Frugal Rustic Glam Christmas Décor
Do you go all out on holiday decorating? I don’t usually decorate much for the holidays, which is ironic right? But as my children are getting older, I am trying to make more fond memories with them in our home. One of those ways is to make the house a bit festive for each season or holiday.
When I decided to do a ” bit ” of decorating for the Winter/ Christmas season, I knew I wanted the décor to be frugal. With that in mind, I decided to go with a rustic glam Christmas décor theme, yet keeping the idea of being frugal in mind. Well you can’t get much more frugal than cutting down your own branches of greens from your woods. Okay, well technically I sent the boys out to cut logs and greens from the woods for me, but you get the idea. When they were done cutting, they brought me an array of natures goodies to choose from. My house was quite the disaster for a good few hours as I browsed through their clippings, trimmed them some more and washed the greenery.
Being the bug-a-phobe that I am, I decided to soak the freshly cut greens in the sink to remove ALL the unwanted creatures. Later on after all the decorating was finished, I realized there was a pinecone still in my sink. I go to pick up the pinecone and when I picked it up, there was a spider underneath it! Yes, I screamed my head off! Who cares if it was only the size of a grain of rice?!
With the freshly cut greenery, I thought it would be fun to make them look frosted aka like they have snow on them. This was super simple:
DIY Frosted Greenery
- Liquid white glue
- Epsom salts
- Pour glue on the branches and leaves.
- Sprinkle Epsom salts ( like you would with glitter ) and then shake off the excess.
- Set to dry.
Since I was in a ” DIY frosting ” mood, I decided to grab a few mason jars and make them look frosted as well.
DIY FROSTED MASON JARS
- Mason Jars
- Liquid White glue
- Epsom Salts
- Use a paintbrush ( or Q-tip ) and paint glue onto the mason jar. I did half of the jar.
- Sprinkle epsom salts over the glue and shakeoff the excess.
- Set out to dry and use in your household decor.
Viola! Two super simple and frugal Christmas/ Winter decorating hacks for ya!
Now onto the living room décor…
Here was the living room all bare and ready to be decorated…
Here is the living room in all its rustic glam glory!
As you can see, I kept things very simple and did minimal decorating. Living in a smaller home means I’m limited on decorating space. This season I only spruced up my fireplace mantle and the top of my piano.
This was a very basic pine/cedar wreath that I added glittery sprigs and ornaments to spruce it up.
I used a lot of greenery, wood, mason jars, vintage music paper and then Christmas sprigs. All of which I already had.
**TIP: The best time to buy Christmas sprigs is after Christmas when everything is on sale ( usually like 80% off ). You can get the decorative sprigs for $0.20 cents and under each! Stock up prices!!
I did splurge a bit and bought a real 20 foot long boxwood garland. The only reason I did this was because I plan on drying it and using it year round in my home décor. We will call this reusing and being frugal.
I know, I know, my fireplace is still in need of a wood stove insert. We just haven’t been able to find one we like yet ( that’s second hand ). So currently, we have our space-heater in the fireplace area, and it’ll do for now. * Oh, the joys of an older home without central heating. *
Closeups of the fireplace mantle decor. Simple, rustic, glam-ish. Wooden sled was from Target for $3.
I have a hard time putting away my pheasant feathers, so here they are, making their debut now in my Christmas décor!
Close up of the DIY frosted mason jar.
There you have it! A very simple and frugal decorated living room for Christmas with a rustic glam spin.