We all want our homes to look warm and inviting for the holiday season. As much as we would all love to spend money on decorations from Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs, not everyone has the budget to do so. I have good news for you today, though, because decorating your home for Christmas doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. In fact, there are plenty of ways you can decorate your home for less when you’re committed to being resourceful. Here are some tips for Christmas decorating on a budget.
One of my favorite places to shop for cheap Christmas decorations is thrift stores. You can find all types of goodies for a reasonable price, from Christmas themed dinnerware to ornaments and knick-knacks. My two go-to thrift stores are The Salvation Army Thrift Store and Goodwill and I can always find Christmas items on sale there during every month of the year.
Do It Yourself
Why pay the big bucks for items at mall stores when you can do it yourself? It’s fun and easy to get creative and make your own Christmas decorations and I always make my holiday wreaths at a fraction of the cost I’d pay at the store. Some of my fondest Christmas memories are the times my mother and I made ornaments for our tree when I was young. Not only will you save money, but you can make it a family tradition, too!
Use What You Have
The easiest way to spend money on Christmas decorations is to use items you already have on hand. Dig out the red decorations from your Valentine’s Day and patriotic stash and the green décor from your St. Patrick’s Day stash. Combine them to decorate your home in traditional red and green for the holidays without spending a dime.
Decorating your home for Christmas doesn’t have to be complicated. A small basket of shiny ball ornaments can add plenty of color for an easy table or centerpiece display. Add red and green foil-wrapped Hershey Kisses to a candy dish for a splash of holiday color. Sometimes it’s small touches like these that can bring your holiday décor up a notch or two with little effort.
Choose Your Space
A simple way to decorate for Christmas on a budget is to limit the space you decorate. No matter what you see in home magazines, you don’t have to decorate every room of your home to have holiday cheer. Save money by decorating only the rooms most visible to your holiday guests or the rooms you spend the most time in, such as family rooms and dining rooms.
Light It Up
Concentrate on good lighting for your holiday décor and make it go from boring to classy. Holiday candles and string lights cast a warm glow around your home and are a simple way to create a cozy ambiance in your home.
Wrap Presents Early
If you’re like me and like to get your holiday shopping (or crafting) done early, you’re in luck. Go ahead and wrap the presents in pretty wrapping paper and you have an instant Christmas display. Whether you place them under a tree, beside the fireplace or stack a few on a coffee table, you’ve made a festive display and knocked a task off your Christmas to-do list all at once.
Let Mother Nature Help
Save money by using free natural elements provided by Mother Nature herself in your holiday décor. Pick up pinecones and acorns from the yard (be sure to bake in the oven to remove pesky bugs) and use cut evergreens to add some natural beauty to your holiday home. Add a red bow and you’re done!
Display Christmas Cards
Displaying Christmas cards as you receive them is another easy way to add holiday color to your home. Hang a piece of ribbon the wall and use a clothespin to attach the cards for a simple decoration.
Shop Clearance Sales
My favorite way to decorate for Christmas on a budget is by shopping the end of season clearance sales for deals for next year. I can easily store the items I get for 75-90% off the regular purchase price for later use.
What are some ways you decorate your home for Christmas on a budget? Let me know by leaving a comment below.