Being an overworked, underpaid teacher in the public schools of North Carolina (where pay is 49th in the nation--our rallying cry? "At least we're not Mississippi!"), I am always up for an el-cheapo challenge.
This month, it's DebbieDoos and Fox Hollow Cottage who are challenging us to decorate for Christmas using a very small budget. I decided to limit my budget to $10 and
(I am not a reliable mantel decorator. Sometimes I do a GREAT job, like here, and then other times it looks slapped-together or --*gasp*--I leave it naked. When I retire, I promise I will more consistently decorate my mantel. Pinkie swear.)
This year, I decided to decorate with things I either already had, or I could purchase inexpensively. The four things I bought were the little take-out cartons from Target ($4), the brown craft paper from Target ($3), one of the brown bags from a local paper supply place ($1), the green tissue paper from a dollar store ($1) and the white ribbon from either Hancock or JoAnne's --I am guessing Hancock because I am eligible for their senior discount and I am ALL about a senior discount. It is my prize for having lived this long. And becoming wrinkly.
The things I already had were: empty boxes, other brown bags, white tissue paper, the sequined star decorations, some little green balls (from a mantel project a couple of years ago) and sherbet glasses that I got an an auction and can't sell because they have chipped rims.
I also had a spool of six-inch burlap ribbon, which was a little more expensive, but I wanted to have something hang from the fireplace. I tied a bow and hung some green pine cone ornaments from it. (I also had those ornaments.) If I had to buy these items, the mantel would have been quite a bit more expensive. But we all know that one concession to age is having a lot of stuff from which to choose.
I have to say that I am pretty pleased with the way this turned out!
Please go visit all the other talented bloggers who are writing about their el-cheapo escapades. There's some really cool stuff out there!