Do you find that each year your collection of Christmas decorations grows and grows? Do you put out your decorations earlier each year and take them down later? Do you love to decorate for the holidays but hate what it does to your budget? If this sounds like you then there’s good news! Here are some easy and beautiful ways to decorate your home for the holidays and stick to your budget this season.
Five Budget Christmas Decorating Ideas
These things are everywhere at the Farm! Pinecones are free when you collect them yourself. A trip to the woods or the park can fill a basket. Bring them home and create a plan. You can make a pine cone wreath. You’ll just need a wire frame, which you can pick up at Dollar Tree, and a hot glue gun. A few boughs from a pine tree can help by adding greenery. Cranberries can add a pop of color. You can also simply fill a nice basket with pine cones and use it as a centerpiece.
If you love color, consider painting the pine cones. (I still have some that the kids decorated years ago, including the blue and pink ones from Annie, lol) A clear glaze paint with gold or silver glitter adds sparkle. Essential oils like cinnamon and pine (*add in links) can add an aroma therapy element to your holiday decorations.
#2 Pine Boughs
A few pine boughs, branches from a pine tree, placed on your front door make a nice natural decoration. You can also hang them with a few white lights entwined. Consider using smaller boughs and greenery as a centerpiece on your dining table. In fact, a few well-placed boughs with a flameless candle in the center is very peaceful and makes a beautiful decoration. And this is simple and easy if you have access to pine trees, just the way I prefer to make thigs around here.
If you prefer color and drama you can add snow to the boughs by painting them with white spray paint or “snow” paint. (add links) As a reminder, inspect them well before you bring them inside. No one wants any “extra” critters or insects joining in the holiday festivities with them!
#3 Holiday Cards
Did you keep your holiday cards from last year? – I know you did, because I did! – You can use them as decorations this year. (EASY. – favorite word ever) You can create a collage or frame a choice few to add a bit of holiday cheer around your home. You can also consider just hanging them in a chain around doorways using twine or hemp rope (insert links). All you need is some tape and thumb tacks to decorate with the holiday cards. Many people like to string the new cards they receive each year, often from their fireplace or the doorframes. It is super fun to watch the card chain grow!
#4 Candy Canes
Group a few pretty candy canes in a vase or jar to add color. Consider wrapping each candy cane or candy cane bundle with beautiful holiday ribbon or twine to add flair. You can go straight red and white canes or pick up some colored ones for an extra bit of color. These look lovely on the mantle or decorating shelves and countertops. You can even decorate the jars with twine, ribbon, and artificial seasonal flowers to make them a little “extra” for fractions of retail store cost.
#5 Presents and Paper
Grab old shipping boxes from your basement, garage, or living room. Oh wait, that’s just me and ALL of my Amazon boxes . . . never mind. Wrap them in holiday paper and add bows and accessories to make them beautiful. Pile the “gifts” in prominent areas of your home. Put them under the tree and set smaller ones on shelves, tables, and mantles. Add them EVERYWHERE.
You can also wrap doorways with your favorite holiday wrapping paper to make them look like giant presents. Or if you prefer an understated look consider simply framing pieces of your favorite wrapping paper. I even wrap some of my larger pictures that hang on the walls in beautiful paper with a huge bow for more decorations. Super simple and absolutely easy and adorable!
There are many low-cost decorating ideas that you can embrace. I hope this short list offers you a good jumping off point and that you get creative this year at your house. By using nature around you and some slick tricks you can achieve a beautiful look and save yourself some money in the process. What better way to celebrate the holidays!
Enjoy your holidays friend!
In His Grace,