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Video:Tips for Budget-Friendly Holiday Outdoor Decor

with Drury Bavel

Want some fun ways to inexpensively decorate the outside of your home for the holidays? In this About.com video, learn how to add some sparkle with these helpful tips.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Budget-Friendly Holiday Outdoor Decor

Hello, my name is danelle Drury Bavel, and today I am going to give you some tips for inexpensive outdoor Holiday decor.

The holidays roll around every year, and if you are like me you soon find yourself wondering how you can cook a huge meal, buy a sackful of presents, and create beautiful decorations inside and out with out going over budget.

Today I am going to show you some easy ways to Inexpensively decorate the outside of your home. 

What You'll Need

  • Straw wreath
  • Ribbon
  • Pins
  • Jingle bells
  • Twine
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Hot glue
  • Spray paint
  • Cardboard
  • Tin foil
  • Garland about twenty feet
  • Old jelly jars
  • Candles

Use Ribbon for Budget-Friendly Holiday Decor

One thing  I do every year is repurpose a straw wreath I purchased for a previous holiday for a dollar.  Every time a new holiday rolls around, I wrap it with wide ribbon, leaving parts of the straw showing between each wrap.  Secure this ribbon with pins. When it is wrapped completely, finish it off with a bow made of the same ribbon.  

Consider Bells for Holiday Decoration

Another way I like to decorate my door is by hanging little jingle bells on the handle.  Not only do they look pretty, but they sound delightful every time the door is opened.  I found a a bag of forty-eight bells online for about $4.00.  For this project you will really only need about six bells.  Check your local discount store, you may very well be able to get such a small amount for under a dollar.  I have some extra jute rope so I will use that to secure them to the door, but you could also use twine or ribbon. Just tie the rope through the top of each bell, secure it to the handle and finish it off with a nice knot.

Decorate Outdoor Trees as Budget-Friendly Decor

If you have an outdoor tree, decorate it!  You can make ornaments by cutting shapes out of cardboard, wrapping them in tinfoil, and securing them with ribbon or fishing line.  You can also take Popsicle sticks and hot glue them into the shape of a six pointed star.  If you spray paint them white, you will have lovely snowflakes on your tree. Paint them silver or gold for a different look.

It may be too expensive to wrap your entire porch with garland, but you can buy twenty feet of it for less than ten dollars.  Hang it up with a few hooks, and add a couple of berries or red plastic ornaments and it will be beautiful.

Use Old Jars as Candles for Holiday Decor

Line old jelly jars that you have saved throughout the year along your porch rail. Place a candle in each one, and let the night be filled with their soft glow.

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