Read today's story in the Herald about "Decking the Halls More Cautiously"? Decorating your home with Christmas cheer can be tough if you're on a budget. But for those who must decorate, especially to have your home spiffy for those holiday parties and get-togethers, here are a few tips from home decorating expert Sandy Sandler. She sent an e-mail to us recently about ways to decorate while saving money.
* Make a gingerbread house. Gingerbread houses are perfect edible decorations.
* Cinnamon sticks are a wonderful “green” way to add holiday fragrance to your home. Hang with ribbon or place them in bowls.
* Visit your local farm stand and purchase pumpkins, gourds, and poinsettias. Shake a little gold glitter on both the vegetables and the plants and place around your home. Gold glitter is a really easy trick to give everything a fresh rich look.
* Fill a tall narrow glass vase with brightly colored Christmas balls. Set the vase near a window where the colored balls can create wonderful multi-colored prisms throughout the room.
* Make a pine cone wreath for your front door. Gather pine cones from your yard attach them to a wire wreath. Add a colorful bow.
* Fill canning jars with colorful candy and attach a bow or ornament on the front of the jar. Place them around your home.
* Instead of purchasing a large Christmas tree, purchase a few tabletop trees to decorate the house. Your home will be filled with a nice pine fragrance and each room’s tree can have a special theme or color scheme. Large trees are very expensive while the little tabletop trees are usually inexpensive and very easy to decorate.
P.S. You can also get ideas from the Crosley Estate's Festival of Trees. Today's the last day of the event. Check it out from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- January Holmes