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A Cheap Christmas Centerpiece

December 7, 2011


First and foremost, I’d like to point out that although this centerpiece is cheap in price, it is not cheap-looking. I’d put that in the headline, but I hate long headlines (except for this one).

Christmas this year will be a little different from last year, for several reasons:

  • We didn’t have a house last year – so we didn’t have that little thing called a mortgage and all the joy that brings.
  • Since we didn’t have a house, and we didn’t know how long it would take to get a house, we stayed with ManFiancé’s parents, rent-free. Our bank accounts were ballin’ … Now, not so much.
  • We celebrated Christmas with ManFiancé’s family, which is somewhat smaller than mine. Meaning: less presents to buy. This year, both families are coming to our house for Christmas. Holy Griswolds!
  • We’re saving for a wedding now. {Is anyone else tired of always saving for something?}

It’s pretty safe to say, money is tight around here (like it is everywhere else), so I’ve had to get creative with my Christmas decorations. Since we never really had a place to call our own, I basically had to start from scratch when it came to decorating the house – especially holiday decorating.

I went to Walmart (the mecca of cheap things) to see what I could find. I found fake Christmas flowers ($3), 2 simple but pretty vases ($2 each), 2 white and unscented candles ($2 each), and a Christmas table runner for $10. In case you can’t add, that’s a whopping total of $21. {don’t worry math-challenged people, I had to use my fingers to count}

Next, I took the fake flowers and pulled them apart. I pulled the fake cranberries off (but left them in bunches), and cut up the fake greenery. I placed the candles in the vases, and stuffed the fake cranberries and fake greenery into the vases – right up against the candle. Everything in the vase was positioned so that it not only looked attractive, but also kept everything tight and in place.

FYI – I chose unscented candles for the table because you don’t want scented candles while eating your Christmas dinner – it takes away from the flavor of the food. (oh hell no!)

I must say, the best time to shop for any type of holiday decoration is right after the holiday has ended. So I will admit that I did buy a few things last year to save extra money.

As you may or may not know, I am officially addicted to the Goodwill near my house. Not only did I score a complete gold China set for $25 there, but that store in particular sells new items at a discounted price. And it’s the nicest, cleanest, awesomest thrift store I have ever been to. Period.

I bought a gold Santa’s Sleigh and cheap ornaments for $5.


$26 total and I’ve got me a pretty kewl Christmas centerpiece.

Martha, eat your heart out.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Hope permalink
    December 11, 2011 12:55 pm

    Beautiful! Such a diva of decorating! Loved it..probably will copy your idea!

  2. Jed permalink
    December 9, 2011 7:25 am

    Looks good moose, just don’t light those candles!

  3. December 8, 2011 2:58 pm

    Looks great, Rachel! You would never know it took less than $30 for you to put it together.

  4. Anonymous permalink
    December 7, 2011 6:06 pm

    I love it Ray, looks awesome!!!! Good job on the price as well!! Love u!!


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