As I mentioned in a previous post, this will be the first year we haven't put up a Christmas tree. The main reasons are space in our small cabin home, a cat that climbs the tree and wrecks all the ornaments, and a ferret that will do the same when out each night for his exercise. I researched some on pinterest to find alternative trees (which I totally got sucked in to the vortex of Pinterest and wasted lots of time looking at stuff other people had pinned). The above pic is what we came up with. Throughout the month me and Grace are making ornaments to hang on the limbs out of stuff we find in the woods (twigs, pinecones, acorns, etc.) to make the tree look rustic just like our cabin.
Our second frugal homemade decoration is an advent wreath. This will be the first year that we have celebrated advent at home. We are using a free downloadable packet Journey to Bethlehem from Bow of Bronze. We are so enjoying this. The wood on the bottom is from a dresser that belonged to my grandmother. The dresser had not been used for a long time and was taking up too much space in our back shed. Hubby had the bright idea to cut the wood up into pieces and create things for the home for me and my family to keep as a memory of my grandmother. So this is the first item to be used from my grandmother's dresser.
All the items used for the two projects were already around the house and required no spending.