Thrifty Tips for a Rustic Christmas Tablescape

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A table that has a sign on a counter

I have always loved setting the table for holidays and celebrations with special china or decorations.

This year’s Christmas table fits perfectly into the rustic casual look of the rest of my decor. 

A table topped with plates of food, with Thrifty and Budget

I knew I wanted to use my Christmas china with these rustic wood chargers my DIY hubby made.

A dining table

 I also didn’t want to spend any money so here are some of my favorite ways to create a beautiful table on a budget.

Thrifty tip: use extra greenery from your live tree or ask for scraps at the Christmas tree lot.

I filled this yard sale glass bowl with fresh greenery for the base of my centerpiece.

Table and Thrifty

 Next I began layering extra ornaments and natural elements.

A close up of a cactus

Thrifty tip:  use as many free items as possible. I got pinecones and nuts from the neighborhood to add to the greenery.

A bowl of fruit on a table, with Ornament and Thrifty

 Thrifty tip:  buy ornaments and decor at end of the season sales or at the dollar store.

A plate full of food, with Ornament and Thrifty 

Underneath the glass bowl is some gold lamé fabric I had on hand. It’s a remnant and isn’t hemmed so I just tucked it under and called it good!

A table full of food, with Home and Ornament

 My husband leveled off the tops of the pinecones so I could hot glue and nestle a tea light candle inside.

Thrifty tip: spend some time perusing through Pinterest for ideas and translate them into ways that will fit your budget.

A close up of food on a table, with Thrifty and Holiday 

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The Christmas china is some I picked up inexpensively when we were first married, and I still love the simplicity of it.

A slice of cake sitting on top of a wooden table

Aren’t the angel napkin rings too cute? These were also a yard sale purchase many, many years ago.

Thrifty tip: Shop yard sales and thrift stores for seasonal bargains.

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

One little change I made to the centerpiece (which I don’t have a picture of) was adding a strand of lights inside the glass bowl. It was a nice touch and provided a bit of a romantic atmosphere to dinner. Since we have tons of family coming in this week, I decided to take the lights out to prevent any accidents or little hands from touching!

A dining room table 

I’d love to hear your ideas on how you make the holidays special!

It’s been a busy season already, full of Christmas projects and goodies. Have you seen the rest of our home all decked out for the holidays?

2013 Christmas Home Tour

Some of the DIY projects new to our home this year are the fence board Christmas sign

Fence Board Christmas Sign from Marty's Musings

the no mess handmade glitter ornaments

No Mess Handmade Glitter Ornaments

and my Christmas rag wreath and ornament.

Christmas Rag Wreath and Ornament from Marty's Musings

Here’s a perfect appetizer for the holiday season

Veggie Christmas Tree Appetizer

and the best sweet and salty nibble.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites from Marty's Musings

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  2. I have to say your table looks beautiful! Straight out of a magazine. the angels a beautiful! I am staying home with grand kids now and hope to put some of your tips to work now they I don’t have a income….Thank you

    1. Awwww, Deborah, that’s so sweet! I loved my Christmas table a whole bunch! Enjoy being with the grandkids. You have such a wonderful opportunity to influence and love on them!