Christmas Decorations on a Budget

One day, when we have all the money in the world, and it will happen, I will decorate our dream house from top to bottom, family and friends will feel like they’ve accidentally ended up at the North Pole!
Sadly, that day is not here, not even close actually, but that’s not going to stop me from decorating the way I want to.

Here’s a bit of backstory:
In December 2014 my parents and my Nanna came to Texas to visit us for the first time; we were both working, I was pregnant with J2, and neither of us were feeling very Christmas-sy. We had a few ornaments for the tree, and a small village, but, like Mother Hubbard’s cupboards, our apartment was bare. That was when my mother decided to use some of the wrapping paper she had bought to make a paper chain for our little tree.


Admittedly, at the time, I thought it was a waste of paper… sorry Mum.

Jump ahead two years and it’s time to decorate the new apartment. Everyone’s sick, there’s a surprising amount to unpack and, again, I’m not feeling Christmas-sy.

I hastily put up the tree, threw the lights on and then stared at the box of random ornaments. We have knitted ornaments from my Nan Betty, sequined ornaments made by my sister, strings of beads, and one piece of silver tinsel. Then I opened another tin and found the little paper chain, I draped it on the tree and realized that when it’s not surrounded by clutter it actually looks quite charming.

Fortunately my mother bought the biggest rolls of wrapping paper available, so even after using them for two years we still have enough for a few ornaments and probably another two years!

I took the lights off the tree, and disassembled it to make it easier to distribute the lights evenly.

I had a couple of adorable little helpers.

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Then, once naptime rolled around, I spent 30 minutes making the paper chain longer so it would cover the tree. It still didn’t look very festive, I needed a few ornaments and a topper, Pinterest to the rescue!

img_9610I remembered that a few years back I found a tutorial to make 3D snowflakes and decided to use that as the topper, I made a basic cone to place over the top of the tree, cut a slit in the top and used some super glue to keep the ‘star’ in place.


This one was very simple, just three strips of paper with the ends glued together to make a ball.

dscn2865-2I concetina’ed a square of paper then folded it in the middle and glued the edges together.

img_9764This one came about through braiding three strips of paper together, it naturally curled around into a spiral, so I just looped it on a piece of string, et voila!

I made two of each and, all in all, it took me little over 2 hours, and would’ve been quicker if the boys had stayed asleep.



The end result, a simple, yet charming little tree.

I had lots of fun thinking of ways to decorate, and next year I should have some more to share!

Until next time,



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