Budget-Friendly Christmas Decor
By Karen Conrad
Christmas is a special time with friends and family. It’s a time when everyone seems to be in a great mood and our faith in the goodness of mankind is restored. Some of my best memories as a child, wife, and mother during the holiday season involve working together as a family to create a magical Christmas experience in our home that expresses the beauty of the season. There is just something about bringing the magic of Christmas to my home that truly lights a fire within me.
It is comforting and satisfying to me when children, parents, and grandparents work together on projects to prepare for Christmas celebrations. Even today, when I go home to my parents for Christmas (who are well into their eighties), we stop at Hobby Lobby and pick up something for us to work on together. I guess you could say we’re a pretty craft family but it doesn’t have to be too challenging!
I highly encourage you to engage your aging parents, children, and grandchildren this holiday season with projects like this one. It opens the door to conversation and provides a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that builds self-esteem and instills confidence and peace in our hearts. A bonus is these houses are really cute and easy to make!
Here is what you need to create these simple, inexpensive Christmas Houses :
- Go to Hobby Lobby or other craft store and purchase 3 or more cardboard houses, using a variety of sizes to create different heights and interest.
- Purchase a large bottle of white glisten craft paint, to paint the boxes inside and out. You could use glitter paint, as well, for extra shine and texture.
- Purchase mini battery lights to put on the inside of the houses to make the houses glow through the window cutouts.
- Purchase mini-wreaths and hot glue them onto the doors and windows to create a festive look.
- Purchase small evergreen trees, multiple sizes, and add craft “snow” on the limbs and optional green and red mini ornaments.
- I added red berries, pinecones, and holiday swags to create a winter scene for my front entry table that greets guests and welcomes them to our home.
That’s it! Decorate your Christmas houses exactly how you want to and have a blast making memories with your family.
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Karen Conrad is a business entrepreneur whose passion is in producing “results that speak” for her businesses and others’. With over 28 years of executive experience and successful business entrepreneurship, Karen is capitalizing on her vision to see others prosper in the business realm.
Karen is the owner of KarenConrad.net, business systems, and strategies company; KarenConradHome, real estate systems, and strategies company; Marketing Director at Andrew Wommack Ministries; and certified instructor for DORA, training real estate agents how to produce results in the home selling arena. Companies who have embraced her work include Macy’s Furniture Gallery, Mid Country Bank, Keller Williams, and Andrew Wommack Ministries.