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Creative Inexpensive Christmas Decorations

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.

If you’re looking for more ideas on how to have a merry Christmas, 55 Old Fashioned Christmas Ideas and 31 Hygge Christmas Photo Challenge will help you on your journey.  

Creative Inexpensive Christmas Decorations - Living Room Decorated with Christmas decorations
Creative Inexpensive Christmas Decorations

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.  

Christmas gingerbread cookies

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Here are the Creative Inexpensive Christmas Decorations:

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #1 – Christmas Candy Canes 

Christmas candy cane display
Candy canes are often overlooked a one of the most beautiful Christmas decorations to use

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.  

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #2 – Handmade Gingerbread House 

Handmade gingerbread house
A gingerbread house will delight all ages of house guests

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.  

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #3 – Brown paper Christmas packages 

Natural Christmas Gift Wrapping
Naturally wrapped Christmas gifts are holiday decorations themselves

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!) 

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #4 – Christmas plaid wool throw

Christmas plaid wool blanket
A plaid wool throw is a simple way to add Christmas cheer to any room

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.

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #5 – Spell out your Christmas spirit 

Scrabble tiles Merry Christmas


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.  

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #6 – Natural Christmas wreath 

Natural Christmas Wreath
Make a Christmas wreath out of nuts and pinecones

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.

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #7 – Set up a Christmas hot cocoa bar 

Christmas hot cocoa bar
Set up a fun hot cocoa bar for a homespun Christmas decoration

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.  

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #8 – Gingerbread men 

Christmas gingerbread men
Homemade Gingerbread Men Used in Christmas Decorations

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.  

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #9 – Handmade paper snowflakes 

Handmade paper snowflakes
Homemade snowflakes bring the beauty of the season back in focus

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. 

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #10 – White Christmas lights 

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations

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.  

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #11 – Bring out teddy 

Inexpensive Christmas Decor Ideas
Teddy bears with Santa hats are a fun way to add holiday smiles

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.  

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #12 – Pinecones and jingle bells 

Inexpensive Christmas Decor Ideas Pinecones

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.  

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #13 – Ice skates and lanterns 

Inexpensive Christmas Decor Ideas
Old-fashioned lanterns and ice skates make wonderful vintage Christmas decor

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. 

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #14 – Dress up your table 

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations
Your dining table is the perfect way to add homemade festive touches

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.  

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #15 – Christmas candles in the window 

Candles in the windows
Christmas candles are absolutely gorgeous in windows.

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.

These real wax pillar flameless candles on Amazon feature realistic dancing LED flames.   

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #16 – Button Christmas Tree

Homemade Christmas Tree Picture
Handmade Christmas art made out of scraps is a fun way to decorate

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.

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #17 – Make some orange pomanders 

Homemade Orange Pomanders
The smell of homemade pomanders create beautiful memories

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.

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #18 – Old-Fashioned Christmas orange slices  

Old-Fashioned Christmas Decorations Orange Slices
This idea is one of my favorite ways to decorate for Christmas

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.  

To find out how to dry orange slices I wrote a post about it here. 

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations #19 – Garland around the door frame

Inexpensive Christmas Decorations Garland Around the Door
Garland makes a big impact for little work

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.  

We’ve reached the end of Creative Inexpensive Christmas Decorations.  I hope you enjoyed it. 

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Wednesday 9th of December 2020

Thank you for these articles on how to make Christmas extra special with old fashioned and homemade touches. I really appreciate them, especially this year, when we are all looking for ways to cheer each other.


Thursday 10th of December 2020

Hello Kylie! Thank you so much for letting me know. I really appreciate it! Kelly

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