If you’re like me, you love surfing Pinterest to view all the cute crafts and home decor ideas. While I love many of the ideas on Pinterest, not all of them are practical or are too time-consuming and costly for me to want to recreate. So today, I want to share some St. Patrick’s Day Budget Decorating Tips for the Non-crafty.St. Patrick's Day-Budget-Decorating-Tips-for-the-Non-crafty

St. Patrick’s Day Budget Decorating Tips for the Non-crafty

These are some tips to keep holiday decorating costs down and easy for everyone:

  • Shop your local Dollar Store, thrift store, garage sales, or your own home
  • Recycle or upcycle
  • Print out your own artwork
  • If you do buy things, purchase items that you can use again
  • If you purchase items from a craft store, make sure you use a coupon! Every major craft store has 20% – 40% and some will take a competitor coupon
  • Change out a picture in a frame for a quick update
  • Can it be stored easily? Will it take up a lot of room?
  • Can I use it for multiple holiday celebrations during the year?

A perfect area in my house where I use these tips the most is my front entry table area. I like to have this area decorated for each holiday because it’s the first thing you see when you open our front door. However, I don’t want to spend a lot of time or money to change it out each month.  Here is a before shot of the beginning stages of my St. Patrick’s Day decorations…Front-entry-tableOne of the most cost-effective ways to decorate is to use things that you already own because it’s FREE! I tend to keep the main decorations the same and change the look by swapping things out. For example, I change out the decorations in my candle holders and jars to reflect the current holiday (see below).

Another way to keep decorating costs down is to reuse or recycle the same decorations from a previous holiday. I did this by reusing gold glitter paper for Christmas and New Year’s Day. Then, in February the paper went into a folder* and I brought it back out for St. Patrick’s Day. I also changed out the large square picture with a St. Patrick’s Day Arrow Word Wall Art that I created using my Silhouette machine, but you can find lots of FREE printable artwork on the internet for a quick update.

*I keep all papers and pictures for the front entry in a folder when I’m not using them. Changing out pictures is an easy way to quickly update an area and can be easily stored.  St.-Patrick's-Day-Budget-Decorating-Dollar-StoreIt’s always fun to treasure hunt at thrift stores and garages sales, but that takes time. If you don’t want to hunt around for things, shop your local Dollar Tree store. You’ll find a lot of decorative items at least a month before the holiday.

To create my St. Patrick’s Day entry table, I purchased two packages of glitter foam shamrocks*, two shamrock garlands and reused plastic gold coins from last year. As you can see, I just taped a shamrock onto the picture frame with the gold glitter paper, placed the garlands (the gold/green garland is cut in two) in the candle holders, topped the candle holders with gold coins, and sprinkled more shamrocks around. Super easy and no crafting!

*I created a St. Patrick’s Day wreath with the leftover glitter foam shamrocks…check back for the tutorial. St.-Patrick's-Day-Dollar-Store-Table-runnerTo add even more color, I used three Dollar Tree placemats that are taped together with gold Duck Tape (bought for 40% at Hobby Lobby). This is a quick and easy way to create your own runner without any sewing! Plus, I can always use the placemats for Easter too.20150223_130005For around $10, I was able to create an entire St. Patrick’s Day entry table decor, have enough leftover foam shamrocks to create a St. Patrick’s Day wreath, and lots of gold Duck tape left for another great project!

If you’re non-crafty, how do you budget decorate?

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