This year, I have decided to take my Christmas decorating in a more rustic direction. I am using muted tones and more natural elements to accent my home for the holidays. I have also decided to do it within a very narrow budget. While home decor and crafting are my passion, Christmas is a short season and I would rather spend my dough under the tree than on it.
So I have given myself a budget of about ten bucks for crafting this December. It sounds tiny, but honestly, I have accumulated so many supplies over the years, this gives me a real reason to use some of them up!
I haven't felt at all deprived and it's forcing me to flex my creative muscle!
Last year, I made an advent calendar out of dollar store treat bags. It was cute and it would've been in the budget this year, but its primary colors are decidedly not rustic! So I hit Pinterest and fell in love with the look of this pin that used newspaper to create the countdown packages.
I was inspired, but made mine even simpler. I just ripped the newspaper at the center of the page, so I had one page for each day.
I dated each cone using a red or black marker and to add a little festivity, I stamped a snowman, Santa or sleigh scene the front of each one, using supplies from my art cabinet. I arranged them in a basket that usually sits on my desk collecting junk mail and catalogs, but I think my paper cones look much prettier inside...and I got myself a new centerpiece in the process!
That means you still have time. Who says you need to countdown the entire month?
Make you own traditions...there are no rules, it's Christmas!!
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