Gear up for the holidays with great decor and more

If you haven't started decorating for the holidays yet, now is the time to start looking for ideas.

I like to consider myself a pretty crafty person, so when I see something that I can make myself I always give it a try.

Often times it's cheaper and it's always a talking point when friends and family come over to visit.

When I was on Pinterest today I came across a few great pins for holiday decorations. I also found a bunch of ideas for fun holiday ornaments.

My family and I put up our new Christmas tree up this weekend and while it looks beautiful all decked out in lights it is certainly lacking in the ornament department.

I wanted to do something original this year and make our own Christmas ornaments. Since moving here I have been eager to get sand from all of the lakes we've visited and put the

sand in clear ornament balls

and throw in a tag with the name of each lake.

Unfortunately, the snow got here before we got out to do it, so now I am looking for new ideas.

I am always up for the challenge of decorating on a dime, so I found a few ideas that are adorable and won't hurt your pocketbook.

All of the pictures are in the photo slideshow above.

I love the idea of using old Christmas sheet music to make ornaments.

I also found an article on


where they make a wreathe out of sheet music.

I was thinking we could go with a Santa Claus theme this year for our tree. The tree skirt looks like a Santa Claus hat and I thought it was only fitting to make the tree topper a Santa hat.

I came across a cute idea for Santa themed ornaments


. The picture is also above.

You can also use old food boxes and wrap them to decorate your mantle or hang on the wall as presents.

Want an easy way to decorate for indoors or outdoors? Fill up mason jars with Epson salt. It will look like snow on the inside and you can brighten things up by putting a tea light candle in the jar.

And while you are working hard this holiday season why not satisfy your taste buds while you're at it!

Martha Stewart has 28 easy candy recipes for you to munch on


. There is everything from peanut brittle and fruit jellies to peanut butter pretzel candy and peppermint fudge.

And while you're making goodies in the kitchen you can do it in style!

I found a really cute pin for how to dress up plain old flats. You can wear tights and tie a big silky ribbon around your foot and you can switch up the colors. So, rather than splurge on a new pair of shoes you can save money and get away with wearing decorative bows this season! You can even decorate your dining room chairs with bows to spice them up for the holidays.

Have you started decorating for the holidays? Share your beautiful decorations with us!