Holiday decor ideas under $40

December 11, 2008 4:21:03 PM PST
It's the time of the year when we're all busy trying to get our homes looking festive, but that can put a strain on our budgets. House Doctor Lisa Quinn has some simple, inexpensive, and eco-friendly decorating ideas.

Products featured in the segment:

Affordable Christmas tree: Small Spruce tree
Price: $34.99
Store: Safeway

  • Decorate with homemade gingerbread men and dehydrated oranges, and popcorn garlands for ornaments
  • For DIY dehydrated oranges, slice an orange and bake in the oven for four hours at 175 degrees. It smells and looks great!

    LED lights
    Price: $15.99
    Store: Safeway

  • Save energy and last longer

    Stick cloves in fresh whole oranges for a creative and fragrant touch.

    For the table:

  • Use a white plate, silver charger, and an artichoke in a bowl for a simple place setting.
  • Put place cards in the artichoke
  • Use small knit stocking ornaments (available at Macy's) for placing silverware

    A "green" decorating idea:
    Small rosemary bushes
    Price: $9.99
    Store: Safeway

  • Re-plant them when you're done for fresh herbs in the new year

    Black candlesticks:
    Price: $14.99
    Store: Cost Plus

    White candlesticks
    Price: $9.99 for three
    Store: IKEA

    A simple gingerbread house, great for younger kids:

  • Cut the top off of a milk carton and cover with brown craft paper
  • Glue M&M's to the top and let kids decorate with markers

    Simple inexpensive gift wrap for any occasion:

  • Forget all those rolls of Christmas wrap; cover gifts with brown craft paper (available at any craft store) and tie with raffia. It's an elegant inexpensive idea all year-round.


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