I don’t know about you, but I am very excited about decorating for Christmas this year! I think it’s, in large part, due to the fact that I wasn’t able to fully decorate for Christmas last year due to my healing shoulder. Everything was harder and took twice as long, so I did a lot less. I think I can also attribute the anticipation to the fact that we’ve done so many home projects this year and I’m looking forward to seeing my “new rooms” decked out for the holidays. I know, for some people, it’s completely annoying to even mention Christmas before Thanksgiving, but the stores are already filling the shelves with their Christmas decor and the holiday magazines are already on the stands. It’s just time to start thinking about it and planning for it (but I assure you all of these photos are from past Christmases. ) In this post, I want to offer up a few budget-friendly Christmas decorating ideas…
Christmas budget decorating idea no. 1 | use what you have
This is the absolute, number one, no doubt, best way to save money when decorating for Christmas this year. Just use what you have! That doesn’t mean you have to use your old Christmas decorations in the same way you have in the past. Try setting up the tree in a different spot or limit the ornaments you use to a specific theme or color palette. Just using what you have differently will make everything feel fresh and new without spending a penny.
Christmas budget decorating idea no. 2 | forage
I recognize that some locations are going to offer more options for foraging than others, but that can be a part of the challenge and what makes your holiday decorating unique. Forage branches, greenery, pinecones, seedpods, feathers, and anything else that captures your attention. The process of foraging gets you outside and looking for the beauty in nature that speaks to you and then encourages you to be creative.
I like beefing up store-bought, artificial greens with foraged live branches and pine cones. They add more color and texture and make something run-of-the-mill a little bit more custom and special.
Christmas budget decorating idea no. 3 | use inexpensive materials
I love using inexpensive, humble materials to make beautiful decorations. In fact, when I used to sell out of a retail space, almost all of the ornaments and decorations I sold were handmade with paper, yarn, glitter, and twine. I still use many of those decorations today from yarn pom-pom “snowballs” to glittered chipboard letters and milk-painted painted papier-mache ornaments.
They are fun to make with friends, as a family project, or just as a calming project to soothe stress. And they make great gifts, too. I enjoy pulling them out each year and appreciate the various stages of crafting I have gone through over the years!
Christmas budget decorating idea no. 4 | make your own “new” decorations
Making new gingerbread ornaments and little houses each year has become a favorite holiday tradition for me. While I use the same patterns and cutters year after year, they are always a little different. HERE is a tutorial on how I make gingerbread.
I have most of the ingredients on hand, but even if I do have to buy a few ingredients, this decorating idea costs only a few dollars.
Christmas budget decorating idea no. 5 | use things that aren’t Christmas decor
I feel like it’s a bonus when I find a way to use an everyday item to decorate for the holidays. The piece can be used year-round but can find a new purpose when decking the house for Christmas. An ironstone ring mold can become an advent wreath…
…mittens can become a cozy, textural addition to a holiday vignette.
Use platters, plates, bowls, and glass jars to hold a bundle of lights, mini pinecones, ornaments, and fresh branches, Wrap bows around tins, baskets, and wood boxes. Plop a Christmas tree in a crock, basket, crate, bucket, or an antique goat cart! Everything should be fair game when you’re decorating for Christmas!
Above all, I think the key to a budget-friendly Christmas is contentment. Most of us already have so much that even our lean Christmases would be a bounty for many families across the globe. When we are thankful for what we have and focus on contentment, we just don’t need to spend a lot of money to make Christmas special.
I am going to focus on those things as we head into the holiday season…
For more budget-friendly Christmas decorating ideas, please visit the blogs of a few of my talented friends…