This being our first married Christmas, Jordan and I were very excited to decorate our new home for Christmas! Also because this is our first married Christmas, we had no decorations or ornaments to speak of. Christmas decorations can be expensive. Like ridiculously expensive, especially when you're starting from scratch. Even though we started with nothing, we've managed to have a well-decorated tree thanks to hand-me-downs from our families and a little creativity!
I've never been into super crazy colorful decorations. My favorite decorations are classic natural/homemade kinds of decorations, which I think fits perfectly with my classic natural/homemade kind of house (fun fact: Our house was made by my neighbor and his father-in-law from logs cut from our backyard). Not only can these kind of decorations be elegant but they can be made for pennies and most likely smell nice too! Here's how I made three different ornaments on the cheap!
Gold Pine Cones
So I didn't exactly make these from scratch, but you totally could! I got these in bunches of three at Hobby Lobby for 50 cents each, cut them apart, and added a little floral wire making each ornament about 17-20 cents each. That's a pretty good deal if you ask me! These would also be really easy to make if you have a pine tree in your backyard. Just spray paint them and add a ribbon!
I love dried citrus! I bought some oranges and clementines off the sale rack at the grocery store and sliced them fairly thinly. I dried them in my food dehydrator, but you can also dry orange slices in your oven by setting it to 200 degrees for a couple of hours. Make sure to flip them half way! Once they're dry, you can add a hook or some ribbon or string.
Cinnamon Apple Ornaments
These are fun to make and smell amazing! They're nice because you can make them in any shape you want by either free-hand cutting them or using cookie cutters. They're so easy, you don't even need an exact recipe. Just start with some apple sauce and add cinnamon until it forms a workable dough. Roll out your dough, cut out shapes, then dry in your oven just like drying the orange slices. You can customize them even more by painting them when they're dry or adding glitter or other spices to the dough for some sparkle or a different scent. I think these would make really amazing fancy gift tags that double as an ornament! They also keep their scent for years.
Other ideas for fun Christmas decor on the cheap are to make a popcorn or cranberry garland, salt dough ornaments, or a wreath out of clippings from your Christmas tree!
Merry Christmas and happy decorating!