Disclosure: I received a complimentary Blue Spruce Christmas Tree, Coastal Elegance ornaments and BH Essentials ornaments in collaboration with Balsam Hill. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
For those of you that know me or have been around a while, you know that I try to save and be as frugal and as savvy as possible. I had my last Christmas tree for nearly 8 years! Carefully putting it away each year to preserve it for the next. This, year however I knew it was time to let it go, especially after having been notified that its replacement would be a Balsam Hill!
You know the kind, you see them every year on the Hallmark Channel not only on commercials between the romantic Christmas flicks but in the actual movies as well. They are big, beautiful and so realistic looking. Definitely a tree after my own heart.
Believe me, I know the planning, budgeting and research that goes behind making a large purchase and so to help ease the expensive after making an investment into a Balsam Hill, I have some budget savvy High Low Christmas decorating tips for you!
1. Invest in High Quality Pieces
In this case your high quality piece would be the tree and the ornaments.Such as the Classic Blue Spruce ,
Coastal Elegance ornaments and the BH Essentials ornaments. They are beautiful investments that can last for many years to come when properly cared for and can even turn into heirlooms!
The tree comes with not one but two pairs of gloves for opening the branches and it even comes with a tree bag for when it is time to put it away. Those are some really essential bonus items that make the purchase even more worth while.
2. Visit Local Craft Stores
I wanted to play up the pinks and corals for the Coastal Elegance ornament set, to do so I set out to my local Michael's, AcMoore and Hobby Lobby to take advantage of their in-store sales and coupons. From the floral department I picked up a set of pink, and silver picks as well as two bunches of pink poinsettias. Nothing says Christmas like poinsettias, right? To make the most out of the bushes, I cut each flower and placed it around tree.
This is also where you'd pick up some deco-mesh and ribbon. I was able to get them at 50% off! Another great place for tree decor is a dollar store! I mixed in some of my old silver ornaments that I had from the dollar store.
3. Tree Topper
My tree topper is both a mix of high and low decor, the actual star was to me a splurge at almost $30 bucks. I knew my children would love it so I did not hesitate. But the surrounding pieces are all inexpensive floral picks and bushes I had from previous Christmas decor.
A little DIY here and there can save you lots of money, but do your calculations right. I almost wanted to DIY a wreath, however after doing the math for the supplies it would have been as much as a door swag that was 50% off! I saved time and money.
I also wanted a mantel, there were a few for sale on the Facebook Marketplace, people were either nonresponsive or had forgotten to mark them sold. After hearing of my disappointment, my dad custom built me a beautiful mantel.
My other DIY was that small snow frosted tree under the mantel. It is surprising how expensive they can be. So I bought a cheap one, on sale from hobby lobby and sprayed it myself with a 2 dollar can of spray snow!
I live in an apartment, it isn't too small or too large but there is definitely no space for a tiny Christmas town, my son loves those. I made one in a tin serving tray with items all on sale from the craft store.
I hope that these tips are useful and apologize for not having shared them sooner! It is surprising how fast the weeks fly by in December. Any other high low Christmas decorating tips? Share them in the comments.
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I'M ALICIA GIBBS
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