LIVE + SAVE: Tis the season to be festive and frugal

OF COURSE you bought your Christmas cards and wrapping paper when it was on sale in January, right?... No, well here's some ideas to save you money on gift wrapping and decorations before the merry madness begins.

It's a wrap

  • Discount stores will have the cheap, thin paper but does it really matter when it gets ripped off and thrown away? If you buy the expensive wrap, you can always recycle it for next year.
  • You can always make your own wrapping paper by buying a roll of brown paper. Add some ribbon in Christmas colours and tie off with gum nuts or holly.
  • Save your boxes and containers of various sizes, from the recycling bin. Wrap them in Christmas paper and use for the more delicate gifts.

Decorative ideas

  • Table decorations - some can be pretentious, so for a more natural and less expensive alternative, fill a glass jar or vase with Christmas bush or some greenery from your garden, add water and a tea-light for a floating candle effect.
  • Wreaths - get artistic by using many materials such as flowers, leaves, fruits, twigs, ornaments and candy canes.
  • Pine cones - spray paint them gold or silver or roll the pine cone in some glue and then in some glitter for a sparkly finish. Hang from your tree with ribbon.
  • Cinnamon bundles - take five cinnamon sticks and form a bundle. Tie with a piece of ribbon or string and make a bow on top and use as a place setting on the table.
  • Bauble ornaments - remove the top off the clear balls and add glue and glitter or tinsel inside for a brighter, more decorative affect.

Christmas tree

  • If you're over dragging out the old artificial tree, go evergreen and use a live plant or tree. You can decorate it for the festive season then use in your home or garden after the season is over.
  • Alternatively, find an old spray of branches and paint them gold or silver, add some fairy lights and you have a festive look for your up-cycled tree.

Have a very merry and thrifty Christmas.


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