I am flat broke, and I need to create an altar. I know it doesn't have to be fancy or flashy. I practice Christian witchcraft. I really don't even have a table to put it on, honestly :( The only thing I have that I could use is a blanket and a large windowsill. I work with what I have now just to perform spells. If I told y'all some of the things I used to burn incense and grind up herbs, y'all would die laughing XD But whatever works. I'm in school and I only work part time, so I'm doing what I can for now. Any suggestions would be great!

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What you have isn't as important as your intent. Use what you have available to you now and use it for the correct intent and then add to it as your funds allow. It takes time to get it all together. That is part of the "fun". I've found many a item at thrift shops. Used scarves makes great altar cloths. Lots of candle holders, chalices, bowls for offerings can be purchased for small amounts at thrift stores and yard sales. Ask friends for extra stuff even if they don't know your path. You will get it all together. Just give it time. Be creative.

Thank you for your input :) I couldn't possibly take anything from someone, I would feel bad. I'm also too stubborn lol. I will do some more research and also see what I have around the house. I haven't thought about thrift stores. I will check into them when I can. It just sucks because I live in a rural area, and I never go into town much. It's about 30 mins away. My work is the opposite way. I will figure something out, all will be as it should.

A stone slab or fallen tree would make for a decent altar.  Thrift Stores have an abundance of tables and props for you to use.  I often see plenty of Christian iconography.  I've snagged quite a bit from the thrift.

Example, there's other photos there to peruse to get ideas.

You, literally, don't need any money for an altar! You can use what is outside - use what nature gives us. You can even make all sorts of symbols with some twigs and twine (or yarn or thread or t-shirt strips, whatever you have). I've seen pentagrams, goddess figures, horned god representations, crosses, and crowns all from twigs. Any dish can be used to hold water or salt. Literally, anything can be a wand or athame or ritual dagger (if you use those). Any sort of cloth can be used as a place for the altar - if you have some needle and thread, you could embroider it to your liking. 

Most of the things on my altar were either free or very inexpensive. The only thing I bought, specifically, for my altar was a small cast iron cauldron. Otherwise, everything on it has either come from the outside or is a "random" object I decided would be good for my altar. In fact, I even have a plastic wolf (perhaps coyote, it's unclear from the shape) on my altar that came from a Kinder egg. I just saw it, and felt compelled to put it on my altar. 

I went to the dollar tree today and bought everything I needed to make my altar. I spent a total of $11. I do have a mermaid statue type thing I'm going to put on it as well. I will put up pictures later :)
Here is a picture of my altar. I got to use it tonight. Nothing fancy. Sorry about the picture quality, I had to take it with my iPad. My phone is charging. The "table" is the box from my new vacuum I got a couple of weeks ago lol (my old one died). Now I just need to go to the flea market and get a cauldron! Maybe this weekend. And the mermaid I just threw in, I had that figure in my living room. I decided to go with an ocean theme because I love the sea...it really calms me down.
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Very pretty. It just goes to show that you can find supplies all around you

That did turn out very nice.

Oh I also got a small glass dish to use for a chalice.

This is a little off subject but have you ever noticed how almost everyone across all beliefs and lack therein create personal spaces (alters)? They direct thought, light candles, add, touch, and manipulate. Even people without a home collect things they jive with.

This is a little off subject but have you ever noticed how almost everyone across all beliefs and lack therein create personal spaces (alters)? They direct thought, light candles, add, touch, and manipulate. Even people without a home collect things they jive with.

Humans are very tangible-centric creatures.  We don't survive as infants without touch.  So it follows that when we address, think of, or worship our gods, we seek something tangible as well.  Religions that espouse a god with no 'graven images' or representations have a difficult time with it.  Not saying it can't be done, it is, but people find a lot of comfort in having something tangible to touch or see.

A Tibetan singing bowl passed through my hands last year, I wish I had been in the position of keeping it. I kept hold of the Tingsha for a little longer but they had to go too. If the opportunity arises again of them being available I will definitely have one or both of them. I suspect my lack of skill with the singing bowl precipited Spirits' swiftly moving it on ha ha.

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