I love to have a pretty dining table, especially over the holidays. I am trying to decorate this year without spending any money. Fortunately, I do have some lovely Christmas things, including a collection of Pipka Santas that my mother gave me.
Cheap holiday decorations tend to be awful, full of fake flowers and fake ivy and with lots of garish colors. Expensive items, such as Pipka Santas are beautiful, but often need additional expensive trimmings to create a put together look. Because I wasn’t spending any money this year, I was forced to be creative with things I already own. One of the advantages of living in a new house is that I was able to see things in a new way; none of my things has a “home” in this house yet.
My friend Lynn game me this lovely little serving plate as a housewarming gift. She made it by gluing together an upside down candle holder and an antique plate.
I also had this small ivy plant, which usually sits on a coffee table. When I had to take the table out of the room to fit the Christmas tree, the plant was left without a home.
I have hundreds of Christmas ornaments. My mother and my grandmother each gave me an ornament every year. Many of my ornaments were given to me by former students or made by my children. These glass bulbs are pretty, and shinny, I thought they would add a touch of glam to my table.
Without much of a plan, I put the plant in the box. I set it up on a piece of wood because it was a bit short. Then I filled the box with ornaments. I surrounded it with some votive candles in simple gold containers and my usual pillar candles in hurricane containers filled with coffee beans. I don’t have a Christmas, runner, so I just layered several other runners until I found a look I liked. My table looks festive and when the candles are lit, it smells wonderful.
I think this just might be my favorite (and cheapest!) centerpiece ever! It is more personal and uses things I already own. It also combines antiques and more modern pieces, which is also one of my favorite looks.
How have you decorated without spending money? Have you combined items you owned in a new way? Please share, we would all like a little decor “redesign” inspiration!