Today I’m sharing 6 thrifty and simple Christmas decor ideas to help save money on your decorating this year!
We are half way through November, and I still haven’t started decorating for Christmas yet! I’m definitely in the planning stage, though – and each year it’s tempting to want to buy new decor as I plan for the coming holiday.
Today I’m sharing a few tips that help me to save money each year on Christmas decorating, but I’d love to hear from you guys as well! Please leave a comment and share all your tips and tricks with me! I love learning from my readers. 🙂
Layer Garlands with Stems and Holiday Picks
My first tip for you has to do with Christmas greenery. Have you seen the prices lately for quality, faux cedar garlands? Holy moly. I love the look of layering different garlands, but I don’t love the price.
Rather than laying two full size garlands on top of each other, consider using individual stems and holiday picks to add interest and fullness!
My fireplace mantel is a perfect example of this! I started off with a cedar garland and hung it under my reclaimed beam, then I simply added pine branches, some holiday picks and eucalyptus stems to create a full and layered garland! 2
A full sized eucalyptus or berry garland would have been much more pricey, but I saved by sticking individual stems where I wanted them, and I had more control that way, too!
Thrift for Unique and Vintage Ornaments
Another way to save on Christmas decor is to go thrifting for your ornaments! Thrift stores are loaded this time of year with bins and bins or holiday decor, and I am always amazed at what I find.
Last year I took you all thrifting with me and found the prettiest gold ornaments for the tree I put up in my dining room. The entire bag was just a few dollars! You just can’t beat thrift store prices.
Mix Real Greens with Faux
This third way to save money on Christmas decorating is one of my favorites. Take a trip to the woods (with permission, of course) and clip some fresh greens for decor! I love to mix real cedar with my faux cedar garlands. It smells amazing and it adds life and fullness to all of Christmas decor!
I especially love this tip for decorating my front porch. I put fresh cedar all around my door and porch last year and I just love the way it all turned out!
Repurpose Old Decor
Before buying new, take a look at your current Christmas decor and see how you can repurpose it. Are there ornaments you could paint? Stems you could reuse from an old wreath?
Last year I took some basic gold and silver bulbs and painted them with gold and black paint to create a mercury glass effect. I’ve also painted entire nativity scenes!
See if you can create the look you’re going for with what you already have, before you purchase anything new.
Cut Strips of Fabric to Use as Ribbon
I love using ribbon all throughout my Christmas decor. I tie it on swags and in the center of garlands, on my newel post and even on sconces.
Last year I cut some striped fabric and tied it to various branches on my sunroom tree, and I love how it turned out!
I did the same thing in my bathroom last year, and used strips of fabric to hang on wreaths and greenery.
Keep it Simple and Use Items You Already Have
My last tip for you is to keep it simple. There’s no need to switch out all of your artwork or have new Christmas dinnerware each year.
For example, I created a cocoa bar last year and I used the same cups that we drink out of all year long. A sprig of some greenery, some twinkle lights and a few cinnamon sticks instantly create a holiday feel. There was no need to purchase anything extra!
I hope these 6 thrifty and simple Christmas decor ideas were a help to you friends! I would love to hear your tips and tricks for decorating in the comments![mailerlite_form form_id=3]