DIY Home Decor On a Shoestring Decorating Budget

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If you’d like to give your home a beautiful designer look but need to stick to a meager decorating budget, you might feel as though your options are severely limited. Although it’s true that you probably wouldn’t want to buy expensive home décor if your funds are limited, a small decorating budget doesn’t mean you can’t end up with beautiful results.

In fact, with a little bit of creativity and effort, you can transform your home into a showplace while spending hardly any money. Here are just a few of the many money-saving home decor tips I’ve discovered that can help you save money on your home decorating projects.

Think creatively with your home decor

Creativity is one of the main ingredients when it comes to decorating your home on a shoestring budget. Since creativity is one of my strong points, I always have a lot of fun thinking up new decorating ideas. However, even if you don’t consider yourself to be an especially creative person, don’t give up hope.

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There are plenty of interesting home decorating projects that don’t require much creativity – just some time and patience. Magazines, craft books and online sites are great resources if you need a bit of inspiration.

Waste not, want not

When decorating your home on a limited budget, “waste not, want not” should be your mantra. Look for ways to use items you already own in creative new ways. Many times you can even clear up clutter and get rid of unwanted items when using this method. For example, if you love candles, there’s probably a good chance that you have a number of half-burned candles cluttering your home. Why not melt down your candle stubs and half-used jar candles so that you can make new candles out of the wax?

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As an added bonus, you can use the glass jars as decorative storage containers once they are empty. As with any craft project, be sure you follow the proper safety precautions when melting wax and making candles.

Explore your sewing skills

Perhaps it’s been a while since you’ve dusted off your sewing machine. If you’re decorating your home on a budget, your sewing machine can definitely be your best friend. It’s easy and extremely economical to make your own throw pillows, curtains and other fabric decorating accessories. You can even make small decorative quilt wall hangings out of the leftover fabric scraps.

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I sometimes forget how much fun it is to work on sewing projects. If it’s been a while since you and your sewing machine have spent some “quality time” together, why not get reacquainted today and make some great home decorating accessories?

Re-purposed furniture

When decorating a room, furniture pieces are often one of the most costly items that need to be dealt with. If you’re on a tight decorating budget, re-purposing existing furniture pieces can be far more affordable as compared to buying new pieces.

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Perhaps you already have some unused pieces around your home that can be used. For example, that old magazine rack that nobody ever uses could be used in the bathroom as a trendy towel holder once it’s been given a fresh coat of paint.

A couple of two-drawer filing cabinets can be combined with a piece of wood or a discarded wooden door to create a useful desk. If you don’t have any unused furniture pieces of your own, check out garage sales, flea markets and second-hand stores for affordable, interesting options.

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Alyssa Davis

Always looking for ways to add a rainbow to her world, Alyssa Davis became interested in botany and horticulture and earned her place in the field as a master gardener. She specializes in designing living rooms, which add a whole, new dimension and layer to interior design. As she discovered this design niche, she has written about it in a way that makes it easy for anyone to decorate his or her home with plants.