BONUS BLOG: Re-using and Making Decorations

If you read yesterday's post on beating the holiday financial blues, you may have gathered some great tips for setting your holiday goals, building your budget, and being a savvy spender as well as a savvy saver. Our authors didn't stop there!

By Laura M. Frey, LMFT, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Family Sciences, University of Kentucky and Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D., University of Kentucky Family Finance Extension Specialist

Another important step to reducing costs is to save and re-use decorations from year to year. Also, you can make decorations often at a lower cost than buying them in a store.
  • Make homemade decorations from household items, such as string, cotton balls, or popsicle sticks. For example, popcorn or cranberries can be strung together to decorate a Christmas tree. You can also decorate using items from the backyard (such as pinecones or flower clippings) or local farmer’s markets (such as hay bales) which are often sold at a lower price.
  • Use reusable plates, cups, and utensils each year so that you do not have to purchase these items every holiday throughout the year. Try to purchase generic ones that can be used for all holidays.
  • Save previously used gift bags, wrapping paper, tissue paper, bows, and ribbon to be reused each year. Gift cards can even be reused by turning them into gift tags. You can also use leftover string or yarn from other projects to decorate gifts.

We agree, handmade items show time & love. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Popsicle stick reindeer or cotton ball snowmen can bring some crafty quirk into your home.
  • Cranberries can be strung together as garland or pinecones from the back yard glittered to be hung as ornaments.
  • You might come across butternut squash or pumpkins leftover from the fall that can be painted and placed around the house.
  • Chains of colored construction paper could be a fun group project with the kids - or asking the knitter in your family to whip up potholders or place mats in festive holiday colors.

There are endless opportunities to make your decorations reflect the warmth and cheer of your household.

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