As a recently wed, recently graduated, new home renter, I don't have much of a store of Christmas decor built up yet, and I don't have a huge budget to buy some. However, Jacob already had a Christmas tree from his college days, along with five (yep, FIVE) ornaments! What a start, right?! Ha. We needed more ornaments.
Here are some inexpensive ornament ideas I've used on our tree in our home this year. In fact, I decorated our whole tree using items from my stash and about $20 in new items I bought!
1. Candy Canes
Old school charm, you can get big boxes of these for cheap! Not to mention, every time you have hot chocolate this season, you can just pop a candy cane off the tree to stir it with! Food AND decoration! I got a box of six candy canes for 99 cents at Wal-Mart.
2. Bargain Ornaments
In this time of sales, be sure to check the bargain bins for ornaments! All the red ornaments on the tree were in a large pack. Usually plainer, more "generic" ornaments like these are easy to come by, and I paid only $8 at Joann for these.
3. Cookie Cutter Ornaments
There are lots of tutorials for these, and they give you creative license to create ornaments you love! I used old pictures and scrapbook papers on mine.
4. Old Photos
I wanted to add a little more diversity to the ornament shapes on the tree (after having all globe shaped ones), so I propped some vintage photos I already had here and there all over the tree. It adds a vintage feel, though I have to explain to every man that sees it that, no, they aren't family pictures or anything. They're photos of random dead people that look fabulous. And I like them.
5. Popcorn Strings
I was going to do this, but I decided against it when I remembered our popcorn-loving dog also lives in our home. However, although time-intensive, popcorn strings are hugely economical and add a lot of old fashioned whimsy to a tree.
You can also put clothespins on your tree! They clip right to the branches, and you can leave them plain for a homespun look or decorate them as you like! They come in bags of multiples in craft stores and are generally offered at a low price point.
7. Paper Snowflakes
Cheaply made and fun to create, paper snowflakes are classic! You can make them simple or intricate and in any color you can find in a paper! They're versatile enough to coordinate with any tree or decor theme you may have, and simple enough to churn out a bunch in one sitting. You can also have kids help you make these!
What other inexpensive ornament ideas have you used or thought of?
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