Savvy shoppers reveal how to decorate your home for Christmas for under £10
Money savers have shared snaps of very impressive decorations that they've made or bought for under £10 – and they will inspire you.
Thrifty men and women said they bought craft items such as chicken wire and pom poms at reduced prices to make their Pinterest-worthy creations on the cheap.
They also picked up decorations on offer and used their imagination to create spectacular ornaments from discount bits and bobs.
Some savvy shoppers even managed to make stunning wreaths and baubles that wouldn't look out of place in a catalogue for just £1.
They shared their insider tips for how you can dress your house for Christmas so that it looks truly magical exclusively with The Sun.
Here's how they did it.
Hester Grainger on making baubles for £1 and bagging free decorations
Mum-of-two Hester Grainger, 41, of Reading, created colourful pom pom baubles for just £1 each and reveals how you can do the same.
The businesswoman and blogger behind Mumala Club – a networking hub for entrepreneurial mums – has top tips for anyone who loves decking their halls for Christmas but doesn't want to pay a hefty price tag.
I decided to make my own pom pom baubles. They sell for £10 and I’m not prepared to pay that.
I bought some plain baubles from Hobbycraft, whipped out my glue gun and stuck on some small pom poms.
A super quick way to make festive vases is to clean out a jam jar, get some wool and soak it in PVA glue.
Then start wrapping it around the jar. It looks like snow.
Make your own wreath
Everyone needs a fabulous wreath on the front door, but you don’t have to spend a fortune.
I made my own. I used a faux wreath, a few feathers that I found in our craft box, some pom poms, a spare bauble and some creativity.
Visit a pound shop
If you haven’t got time to make your own decorations or don’t fancy it, then cheap and cheerful works well.
Pound shops have a host of fantastic decorations and everything is £1.
People often get bored of their decorations and pass them on when they fancy a change.
Facebook has many free groups, so get in quick and you’ll pick up some gorgeous decorations without spending a penny.
Beth Morton on making a wreath for just £1 and Christmas tree ornaments for £8
Beth Morton, 24, of Sudbury, Suffolk, created a stunning wreath straight out of a catalogue for just £1, as well as crafty Christmas decorations for her, her friends, and her family for £8.
The social media assistant explains how she did it below.
Make a wreath
I used holly and thyme from my garden to create my Christmas wreath.
I got very lucky a couple of weeks ago in my local garden centre where they were selling spools of wire and the metal wreath circles for less than £1 combined so it was a fantastic and cheap craft session.
I slow-baked the fruit slices at home too. Everything is held together with craft wire.
Make clay Christmas ornaments for £8
I bought 1kg of white air dry clay from The Works for £4 when it was on offer recently.
I cut it out with Poundland cookie cutters and stamped the decorations with a letter stamp set I had in my cupboard but I did recently buy a similar set from Poundland for just £1.
I used anything I could find around the house to stick decorations into them too, such as buttons or lace net curtains.
I made them for friends and family this year.
I still have lots of leftover clay from this so it will last me quite a while too.
Jacquiline Gillespie on decorating her doors with beautiful bows for £8 each
Mum-of-two Jacquiline Gillespie, of Newcastle, paid a professional to make bows for her front, inside and back doors for Christmas last year, which cost her £25 per bow.
But this year Jacquiline, who works part-time in a guesthouse, wanted to save money so had a go at making her own – and she's shared how she did it so you can follow in her footsteps.
Make dramatic bows for your doors
First I bought a thick red ribbon which is from the Range and cost me £3.29.
I then bought decorations to add to the ribbon, such as two sparkly candy canes for £2.99 and a Rudolph reindeer face for £2.99, which were also from The Range.
I already had the other decorations, such as a Merry Christmas sign, and made three bows for £25, or £8.30 each.
To make the bow, you attach it to the door with cable ties to make sure everything stays in place and it's secure.
Cost: £25 for three or £8 each
Tom Church on bagging quirky festive goodies for £5 and a cheap toy train set
Tom Church, the founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, reveals how you can have a stylish modern Christmas on a budget.
Here he reveals how to bag retro ornaments for £5 at Poundland and other design ideas that won't cost more than a few hundred pennies.
Retro Christmas at Poundland
I love Poundland for some retro decorations.
The flamingo, pineapple and cacti decorations are just £5 each and they're guaranteed to get a “What the…?!” reaction.
Poundland also sells an electric toy train set for £5, which you could put around your Christmas tree.
They have Christmas lights, stockings, advent calendars too.
Cost: £20 for all, or £5 each
Have a Christmas “feature wall”
When fairy lights and mulled wine are in hand, it's hard not to go overboard on Christmas decorations – and spend a fortune.
Try a “feature wall”. An interior design favourite, it’s a single wall with lots of decorations.
Focus all your energy and budget on that one wall. Go crazy on it.
You’ll make a dramatic impact without trying to stretch your budget to cover the whole house.
Cost: However much you want to spend
Recycle and upcycle
Still got last year’s decorations but feeling tired of them?
Revamp what you got with some nifty upcycling. Spray old pots gold, glue costume gems to curtains, and get crafty.
Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube are full of inspirational tips and tricks. All you really need is a glue gun and imagination.
It’s a fab thing to get your kids involved with too – they love it.
Cost: Free if you have craft items already
This week we revealed millennials are swapping traditional Christmas decorations for unicorns and flamingos.
Meanwhile a savvy mum managed to bag £600 worth of Christmas presents free after splurging £2,000 last year thanks to coupons and competitions.
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