Fact: Christmas is the best.
Other fact: It can also be insanely expensive. By the time you've decked the halls and made your way through the naughty or nice list, chances are you've spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $6 million*.
We decided to hit up a local dollar store (where, naturally, most things cost more than a dollar) in order to decorate a co-worker's apartment for less than the cost of a moderately wild bar tab.
Here's everything we got for $100:
The crowning glory of our mantel was this gigantic bow.
Use tape to block off geometric patterns on inexpensive jar candles, then paint them.
To make this pillar candle special, we used tiny letter stamps and gold paint.
The only stockings we could find were a little tacky and didn't fit with our color scheme (aka GLITTER EVERYWHERE), so we gave them a makeunder.
Pro Tip: Fishing line is the perfect way to hang stockings without having to drill any holes.
Just wrap the line around the mantle (we did it twice for extra strength) and tie it tightly on the end.