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I grew up in a very rural part of Kentucky. I was the oldest of four kids from a lower middle class family; Christmas in our house wasn’t what most television shows made it out to be. It was definitely better than a lot of families around us, and we were taught to appreciate what we received. I don’t remember much about the few presents we were gifted, and we never had an elaborate Christmas tree. My parents always made sure we each had a few gifts to open. My happiest memories were made with my cousins who visited from out of town. I always told myself that when I grew up, I wanted a fancy tree and to decorate our house for Christmas. Every year I spend a little extra money to purchase new holiday decorations for our home, and my collection has grown. I appreciate the mixture of old and new, and handmade and store-bought. This year my home is the most decorated that it has ever been, and that is partially due to some great new budget-friendly finds at Big Lots. Today I’m sharing some budget-friendly holiday decorating ideas and a glimpse into my freshly decorated Christmas home.
I’m not a fan of cold weather, but I love the glittering look of freshly fallen snow. My holiday home decor incorporates my love of all things shiny with a mix of plaid, floral, and woodland elements. Big Lots has a huge selection of woodland themed holiday decorations. The illuminated white country church and the “Merry and Bright” sign were both purchased from my local Big Lots store. They had a huge selection of holiday lamps and lanterns to add to the woodsy feel. My friend is looking to move house before Christmas and I told her to look Here for some lovely apartments. She was worried if she’d have time to decorate in time for Christmas but there’s so many things she can buy before she moves to prepare for the decorating!
Big Lots had both plain and flocked varieties of “pre-lit porch pines” sold in pairs. I chose the flocked variety and decorated them with the Peace and Merry banners also found at Big Lots.
Shopping at Big Lots actually made it easier for me to decorate, because so much of their selection coordinates.
The woodland animals were some of my favorite pieces. They had deer, raccoons, and other forest creatures. Jeremy chose this standing raccoon in a vest.
*Styles and assortment vary by store
Once I had selected all of my larger elements, I purchased several new boxes of adorable ornaments for our tree. Remember that I mentioned I like a mixture of purchased and homemade ornaments? Homemade ornaments add a personalized touch, and they can be cherished for years to come. The owl, cork deer, glitter deer head, acorn, and frosted pine cone ornaments blend right in with some of our handmade ornaments.
Aren’t those ornaments cute? The plaid owls might be my favorite. I cut strands of plaid ribbon and weaved them throughout the tree like garland to complement the owls.
I even had a decorating helper, but he couldn’t keep his paws off my ornaments.
Big Lots also has a large selection of gift wrap, gift bags, outdoor decorating, and dining items to help make every aspect of your holiday beautiful.
Here are some of my best tips for decorating your home for the holidays on a budget:
- Set a budget that you can spend and stick to it. There is no need to overspend on holiday decorations. You can build on your collection year by year.
- Select items that coordinate well with each other.
- If you want to have a timeless collection of holiday decorations, don’t purchase overly trendy pieces.
- Make your collection personal by adding handmade ornaments and other decor.
- Purchase pieces that are versatile. Many of the lanterns that I bought can be used throughout the year with my home decor.
Big Lots has declared National Decorate Your Home for the Holidays Week to be Nov. 16th- 22nd. I’m participating in National Decorate Your Home for the Holidays Week by decorating a room in my home with high quality decor available at my local Big Lots. I got a head start on decorating for the holidays so that I could spend more time with family and friends, and less time fussing over getting decor up with the abundance of holiday visitors.
Join in National Decorate Your Home for the Holidays Week and transform your home into a Winter Wonderland Nov. 16th- 22nd. You can find more home decorating ideas and inspiration by visiting this link.
You can also check out Big Lots’ other social media sites for more home decor inspiration.