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Take a walk on a crisp sunny day in late fall somewhere in the country. Take a basket with you and keep an eye out for “nature’s bounty.” You can make yourself a beautiful centerpiece for just the price of a walk. Look for small twigs, pieces of pine tree, holly or cedar limbs. Make sure you look for acorns, pine cones, nuts or berries. Just about anything that catches your eye.

When you get home with your bounty, line a wooden or glass bowl with heavy duty plastic wrap and put a piece of floral foam that you have water soaked into the bottom of the bowl. Tuck the greenery, twigs or berry sprigs into the foam. Make sure that all overflow the sides of the bowl. Top it off with pine cones, acorns, apples or oranges. To make sure that your arrangement stays fresh, water or mist as needed. Inexpensive, but pretty.

Want the kids to have some fun? Find a pattern of a snowflake and trace it on brown paper bags, newspapers or magazines. Let the kids cut them out with children’s scissors. They can be sprayed with canned snow and when dried, can have yarn, string or ribbon tied on each one. Hang them on the Christmas tree or in the kids’ bedrooms. They will have a blizzard of their very own inside the house.

To make a snowman gift bag; lay a white bag flat and round off the top with scissors. Glue two medium sized black buttons on the bag for eyes. If you can’t find a larger black button for the nose, just draw one on with a black felt tip pen or a magic marker. Since a pipe or carrot won’t work for a mouth on a paper bag, paint a red smile with a magic marker or model paint. Fill the bag with gifts and top off the snowman with an infant size hat of red or green. How cute is this?

So there you have it. You can spend time without spending a lot of money.

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