4 Tips For Christmas Decorating On A Budget

4 Tips For Christmas Decorating On A Budget

Christmas is the time of year when magic comes alive! We hear sleigh bells and Christmas carols, we see colorful and bright lights, we smell cinnamon and taste peppermint, and our senses are overjoyed. But as we grow older and responsibilities take over, the Christmas magic feels like it depends on the amount of money we can and/or are willing to invest in the holiday. So we work harder for those overtime hours or Christmas bonuses and we forget to enjoy.

I want you to relish in the magic this year. So, to relieve some of the financial burdens of Christmas decorating, here are 4 tips for decorating on a budget!


1. Homemade ornaments.

I love the ornaments that have been passed down year after year from my childhood; I even began doing that for my own children. We have a smaller tree for our sentimental decor, but for our bigger tree, I love changing the look each year with a collection of decorative ornaments that match the theme of that year in my home. Last year, it was gold, silver, and white. My style I chose for this year is a minimalist, Scandinavian look, so I made my own ornaments.

The ornaments pictured below were made using clear plastic ornaments from the dollar section of Target. I popped off the top of the bulbs and put a variety of leaves and brown feathers inside.



2. Reuse old decor.

People around you are always getting rid of Christmas decor before the holidays. Think about it, we take one step into Hobby Lobby and our entire Christmas decorating plans are hijacked and we throw out the old and welcome the new! And if that’s not you, it’s probably your neighbor, friend, or family member.

It used to be me until this year! Now I’m trying to be a bit more creative with what others may be passing down. My grandparents were getting rid of some Christmas decor, and I jumped on the opportunity right away! The centerpiece garland pictured on our table was given to us with ribbons and bows that didn’t fit my style, but I cut the accessories out and kept the plain greenery. I then used wire cutters to make it long instead of thick. For a finishing touch, I added pinecones.

3. Keep it simple.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money decorating. You most likely have everything you need to still get the look you desire without spending a fortune. We use our letter felt board all year round, but the words can be changed according to the season. We plan to use “Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him,” “Joy To The World,” and “Oh, Holy Night!” as a few of our Christmas sayings. 

We change our Christmas decor each year, but the nativity set pictured below is the sentimental piece of our decor that we will use every year. We brought it back from DR Congo, and we chose this piece because we knew it had a classic look that would last over time and always be special to our little girl. When you are shopping, choose less of the “trendy” items and more of the classic items that you can add to or take away from each year — like the garland pictured above!

Another way to keep decorating simple and affordable is to replace pictures in your frames with free Christmas printables. You can find some here. I do this with every season and just store them in the frames behind the picture I’m using at the time. This keeps me from storing a bunch of hanging decor.


4. Get Creative

One example of a way you can get creative is with gift wrap. The wrapping paper, bows, tags, and more can start adding up! This year, my friend made my kids beautiful “Santa Sacks” to hold all of their gifts inside year after year. And I am getting creative with the gifts I give as well. The gift below only required me to buy the brown paper. I had the string in my craft box and the pine tree branches came from outside! These printable tags are easy to print out for a unique and inexpensive look as well.

Get creative with what you already have laying around the house. You’ll feel good tapping into that part of your brain and your wallet will thank you!

What ways are YOU saving money this Christmas? Share with me in the comments! 


Amanda is a wife, mother, writer/editor, and certified life coach. Pen and paper make her spirit come alive. She spends her creative time reading, decorating, and handwriting fonts. Her world is better with an assortment of chocolate and a packed bag ready for travel. She works each day to be a creative maker, storyteller, and dream-chaser.

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