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ways to save on christmas

4 Ways to save on Christmas Decorations

ways to save on christmas Staying on a budget is difficult, but important. I’ve been home with the boys the last two months, so I’ve tried to stay on a budget and not spend money on new items, but rather recycle, reuse and repurpose items I have at home. And of course use items which are free to me or everyone…oh the endless possibilities..overview of the whole centerpiece

I decided I wanted a fun but urban and woodsy center piece for our dinner table, which I can move easily to our coffee table.tried branches

Here are my 4 ways to Save on Christmas Decoration:


  • Moss from the woods (HELLO, we are in the PNW there is moss everywhere)
  • 2 different types of Evergreen
  • Succulents from my yard
  • Twigs/dried branches


Recycle: The main piece holding the candles and vegetation is an old baking pan, I would never use it for baking. The ribbon is from a gift I received a while back.overview of center piece

Reuse: The white ornaments, are from Depot which were gifted to me a couple years back too. ceramic star and metal star

Repurpose: The wooden star I bought at a sale a couple years back and gets repurposed all the time, some times standing behind pictures on our mantel, or filled with with ornaments or just having candles displayed in them all year around. You could say that the baking pan was repurposed as well 🙂thank-you

I spend maybe 2$ on the Metal Stars, which I bought at Michaels. I actually made it out of Michaels without spending a fortune, because I only bought the 4 stars and glue! Usually that doesn’t happen, right ladies?! 🙂metal star

Happy 2nd Advent to all my readers in Germany! Enjoy your day <3

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Christmas Centerpiece

In Germany we usually haven an “Advent-Wreath” with four candles, which will be lit on each Sunday one by one before Christmas Eve. And I wanted one as a center piece for our dining room. I tried to find a tiny wreath, but I only could find the huge ones, which you hang up, which I didn’t like at all.

So I decided I am going to make my own centerpiece for Christmas. This doesn’t really represents the Advent, but usually your Advent-Wreath is the center piece of your dinning or living room table. Therefore I needed to create one.

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Mushrooms, have been a huge trend in Germany for the last couple years around the Christmastime and I have picked up my fair share every time I went back home. This Christmas season I have seen them popping up here and there, in the stores or on Instagram. Even Martha Stewart has them in featured in her decorations.

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I wanted to create something small. This years Motto is not “Go bigger or go home”. I’ve decided to do a little less and more selected.

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I collected some moss at a little walk-through next to our house, and of course it was pouring down with rain when I did it. So I let it dry for a little while in the Garage. And also keeps the bugs away! At least a couple of them. Sometimes you can buy moss, but it’s usually not that cheap. This was free, and I love free!

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I placed an old plate inside my silver dish, so that the moisture from the moss wouldn’t ruin it.

I added the moss and then insert the mushroom and the candles. I actually soften the candles on the bottom with a lighter, so they would stick to the plate and wouldn’t fall over.

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xmas Decoration with lit candles vertical mushroom close up

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I also had an Edelweiss, which looked cute too, but I love the mushrooms and kept it this way. The moss will give you tons of opportunity to create a little world. Add some woodland animals, birds, Santa, Gnomes… An easy way to create a little center piece.