Inexpensive Christmas Hack

December 17, 2010

In years past, I’ve always put up fresh garland around the house because I love how it smells…and it reminds me of London, where fresh Christmas decor rules the day. There’s one problem with this, fresh garland is pretty expensive. In fact, I couldn’t find it anywhere for any price anywhere near what I was willing to pay. So. I had an idea.

There are six, dollar stores within a mile of my house (yes, you read that right), so I went to one and purchased two strands of already-lit cheapy ugly garland.

Then I went to the Christmas tree place where we bought our trees and paid them two dollars for a bunch of scrap tree branches that they were tossing away.

Then I used butcher twine to tie the real branches to the cheap, lit garland. And embellished it with ornaments that we already had and stockings, and etc.

It turned out really well. My house smells amazing. And the whole project cost less than $5. Not bad for two doorways of “fresh” garland.

Take that, London.

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  • Reply Imelda December 17, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Great idea! I have some ugly garland I was going to chunk but now will try to save it!!!

  • Reply Helen Jane December 17, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    You SHOW those redcoats.
    We used our tree scraps to bulk out our fake pine and you’re right, the smell is the best part!
    Happy holidays, yo.

  • Reply Emma December 9, 2013 at 2:52 am

    That’s a really cool idea! I’m always looking for money saving tips! There are some more hacks in this post I found:

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