"Deck the Halls for Less: Discover 70 Wonderful Christmas Decoration Ideas That Won't Break the Bank!"
Revamp your home this season with these 70 sensational and cost-effective Christmas decoration ideas that'll deck your halls in style! Discover tips and tricks for creating stunning Christmas wreaths, unique centerpieces, and breathtaking place settings. Whether you're a crafting connoisseur or novice, our assortment of ideas has something to suit all styles and budgets.
Explore our ideas by category, and find the perfect inspiration for your Christmas vision. From glamorous Christmas tress to festive tablescapes, we have ideas that'll liven up any space! And to achieve a cozy, heartfelt ambiance, don't forget the pillows and throws, they are essential pieces that bring comfort and warmth to your entire home.
Want to get creative? Repurpose ordinary items to create festive masterpieces! Take empty wine bottles, for example, and transform them into unique centerpieces. Our Wine Bottle Centerpiece Tutorial offers a few simple accessories that can instantly transform “trash” into treasure. Use them as candle holders, or paint your favorite Christmas characters like Santa, Rudolph, or a troupe of winter carolers.
Why not try a cost-effective alternative to an extravagant tree skirt? Get creative with spare white sheets, tablecloths, or faux fur blankets, making an excellent and economical alternative. Additionally, our throw pillows and blankets provide the snuggly finishing touch to every cozy Christmas setup. With the golden rule of less is more, you can mix one seasonal pillow with a few perennial favorites and enjoy them year-round with removable covers.
So, this holiday season, give each room a holiday makeover with these affordable and fantastic decoration ideas! Browse through our collection and discover the perfect inspiration to sprinkle your life with some Christmas magic!
Pro-tip: Simplify the process of changing pillow covers by purchasing throw pillows in consistent sizes. This saves both storage space and money!
Candy canes are the ultimate budget-friendly Christmas decoration. Display them on garlands, wreaths, or tree branches to add festive cheer. Tying bunches together with ribbons also makes for adorable table settings.
Any kind of Christmas candy can be a decoration when put on display. Some seasonal favorites include M&M's, peppermints, and Hershey's kisses.
There's no need to shell out money for decorative boxes when you can get tons of cardboard boxes delivered to your door during the holiday season. And there are many ways to repurpose them!
Wrap your gifts in the shipping boxes. Use ribbon to create a stack of boxes that add a festive touch to your decor, or fill them with baked goods and other goodies to gift to friends and neighbors. Just remember to show some appreciation to your postal worker!
Who says wrapped gifts have to be placed under the tree? Get creative and tuck them in unexpected places throughout the room. Add some festive charm with cute tags that you can print for free.
If you're short on wrapped gifts, don't worry! Use empty shipping boxes to create a decorative display.
Make use of scrap wood for your holiday decor by creating charming rustic crafts. From clothespin snowman ornaments to wood pallet Christmas trees, there are endless possibilities that won't break the bank.
Here are some more ideas for using scrap wood:
9. Dollar Store Decor
Last season, I found these darling nutcrackers at a dollar store for less than 10 dollars. Budget-friendly items like these make it easy to update your Christmas decor without overspending. No DIY skills required!
10. Clip Natural Elements from Your Yard
Take a walk outside in search of natural elements to use for your Christmas decorations. Pine trees, boxwoods, magnolia, and winter holly are just a few examples of common backyard finds that can add a touch of nature to your decor.
Here are some ideas for decorating with yard clippings:
Place the clippings in a vase for a simple and chic arrangement. Use them to fluff up garlands that have seen better days or add depth to artificial trees.
For an effortlessly chic DIY napkin ring, wrap Christmas ribbon around your clipping. To add a natural touch to plain pillar candles, tie them with twine and attach clippings.
Pro tip: Inspect any foraged foliage for insects before placing it inside. For added durability, spray your clippings with water every day.
11. Twinkle Lights or Fairy Lights
Nothing sets the mood quite like twinkling lights during the holidays.
Wrap branches in lights for a rustic "Charlie Brown" tree, or place them in jars or wine bottles for a simple centerpiece. For a whimsical touch, string lights on chandeliers or lanterns.
Ball ornaments have a Swiss Army knife-like versatility for holiday decorating. Pick up some affordable ones from the dollar store and let your creativity loose!
Craft ornament topiaries, tuck them into greenery on the mantle and around the house, or fill apothecary jars and decorative bowls with them. String them from curtain rods with transparent fishing line, place them inside lanterns, or use them to create DIY placeholders with pretty ribbon. I love using these lanterns year-round.
Unpacking homemade ornaments is my favorite part of dusting off the Christmas decorations each year. Each one tells a unique story and holds special memories.
Handmade ornaments aren't just for DIY Christmas decorations; they're like miniature time capsules. Try making some this season by painting the tips of pinecones, drawing designs on wood slices with the kids, creating salt dough ornaments, or crafting a DIY advent calendar. You can even turn seasonal clippings and a cinnamon stick into a festive Christmas tree ornament.
Nothing says cozy like a set of fire logs, even if you don't have a wood-burning fireplace. Place a stack near your entryway or living room in baskets for a warm winter vibe.
Pro tip: Double-check that your firewood is dry and free from any signs of pests.
Bring out your inner Buddy the Elf and create an indoor winter wonderland with paper snowflakes. These classic decorations are versatile and can be placed on windows, walls, or nestled into other decor.
Get creative this holiday season with these DIY decor ideas! Use our free 3D star template to make garlands, ornaments, or even a tree topper. For a unique twist on traditional garlands, try making paper snowflake chains or snowflake ornaments to hang in your window. Make a statement with giant paper cones adorning your modern tree or create a mini-forest of origami Christmas trees.
Welcome guests into your festive home with a DIY front porch sign made from a reclaimed board and outdoor paint. Repurpose leftover wrapping paper by using it to make custom gift tags, line serving trays or create a thrifty table runner. Instead of buying expensive bows, try making your own with leftover wrapping paper.
Display your Christmas cards in style with a minimalist DIY display made from common household items. Incorporate cookie cutters into your decor by making tea light holders, a DIY cookie cutter wreath, or gingerbread ornaments. Hang them on a small tree or decorate a kitchen tree.
Warm up with a cozy cup of cocoa and create a practical coffee bar on a budget using a tiered tray, bar cart or serving tray. And don't forget the pomander balls! These kid-friendly crafts make for a thrifty centerpiece display when placed in a pretty bowl and offer a delightful aroma to your space.
I openly confess my unwavering love for Christmas-themed literature. Incorporating your preferred holiday classics into your festive décor is a brilliant notion!
Stack books of matching hues to resemble a jolly snowman or decorated Christmas tree.
Display cherished Christmas tomes on your mantelpiece or coffee table for all to see.
Shred discarded book pages and use them to fill clear plastic ornaments.
Get crafty with a book advent calendar.
Transform old books into accordion-style Christmas trees.
Have your kids grown too big for their britches? Use their outgrown sweaters to infuse your holiday decorations with a dash of one-of-a-kind nostalgia.
If you’re always missing one mitten, create a colorful garland using the lonesome survivors.
Wrap a scarf around your wreath form to add a touch of effortless sophistication.
Repurpose old sweaters into covers for your floor cushions or pillows.
Sweater vase cozies – snip off those sleeves from your worn-out sweaters and slide your vase right into them!
Seasonal standbys such as holly bushes and mistletoe garner a lot of attention during Christmastime, but let’s not forget about the other favorites that thrive in cold climates and also make for outstanding, low-cost Christmas decorations. Bonus point: Winter flora that blooms in chilly weather makes fantastic holiday gifts!
Resilient Winter Houseplants:
Tip: Procure and plant bulbs early on for budget-friendly decorations that continue to thrive all winter long.
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