christmas tree decorations under fifty dollars
Becky Luigart-Stayner

On the Cheap

We asked stylist Rebecca Hawkins to dream up three Christmas trees that cost under $50 to decorate.

Although she was initially skeptical that it could be done, Rebecca came up with three innovative and charming trees that you can copy at home by simply recycling old decorations and using things you may already have around the house.

In calculating our costs, we factored in only the decorations, assuming you already had a tree and lights.


christmas tree decorations under fifty dollars
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Children’s Tree

By gathering elements that your children play with or use every day, you can tailor a tree to a child's tastes.

Colorful socks and mittens make creative ornaments. Children's pinwheels come in large quantities at a party-supply source. Threaded through an ornament hanger, they have big impact on the tree. Cookie cutters press into service as ornaments, and a Santa hat tops the whole thing off. A colorful throw serves as a tree skirt.


christmas tree decorations under fifty dollars
Becky Luigart-Stayner

For A Good Cause

If you're a stitchery whiz, knit your own mittens and socks, or simply gather up all the orphaned socks and mittens missing their mates. These were created for MyHomeIdeas by POWER SOCKS, a ministry of Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Alabama, that provides emergency assistance to low-income families for payment of utility bills. They are available at In The Making.

For a Look Like This:

Large Socks and Mittens
$8 to $24
Available at Garnet Hill

Icicles
$2.50
Available at Hobby Lobby

Pinwheels
$15 (box of 45)
Available at Smile Makers

Santa Hat
$1
Cookie Cutters
$1
All available at Party City


christmas tree decorations under fifty dollars
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Paper Tree

Save your Christmas cards from years gone by, and repurpose the colorful designs as Christmas ornaments and garlands. With a hole punch and a hanger, paper coasters were also turned into decorations. A paper lantern continues the paper theme as a tree topper.


christmas tree decorations under fifty dollars
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Paper Garland

How To Make the Garland:
Cut different-size circles (small, medium, and large), and use yarn or string to create the garland. Place the circles face down and spaced out, and then place the string on top. Apply a sticker over the string to hold in place.

For a Look Like This:

Cards by Snow & Graham
and John Lineweaver Designs

Stickers
$2.50
Available at Scrapbooking Warehouse

Snowflake Stickers
$2.50
Available at Wal-Mart

Silver Cord
$6
Available at All Craft Supplies


christmas tree decorations under fifty dollars
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Mix It Up

A variety of sizes and shapes let you use all your leftover cards and gift tags. Paper frames from a craft store allow you to show off pretty cards.

For a Look Like This:

Coasters
$13
Available at Greer

4 Precut Paper Frames
$1.60
Available at Hobby Lobby

Paper Lantern Topper
$5
Available at Pier 1 Imports


christmas tree decorations under fifty dollars
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Natural Tree

By simply gathering material from your yard in the weeks leading up to Christmas, you can create a sparkling tree with natural appeal.

On a tree that’s extremely budget-friendly, dried hydrangea blossoms, berried branches, and sweet gumballs make a layered, elegant display.

Start looking for hydrangea blossoms and gumballs in mid-October. A store-bought birdhouse was our only splurge, but you could save this money by purchasing a wooden one a crafts store and painting it yourself.


christmas tree decorations under fifty dollars
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Holiday Hydrangeas

Cut hydrangea blossoms at the end of the summer and allow them to dry. Spray paint them with metallic spray paint. Here, we chose a copper color that complements gold glass ornaments. Spray painting actually stops the disintegration of the cuttings and prevents the berries or flowers from falling off.


christmas tree socks
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Orphan Rescue

Save mismatched socks, especially the cute ones, and hang them from an ornament hanger for a colorful addition to your tree.

Socks
$8
Available at Garnet Hill


christmas tree decorations under fifty dollars
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Sweet Gumballs

To use sweet gumballs as ornaments, pick them off the tree when they are green so the stem is still pliable (those on the ground are usually too dry to be useful). Be sure the stem is still attached so that you can twist it into a loop for the hanger.

For a Look Like This:

Spray Paint
$4
Available at Home Depot

3 Yards Metallic Ribbon
$2
Available at Hobby Lobby

Gold Glass Balls
$4
Available at Kmart

Birdhouse
$35
Available at Wild Bird Center



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http://www.myhomeideas.com/holidays/christmas-tree-on-dime