You can purchase real Christmas trees for as little as £15 these days, but the baubles and other decorations can be pricey and unsustainable. Money-saving experts have revealed five ways to decorate your Christmas tree without spending a penny.
If you’re yet to put your Christmas tree up this year, you’re not alone.
A survey by NetVoucherCodes.co.uk found that only about 20 percent of Brits have already put their Christmas tree up.
If you’re like the other 33 percent who want their trees up by the end of November, you might be scratching your head for new ornament ideas.
It’s easy to spend hundreds on decorating your tree, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
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Dried fruit such as cranberries, apple slides, and orange slices look beautiful on the tree.
They also give off a festive scent and are budget-friendly.
The experts at Net Vouchers Codes said: “This is an old-fashioned way to decorate the tree.
“If you have fruit that is starting to turn and go bad, then dry it!
“Most fruits can be dried in a dehydrator or oven.
“Once dried, they can then be strung with thread and a needle to create a sweet decoration for your tree.”
Gather up old bits of paper, newspaper, and magazines and transform them into stunning Christmas ornaments.
Not only is this eco-friendly, your tree will stand out from all the others on Instagram with these unique home-made decorations.
Net Voucher Codes’ experts said: “Growing up, many of us will remember making paper snowflakes as a kid.
“Why not get the scissors out and make them again? Use scrap paper or leftover magazines to make colourful snowflakes or snowmen.
“Or you can cut out pictures you like from magazines of scenery, celebrities, or just pictures of items you are interested in.
“You can use dental floss or string to hang them from your tree.”
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Online marketplaces and trading sites
If you’re desperate to buy some actual baubles, you can always buy them second hand.
The experts suggested: “The internet is full of free and for trade sites.
“Facebook marketplace and Gumtree are often the go-to sites, and this time of year, lots of people are giving items away such as old decorations.
“Make sure you are Covid compliant when picking up items you source through Facebook, but it is a free way to pick up some nice second-hand decorations.”