Thanksgiving is over and the holidays are fast approaching. Decorating your home for the holidays brings a special joy to the season.



a close up of food: Candy canes make festive, inexpensive decorations during the holiday season.


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Candy canes make festive, inexpensive decorations during the holiday season.

There’s no need to spend a fortune to make your house festive. Find items around the house or stop at the local dollar store to find inspiration. Here are some ideas to get you started.

1. Remember days gone by and recreate the magic of your childhood by making popcorn strings and colored paper chains. They can be used to decorate the tree, mantle or anywhere you can imagine. Make it a family project and talk about the “old days” before cellphones and the internet.

2. Create a centerpiece by using a glass bowl or vase and fill it with pinecones, glass ornaments, fresh branches and berries. Sometimes simple decorations create the most magic.

3. Don’t forget the candy canes. They can be used to decorate in a variety of ways. Glue them to a store-bought wreath or hang them in the window or a doorway from a pretty ribbon. Glue two together facing each other to create a heart. Add a red ribbon and add them to the tree.

4. Candles are a perfect way to add warmth to your home for the holidays. Use candles you already have on hand or purchase them on sale from Bath & Body works or Yankee Candle. Decorate dollar store candles using decoupage and old holiday cards. Glitter and ribbon can easily be added to candles to change the look.

5. Wrapped gifts look beautiful under the tree, but can also look great on the front porch. Using boxes from around the house in all shapes and sizes, wrap the boxes in holiday wrap and add festive bows.

6. Mason jars can be used in a variety of ways to bring the holidays to your home. Fill them with candy, pinecones, small ornaments, candles, candy canes or anything else that comes to mind. Put a ribbon around the neck of the jar and you’ve got another easy way to decorate on a budget.

7. Use holiday cards to decorate. Hang them with ribbon or from garland on the mantle or the stairs. Every year I take the holiday photo cards we receive and tie them together with a pretty ribbon and a tag with the year. I put them in a holiday basket on our coffee table. The family loves looking back over the years at all of the cards we received.  

It’s the final countdown to the holidays! Remember to take some time and enjoy the season and be grateful for all of your blessings. This has been a very tough year for most of us, but there is always something to be grateful for!

Look for more organizing tips from Deb in the Observer-Dispatch every Sunday and on her websites decluttercoachdeb.com and dceffconsult.com. You can follow her on social media and watch her TV show Organization Motivation! at organizationmotivation.com.

This article originally appeared on Observer-Dispatch: DeClutter Coach: 7 tips for decorating for the holidays on a budget

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