18 Ideas to Decorate Your Home for Christmas on a Budget
How to Decorate Inexpensively for the Holidays
You don't have to pay an arm and a leg to beautify your home for Christmas. I've rounded up 18 fabulous and budget-friendly decoration ideas that are both tasteful and inexpensive. Some are traditional, some are bold, and some are more unique (at least I think so).
No matter what you choose to do, any of these ideas can help make your home look gorgeous without spending a lot of money. You probably have a lot of the supplies you need around your home. I hope you enjoy perusing these affordable Christmas decorating ideas and finding something that works for your home and taste.
1. Make Your Own Christmas Mantle Arrangement
An impressive living room decoration is a festive mantle arrangement. I adore the large mirror with the snowflakes scattered around it accompanied by the icicles twinkling below the mantle. I think the snowflakes are made of foam and would look lovely if you added some glitter to them. Hobby Lobby has large letters for a dollar a piece. They're flatter than the ones in the lifestyle photo, but I think they'd work well. This would be a very easy project to do and wouldn't drain your wallet!
2. Use DIY Mason Jar Candle Lights
The Inspired Room came up with this snowy candle jar. I can picture having them placed on a mantle or a bar, glowing with warmth and cheer in the dark. I believe she used a mixture of Epsom salt and glitter for the snow. I tell ya, for something so simple, these sure are beautiful!
3. Make Tabletop Trees
I am so impressed with these DIY Christmas tree decorations from The Exchange. It's amazing how cheap they are to make. Do you have some poster board and fabric laying around? That's pretty much all you need to make these trees. You won't be disappointed because these beautiful tabletop trees are super easy to make and affordable to boot!
4. Hang Festive Homemade Icicles
I love, love, love these hanging icicles made by Apartment Therapy! You can make them in any colors and prints you'd like with leftover wrapping paper, cardstock paper, glue, and fishing line. Just cut circles from both papers and glue one cardstock circle to a wrapping paper circle. Join them together with fishing line and tape to enjoy for years to come. These would be so festive for a Christmas party!
5. Make Festive and Nature-Inspired Candlesticks
These are just a few gorgeous ways to dress up a simple candle. I love how simple these pieces are to create. You can use peppermint or cinnamon sticks to glue around a jar or candle for a festive touch. I especially love the nature-inspired candles on the bottom left. Just pick some greenery from bushes outside, arrange them in the container, and add a candle! I'd recommend using an electric candle with this one to make sure a fire doesn't spread to the branches.
6. Create Holly Candle Holders
How creative are these upside-down wine glasses used as candle holders over at Interior Designing Blog! Talk about a simple DIY that is so incredibly pretty! The minute I saw this, I automatically thought of going to thrift stores and buying different types of glasses to create a unique candle grouping for just a few bucks. I love the leaves on display in the arrangement too!
7. DIY Star-Punched Paper Hurricanes
Martha Stewart had some of the best Christmas decorating ideas! These star-punched paper hurricanes are made by punching a design into decorative paper and wrapping it around a hurricane vase. Hurricane vases are inexpensive and can be found at thrift stores for cheap. I love this idea because you can use different prints and colors to mix and match your arrangement. You can find a template she provides for the hole punching, but you could very well make your own template and punch out whatever shapes you want.
8. Create a Christmas Chandelier
Nothing is more beautiful than a chandelier adorned with beautiful, festive ornaments, don't you agree? Unfortunately, I don't have any chandeliers in my home. If you do, you should definitely try this project by Everyday Beauty. You can decorate the statement hanging with whatever colors you like and enjoy the bright sparkles as you sit at your dinner table. I think I'll hang a faux chandelier in my apartment. It would certainly be worth it!
9. Use Branches for Holiday Decorations
I found many ideas to decorate with branches at Inspire Bohemia. This project is simple to make and easy on the wallet. If you have white spray paint, ornaments, and a sort of vase to anchor everything in, you are good to go! If you don't have the spray paint, feel free to leave the branch natural. I've never really given much thought to using actual branches in my home décor, but this DIY made me realize they can make some stunning Christmas décor.
10. Make Your Own Ornament Centerpiece
Beyond Drapery shares this unique idea that only requires a few ornaments, glass candlestick holders, and glitter glue! I think it's a neat idea to use round glass ornaments to spell a Christmas word. Glitter glue or something similar would be perfect for writing the letters. You could switch up the colors to fit your design scheme, and there are a lot of possibilities with this one for sure.
11. Use Pink Candlesticks
Digs Digs has a lot of fun Christmas décor ideas you can use! This one is especially gorgeous. I love all of the different shades of pink candlesticks that make up this centerpiece. The glass candlestick holders elevate the look, and the entire project is easy to make but yields a breathtaking result.
12. Create a Natural Candle Centerpiece
Wandering Mist has the instructions to make this simple, yet stunning candle centerpiece. The greenery is real, and the natural look is lovely. Candlelight and greenery make a perfect combination of Christmas décor. You could dress it up with some poinsettias or something like that to add another natural pop of color.
13. Make Your Own Festive Throw Pillows
Throw pillows can add a festive touch to help you get you into the holiday spirit. I found a tutorial for felt snowflake throw pillows at Noodlehead. I absolutely adore snowflakes, and this tutorial looks pretty simple. If you don't have a sewing machine, you can stitch the fabric by hand or use fabric glue. I recommend stitching the seams by hand and gluing the snowflake on. It's fairly easy to do and adds a homey element to the room.
14. Make a Curtain of Ornaments
This colorful ornament "curtain" is a bit colorful for my taste, but it's very pretty and creative. I would personally use silver and gold ornaments and hang them with a thinner organza ribbon that is tied into a bow where it meets the ornament. You can easily change this to suit your own taste.
15. Use Homemade Floating Stars
Using floating stars is such a bold way to decorate and I love it! I would cut big snowflake shapes out of cardboard, paint them white, and maybe add a little glitter. For the big stars, I would use the star lantern template I found at Homemade Gifts Made Easy! You can hang the paper stars without adding lights to make it easy, or you can string lights through them to add a glow. All of these pieces would be hung with fishing string to give the illusion that they're just floating in the air.
16. Wrap Your Picture Frames
At Georgia Peachez, I found this low-effort, high-impact idea that will blow your mind! Just take the medium to large sized artwork or picture frames hanging on your walls and wrap them up like presents. Make sure to add a fun bow and hang them back on your wall. Can you believe it? There are Christmas gifts hanging on your walls! How easy is that? It's a fun, bold way to decorate for Christmas.
17. Make a Wreath Christmas Card Holder
This is a pretty Christmas card holder made by Fern Creek Cottage. She used muted clothespin colors so the wreath could be used all year round. If you want it to look more holiday specific, you could paint them your favorite Christmas colors. Displaying the Christmas cards your loved ones sent you is always a nice touch.
18. Or Use a Bowl as a Glamorous Candle Holder
I found this beautiful candle holder idea at Beauty and Bedlam. You basically put some Christmas ornaments, garlands, and candles in a bowl. It's so pretty and easy to make, but I would just make sure to have the candles anchored down well before tucking the balls and garland around them. You'll need to keep an eye on it so the candles don't burn down too far. This would be a lovely centerpiece for the table to light while having dinner. Don't you think?
I hope you have found these ideas useful in your efforts to save money while decorating for the holidays. Merry Christmas!