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Christmas Decorations on a Budget and a Peek at Some Treasured Ornaments

This bench is easy to construct and is portable. It is an excellent spot to enjoy some cool breezes and hear the sounds of nature.

A lovely wreath to welcome guests~~Made by my daughter several years ago, it is still beautiful and hangs on my front door again this year.


Cute little snowman


No need to break the bank, to stress, to be unhappy at holiday time when it comes to decorating your home. It takes only a little imagination and creativity to create decorations that will bring a little cheer to your home.

In this article two Christmas wreaths and one Thanksgiving wreath is shown. There is also a happy little snowman decoration and a Santa napkin holder. The idea for the little snowman was one my daughter found on Pinterest.

Another way to save is to purchase gently used tablecloths and cloth napkins. They can be laundered carefully and they are ready to use.

. I have found that some of the cutest and most memorable decorations are the simple ones. You may wish to give these a try this year.

A felt Santa napkin holder/fun for kids to make


Santa napkin holder (Can be turned in an Easter Bunny napkin holder simply)

To make the Santa napkin holder:

  • You need red, pink white felt
  • small pom poms
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • scissors

Make a pattern using steps shown. Cut out. Glue. Let dry.

Cute and fun for a holiday dinner or breakfast on Christmas morning

Excellent Little DIY Ideas

Where to get free or almost free ornaments/ribbons/lace

  • Yard sales
  • Relatives
  • Your attic
  • Your containers in which ornaments are stored
  • Church rummage sales
  • Discount tables in many stores

A good time to stock up if you want new items is after Christmas when items are marked down to 75% and 90% off.

Another beautiful wreath my daughter made/ready to be stored away


Create a wreath

To create a wreath you need:

  • a wire form for a wreath/straw form for a wreath
  • lace
  • glass balls
  • decorations or ornaments
  • faux pine garland/real pine garlands can be used too (they smell so good)

Assemble the parts of the wreath as you please.

This is not really too time consuming. These three wreaths were put together in 2 hours.

About the wreaths in the photographs:

These wreaths are mounted on metal wreath forms that were in the free bin at the church yard sale.All other items were ten cents apiece at the same church yard sale. The grand total that my daughter spent on them was about $3.50. If you have priced wreaths especially of this size, they begin at about $59.00.

A Second Christmas wreath


Storage of wreaths

Storing wreaths safely can mean that you can use them again and again.

To store:nd through the loop that is used to hang the wreath on the wreath holder on your door.

2. Tie ribbon or cord in a secure knot and hang over a clothes hanger.

3. Cover the wreathe with a large black trash bag or two smaller bags connected together it you have no black ones. I invert the bag so the open end is at the bottom so dust does not come in to spoil the wreath. I make a tiny hole in the bottom of the bag and slip it over the crook of the clothes hanger.

4. Voila!! Protected wreath....You can use the following year or several years later.

The little snowman

To make a snowman you need:

  • a little clay pot
  • a sock that an infant has outgrown
  • a pom pom
  • paint
  • paint brush

You can put your own personality into these little decorations as well. You could make a family of elves, a Santa or Mrs. Claus, A Rudolph, a team of reindeer. You can have lots of fun with these crafts. These are simple enough for children to do. Happy decorating.

Thanksgiving wreath


Time Stood Still

When I was preparing to decorate, which I do just before Thanksgiving, I came across a bag of memories. And in another container, more memories awaited. I am sharing a few of them with you in photos.

Truly, time flew back to the years when I first acquired these items and all of the wonder and excitement and magic of Christmas time flew into my mind and heart.

Our Musical Angel from our travels in Japan in the 70's


Annual Trip to Asakusabashi, Japan

From 1973 to 1977, my (then) husband and I lived on Tachikawa Air Base in Japan. Each year a few weeks before Christmas, we traveled to Asakusabashi to buy tons of decorations for very little yen. It was kind of an overwhelming experience because there were so many sizes, shapes, and designs. Too many choices were possible.

But somehow my friend who was also my neighbor managed to fill our bags and head home via the train. At home we had to ooh and aah over each new purchase.

The ones pictured here are only a fraction of what I acquired on those annual trips.

A Fun Pilgrimage Every Year

A Few of the Ornaments bought in Asakusabashi, Japan in the 70's


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Patricia Scott


Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on December 02, 2019:

Howdy, Neighbor..Yes they do. It is a walk down memory lane each year. One I did not show is a tiny faux bell my daughter made when she was four. It was made from an egg carton and a pipe cleaner. What a precious memory. Thanks for stopping to read and comment. Angels are headed your way this evening. Stay warm. It is supposed to be 34 up her in north central FL. ps

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on December 02, 2019:

I love getting out my ornaments each year and remembering who made them or where we found a certain one. Each has memories associated with it.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on February 08, 2017:

The jingly bells hang each year on one of the doors at my daughter's.... my beautiful wreath with lovely lace that she made me still is lovely enough to hang on my front door.

Thank you for stopping to visit and for commenting

Angels are once again on the way ps

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on February 05, 2017:

I remembered these pretty Christmas decorations once I saw them again. I feel like I was just put into the Christmas Spirit all over again. I think my favorite is the wreath made out of bells, I would like to hear it jingle.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 19, 2016:

Thank you Peggy. I will be putting up the Christmas wreath next weekend as I am having a party that weekend. I have already begun to put out Christmas decor as it is a favorite time for my family and for me.

I appreciate the share too....

Hoping all is well with you and yours as always...many Angels are headed your way ps

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2016:

People are already starting to decorate for Christmas in our subdivision. A house behind us already has their Christmas tree up and lit. They do that every year prior to Thanksgiving. Another family across the street is having a Christmas party for their church members at their home on Dec. 3rd so they are also in high gear getting ready for that date.

This is a perfect time to once again share this hub of yours. It may give people ideas of what they can make with a more limited budget but still have very pretty items for this time of year for decorating or gift giving.

Sending prayers your way for a blessed Christmas!

Norma Lawrence from California on November 07, 2016:


Your Christmas decorations are beautiful. Thanks for the share.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 07, 2016:

Hi colorfulone...I can hardly believe it is time to decorate so soon...this year has flown. Some new little bits of decor will appear again this year for sure. Thank you so much for stopping to read. Angels are on the way to you ps

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on October 25, 2016:

I love arts and crafts projects. We use to make so many Christmas decorations and gifts when the kids were still at home. It was a lot of fun, and I still have decorations that they made for me, I love them. There is so much we can create with a good imagination. - Kudos!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on August 15, 2016:

Believe it or not this is the time of year when I begin to check out my decorations to see what needs refurbishing, discarding, or some tlc.

Angels are on the way to you this morning once again. ps

Norma Lawrence from California on August 06, 2016:

Great article. So many fabulous Xmas ideas. I will have to try some of them. Thanks

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on December 20, 2015:

thanks, Peggy, for stopping...

It is hard with tight budgets to have extra funds for decor but with a little imagination we can glam up our living space if desired.

Hoping to see ideas others have found that work as well.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 08, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

Nice time of year to remind people that they do not have to break the bank to make or give seasonal gifts. Sometimes gifts of time can be even more meaningful than things as I know you know. Just saw your comment made 5 weeks ago about passing through Houston. For some reason it ended up labeled as spam and I just discovered it. Hopefully the next time...we will be able to meet. Enjoy the rest of this month and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on December 17, 2014:

You know, truth be told, even when I was not on a fixed budget, and could pretty much go buy whatever, I still liked to find things I like, put them together in a lovely way, or let my daughter do it for me.

Free or inexpensive does not have to mean tacky.

Thank you for visiting. Angels are on the way to you today ps

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 16, 2014:

so cute, i really like your ideas, simple and cheap, no need to buy the stuff

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on December 13, 2014:

It is true...at least for our family..a big part of the fun of this time of the year is making crafts and decorations together as a family.

It is especially fun to see the little grandson having so much fun with us.

Angels are on the way this year. ps

Pollyanna Jones from United Kingdom on December 12, 2014:

These are lovely! We have been making tree ornaments from pine cones, and little elves and fairies from pipe cleaners, felt, and beads this year. It is such fun to make your own, and when you get them out the following year, you bring back the great memories of making them.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on December 05, 2014:

Thank you so much for sharing. The little Santa stays out all year long.

The wreath I am using for about the fifth year and it is still as lovely as ever. I am not doing a lot of new things this year as far as decorating is concerned I am doing a lot of special treats for my family that we have not done in a long while though.

Have a lovely Christmas, Shyron.

Angels are on the way to you. ps

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on December 05, 2014:

Really clever ideas for decorating for Xmas. I love your Santa.

Voted up, UABI and shared.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on December 19, 2013:

Yes, I also find great prices on ornaments and ribbons and all after the Christmas season and I try to wait till they are 75 to 90% off....We can have lovely decor without breaking the bank.

thank you for stopping by...

Angels are on the way to you and yours....Merry Christmas :D

Fiona from South Africa on December 16, 2013:

I love the wreath your daughter made out of bells - it's gorgeous. We usually wait for the after Christmas sales to stock up on Christmas decorations and to replenish the present cupboard.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on December 16, 2013:

hi Moonlake thank you so much. I have it out every year ...it is just so perky

Many Angels are on the way to you...ps

moonlake from America on December 15, 2013:

The little snowman is so cute. Really enjoyed your hub and pinned it to my Christmas board.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 20, 2013:

Hi thundermama They are so cute...and so easy. It is a fun activity you can do with adults or children.

And another plus is that it is not expensive to make.

Have fun.

Angels are on the way this morning ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 19, 2013:

Thank you Peggy for sharing.. I am going to use that same gorgeous wreath this year.

And the little snowman sits in a prominent spot in my corner cupboard where I can see it every day.

I hope others enjoy doing these and displaying these as much as I do.

Thank you for the Angels ...we need them every day....Know that they are on the way back to you too. ps

Catherine Taylor from Canada on November 19, 2013:

I really enjoyed this hub and look forward to making the snowmen flower pot decorations with my kids. Great pictures and wonderful holiday message.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 19, 2013:

These are so pretty and perfect for people to make for this upcoming season of the year. There is still time to make these wreaths and decorations and not only would they be nice for one's own home but would make terrific gift ideas as well.

So happy to hear that your grandson is finished with chemo for now. Will say some prayers for him and his mother. Sending angels your way! Sharing this!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 17, 2013:

thank you JPS for stopping by. This time of the year is one of my most favorite but being conscious of each penny is important to me as well.

I just wanted to share a few little ways to save.

Angels are on the way to you ps

JPSO138 from Cebu, Philippines, International on November 16, 2013:

Great ideas and very practical. I am very happy indeed that I came across your hub as the season is coming soon. Voted up..

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 08, 2013:

You are so right, Rebecca.

Lovely or cute does not have to mean expensive. The jingle bell wreath hung on my daughter's door. I know she will have another different one this year. I may get her to let me hang it on my fence.

So nice to see you this morning have a lovely day...Angels are wining their way to you ps

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 08, 2013:

I love your pretty wreaths and the clay pot Santa is adorable. You are right! No need to break the bank. I think the jingle bell wreath is my favorite. Thanks for these ideas.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 04, 2013:

thank you, Mama Kim....A little secret is....I keep the little snowman on a small shelf in my kitchen all year long just so I have a bit of playful right before my eyes as I am baking or washing dishes.

Happy New Year..

Sending Angels your way :) ps

Sasha Kim on January 03, 2013:

Such cute ideas!! love the flower pot snowman! Voting up and awesome ^_^

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on December 14, 2012:

Good morning sgbrown

I know. I would have had to take a second mortgage on my house to pay for wreaths this year. So glad that my daughter knows how to work magic with lace and ornaments. I will be looking shortly after Christmas when people start putting out ornaments and such to sell.

Thanks for the vote... :)

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on December 14, 2012:

Great ideas! Your wreaths are simply beautiful! I priced some wreaths this year and was amazed at the cost. I will be looking for some decorating materials during the after Christmas sales and garage sales for making some of these beautiful wreaths for next year. Voting this us and more... :)

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 25, 2012:

thank you, Au Fait My daughter has a way with turning inexpensive into gorgeous. I am so thrilled with the Christmas wreath...it will be hung on my door when I return home.

So nice to see you stop by today. Sending Angels your way. :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 25, 2012:

thank you, Au Fait My daughter has a way with turning inexpensive into gorgeous. I am so thrilled with the Christmas wreath...it will be hung on my door when I return home.

So nice to see you stop by today. Sending Angels your way. :) ps

C E Clark from North Texas on November 25, 2012:

Festive decorations that don't have to cost a lot. I'm sure children would love the cute little clay pot painted to look like Santa. Great ideas and Christmas is almost here!

Voted up and useful!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 15, 2012:

Good evening, Alocsin....

I have my daughter to thank for that wreath. She recycles everything. It is actually hanging on her entry way door as we are having a big Thanksgiving Do at her house Thanksgiving Day.

So nice to see you stopping by. I will be over to visit soon. Sending Angels your way. ps

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 15, 2012:

An excellent hub for today's economic times. I especially like the Thanksgiving wreath, which I would never think to make. Voting this Up and Useful.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 15, 2012:

Hi Shining

Thank you. You are so sweet. My daughter made the wreaths..she is so clever and I think it is a kind of therapy for her.

The other day my grandson came to visit and she brought my wreath. I hung it in my kitchen as I am not putting it on the door till Thanksgiving Day. He kept bringing me to the kitchen and saying, Christmas, Christmas...boootifull...Out of the mouths of babes.

Glad to see you today...I am trying to stay warm, wimp that I am. It is cool here today. About 59 and after 80+ that is cool. :) When I lived in South Dakota 32 was a heat wave...it is all so relative, isn't it? have a lovely afternoon..Sending Angels your way... :) ps

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on November 15, 2012:

These are wonderful ideas my friend. You are always making my life more pleasant with amazing economical ideas and fabulous recipes!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 13, 2012:

Mh...You ares o funny. Never used ornaments would be fabulous. For your wreath, you could print your limericks and poems on tiny paper, insert them in clear glass ornaments, and hang them on the werath. When the season is over, give one to each of your friends and family ...:)

Your sense of humor keeps me smiling. ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 13, 2012:

Hi Steph

The little snowman is the cutest isn't he? My daughter made him as I mentioned. She saw him on Pinterest and made it for me about 2 months ago. I would love to have a whole family of them. And elves and reindeeer. Glad to see you stopping by.. ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 13, 2012:

Hi Billy

Frugal is such a diplomatic word....Cheap is the term I use for me. I give new defini

tion to the term C H E A P. I call others frugal...me I call the other word..

Long ago when I was a little girl we used whatever was available to decorate our tree and home with. We had little money to buy such things but our home was merry and filled with all of the joy of the season. I guess that is where I learned to look for bargains. Yes, this teacher is still always looking for ideas to share.

Happy middle of the night to you...ps

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on November 13, 2012:

Does it count if one uses decorations that were never used? :)) Thank you for the ideas

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 13, 2012:

Very nice PS! If it smells like frugal and looks like frugal it must be frugal! :)

This looks like it was written by a teacher; I wonder why? I remember making a couple of these in my classes in Decembers gone by.

Great suggestions my friend!


Steph72 from Sunny Fl on November 13, 2012:

very cool ideas ... ty for sharing!! I love the lil snow man

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