“Make due with what you have,” my mom used to say.
I find myself routinely falling back on that advice. The truth is that in my middle age, I’m very particular about what I spend my money on. This is true for the holidays as well as everyday life.
That mindset forces me to be creative and resourceful. So, here a several use what you have decorating ideas you can use this holiday season or any time of year.
~ Mason jars are great, but why buy them when empty salsa jars make just as lovely luminaries.
~Tin cans provide the height to the pillar candles in my mantel arrangement. I didn’t bother to camouflage them because they’re pretty well hidden by the garland. And the silver adds to the metallic accents in this year’s holiday decor.
~When incorporating fresh greenery, it doesn’t have to be magnolias or pine boughs…just use what you have to create color and texture.
~Repurpose what you have to suit your needs. For instance, an ice bucket used as a vase.
~In fact some items can serve more than one purpose at a time. The garland in this arrangement served as vase filler, a floral frog and greenery.
~Scotch tape can also be used to create a frog simply by creating a grid over the top of your vase.
~Sticks from outside work just as well as these store-bought ones. You can leave them natural or paint them.
~Use paint, ribbon, or pretty paper to dress up common household items.
~Ornaments aren’t just for trees. Use them to create simple vignettes or hang from a chandelier. And speaking of ornaments, anything can become an ornament. I’ve used cookie cutters to decorate wreaths and hang from windows.
~Jute twine makes a very simple, natural garland.
~Tuck framed photos in your tree or in a bowl of pinecones.
I really enjoy the decorating process, but all of this is not about decorating in and of itself. It’s about creating traditions and making memories. It’s an outward expression of the joy of the season.
And I share my tips with you because I want you to know that you can have a beautiful home for the holidays, and everyday of the year.
And know this: if it’s beautiful to you, then it is beautiful.
See you in class,