Christmas is coming and although the goose is getting fat, as we get closer to the festive day, the wallet is getting depressingly thin.
Maybe I have got a touch of the Bah Humbugs about me, but rather than blowing your money on tacky decorations and token Christmas presents that will probably be out of date by Epiphany, save your money and make them instead.
In addition to the fact that they cost very little, the following three frugal Christmas ideas are fun to make and are in the true spirit of Christmas – think frugally festive Bob Cratchit rather than mean old Scrooge.
Frugal Christmas idea 1
Crochet snowflakes from recycled plastic bags
Crochet snowflake Christmas Tree decorations are beautiful and environmentally friendly too.
First, you need to prepare your plastic bags, by laying them flat and cutting them into continuous strips. Once this is done then roll them into balls and use your plastic ‘yarn’ to crochet the snowflakes.
For full details and the crochet pattern check out my blog page on this https://travelswithmyart.com/2017/12/11/crochet-snowflakes-from-plastic-bags/
Frugal Christmas idea 2
One of my favourite presents to give is homemade jams, preserves and chutneys. They are delicious, last well beyond Christmas and if you present them with a fabric material top and a ribbon they can look really aesthetically pleasing too.
Making preserves, including jams, is quite easy and because they are homemade they are free of additives and chemicals.
Here are some basic tips for making preserves
- Wash and prepare fruits, by peeling or removing stones.
- For each cup of fruit, you should add approximately ¾ cup of sugar and add lemon juice if the fruit is particularly ripe.
- Ensure you stir your jam often for about 15 – 30 minutes
- To check if your jam or preserve is done, put a teaspoonful onto a small plate and see if it holds its shape – if it does, then you are done
- Put into clean and sterilized jars, label them, add a cloth material top and tie it with a ribbon.
Frugal Christmas idea 3
These are perfect for festooning the Christmas tree as an alternative to tinsel and, once again, are environmentally friendly too.
You will need popping corn, saucepan or microwave, oil, needle and thread, silver or gold spray paint (optional). Once you’ve popped your popcorn, let it cool, then tread it using a needle. You can make the garlands as long as you like, but you will find that if they are too long they can snap.
Which of these will you try this year? Whatever you do, have yourself a merry, and frugal little Christmas.
Thanks to Ali Dunnell for sharing this post with us today. I honestly love all three ideas she’s shared with us. I haven’t tried the popcorn garland nor the crochet plastic yet, so these will have to be added to my personal frugal little Christmas list. Please do check out her blog on Travels With my art.
Ali Dunnell is an artist, photographer and teacher who travels the world recording images of people and life in sketchbooks, canvases and online. Never without a camera or pen and paper, Ali uses her day-to-day experiences and travel journals as inspiration for her artwork. She is currently living in Nairobi, Kenya, with her husband and three children, where she is developing her portfolio as a freelance artist.