Creative Inexpensive Christmas Decorations will show you some tips and tricks to infuse your home with the Christmas spirit, even if you don’t have a big budget.
“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: The presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
You don’t have to go big or go home when it comes to Christmas decorating. Simple and inexpensive Christmas decor works just as well.
Plus, I think when you put a little thought into your decorating, instead of relying on stores dictating your “look,” you wind up with a much cozier living space.
Montana Happy is all about cozy living. You don’t have to have a fat wallet to have a comfortable life.
I was working on three other blog posts when the question came up in the cozy living group of how to decorate your home for the season when your funds are limited.
I’m big on starting blog posts but have a hard time finishing them. But, I thought that question deserved its very own article to show others how simple it is to make the most of what you have.
Plus…any excuse to abandon the posts I was working on and start a brand new post! (Can you tell I’ve got shiny light syndrome?) There’s nothing more fun for me than working on a new project.
The one thing I would like to note is that when I started this post, I immediately went into the kitchen and made myself a cup of Christmas tea and put on some Christmas carols to put myself in the right frame of mind.
Sometimes adding a little Christmas to your environment can be as simple as the right music and a nice cup of tea. Inexpensive ideas for Christmas decorating will get you started on making your surroundings as cozy as you long to be.
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Here’s the Creative Inexpensive Christmas Decorations You’ll Love:
1) Christmas candy canes.
Who doesn’t love the sight of candy canes? I know I do. They add such a nostalgic touch to Christmas home decor.
Whether you tuck them in a vase or creamer with some greenery and a festive ribbon (like the photo above) or add them to your tree – candy canes pack a powerful punch for a small budget.
2) Handmade gingerbread house.
A home with a gingerbread house touches even the frostiest of hearts. It doesn’t matter if you’re not an expert-level gingerbread house maker – even a not-so-perfect one adds a playful holiday touch.
One of the Cozy Living members posted a picture of her gingerbread house and said that it wasn’t perfect. It was perfect. Flawless, actually.
Then another Cozy Living member said that her gingerbread house looked like she made it blindfold. I fall into the blindfold category, how about you?
It doesn’t matter how perfect or imperfect your gingerbread house is, it will still make your heart swoon every time you look at it. Cute inexpensive Christmas decorations are best when they are homemade.
3) Brown paper Christmas packages.
I love brown paper wrapped gifts. I think it’s more beautiful than festive Christmas wrapping paper.
What I love most is that it is a blank slate for your imagination. You can add inexpensive embellishments to make it as simple or as luxurious as you want.
A large roll of brown paper is inexpensive, and you can add natural elements to really make your gift unique.
After all, “brown paper packages tied up in string – these are a few of my favorite things….” (Now I’ve got that song in your head!)
4) Christmas plaid wool throw.
If you happen to have a plaid wool throw or blanket tucked away in your closet, by all means – bring it out! Anything plaid are some of the best inexpensive Christmas decorations.
Plaid blankets are the very definition of cozy and they will transform anything they touch into a winter wonderland.
5) Spell out your Christmas spirit.
If you have a game of Scrabble, then you have the perfect way to spell out your Christmas wishes to all those who are welcomed into your home.
You can either put the messages on the stands that come with the game or add magnets on the back and spell out your Christmas wishes on your refrigerator.
6) Natural Christmas wreath.
Nature is absolutely beautiful. Bringing more natural elements into your home is the perfect way to save money and show off all the bounty there is in this world.
The simplicity of this wreath lets the natural elements take center stage in your decorating touches.
7) Set up a Christmas hot cocoa bar.
Setting up a hot cocoa display shows your enthusiasm for all things Christmasy, without breaking the bank.
Instead of hiding your warm beverage ingredients inside your cupboards, bring them out in the open and make them part of your decoration.
If you have a small chalkboard, make sure you make a sign for your display.
8) Gingerbread men.
Smiling gingerbread men are the perfect way to cheer up any home. Making your own gingerbread men cookies is a perfect way to add a Christmas scent and nostalgia to your home at the same time.
Whether you string your gingerbread men up to be ornaments, create a window garland with dancing gingerbread men, or pile them in a wooden bowl – this is one holiday favorite everyone will love.
One of our cozy living members who live in Italy makes gingerbread men as her gift to friends and family members. She puts a handful of them in a mason jar and dresses the jars festively. Everything she does has a simple, yet magical feel to it.
9) Handmade paper snowflakes.
Looking at a simple sheet of paper, it’s hard to imagine how easy it is to transform it into something so beautiful as a paper snowflake.
The great thing about this idea is that it doesn’t take a specialized artistic skill-set to achieve amazing results.
I bet you still remember how much fun it was to make these little works of art when you were young. It’s always been fun, we just forgot about somewhere along the way.
It’s time to bring this treasured Christmas memory back, and use it to help turn your home into a Christmas haven.
10) White Christmas lights.
My cousin got married New Year’s Eve many moons ago. The wedding was in an older, rustic building.
The room was filled with Christmas trees along the walls. They were strung with simple white Christmas lights.
Lights were dimmed, and they were wed in that beautiful room. To say it was magical is an understatement. It was one of the top two most beautiful weddings I have ever been to – and I’ve been to a lot of weddings.
That’s the power of a simple strand of white lights. They have the ability to transform any room into a magical place.
With the advancement of technology, you can buy LED lights, so they don’t use up too much electricity.
Use the light strings to add pizazz to your mantle, headboard, or even Christmas tree. There’s never “too many” white lights, in my humble opinion.
11) Bring out teddy.
Are your childhood toys tucked safely away in the attic?
Make them part of your Christmas decor by adding a ribbon tied around the neck of your stuffed animal or doll.
You can also get a few smaller Santa hats to add a fun touch.
12) Pinecones and jingle bells.
You can jazz up pinecones with some sparkly spray paint. It’s one of those inexpensive Christmas decorations to make that we really don’t think about.
Look how gorgeous these pinecones are with a touch of gold. Add a few jingle bells, and you’ve got a beautiful Christmas decoration.
13) Ice skates and lanterns.
I’m a firm believer in using what you have and putting it to good use.
Just like your old teddy bear, there are things you have squirreled away that would make the perfect vintage accent for your Christmas decor.
Do you have a pair of old ice skates? You can add them to the middle of a wreath for a beautiful touch.
Rustic lanterns can relive their glory days without the danger of a fire if you tuck fairy lights inside the lantern for a different look.
14) Dress up your table.
Your dining table is the perfect place to add a little Christmas cheer. It’s the perfect place to add inexpensive decorating ideas for Christmas.
I love the little accents of holiday magic that sometimes graces each place setting.
This adorable cranberry wreath is so simple to make but leaves a lasting impact.
15) Christmas candles in the window.
Candle flames dancing in the windows of your home is one of the sweetest things you can do to add a “wow” factor to your decorating.
Instead of using real candles, for obvious safety reasons, it’s best to use battery-operated flameless candles for the same effect.
16) Button Christmas Tree
In the cozy living group, one of the most popular posts I put in the group was a Christmas tree that was made exclusively of buttons.
The story behind the photograph was that crafter’s aunt had passed away, and she didn’t know what to do with the buttons she had from her aunt’s things.
Her aunt loved Christmas, so she designed a picture of a Christmas tree using the buttons as her only material. It was cute.
Imagine how heartwarming it would be to have a picture like that to remind you of someone you loved.
17) Make some orange pomanders.
Bring back a homespun holiday tradition by making your own orange pomanders. They are easy to make and add not only beauty to your home, but add the scent of Christmas throughout your home.
Gather your orange pomanders together and put them in a wooden bowl with some fresh greenery.
18) Old-Fashioned Christmas Orange Slices
In my cozy living group there was one person that made dried orange slices to decorate her home. To say they were magical is an understatement.
She positioned the dried orange slices in front of fairy lights and they looked like stained glass. It started a trend in our group. Pretty soon, everyone was making their own dried orange slices.
19) Garland around door frame.
Garland makes a bold statement around doorways. You can either have it greeting your guests as they walk in the door, or you can have it outlining a main doorway on the interior of your home.
Add white lights, ornaments, and Christmas greeting cards that you get to the garland for a more festive touch.
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