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By Fiona Reid
Decorate your tree for free

USING fruit, fabric scraps, and utilising Facebook marketplace are all frugal ways to save money decorating your Christmas trees this year.

The team at have shared a raft of inventive ways to decorate trees for free.

A spokesman said: “You don’t need a lot of expensive decorations to have a beautiful Christmas tree this year. It is so easy to enjoy a beautiful tree without spending a penny.”

1. Use dried fruit

Beautiful, fragrant and budget-friendly, this tip is an old-fashioned way to decorate the tree. If you have fruit that is starting to turn and go bad, then dry it! Most fruits can be dried but cranberries, apple slices, and orange slices are most traditional and they can be dried in a dehydrator or oven. Once dried, they can then be strung with thread and a needle to create a sweet decoration for your tree.

2. Use scrap paper

Growing up, many of us will remember making paper snowflakes as a kid. Why not get the scissors out and make them again? Use scrap paper or leftover magazines to make colourful snowflakes or snowmen. Or, cut out pictures you like from magazines of scenery, celebrities, or items you are interested in. Laminate them for extra wear and use string to hang them from your tree.

4. Use old fabric scraps

If you have fabric scraps sitting around, such as old or damaged clothes or bedding, then you can always tie them into bows to use on the tree. This is so simple. Just cut them up and tie them to the tree.

5. Look in your garden and local parks

Chances are your garden and the local park is full of natural items that would make pretty decorations for your tree! Curly branches, pine cones, acorns, and flowers would all bring your tree to life this Christmas. You can even use some glitter or paint to add some personality to the decorations.

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Your Stars for 2021

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