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It’s time for my blogger friends and I to share our Christmas Home Tour-Real Life Decorating with you! I really want a beautifully decorated home for Christmas but I do not want to put myself in debt so I try to find a way to repurpose things that I have found in Thrift Stores or things that I already own. I would love to walk in a retail store and purchase all the beautiful Christmas decor but I would rather put the money that we have saved into gifts for my family and friends. I have always said that spending money that you don’t have to have a beautifully decorated home would not be worth the stress that it puts on a marriage. So this is my debt-free Christmas tour.
What I do every year is to go to my favorite retail stores, and I look to see what they are using for decor. I come home and try to recreate it with things I own or I go to the Thrift Stores. The thrift stores are full of vintage and rustic Christmas decor. Sure, it may have a scratch on it, but I don’t care because that $1 Santa Clause with a tiny scratch just saved me money. I can afford $1 because that’s less than the cost of a soda.
All of my front porch decorations came from the Thrift Store. I have been purchasing these items over the last year. I was so excited to find the sled there. I live in Alabama and it is 70 degrees right now, and my kids will probably never get to use the sled but it looks awesome on my porch.
The thrifted rocking horse is a $5 find, and I tied a plaid bow around his neck. You can tell that he is really old, there were spider webs in his hair. I did give him a sponge bath.
I used the same wreath I had last year which came from my favorite thrift shop. I just took everything off of it and added the plaid words and bow to change it up. So many people use their wreaths one year before they donate it and purchase a brand new one. The great thing about an used one is that you can take the decorations off and add some new ones. I purchased the words “Merry Christmas” from Michaels for $1.50, and the pinecone decorations was things I have saved over the years.
Last year I used the woodland theme decorations but this year I wanted something completely different. I am loving the simple look on the fireplace. I made the pom pom Christmas tree on a thrifted mirror myself, and my stockings came from Five Below for $3 each!
The raindeers on the mantel were also thrifted and I love them.
I purchased a bag of Santas at a Thrift Store for $2, and I think they look so cute on this old milk glass mirror. The most wonderful thing about everyone purchasing vintage Christmas decor that the stores have made to look like the originals is that I have the originals!
I am so glad that I have hung on to my old Christmas decorations. My little white ceramic tree was a wedding gift, and I have had it for 30 years. I found a white ceramic tree online if you would like to order one for yourself.
My father-in-law gave me the woodland dishes 16 years ago, and I still love them! Everything on the table was purchased second-hand even my dough bowl.
I painted a stenciled deer onto a pillow that I already had. I found a similar one you can order here. You can always find plain pillows at thrift stores and paint something Christmas on it.
Plaid mugs, sold! You can purchase similar mugs here but of course, mine was a thrift store find.
I made over an old bar cart for a Christmas party. You need to see the before pictures. Click on the link for the tutorial. The cart was black and in rough condition. It is amazing what metallic spray paint can do. I use it as a coffee and hot chocolate station this time of the year. and the rest of the year it is in my living room to display pretty things.
I hope you enjoyed my tour, and don’t forget to tour all my friend’s home. Have a Merry Christmas!
Also, you can check out more Christmas Home Tours below.
The Aspiring Home |