our advent stockings and our personalized stocking too.
I always keep an eye out on the charity shops on the lead up to Christmas as they often get some super retro decorations in.
Many, many places know down the cost of their decorations after Christmas, that is how we got our tree (Homebase for £10 in the sale 5 years ago). So it pays to scope out and look for inspiration in these places sometimes and add them on your January hit list. Marks and Spencer have some lovely decorations in this year, so if cash allows I will be taking a look in January.
Still to a simple colour scheme year on year (do not follow trends)
Buy in the Sales
Ask family and freinds if they have any spare decorations they do not want
Try the supermarket for basics
Never throw any of it away
Always store it correctly in the loft or garage
Make your own – popcorn on bakers string looks fantastic
Look for pieces that will last
Lastly do not try and do it all at once or it will look overly forced. Our decorations grow with us each year, we have ones we have purchased on our holidays to Boston, South Africa, Paris and Amsterdam. My mum even brought us Disney ones back from her trip to the US last year. Putting the tree up is as much fun for me reminicing about where, who and what ornemants we bought, as it is talking to the boys about them. The tree holds a lot of precious memories, like the boys first baubles
I agree about not doing it all at once. I love my precious baby and cowboy ornaments that have taken years to collect.
Our collection has slowly grown too, we’ve been together for 22 years and I love unwrapping all the old ornaments and putting them up again. It’s nice to be able to add one or two special things every year.