Frugal Ornaments & More

When I decided I wanted to have a woodland themed Christmas tree this year I didn't want to spend a fortune buying all new ornaments.
Here is how I went about putting together a woodland tree without spending a lot of money.
I found these adorable tags at the 99 cents store.
 There were four different designs in one package and each pack had tons of tags in it...all for 99 cents!

These unfinished birdhouses were only $1.00.
They aren't tiny either. They are about as tall as my hand.
I spray painted the top and bottom red and them painted the middle to give it a faux bois look. 

I knew I wanted some cute woodland animals on my tree and I found these cute fox and owls.
But the colors weren't right for Christmas.
I started pulling off the orange fur, but then it ended up being glued pretty good in the middle so I used a steak knife and sawed it off!
I used it as a template and cut out red fur and a gray scarf and glued them on.
I think these were only $1.49 plus .29 each for the red and gray felt.

The owls were done the same way as the foxes.

The unfinished reindeer were $1.00.
I painted them with red acrylic paint and after it dried I sanded down the edges for a rustic look.
I then used some black wax to give it even more of a rustic look.

I love this owl with his cute plaid belly.
He was 1/2 off at Kirkland's, so only $2.50.

I already had a trio of birds nests so I just tucked them into the branches.

I got these mushrooms from Lowe's at an after Christmas sale last year.
They were 70% off and practically giving them away.

I also got the acorns, pine cones and deer at Lowe's after Christmas sale last year.
They were also marked down 70 %.

I bought several springs of faux berries from Michael's when they were half off so they were
 less than a dollar a piece.

Here is a link for my woodland tree if you want to see the whole thing.
My son and I are both sick. I would appreciate it if you would pray we are better by Christmas!
Thank you!


  1. Your tree looks beautiful, Lisa! I can't believe what good deals you got. Sending healthy vibes and saying prayers for you and your son. Hope you both feel better really soon. :)

  2. Lisa,
    Tooo cute. Love the owl and the fox ornaments. The tree is so pretty. Merry Christmas. It has been such a pleasure getting to know you better in this past year. I look forward to reading your blog post in the coming year. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

  3. You are so clever to change those items to fit your Christmas colors! I love your woodland theme. So sorry to hear you and your son are sick. I hope you will recover by Christmas Day.

  4. Love the ornaments and such a pretty tree. I wish you and your family a very Blessed and Merry Christmas. Hugs, Marty

  5. So cute! I love that you customized them to your colour scheme. Have a wonderful Christmas and I hope you are both feeling better! xo

  6. Terrific ideas for making color coordinated ornaments - the tree is beautiful! I sure hope you all feel better real soon! Merry Christmas to you and yours =)

  7. It's so pretty! I hope you had a nice Christmas!-aimee

  8. It's so pretty! I hope you had a nice Christmas!-aimee

  9. Beautiful and frugal!!!

  10. Lisa - I hope you and your sweet son got to feeling better before Christmas. I just wanted to tell you that I love your ideas for such cute, inexpensive ornaments. Your transformations on these lil' ornaments were great! And for 1.00 - Oh My Goodness! Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration - now, I'll have to remember to go to the $1.00 store for next Christmas! Happy New Year!