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I’m Dreaming of a [Cheap] Christmas

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So, I don’t usually post things like this, but I’ve always wanted to. I was inspired by one of my favourite bloggers, NewlyWeddedWurl’s recent Christmas decor related post and wanted to show off a few of my own (cheap!) decorations! 

As a newly married 23-year-old still in university with only a part-time job, you can image my budget was…limited. However, thanks to both my parents and my in-laws, and thanks to Dollarama (the dollar store), I was able to start a nice little collection.

These are not all our pieces, just my favourites.

Side note: I don’t have a camera right now, so these pictures were all taken with my crappy cell. Please forgive the below-average quality. 

Let’s start with our living room TV stand pieces:

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The vase and the bowl were both presents from family. Inside the bowl however, are frosted pinecones and ornaments from the dollar store! They cost $3.00 in total.

 

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The two adorable decorations came from Michael’s (the craft store). They were on sale: Buy one, get one free! In total, they both cost only $25.00! I especially love the Reindeer Treats sign.

 

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My parents passed down this medium-sized Christmas tree to us. That tacky star on top…yeah…that’s a “family tradition” forced upon us by my dad! Also, I would normally want to get a real tree, but that just wasn’t feasible for where we’re living right now. All the ornaments are ones I owned already, except one…

Our first Christmas together!

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Our first Christmas ornament! We bought this on our honeymoon. It was around $20.00.

 

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We found these matching stockings at Dollarama for $3.00 each! I was so surprised when I found them, they are adorable!

 

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For our dining table, I have these matching candles (more gifts from our loving family!), a sparkly ornament garland (from the dollar store – $1.50) and this beautiful table runner from Winners/HomeSense ($15.00).

 

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Adding the Christmas spirit to the bathroom too! We found these accent towels at Winners/HomeSense for around $10.00!

 

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Three different gift wraps, twelve bows, and various ribbon (thick and thin) – $7.00 in total.

Even after all this, I think my absolute favourite thing was making my own Christmas cards. I had never done this before, but I think they turned out really well! I’ve made…almost ten so far. But I’ll just post my favourites.

I got all of my supplies from the dollar store or I used craft supplies I already had around the house. The most expensive supply was the stock paper, which cost a little over $10.00.

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Jeff and I were blessed to have so many of our decorations come from family. But I still realized that you can have a beautifully decorated home for CHEAP! The dollar store had a surprising amount of higher quality decor that did NOT look tacky. It just took some time to sniff them out.

 

 

2 thoughts on “I’m Dreaming of a [Cheap] Christmas”

  1. Thanks so much for the mention!! I think all your decor is super cute (esp the 1st Christmas ornament! 😍) and I love LOVE LOVE your Christmas cards!! I wish I would have seen your post before I purchased and sent out ours- such a good idea to add a personal creative touch, and I love your designs!!
    Most of all our Christmas decor has been thrifted or I had it before (but I brought an abnormal amount of decor into our marriage 😬). It has been so fun to pull our first Christmas together. Is it perfect? No, but it certainly is memorable! Merry {early} Christmas to you and your husband, Lauren!

    1. No problem at all! And thank you so much :D I was shopping around for Christmas cards and then all of a sudden I was like, hey. it would be so much fun to just MAKE these myself! So I did. I got a few of my ideas from Pinterest too.
      Merry [early] Christmas to you guys too, Amber!

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