How to Decorate your House at Christmas on a Budget

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The festive season is creeping up and we know some of you might be eager to get started on those Christmas decorations. As a student though, we get that it’s hard to make your place look good on a budget so here are some great ideas for a fiver or less! We know it is early, but we thought you would want time to enjoy any decorations you have before term ends.

1) Paper Snowflakes: A classic way to decorate your windows, which costs you pretty much nothing. All you need is paper, scissors and a steady hand – be as intricate as you like!

2) String Art Christmas Tree/ Card Display: Why not jazz up your pin-board with some string art? For this, you’ll need string, some pins to help shape your tree and a bit of patience!

3) DIY Felt Stockings: Head to your nearest craft or stationary store (we recommend Staples in West Quay Retail Park or The Works along Above Bar) to grab some colourful felt to make these adorable Christmas stockings! They’ll be great as gifts too, you can hang one on each of your flatmates’ doors. If you have felt left over, you can even make some cute little tree decorations too, bonus!

4) Origami Christmas Tree: These will definitely jazz up your desk or window sill. For the more ambitious, try using a massive sheet of paper, A3, A1 or even A0!


5) Pot Plants: Nothing adds colour to your room better than a pot plant! Ikea are selling teeny tiny poinsettias that won’t take up too much space in your room but will give that Christmas vibe a boost!

Cost: £1.50


6) Mini Christmas Tree: On the topic of Ikea, why not grab a small potted tree and decorate it with a few baubles from their Christmas selection?

Tree: £1.75 http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/30308376/

Baubles: £1.50 http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/40303156/

7) Christmas Tree: Alternatively, if you’d rather skip the decorating malarkey…Tesco’s got you covered with a pre-lit tree

Cost: £5.00


8) Christmas Doormat: This’ll be the first thing any guests will see and they’d be fools not to praise you for your impeccable taste!


9) “Candles”: For some, burning candles aren’t an option but Poundland have some great alternatives, LED candle tealights! Create the ambience without the fire risk!

Cost: £1


10) Tinsel: If in doubt, tinsel. Tinsel everything. Tinsel on the door, on the shelves, around your bed, on the cat…everything. We’re especially loving this Frozen themed one…

Cost: £1 for 2m


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