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It’s almost summer, yay, and if you’re like me, it’s time to re-decorate and get your home summer ready! It’s my second summer in my “new” home. Well, new to me because it is my first time home, so every new season is exciting for me. Since last summer consisted of moving, getting married, and completing the furnishing and organizing of our home, it means that I can just focus on the decorating part this summer. But that doesn’t mean that you and I need to run out and buy expensive new decor. No, we are going to do it on a budget! In this post you will find out how you can make your home beautiful and summer-ready in 10 easy ways for cheap!
10 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Beautiful for Summer on a Budget
Usually when you think of candles, you think of autumn weather – cozy scents, sweet vanilla, or pumpkin spice. But candles can definitely be used for the warmer seasons, too. There are so many tropical, floral, fruity, or ocean scents out there. Lighting one in the kitchen or living room can add that summer vibe in the house.
Create a Gallery Wall
Add some new photos around the house, or create a gallery wall! I recently started a gallery wall, and it is almost complete! A majority of the frames I purchased either from the dollar store or Walmart, so they were very affordable. Only a few of the larger photo frames were a bit on the pricey side because they are more unique and decorative than a basic photo frame. I also purchased wall stickers that I found from the dollar store and added those into the smaller spaces of the wall, and it looks so cute!
Light Throw Blankets
Have some blankets at your disposal for those chilly summer evenings. Now that my patio set up is completed, you bet that I’m covering it in pillows and blankets. I plan on finding a giant basket to place the blankets in, and make it easy access for any guests we have over! You can also do this in your living room or bedroom.
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Place some fresh flowers in a vase! You can find some cheap ones at local grocery stores, or even pick some from your garden! They brighten up the room without costing a fortune.
Add More Greenery
Apart from having flowers in a vase, have some potted, living plants in your house. Yes, you will have to water them and make sure they do not die, but the greenery will add such a summer vibe in your home. If you are scared of killing your plants, buy succulents instead. They do not require to be watered as often and last for a long time. I have cacti that I purchased last summer and they are still alive! I moved them into some new pots and they are as happy as ever.
If you’re not really into having live plants in your home, opt-in for some fake ones instead. If you thoroughly search, some dollar stores have fake succulents, but I noticed that when they are gone, they are gone! So if you see any that are cheap or on sale, go for it!
Create a Mason Jar Herb Garden
A neat idea I saw floating around Pinterest was creating a herb garden in mason jars. You can place these on your window sill or near your kitchen, and watch your little herbs grow! I’m thinking of doing this with my left over chive seeds, and watch my little veggies grow right in front of my eyes.
A Wreath on the Door
No, not a Christmas wreath, but a floral wreath, or any garland you want! It looks so cute and welcoming, and it shows any guests that are coming to visit that you care about your home, even your front door.
Sometimes wreaths can be expensive, though, but you can DIY your own! I bought a bunch of fake flowers from Michaels craft store when they were on sale (so keep an eye out for that) because I wanted higher quality flowers. You can also go to your local dollar store to stay under a specific budget. I found a circular, plain wooden wreath, arranged my flowers the way I wanted, and started gluing! There are tons of ideas on Pinterest, so search on there if you want some inspiration.
Accent Throw Pillows
Now I don’t know about you, but I love throw pillows. I have lots of them! But I don’t buy multiple individual pillows, because where would I store all the seasonal ones? Not only that, it can get expensive! Instead, I buy pillow fillers for $5-10 from IKEA, and I buy pillow cases online! I order all my pillow cases from Aliexpress for so cheap, and there’s such a variety to choose from! I can confidently say that the quality is really good, like at any other local store. The only downside is that you have to wait quite awhile for your items to arrive, so if you want cute pillows for the summer, I would get some now. With the price of the filler and the case, you can easily put together a pillow for less then $10, which is so cheap compared to buying 1 pillow for $15-$30! I listed some of my favourites down below if you’re interested in getting your own.
If you’re the crafty type, sew your own pillow cases with a fabric of your choice. You’ll have one-of-a-kind pillows that no one else will have.
Decorative Pillow Cases
Unicorn Pillow Case | Ice Cream | Lace and Floral | Lace | Black and White | White and Gold | Blue Decorative Patterns
Always Have Baked Goods
Have something homemade on your kitchen counter readily available for anyone that would like something yummy to snack on. I try and have muffins or cookies out for my hubby, and it is great to be prepared for unexpected guests (which happens often)!
Ocean Themed Terrarium
Here’s another option for you crafty people out there, an ocean themed terrarium! I love the ones with plants, but I hardly ever find any other options. I think an ocean one would be super cute in the bathroom or if you have an ocean theme room in your home. All the supplies can be found at the dollar store or your local craft store (sand, seashells, fishbowl gem rocks, bowl, etc.)
If you want to be on a budget, go to your local beach and search for empty seashells (make sure no one is living in it), drift wood, rocks, sand, and my favourite thing to do, look for sand dollars. Also, this could be a fun family project, too, and include your kids in the search. They would have a lot of fun looking, and once home, you can create the terrarium together!
And there you have it! I’d love to hear if you have any other budget-friendly ideas to get your home summer ready! You might just be inspiring me instead!