Cheap, Thrifty & Creative Home Decorating Ideas

Written by filonia lechat
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If you spend time watching home decorating and makeover shows, it might seem like everyone is overhauling homes. While it might be nice when a major television production company is paying for it, not everyone can afford this kind of home makeover. You can still add decor and flair to your home–even on a shoestring budget–by tapping into your thrifty, creative side. Look for inspiration all around you to create cheap and innovative home decorations.

Bottle Art

A few minutes spent collecting unused items from around your home can lead to a set of cheap and creative decorations. After searching for crayons, small glass bottles and wine bottles, add a taper candle and lighter to your pile. An assembly line of bottles may be set up on a flat surface where you’ll be able to hold a lit taper candle in one hand and a crayon in another.

Move from bottle to bottle as the heat from the flame melts the crayon. The melting crayon combines with the candle wax and drips down the bottle, forming thick layers and splatters. You can create a range of bottle decorations. Allow your home’s colour scheme to serve as inspiration.

Beach Memories

On your next trip to the beach, tote home free souvenirs to use for your next home decorating project. Before you leave, pack a few plasticware containers. Stroll the beach searching for shells, sea glass or driftwood. Once you’ve filled the containers with shells, fill one or two containers with sand.

When you get home, fill an old, wide clear vase partway with sand, add a layer of shells, top with sand and place your largest unbroken shell on the top. Cleaned shells may also be used to decorate plain household items as well. Small shells may be glued to desk accessories such as staplers and business card holders. You can also redeposit shells and sand in your walkway or garden patch, creating your own free beach at home.

Bulk Buying

If you’ve shied away from purchasing home decoration items in bulk because of hefty warehouse club fees, put the idea of bulk buying to use without spending extra money. When you’ve got a creative project in mind such as a pillow or towels, talk to a friend who may be interested in making something similar. Look for wholesalers, especially online, offering thrifty rates on bulk buys.

Combining an order with a friend or neighbour can drastically reduce your per yard or per piece price. Online wholesalers sell a variety of fabrics (gaberdine, fleece, flannel, nylon) plus trimmings all in bulk, for less per-yard prices than standard stores. Pay attention to minimum bulk buy or piece requirements. Along with fabric, you'll find crafty items such as beads, yarn and paint available in bulk.

Guest Book

Welcome visitors to your home or show off your past guests by making a themed guest book for your house entrance way. There's no need to buy an expensive version from the store when you can find everything you need around your house. For the base of the book, use an old notebook your child never got around to filling or a blank journal.

To dress up the covers, cut fabric from an old concert T-shirt, an old blanket, patterned dishrag or wrapping paper–choose something that matches the colours and theme of your hall or the room where the book will be. Traditional white school glue should help everything stick together. Personalise the cover with cutouts of the largest letters you can find in a magazine, such as "Welcome to our Home," "The Janofsky Residence" or "Please sign in." Extras such as a strip of lace, coloured shoelaces, stickers and glitter can be added to the cover or spine for cheap, creative flair.

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