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Cheap and Easy Christmas Decorations

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Back when my girls were little and I was a stay-at-home mother, my favorite mantra was “Necessity is the mother of invention”.  I really liked creating and decorating but was on a very limited budget and probably drove everybody crazy with my experiments creativity.  I would also paint anything not breathing – I still enjoy that even today.  So, I was always spying out things I could redo or rework that made all things new!

These little houses are an example that I posted last year. (Creating Something New From Something Old Today……..) I simply painted them white and turned them into glitter houses to use in my decorations (I didn’t add glitter since it’s so messy, but you could easily add it while the paint is wet or by brushing it on with mod podge.)   They’re some of my favorites and I’ve added a few bottle brush trees to make a little village.

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Here’s  one that I display on a cake stand in my kitchen.  Love the soft colors!

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I’m such a sucker for houses and I use them throughout the house during Christmas. This is a doll house that I built for my younger daughter that I’ve repainted for my office.  I painted the roof with glittery paint last year – she’s held up pretty well for 30+ years!  It really needs a front door and I’ll hopefully get that done this year.  The little Santa inside the house was on our tree when I was growing up, and is as old as me!  If you have little girls, you probably have one of these doll houses stuck somewhere.  Nothing like a snowy scene during the holidays.

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The last few houses are on a tray in the guest room.  I bought them a few years ago on clearance from a Target outlet and they’re perfect for my house collection!

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Enough of my house mania for today!  I hope you find something to redo, restore, refurbish to save you lots of money and add to the charm of your Christmas!

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