Dreaming of a frugal Christmas

Photo by Page Evans
Twigs with pear and bird ornaments (from Target)
Twigs with pear and bird ornaments (from Target)

Our pocketbooks may not be plump with cash these days, but that doesn’t mean we need to skimp on Christmas decorations. In fact, look around: your garden, the grocery store, the sidewalk. Inspiration may be closer--and less expensive-- than you think.

Mantle with pears and magnolias (real pears from grocery store; glittery ones from Home Goods) (Photo by: Page Evans) Mantle with pears and magnolias (real pears from grocery store; glittery ones from Home Goods)

Friends coming over for a drink and you don’t have flowers? Check out your yard for supplies. Grab a branch and hang a few ornaments from it. On one twig, I used glittery pears. On another, I dangled a bird ornament I bought at Target for $3. You could also add twigs to paper whites or orchids to dress them up. 

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And think about getting the most out of your--or your neighbor’s--magnolia tree. After all, every tree needs a little pruning. Full disclosure: my magnolia branches came from a generous friend’s yard. And, yes, I did ask for permission.

Nandina bush outside back door (Photo by: Page Evans) Nandina bush outside back door

Nandina bushes are another good bet. I have them outside my back door. I’m actually not a big fan of red, but I’ll use a sprig of berries this time of year in my powder room.

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As for the mantle, a few pilfered magnolia branches, combined with some pears (real and ornamental) and votives, make for a chic display. And it didn’t hurt my wallet. Who says you can’t be festive and frugal?

2 Comments For This Article

Kassie

Gorgeous! Love the branch and ornament suggestion.

Joel

Wonderful article. Anything that helps the mind move away from money and materialism, towards the real meanings of the holidays, is welcomed. I would add pine cones to the frugal decorating mix. And here's an idea: Christmas cookies as ornaments. All you require are the basic ingredients and some yarn, string or ribbon. Here's an inspiring pic: http://bit.ly/s8lcGO