|Posted on December 8, 2015 at 2:25 PM|
It is Christmas time again! This year (just like every other Christmas for the past 8 years), I feel like there is no spare money for decorating. When I say "no money," I mean I'm not going to spend ANY money on decorating." I started searching the internet for ways to decorate a tree without spending any money. To my surprise I didn't find any blogs on the topic. There were a few that give suggestions of how to make a "perfect" tree with less money. They tell you to find sales. They teach you how to make your own ornaments that aren't free. They teach you how to make perfect looking ornaments from cheap (or not so cheap) store bought ornaments. If that is the kind of information you are searching for, you are looking in the wrong place. I am not here to tell you how to make your tree more glittery or stylish. If dollar store ornaments seem to cheap or plain for you, this isn't for you.
This article is for those who feel lucky to simply have a Christmas tree, but have NO MONEY to make it look festive. To clarify more, our tree is a "hand-me-down" that was given to us for free. When you are decorating a tree with no money you have to be creative. If you don't have a Christmas tree, I did find this article that might help. When decorating a tree without money, you HAVE to become creative. Now remember that most things DO cost money, but the trick is to recognize what you do have and how it can become an ornament. If there is something that I list, but you do not have those supplies already, then just skip it. Focus on the ones that you do have supplies for around the house. That is how you make it free.
Since I crochet (and this is a crochet site),
I will start with crochet ornaments.
Supplies needed: Crochet hook, scrap yarn (any colors)
(if you happen to have knitting needles, search the web for ornaments to knit)
This one is called Chain Loop Snowflake by Better Homes and Gardens.
This snowflake, along with a lot of other crochet ornaments only look very good if you use a fabric stiffener to make them hard.
Fabric stiffener isn't something I keep on hand so I found an alternative.
If you have Elmer's glue, cornstarch, OR flour you can still make these ornaments.
This one doesn't have written instructions, but it has charts if you are good at reading them.
This one is called Christmas Wreath Ring Ornament by Whiskers & Wool.
The wreath pattern asks you to use 2" plastic rings. I happened to have shower curtain rings sitting around, so that is what I used.
If you don't have plastic rings, I suggest that you ch a ring that is about 2 inches in diameter with your yarn.
Add some variety and make this Mini Wreath Ornament by Planet June, too.
Crochet Ice Skates Ornament by allcraftsblogs.com.
This pattern calls for large paper clips. I only had small ones. If you have paper clips, but they are the wrong size then just improvise. You want to just crochet across the top of the paper clip. You don't want the stitches to bend around the ends of the paper clip. Continue in rounds until about the 3rd row, then decrease on one side. Continue a few more rows. You can make a chain for the shoe laces and skip the flower.
This one is Granny Square Stocking Ornament by Allen Williams.
These Crochet Star Ornaments are found on The Darice Craft Blog.
Once again if you don't have fabric stiffener you can get similar results if you have flour, cornstarch, or Elmer's glue.
For your convenience, here is the link again.
There are lots of other crochet patterns for ornaments you can try.
Here are a few links:
Now lets move on to other free ways to decorate for Christmas!
You can make a simpler version of
Felt Holiday Ornaments by domestifluff.com
Essential supplies: Felt (or fabric), needle and thread
Be creative. If you don't have felt or fabric maybe you have an old shirt. If you don't have fiberfill you can use scraps of yarn. If you don't have that, what about a crumpled piece of paper or fabric? If there is something you don't have, try to think of something that will work.
Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments by Hello Homebody
Supplies: Peppermint Candies (or Spearmint) and Metal Cookie Cutters
I have a bag of spearmint candy that is several years old now. I thought this was a good way to use it up.
Please don't try putting plastic cookie cutters in the oven. (I only say this because I almost considered it!)
No Cook Cinnamon Ornaments by Crystal Underwood
Supplies: Flour, Salt, and Cinnamon
Salt Dough Ornaments
Supplies needed: Salt, Flour, Paint (optional)
If you don't have paint consider making them colorful with crayons, markers, or food coloring.
Supplies: Popping corn, needle, thread
Egg Carton Ornaments
Supplies: Egg cartons, paint/crayons/markers, string
Egg Carton Christmas Tree by Mermaids Makings
Egg Carton Snowman by Crafty Morning
If you don't have the supplies for eyes, nose, etc; then just draw them on.
Egg Carton Bell
If you leave the bell off it is still a cute little ornament.
Supplies: Paper, string
(Whatever paper you may have is fine. Use newspaper. Use recycled paper. Your paper doesn't need to be fancy.)
Paper Fir Tree at krokatak.com
Origami Paper Diamonds at designoform.com
5 Pointed Origami Star at Homemade Gifts Made Easy
Paper Christmas Ornaments by Dinah Wulf
Don't forget the . . . PINECONES!
Go looking for pine cones under a pine tree. Add a bow and string them up on the tree!
Here is one last idea!
If you have a piece of wood and a pocket knife. Perhaps you would enjoy carving an ornament!
Please leave more suggestions in the comments!