This year I’ve made it my goal to spend only $100 on Christmas decorations. This is our first year with our own house in the States so we have no holiday decorations to speak of. I’m so excited to be on this thrifty adventure!
I’ve perused countless second-hand stores, dollar marts, and searched deep within my craft closet seeking out anything I can use.
$50 was spent on a pre-lit, 6 ft classic Christmas Tree from Target. (new)
$9 was spent on a pre-lit, 3 ft silver Christmas Tree from the Salvation Army (used)
$7 was spent on random christmas decor pieces from various thrift stores (garland, ribbons, candles, etc)(Used)
$10 was spent on styrofoam balls and a green fabric remnant from Hobby Lobby (new)
$5 was spent on mini ornament balls and tree hooks from the dollar section at Target (new)
$12 was spent on Christmas paper from Michael’s (to be used for xmas cards, paper decor and snowflakes!) (new)
$0 spent on a cute mini tree donated to our collection from my friend Meredith (read her blog here!)
$0 spent on fabric scraps and remnants from other projects (new and upcycled)
Total so far: $93!!
That leaves me jut $7 for last minute touches between now and Christmas. I’m thinking… homemade stockings! We’ll see what happens.
Today I’m showing you the Christmas tree ornaments we’re going to have on our tree and other fun places in the house. But this isn’t just a Christmas DIY. Depending on the fabric you use, this decor is fun any time of year!
((I’ve chosen a variety of different colorful prints and I’ll be pulling them together with solid green balls and solid silver ball ornaments I got from Goodwill. Picture coming once our tree goes up!))
Styrofoam Balls (size or sizes of your choice)
Fabric scraps (use what you have and save $$$! Or buy some AWESOME scraps from My Little Sunshine!)
1. Measure your fabric and cut into strips that will fit around your balls with a slight overlap. Pay attention to the width of your strips. Too wide makes funny looking balls. (Hint: Cut your fabric strips on the bias for the most stretch. Then they will fit snugly around the balls.)
2. Stretch and wrap your fabric strips around the balls and secure with two straight pins on the overlap. (You could also use glue, but using pins allows you to take apart the ornaments later to use the styrofoam balls, pins and fabric strips for other projects! Recycle Reduce Reuse!!
3. Keep wrapping until all the white areas are hidden. I like pinning from the top of the ball for each strip because then less pins show. Play with it until you find a look that you like.
4. You can style your fabric balls in baskets, on your tree (we’re using basic wire hooks), with garland… the possibilities are endless!
Be Made New,