Get Festive on a Budget

The holiday season is here! It’s time to start trimming the tree, buying gifts and decorating your home. I love the classic look of vintage holiday décor and making my own custom decorations with the things I find at my local Goodwill® store.

Here are some of my favorite, easy, tried-and-true ideas.

 Wire Tree

Grab a tomato cage, turn it upside down and add twinkling lights around it. I held the ends together with a ¾ inch nut and made the star out of aluminum wire.


I found these vintage Christmas records at Goodwill. All I did was punch holes and ran ribbon in the middle and at the top. A set of these would make a great festive statement piece on any wall of your home.


I love the shape and shine of this tray. The tree shape is perfect for this time of year but it needed a little more to make it perfect. I used a hot glue gun to add ribbons, ornaments and the artificial candle at the bottom.

By purchasing items at Goodwill, you’ll save on your holiday décor and feel good knowing that your purchase will help provide job training and community services to people looking for work here in your community.

Evette Rios is a lifestyle expert, writer, contributor to “The Today Show” and host of CBS’s “Recipe Rehab”. Prior to her work at CBS, she was a field correspondent and roving reporter for ABC’s “The Chew”. Latina Magazine has embraced Evette as one of the “70 Reasons to Love Being Latina Right Now”, calling her the “mobile Martha Stewart.” Evette is bilingual and a contributor to Univision’s Despierta América, Tu Desayuno, Alegre and Al Despertar.

Evette spent years as a contributing design expert and “buddy” on Rachael Ray, where she became known for fabulous hands-on advice, innovative crafts, and dramatic room revisions — wowing Rachael and the audience with budget-friendly projects that look like a million bucks. Evette’s work has appeared on,,, the English-language Latina-focused website, Mamiverse and many other media outlets.

As a spokesperson for Goodwill, Evette shares budget-friendly design and fashion ideas from items bought at Goodwill and promotes vital job training and career development services to the Hispanic community. Evette lives in New York City.

To learn more about Evette, visit


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