The weather is getting colder. The days are getting shorter. Before you know it, Christmas will be here.
While you are shopping for gifts, it can be very tempting to add a bunch of Christmas decorations to your basket to help make your home cheerful and bright. But the cost of Christmas decorations is often overlooked when putting together your vacation budget – and you end up spending a lot more than you realize.
To avoid that post-holiday regret, consider these low-budget decorating suggestions for Christmas.
23 inexpensive Christmas decoration ideas
Decorate hallways without ruining your finances. Here are 23 festive ideas for inexpensive Christmas decorations.
1. Wall Christmas trees
A flat Christmas tree hanging on the wall is a great space and money saver. You can make wall mounted Christmas trees with a light garland, garland, large piece of felt, or even Washi tape. Check out this Apartment Therapy article for ideas. It looks festive with or without a tree top!
2. Get an artificial Christmas tree
Bundling up on a snowy day to go to the Christmas tree farm and chop down the perfect tree can be a pleasant vacation outing, but you will get more for your money by opting for an artificial Christmas tree. Now, artificial trees can get expensive on their own, depending on the size and type you choose. However, you can reuse the tree for years to come, rather than having to put it curbside as the New Year approaches.
3. Get a small tree
Instead of buying an expensive 7 foot tree, you can save money by getting a much smaller tree that will fit your table. As well as spending less on the tree, you’ll save on the amount of lights and ornaments you need to decorate it.
Garland is a low budget Christmas decoration that instantly adds a holiday spirit to a room. In addition to stringing garlands around your Christmas tree, you can hang garlands above your mantle, above your doors, around your window frames, or wrapped around your stair railing. Instead of buying your own garland, you can make your own using natural elements like pine cones and dried citrus fruits, construction paper, popcorn, or inexpensive balls.
5. DIY ornaments
Forget about store-bought adornments and grab your hot glue gun. Create wonderful holiday memories while making ornaments that you can hang on your tree or use as decoration around the house. Check out this article on Good Housekeeping for over 75 DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas.
6. Twinkling lights
A fairy light can really spread the holiday cheer. To save money, opt for shorter string lights to cover smaller areas, like a window or fireplace mantel, rather than along your gutters or around a 7-foot tree. You can also use a light garland on a blank piece of wall in the shape of a star or to spell out “Merry Christmas” in cursive.
7. Window stickers
Dress up your windows with seasonal decals. You can find window stickers featuring snowflakes, ornaments, gingerbread men, and more at dollar stores, craft stores, and major retailers like Walmart or Amazon. If stored properly, you can even reuse them for next year.
Candles are a simple, inexpensive way to add some Christmas spirit to a room. You can create table setting with red, green, white, or gold candles – or place them on the mantel or on a wide window sill. Place battery-powered votive candles in mason jars painted in holiday colors for a flameless decorating option.
9. Decorate your doors
Turn your doors into the greatest gifts of all time by covering them with wrapping paper. You can use wrapping paper to decorate your interior doors as well as your front door. Add a ribbon or a large bow for more embellishment.
10. Bells around door knobs
Not only do your home look festive by tying bells to red or green ribbon and then wrapping them around your doorknobs. Every time someone opens a door, the children of the house look over their shoulders to see if Santa is coming.
11. Decorate with ribbon
You can use ribbon for more than just wrapping gifts. Take a thick ribbon in Christmas colors like red, green or gold and use it to tie knots to hang on your Christmas tree, coat, and even on door or drawer handles. Tie them around a glass vase with a candle inside for a simple Christmas centerpiece.
12. Pack empty boxes
Talk about easy Christmas decorations that make your home cheerful. You can also stack your wrapped gift accessories in an empty corner, at the foot of your stairs or on your veranda.
13. Display of greeting cards
An inexpensive and easy way to add a little holiday spirit to your home is to make a pretty display stand with the Christmas cards you receive from family and friends. You can shape your cards into a wreath or Christmas tree shape or tie them to a ribbon to hang along the stair railing with lights or a garland. You can fill your display rack by purchasing dollar store cards.
14. Create your own Advent calendar
Rather than buying an advent calendar this year, make your own. This Country Living post has several ideas. Offer the small gift, token or message you want to open each day.
15. Gingerbread house
Whether you use a kit or make your own gingerbread from scratch, a gingerbread house is a fun holiday project that can double as Christmas decor. Just know that it probably won’t last long – so consider this a temporary decoration!
16. Display your children’s holiday illustrations
If you have young children (or grandchildren, nieces or nephews), use the holiday artwork they make at school, daycare, or home to hang in the fridge or display them on your shelves, your fireplace mantel or your worktops.
17. Create a holiday table landscape
Dress up your dining table to bring out the joy of the holiday season. Drape your table with a red, green or white tablecloth and fill a vase or tray with seasonal items, such as pine cones, holly leaves, cranberries, sprigs of pine needles, bells , candy canes or candles.
18. Snowmen Sock
This winter craft doubles as an inexpensive Christmas decoration. You may be able to do this with items you already have at home: white tube socks, rice, buttons, pins, and a piece of fabric. This article from Darkroom and Dearly shows you exactly how to create them.
19. Candy canes
You can buy boxes of candy canes inexpensively at grocery or dollar stores this time of year. Fill candy dishes with these red and white striped treats to put on your table, coffee table, or end tables. Or hang a candy cane or two from your Christmas tree instead of buying more expensive decorations.
21. Fake snow on Windows
If you have a dream of a white Christmas, but you live in an area where there is no snow, you can use snow spray to make your winter dreams come true. You can spray artificial snow on your windows to create a frosted look or spray your front door wreath to make it appear covered in snowflakes. A can of sprayed snow costs less than $ 10 on Amazon.
22. Flowerpot decorations
Turn empty flowerpots into outdoor Christmas decor with just a little paint. You will need at least three pots of different sizes. Paint them white if you want to make a snowman with your flowerpots or green to make a potted Christmas tree. When dry, stack the jars on top of each other and paint additional decorations, like a face and buttons on your snowman or ornaments and garlands on your Christmas tree.
23. Light projector
An easy way to illuminate the exterior of your home without the need for yards of string lights and a ladder is to use a spotlight. You can buy one from Amazon, Home Depot, Walmart, and similar retailers for under $ 40.
Nicole Dow is a senior screenwriter at The Penny Hoarder.
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