Top 10 Frugal Decorating Ideas

iVillager jupeysky came to our boards with this question: "Does anybody have some cheap decorating ideas? The stores are SO expensive!" Not surprisingly, the MoneyLife community jumped to her aid. Here are your top 10 frugal decorating ideas:

Go Goodwill
1. "I found brand new window treatments at Goodwill for one-third of retail price. That solved all my window decoration problems. Go to your nearest store a little earlier than the crowd, like on Fridays or Saturdays as soon as the store opens, and you'll get the best selections. Choose the stores in the fanciest neighborhoods in your town." --glaucia

Add Texture to a Wall
2. "If you have the bare wall apartment blues, add texture by hanging a quilt or an arrangement of old china plates. In our old apartment, we "wallpapered" our dining room with contact paper. We also hung musical instruments and sheet music on one wall. It looked great!" --CL-Mon71

Fun with Sheets
3. "In our apartment, I bought a twin sheet set, used the flat sheet to cover an old chair and used the fitted sheet like a valance. I scrunched and twisted it and then just strategically nailed it up in certain spots to keep the scrunched up look, no curtain rod necessary. (However, I would advise using tacks instead of nails -- they were hard to remove later.) Also, the border paper that peels off is a must." --trish.28

4. "Calendars always have cool pictures. You can cut the pictures out and frame them with cheap frames or cardboard covered in contact paper, and they are beautiful. You can even get calendars with expensive-looking portraits." --warmheart93

Put a Hat on It
5. "Take wicker or straw hats (maybe different sizes) and glue some flowers (dry or silk) and ribbon bows on them, leaving some plain. Hang them on nails over the top of a window, hanging into the window -- that would be neat. Actually, anything like that would work; maybe baskets or anything lightweight." --Heygirl

The Value of a Dollar Store
6. "Dollar stores are great. You wouldn't believe the things I've gotten there -- candleholders that PartyLite sells for $25, really good towels and kitchen accessories, dishes (I got a good quality cut-glass dip dish that matches my chip plate) ... the list goes on. It's a frugal shopper's heaven." --Ozbound

Plants and Pots
7. "Plants are wonderful, and they add personality to any room. You can get them reasonably priced at Kmart or Wal-Mart. Lots of times you can get plants as gifts, or you can let others know you WANT plants as gifts. You can even get cheap pots and paint them up with fingernail polish; you don't need special paint. Stencils are cheap, and you can be as creative as you want." --warmheart93

No Sewing Required
8. "Try to find a no-sew window treatment book (I've found several at my library). There are no-sew window treatments that you can do using glue, staples and so on. The sky is the limit (and your creativity too)." --glaucia

Free Housewares from Mother Nature
9. "For the earthy sort, nature provides all kinds of freebies to decorate with. Try an interesting branch hung behind the sofa, driftwood or shells from the beach arranged as wall art, dried grasses in an old pot, a stack of pinecones on a shelf, river stones used as paperweights, feathers used as bookmarks, or even eggshells strung on jute for a wind chime." --carrolparker

Make Your Own Fountain
10. "I suggest making a rock fountain. Go out and collect a few flat stones. Go to your local hardware store and buy a large stone bowl (garden section) with a two-inch-high rim. Buy an inexpensive garden pump (the smallest you can find) and a foot of clear tubing. Then put together a rock fountain. It is fun and relatively cheap. I've seen these things sold for a ton at the mall." --cl-alibaba

And what happened to jupeysky? She gives us a happy ending: "Hey girls! Thank you all for your wonderful help and ideas. They sure helped out a lot. Now that I know what to look for, it will be easier to find it."

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