User post: 5 cute Christmas decorating ideas for under $5

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Thu, Oct 6, 2011 5:23 PM EDT
I love decorating my house for Christmas. But as much as I would love to just spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on decorations, this is an expensive time of year. Between gifts for the kids, family, teachers, and so on, my budget doesn't leave much room for new decorations.

Here are 5 cute Christmas decorating ideas for under $5. That way you can decorate your house without breaking the bank!

Candy Canes In Clear Glasses

Classic red and white candy canes set into clear glasses placed throughout your house add a little holiday cheer. Candy canes usually only cost $1 for a box of 12, so you can make several arrangements. Just use regular drinking glasses and place the candy canes in with their hooks facing the outside of the glass.

Tie Pretty Ribbon Into Bows

For under $2 a spool you can find really cute ribbon at discount and craft stores. Each spool has enough ribbon to make lots of bows. Just tie standard bows (like you tie your shoes) and place them all over the house. Try door knobs, above mirrors, in front of windows, on your front door, around the backs of chairs, use it like garland around your banister and even on the Christmas tree. I like to use ribbon that's at least 2 inches wide, it adds a little more drama. Tip: if you can find wire-edged ribbon, the bows will hold their shape better.

Wrap Your Front Door Like A Present

Use whatever wrapping paper you've purchased for your gifts to wrap the front door of your house. Just secure the paper with tape at the top and bottom and sides of the door. Then add some pretty, coordinating ribbon from top to bottom and side to side. Finish the look with a big bow in the middle.

Glittered Pine Cones

Take your kids on a nature walk to collect pine cones. Be sure to get them in all sizes to add some visual interest. Cover the pine cone with plain white glue or a spray adhesive then sprinkle with glitter. For a cohesive look, use just one color of glitter. Group the pine cones in bowls or on platters around your house like in center of the dining room table, beside the bathroom sink, on the kitchen counter. You could also tie a thin ribbon to the top and hang a group of pine cones in the window or use them as Christmas decorations.

Colorful Glass Christmas Ball Ornaments

At discount or craft stores, garage sales, or the thrift store purchase some inexpensive colored glass Christmas ball ornaments. Fill up an old clear flower vase, clear glass pitcher, or large mixing bowl for a colorful pop.

Even if you can't afford to spend hundreds of dollars decorating your house for Christmas, with a little creativity, you can come up with some really cute holiday ideas for your home.

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