Decorating for Cheap (guest post)

Hey friends I wanted to welcome JoEllen to the blog today. She has some great, and affordable, decorating tips to share! 

JoEllen Krauss is a freelance writer for Providian Medical who specializes in refurbished OB/GYN ultrasounds. In her spare time she enjoys decorating and designing new room layouts for friends and family. 

Decorating for Cheap

Buying furniture is generally a necessity for a having a suitable house; however, sometimes decorations go to the wayside since they can get expensive and could be considered a luxury. Fortunately, making your home look attractive year round is possible without decimating your bank account.

Make Your Own
Instead of purchasing expensive picture frames or floral decorations, learn how to make your own. The next time that you’re away at a retreat on the beach, pick up shells and glue them to a picture frame when you get home. Party stores often sell bags of cutout crosses for christenings, communions and confirmations, so pick up a set and glue them to your frame as well. If a family member or friend is getting married and plans to throw out the flowers, ask if you could dry them and use them as decorations around your house.

Items You Have
If you want your faith to have an important place in decorations around your home, use items that you already have. Instead of stashing your Bible away in a drawer, leave it out on the coffee table. Sets of rosary beads can be hung on a wall in a special place in your home. On Palm Sunday, you’ll be leaving church with pieces of palm. Tying them into crosses is a popular idea, and you can leave the cross on your wall throughout the year as a testament to your faith. 

Use Fabrics
HGTV’s article “10 Inexpensive Decorating Ideas” with advice from “Design on a Dime’s” Kelly Edwards, suggests using fabrics to dress up any room in the house. The article states that you can “Have fun by combining patterns, styles and different textures of fabric in everything from window treatments to accessories and furniture.” Look for extra fabrics around the house that you already have and that can be used for decorations. Additionally, you might know how to sew or knit, which relieves you of the stress of having to make an extreme purchases. Create a new set of pillows for the couch, and sew inspirational Bible verses onto them. Another option is to knit a throw to put in the living room or den. Even if you don’t have extra fabric at home, it’s usually a fairly inexpensive purchase.

Lighting Decisions
Another suggestion from “10 Inexpensive Decorating Ideas” is to change up the lighting in a room, since lighting can really affect the ambiance and vibe of a space. If you have a particular place where you like to meditate or pray, make sure that the lighting in there is relaxing for you. When you entertain a lot, be certain that the dining room is well lit so that people do not feel as though they are in a cave! Even a very simple step such as opening the curtains and letting natural light in can have a major effect on a room.

Making Purchases
You’re not going to be able to make every single piece of decor or use all “found” pieces. Therefore, you need to know where to shop. Check out some 99 cent stores to see if they have any items that you can use, or order wholesale with a group of family members and/or friends. You can also visit local garage sales to see if they have any decorations available at low prices.

Decorating does not have to be an incredibly overwhelming task that forces you to empty our your wallet. Decorating with a budget in mind is certainly possibly. Doing so will just require some creativity with using items that you already have and some flexibility in selecting pieces that fall within the amount that you wish to spend. 


Thanks JoEllen for the great tips!
I love the idea of using palm branches on the wall. The lighting trick is a must.
What about you?
What are your tricks of the trade?

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