Holiday Decoration Family Fun

Who says you have to spend a fortune creating festive holiday decorations for your home? With a little effort and some creativity you can make a variety of seasonal decorations without breaking the bank.

Here’s how:

Christmas Card Collage: During the holidays, most people receive dozens of Christmas greeting cards. Instead of stacking the cards in a pile or tossing them into a basket, consider cutting out your favorite images, and creating a collage. You can even add small embellishments such as buttons, ribbons or silk flowers for a one-of-a-kind piece of holiday artwork.

Gift Stacks: Fake out your kids while creating an inexpensive room decoration. Simply wrap empty boxes in a variety of shapes and sizes in pretty paper and stack them in the corner of a room for a hearty helping of holiday cheer.

Family Photos: Make the most of your family Christmas portraits. Instead of using them exclusively for your holiday greeting card, consider matting black and white copies of your favorite shots on red and green patterned Christmas paper and placing the finished product in budget-friendly silver frames.

Edible Decor: Raid your panty to make a garland of popcorn and cranberries. Or hang cheap candy canes from your Christmas tree. Another option is to create centerpieces from apples, lemons, limes and oranges. You could also bake gingerbread men cookies and add them to your tree as well.

Candles: Add a touch of seasonal sophistication to your home by placing inexpensive red, white and green candles on mirrors to make them look bigger and brighter.

Bows: You’d be surprised by how festive your home can look with the addition of just a few red bows. Look at your local craft store, dollar store or rummage sales for inexpensive spools of pretty velvet ribbon. Then, tie large bows around your banisters, stair rails, and doorknobs. Or add bows to wreaths or other greenery for a pop of holiday color.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.