The festive period can take a knock on our bank balances – what with presents, food and decorations to sort.
But a thrifty mum has managed to save the pennies by reusing and recycling second-hand decorations to create an impressive Christmas display.
Katie Whitehurst, from Stoke-on-Trent, wanted her front garden to make a Christmassy statement but didn’t want to spend a fortune on lights and wreaths – especially after seeing that garlands cost more than £300 online.
Instead she decided to get creative and asked friends and family to donate festive bits and bobs that they were throwing away.
The 38-year-old mum used second-hand chicken wire to form the base of the outdoor decoration, and then weaved discarded Christmas trees through it to create a frame for the door.
Explaining her process, Katie told LatestDeals.co.uk: ‘Before you cut the chicken wire, work out how thick you want the wreath to be and cut it to size before you clip it to the wall.
‘Add an extra couple of centimetres for stretch as the branches go in the holes of the chicken wire.
‘Start at the top and work your way down each side.
‘Fluff the branches out before adding to get the fullness you are trying to create.’
She then used an old set of lights to add the final touch – but stresses that it’s important to think about where these can plug in. Then any extra decorations can be added.
In total, her homemade creation took around five hours to complete – and cost the mum-of-five absolutely nothing.
And Katie couldn’t be happier with the result.
She said: ‘I was absolutely thrilled to not only have saved myself a huge amount of money but also that I’d saved these items from ending up in a landfill.
‘It was a win-win all around.
‘When I had been searching for a garland for my door, some were over £300 and nowhere near the size I have made mine.
‘I think now I know what to do, it would take me around three hours next time. I love it – it’s just the wow factor I was trying to achieve.
‘Someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure – and this is certainly my treasure.’
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