A well decorated Christmas tree is certainly something to be admired. There's just one problem. It could cost a small fortune to get the ' glamorous ' look that we see in department store windows.
A budget friendly option is to buy your decorations at Boxing Day sales, op shops and discount retail stores.
A SUPER budget friendly option that costs zero is to make your own. Here are some ideas that will get you started. I personally have used some of these ideas when we were trying to fill our newly purchased ' big ' tree about 20 years ago.
* Use craft ribbon or scraps of material to make bows. Thread a loop of cotton or a paper clip to the back for ease of hanging on the tree.
* Make a paper chain out of Christmas wrapping paper.
* Leftover craft wool can be made into cute pom poms. Attach a ribbon bow and a hanging loop with a hot glue gun or craft glue.
* Cupcake patty cases can be made into all sort of decorations. Glue on a button in the centre to form a flower.
* Scrap material can be cut into Christmas shapes. Stitch together with large stitches and add a tiny bit of filling. Sew on a ribbon loop and you have a cottage style decoration.
* Paint three icypole sticks and hot glue gun them into a triangle. Attach a cardboard square to the bottom to make it look like a Christmas tree. Decorate the sticks with glitter glue, pom poms or any other craft item you have on hand. Glue a star to the top and a loop for hanging.
* Collect pine cones, spray with a little white paint or paint with glitter glue. Attach a loop for hanging. If you like the rustic look, keep it plain and just add the loop.
* Fashion old broken Christmas tree branches or an old wreath into mini Christmas wreath decorations. Glue on a few buttons and a small bow. Attach a loop.
* Do you have craft beads or broken bead necklaces on hand? Thread the beads onto craft string or fishing line to make icicles.
If all else fails and you are not crafty at all, thread popcorn onto string or fishing line to make your own garland.
How have you decorated your Christmas tree on a budget ?