Decorating your home shouldn’t require cashing in a 401(k). In fact, many of the items you need to jazz up your oh-so-humble abode may already be in your home, or bought for a few bucks at your local yard sale. From there, all it takes is some creativity and a willingness to take a few risks, says Myquillyn Smith—aka the “The Nester” and author of “The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful.”
Here are a few of her budget-friendly ideas to get your own gears turning.
Here’s some unorthodox use of white duct tape to decorate the wall. It’s like instant wallpaper without all the fuss!
Tree stumps turned into tables
Dried out stumps can make great tables, painted or left as is (top sanded, of course). Before bringing them into your home, try to make sure all the bugs are out first by storing them for a few months in a dry place such as your garage.
Want drapes in a flash without too much fuss (or cash)? Fold and place raw fabric into drapery clip rings, which hang on a curtain rod—no sewing required.
Take one yard-sale ottoman, then add a swath of fake fur. Adhere them together with hot glue, and you’ve got one sassy footstool!
This small nightstand and tall mirror were bought at two different stores. Paint them the same color, and they go great together.
From books to party garlands
This book page garland was created as a temporary party decoration, but it became such a favorite it stayed up for two years.