Maybe it's because I'm a people-pleaser & a Libra (when I finally decide on something, I really decide & never regret) but I just love giving out advice. Have a question on anything? I'm up for the challenge. Feel free to leave a comment, Twitter me, or email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. I can't wait to help you!
This month's question deals with decorating and comes from Amy who asked, "I liked your post about not using a tree. What's the easiest/fastest/cheapest way to decorate my apartment for the holidays? I don't want to put a tree up but I still want a little holiday sparkle."
Hmm, tall order Amy, but I think I can help you out. One of the best decorative items I've bought for my home is a glass vase. I consider it to be one of those basics you need in your house, kind of like how an LBD is a basic in any wardrobe.
There are so many types to choose from such as a tall cylinder or a hurricane lamp. These can be found pretty cheaply (I've even seen these at the dollar store). You want one big enough to put things in and to get them out. By having a vase, the possibilities are endless, and it's usable year-round. PS-- No vase? Use a glass bowl, cake stand, trifle bowl, or even wine or martini glasses.
Candle: Put a glittery large candle in the vase--again, these can be purchased cheaply. Done and done. Another option is to fill the vase with water and float a candle in it. Want something more festive? Then the next options are for YOU!
Bulbs: Fill the vase with ornaments from the dollar store or even ornaments you already have. It's easy and classic. The balls can be all one color or you can mix it up. Try different sizes as well.
Bring Nature Indoors: This is usually free (perfect for a budget). Try pine cones, greenery, or flowers. Pine (great smell), acorns, holly berries, or poinsettias (neither are poisonous but I wouldn't suggest eating them as you'd feel yucky afterwards).
Food: This can be done cheaply as well, and can be combined with the options above. Apples are red and the easiest but let's get a little more in the holiday spirit, shall we? Cranberries look very nice when topped with a candle. Or you can go crazy and layer different fruits. I use fruit when it's not the holidays (think lemons & limes in the summer). A combo of fruits and nuts is another option.
Lights: This is one of my favorite ideas and in a small way brings in one of the best parts of a tree: the lights! There are battery-powered ones as well.
Extras: Sand, colored stones, marbles, beads, water, candy, or decorate the vase on the outside (email me if you go this route for ideas)
Look at this great Dollar Store Christmas decorating! Find out how she did it here:
I hope these tips helped and I can't wait to see what you've come up with!
Disclaimer: Use caution when dealing with open flames, lights, and chokeable items. Safety first!
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