Out of budget this Christmas to decorate your home? Have no fear! See how I succeeded at some budget Christmas decorating and crafting with a few clearance items that I found! You'll never believe what I created...
Note to the Reader: My blogger friends and I (their blogs are listed at the bottom of the post),decided to continue our clearance challenge from Fall into the holiday season. As a reminder, our challenge was to spend no more than $15, on a clearance item(s), and then incorporate the items into our home's decorating. Since I love budget decorating, this was right up my alley. Luckily I found some items right away that I knew would work with this challenge. Here we go!
I know what you're thinking. How on earth do I find a clearance Christmas item when Christmas stuff doesn't usually get put on clearance until after the season is over? Well, I was fortunate enough to spot some items in November in the Fall clearance that I knew could work well for my budget Christmas decor. I just had to use some creativity. And you can too! First, I found this item at JoAnn Fabric in the very back of the store on November 15. Normally I don't make it to the back of the store, but in this case, I did:
Next, I headed over to Dollar General, and was surprised to find all of these goodies on sale for 50 percent off. I wasn't interested in anything too harvest-looking, but could see potential in the items below:
I stored my clearance items away until after Thanksgiving (because I don't start Christmas decorating before then), and almost forgot where I put them when it came time to write this post! Then I remembered I had them and realized I needed to get started making them into fun items for my home! I set everything out on the floor of my new home office on Sunday afternoon and got to work:
For my first craft, I used the galvanized bucket and the blue ribbon. The blue ribbon matched many things I already owned in my home so it was perfect. As you can see, the leaf decal pulled right off of the bucket.
I decided to add some blue ribbon around the bucket with hot glue. Next, I cut another piece of ribbon in half lengthwise to make a little bow, which I glued on the front. Then, I found some silver pine cones I had painted for a Fall project and added them to the bucket.
I knew that I could always use a storage basket, so I was excited for this project. First, I successfully peeled off the leaf design on the front of the basket:
Next, I added some ribbon that I had left over from a wreath project that I did earlier in the week. I kept it simple and just lined the edge of the basket and hot glued it into place.
For the three colorful flowers, I immediately knew they needed to be the stand-out of the display. I thought about putting them on my tree because they matched my living room colors. But I wanted to create something more special. So I decided to use a vessel I already had in my living room but wasn't currently using, and make a fresh arrangement. I headed out to my backyard to cut some fresh greenery.
I ended up securing the fresh stems with some floral foam to the inside of my base. In addition, I also hot-glued the floral foam to my base so that it wouldn't move around or knock my evergreen stems out of my vase.
Finally, I decided to create a cute decor item out of the wooden clip frame from JoAnn Fabric. I gathered my supplies: some discounted garland from Target and a glittery reindeer ornament from Dollar Tree.
Would you like to see how I styled these budget-friendly Christmas items in my home? I'll take you on a little tour around my house and show you:
I think I even amazed myself on this challenge. I literally bought the items and had no idea how I was going to make them work in my home. First, I was able to gather and think about leftover items I already had in my home. In addition, I used leftover craft items that I had saved from previous crafts and even from previous seasons. Finally, I thought about areas of my home that still needed extra Christmas spirit. What do you think of my DIY Christmas decor projects? I'd love to hear your favorite in the comments below. For more of my Christmas styling, visit my Instagram page or blog page.
Be sure to visit my designer friends' blogs below, to check out the clearance items that they found, and see how they incorporated them into their Christmas decor!
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Susan is a Midwest mom of two and lover of all things colorful in the home. She works with homeowners to find their unique style and color palette while keeping their budgets and lifestyles in mind. You can find her hanging out on Instagram at @colorjoyinteriors or Twitter @getcolorjoy, where she shares her latest colorful projects and inspirations.
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