Pinterest is an awesome website with lots of brilliant ideas where one can draw inspiration.

Coupled with that in mind we set forth to search for Do It Yourself tricks that I could use in the home during the holiday decorations.

Side note: Who knew it was against the law to pick these branches from an open park? 🙂 That is an adventure story for another day but don’t dare cut off any branches because the forest and park management are watching! Trust me, even with no cameras visible in the high bushes they will find you!

The easiest was bringing the green indoors. The green leafy branches were generously used in various places around the house. So since it is not entirely allowed to pick these brnaches from a public park a better option to find these could be in a florist or other DIY shops.

roflbot xmas tree in basket

I did print out the “Joy to the world message” and “it is the most wonderful time of the year”. These short notes in woodsy vintage photo frames are a constant reminder to see for joy in all things in the world. More importantly the reason for the season which is Jesus Christ who redeemed us. What incredible positive energy one exudes if they are living the same.

Two vases with pinecones, different kinds of branches became centrepieces alongside candles. The backdrop was African baskets from Rwanda and Uganda. These baskets are in different forms, shapes and colors. Similar baskets can be bought from many other parts of the world.

roflbot baskets on wall

The other green, twigs were filled in a basket where lights were added.

Budget tip: Use any protective item around the house for candle sticks or flower vases. See picture I used these cute tins that are meant to be used for vinegar/oil as my candlesticks. Gift from WS, 09/2015

Use glasses for centrepieces and add pinecones to the water to add a floating effect.

If you live far from birth place like I am, incorporate some art or meaningful pieces from home to fight the nostalgia and homesickness. Woven baskets always adorn my home, they are on the wall, on the mantel on the coffee table, home office table and kitchen.

Love to read about other people’s tricks and tips to have a fabulous home on a budget yet keep it personal to cater to all living in the place.

Stay blessed.

Love Fi, FBN