I looked upon this $30.00 garland as a challenge. I was going to decorate not only my window, but as much of my house as possible in the $30.00 budget.
Here's what I bought:
2 simple, pine garlands $5.00 each ($10.00 total)
11 poinsettia Christmas tree clips $.69 each ($11.04 total)
1 jingle bell wreath hanger $7.00 (I splurged a little)
1 packet of suction cup hangers $2.00
Grand Total = $30.04
Behold, my decorated house. First we have the front door:
I had never made a garland before, so I found some inspiration on Pinterest. Here is the video for making a deco mesh garland. I used it to help me space the flowers and add what I thought was the right amount of ribbon.
Here's a little closer look at the garland I made.
I had some left over ribbon from past Christmases that helped me spruce it up. The wreath was given to me as a gift and it tied everything in nicely.
Next I found this blog that showed tons of different Christmas porches. I liked the 3 boxes stacked on top of each other in the flower pot. I thought, "What better way to use up some of my boxes than to wrap them up and stick them on my porch?"
Boxes = free. Wrapping paper and bows already on hand = free. The vase and flowers from earlier dollar store purchases. Awesome.
On to the inside of the house. First there were the two windows (the reason I was looking for a window garland in the first place).
They are not fancy garlands. Maybe next year I'll add ornaments, birds, ribbon...the possibilities are endless. Remember, I was working with the $30.00 budget I had given myself. (And yes, the kids decorated the tree and I don't have the heart to rearrange the ornaments.)
I had an extra poinsettia, so I made another flower arrangement for a little nook in the front entry way.
Finally, I had lots of left over garland, so I decorated our balconies.
Garland, left over ribbon from another Christmas, and homemade stockings.
Bonus, the garland came with the extra trimming of black garland that didn't belong. I couldn't just let it go to waste (yes, I'm one of those people). So I used it as padding around my teddy bear nativity set.
Overall, I was pretty pleased with the outcome. $30.00 and I decorated my entire house. What can you do with $30.00?
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