Once again, I was on the prowl for some holiday decorating ideas that won’t break the bank. These are some of my favorites. Which is yours?
The season’s first greeting cards, arriving weeks before the family tree goes up, are enough to stir most people’s decorative impulses. This year, festoon mirrors with Lametta tinsel and use the sparkly wire to display your collection of cheerful tidings. Under the garlands, nestled in compotes, ribbon-lined candy pouches make sweet, simple party favors. — Martha Stewart
Decorate a bedside table for Christmas with a simple arrangement. Fill a tall glass hurricane with colorful ornaments and bare branches. Coordinate the ornament colors with the room’s palette or stick with classic red and green. — Better Homes and Gardens
Stack monochromatic boxes, all in various patterns, on top of a footed cake plate for this centerpiece. Top the tower with a bow and a length of ribbon trailing down on each side. Secure the ends of the ribbon tails to the underside of the cake plate. — Better Homes and Gardens
Add a musical note to your Christmas tree with these quick-to-craft paper ornaments. All you need is some sheet music, some thread, and a helpful pattern. — Better Homes and Gardens
Make beautiful, seasonal ornaments that add color to your tree. Cut four unpeeled oranges into rounds about 1/4-inch thick and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 175 degrees for 4 hours. To hang, poke a hole near one edge with a needle and thread doubled twine through to make a loop. — Martha Stewart
Colorful stray buttons can be put to new use as Christmas ornaments. — Martha Stewart