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Friday, December 6, 2013

Decorating for Christmas on a Budget

Is your Christmas decorating budget getting tight????    I know mine is!   I found a very inexpensive way to add some touches of Christmas to our home for very little money....
I was at the local Dollar Tree the other to shop there!  Anyway, they had these cute Nutcrackers....
I decorate with  pastels for Christmas, so their color wasn't really working for me....but a coat of cream spray paint fixed that!  
I loved the way they turned a pale pink color when the cream paint was lightly sprayed over the red paint....or spray them heavier if pink is not for you!  
I distressed some of them....added glitter in places....used some little scrap pieces of trim to dress them up....
I was very pleased with the results!   
I filled some painted canning jars with free greenery from the yard.....   if you don't have canning jars, any empty glass food jar will do....and they are free!
I put some of them in the kitchen window .....

I had a coupe of shelves.....

that needed just a touch of Christmas!

I also added one to an existing vignette...

Merry Christmas!


  1. Bellissimi i tuoi soldatini shabby!Baci,Rosetta

  2. Everything looks gorgeous and so beautifully presented. TFS.

  3. Hi Penny!!!

    Love the pearls!!! I use pearls in every part of the house and the violin with the sheet of
    music behind it. Love it!!!


  4. Great idea!!!! They look lovely.

  5. Oh how clever and interesting that you made the nutcrackers match your decor!

  6. Penny those look adorable and fit in perfectly with your decor. So happy you shared them with the dollar tree party! Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  7. Hi Penny
    I love the way you turned those tacky looking nutcrackers into beautiful pastel vintage ones.

  8. Lovely nutcrackers! Like in the wonderful Tsjajkovskij ballet!

  9. PERFECT ! I kinda did something similar only with their cottages-Merry Christmas Denise

  10. I love your style, just found your blog at sew can do link party. I have a new blog and post everyday if you care to look. Thanks, Barbara

  11. Love the nutcrackers! They turned out just beautiful!

  12. EEK! such a cute idea!! LOVE!

  13. Oh my goodness how cute those are and how fabulous they would look in my china hutch. Off to the Dollar store for me.

  14. Love the idea of painting the nutcrackers!! I would have never thought of that.
    By the way, I love the violins..... I have my grand mother's hawaiin mandolin. My sister gave it to me and it is in rough shape so I may borrow your idea and paint it...


  15. I love how you transformed the Nutcrackers and the glass jars. I desperately need to get some crafting done this week.

  16. They turned out great and matches everything :)

  17. Love your painted mason jars. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x


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