Decorating for Christmas on a Budget

It’s so easy to spend lots of money on Christmas decorations, but buying all those presents for everyone from family to teachers to co-workers to neighbors can max out your holiday budget. Before you give in to spending money on too many ornaments and lights, consider a few simpler ideas that look just as good and won’t break the bank which can lessen the stress of the holiday.

Start with what you already have!  You might be surprised what you can do with what you have in those Christmas totes. Comprise a list of what you have around your house then head out to your local dollar store. It is a great place to pick up all kinds of odds and ends, especially during the holidays. I found gift wrap, bows, ornaments, pine cones, and cinnamon sticks, yes cinnamon sticks! I cut cinnamon sticks accordingly to the height of my candles before hot gluing them all the way around the 3 pillar candles (left over from Thanksgiving). Then I finish them off with a red ribbon tied in a bow. They smell delicious! Candles are a perfect centerpiece or decorative piece up on the mantle and make a great accent on an entryway table.

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Use lights! Lights are inexpensive and come in various colors and sizes. Lights aren’t just used for the Christmas tree. They can also be intertwined with garland on your stair case rails, mantle, or they can even be stapled inside the window frames.  I bunched up a string of lights into a large vase and added it to my side table. The glow from the Christmas lights provides a cozy atmosphere instead of using the lamps. No need for extra light strands, just use those Christmas ones! Gently place them into any glass container, add a pine cone or two as well, and you’ll have a unique piece of your own.

Once you have the dining room decorated, it’s time to turn your attention to the furniture. Look through your linen closet – use red or green table cloths or blankets in the main living area for an easy way to add color and make the room more festive. If you don’t own
any, you can look in the fabric department at your local Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby or fabric store to find cheap fabrics by the yard. Be sure to use coupons easily found on their website (plus most places will scan straight from your phone!).

Christmas is supposed to be a jolly time. But at the same time it can leave you strapped for cash. Decorating on a budget can help lessen your stress. Leave the big purchases to presents or travel for the family and use your inner creativity to make your home more festive for the holidays!