Thrifty Meets Crafty: Saving on Your Holiday Decor

MARTIN PICTURE croppedDecorations aren’t essential for celebrating the holidays. The holiday spirit should come from within. But we all have those certain decorations that we just couldn’t do without. If we didn’t have them, it just wouldn’t feel the same.

For those essential items, use what you already have around your home. Be thrifty and get craft. There’s no need to buy decorations when you can have fun and save money by making it yourself.

To make it easy for you, we put together a few DIY ideas for common holiday decor “must-haves.”

If a holiday wreath is a “must-have” for your decor, then these are for you.

-Are you a wine connoisseur? Then the wine cork wreath is perfect for you since you’ll already have the needed materials. This wreath is simple, elegant and can be easily tailored to suit your taste.

-Want to make a wreath that’s a treat? Go with the candy wreath. Use your favorite candy, and guests can pull them off a treat when they come over. Kids, of course, love these.

-Want to go a little more Christmas-y? See these step-by-step instructions on creating a wreath out of old Christmas ornament balls.


If a beautifully decorated tree is your seasonal “must-have,” see these DIY tutorials.

-Have extra tissue paper lying around? Ice cream cone ornaments are sure to be a hit. These colorful ornaments are easy to make and have a unique way of brightening up the tree.

-Have used light bulbs you’ve been meaning to recycle? You can use them to make the popular penguin ornaments. All you need to make these is a little bit of paint and used bulbs.

-We all have old CDs that we’re never going to listen to again. That’s why using them to create mosaic ornaments is genius. Now you finally have a use for those old CDs.


If stockings hanging from the fireplace is what gets you in the spirit, here are some different ways to make your own.

-Sewing not your thing? This no-sew stocking can be made with some felt and a little glue.

-Old sweaters can be perfect for the job. Just grab an old sweater and yarn to create this cozy stocking.

-Not only can you use old sweaters, but old scarves can do just as well. Though sewing is suggested, being creative with safety pins will work just fine.

Making your own holiday decorations can do more than save you loads of money. It can get you in the holiday spirit and make you feel good about recycling stuff that’s just sitting around your home. But don’t do these alone.  Gather your friends, kids and neighbors for a day of crafts. That’ll be sure to get all in the holiday spirit!

If you have some DIY holiday decor ideas of your own, please share!

Martin Sher is CEO of AmSher Collection Agency and a recent past president of ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals.  Martin is the author of the 54 word Collector Pledge, committing credit and collection professionals around the world to the ethical and respectful treatment of all consumers.   Martin’s personal mission is to get 5 million people out of debt-for good, and for FREE.

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