Holiday Decorating 101: when you don’t have a huge budget for Christmas decorations, you get creative. That means when you have leftover kid toys, think about repurposing them for Christmas. Here’s how we do that in our home:
1. The Nativity Meets Schleich Castle
Our nativity includes pieces from now defunct Southern Living, but they are super durable. But the real WIN came when my daughter decided to use her Schleich Knight’s Castle as the backdrop. True, it doesn’t look like a small stable so it won’t win on historical points, but I just love the old world vibe it gives the setting. My kids even added extra touches like making a crayon star that they taped over the scene and added hay for authenticity.
2. The Beloved Cinderella Castle Stays!
The Disney Cinderella Castle Play Set that my daughter has had for 10 years still puts in mileage with our decorating and adds the #DisneySide to our Christmas decor. OK, so I will admit that we still have this toy because of me and not my daughter’s attachment to it. I just can’t seem to bring myself to part with it. And now I have a reason to keep it around! Sprinkle some faux snow around the castle, add a few figurines and voila–instant favorite!
3. A Christmas Book Tree
I cannot take credit for this beauty, but it’s too good to not share. My son’s 3rd grade teacher created this beauty last year, and I thought it was genius! Wrapped books piled high along with sparkling lights and a tree topper made a stunning focal point to their reading nook.
4. Chip and Dale, Santa’s Newest Reindeers
Finally, put to use those stuffed animals that kids collect and make a little vignette with them for a side table or even a centerpiece. Our two favorite chipmunks, Chip and Dale, are the reindeer pulling our Elf on the Shelf’s sleigh.
In the comments, please share some of your Christmas decorating ideas where you repurpose something….I’d love to hear!