Budget Christmas Decorating Tips For Your Home

Budget Christmas decorating tips are what we all need after the tight year we’ve had. It’s December, so Christmas is right around the corner and once again we’re decorating our homes to welcome and accommodate family and friends. Sometimes it’s difficult to know how to plan your Christmas design, especially if you’ve never done it before. And even if you have, the same old design soon gets boring. What’s even more difficult, is decorating on a tight budget. DIY projects has jumped to the interior design rescue, giving you 12 ideas you can use and personalise however you want. If you want simple, affordable Christmas decorating tips, you’ve come to the right place!

Budget Christmas decorating tips for your home

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1. Use ribbons (in Christmas colours) to tie bows on candlesticks, lamps, room dividers and ornaments

2. Use cheap baubles in small bowls to decorate your tables and small spaces. Or use a large, glass bowl and fill it with shiny baubles. I like adding a small, battery-operated line of fairy lights and turning them on in the evening.

3. Buy a small plant and decorate it with tinsel and glitter. Once Christmas is over, you can use the plant in your house or garden.

4. Ask your local shop or supermarket for small boxes they’re getting rid of. Wrap these with gift wrapper and use them as decoration in your living room.

5. Use tea lighters (small candles) in big, glass bowl. You can put some water in the bowl and add a touch of food colouring to it. Light the tea lighters and enjoy the romantic lights, instead of lights on the Christmas tree. Obviously, exercise care with all candles and don’t leave them unattended.

6. Cut holly or fir branches and use these around the home as Christmas decoration. You can also sprinkle glitter on them or tie small red bows on them for added colour.

7. Spray paint is excellent for all your Christmas decoration needs. You can spray paint leaves on artificial trees or those holly or fir leaves you’ve cut.

8. Use your Christmas cards to decorate your house too. This is a resource you don’t even have to buy.

9. Sprinkle sparkle on, or spray paint pine cones. Display in a large bowl.

10. Add spice to everyday things. For example, sew a bow onto your cushions, buy a cheap red scarf to cover your couch, replace your table centrepiece temporarily with a bowl of red baubles.

11. Replace the pictures on your wall temporarily with a beautiful Christmas card you’ve received, or a piece of nice wrapping paper. You could frame it for a special touch.

12. Bring in some wild ivy growing in your garden. Spray paint an old wine bottle red (or any other holiday colour). Spray paint your ivy in a contrasting colour (another holiday colour). Put some water in your bottle and put the ivy in. Let your beautiful spray-painted ivy trail from a visible place in your house. It will look simply stunning!

Other Christmas articles you may enjoy.

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How To Get Your Man To Behave This Christmas

Now you’ve seen my tips on budget Christmas decoration, do you have any of your own? What do you do around Christmas time to decrease your spending, that you think we can all benefit from on the DIY Projects’ site? Please share these in the comment box below. While you’re here, why not check out my designs in the Extreme Home Makeover page. You still have time to do many of these before the holidays. Also, there are lots of stuff you can make to beautify your home. Let me know how you get on and if you have any design questions at all, feel free to just ask.

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35 Responses to Budget Christmas Decorating Tips For Your Home

  1. keshicriss August 13, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Thanks for these home decoration tips on Christmas, These tips are very useful and money saving. i like to apply them on this Christmas.

  2. Danielle July 4, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    I think tea lighters is a good idea for me and hubby for creating a romantic atmosphere.

  3. Sam January 3, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Happy New Year Anne!!!! I really thank you for all your efforts for detailing all the low budget Christmas decoration tips and they were really useful to me.I have made some unique decoration this year round for Christmas and i really love the design.

  4. Ryon January 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    Thanks Anne for your wonderful post and i must say that because of your efforts to detail this post i have definitely saved some bucks on my Christmas decoration.Also this was a unique way of decoration and i also got to use some of my creativity while decorating my house.Thanks again for your unique ideas.

  5. Keith December 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    Thanks for detailing these low budget Christmas ideas and they have been very useful to me.After implementing these ideas i really feel satisfied from within my heart.I had some pinecones which were looking very dull and so i decided to make it look attractive by sprinkling on it glitter.Also i have used glass bottles by inserting into them candles.

  6. Ricky December 28, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    I have used the spray painting idea for decoration and it looks amazing.This is a very different idea for decorating your house and it gives a superb look.I am happy that i visited this post before Christmas because i have saved some bucks by avoiding ready made articles.

  7. Jannet December 28, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    I have implemented all your tips and have made a unique decoration.I have used scrap articles for decoration and they really look quite cool and different from the others.This is the first time that I have decorated my house using scrap article and I really got some cool designs.Thanks for sharing some wonderful Christmas decoration low budget tips.

  8. Peter December 27, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    I decorated so beautifully this time, I bought 3 chinese copy strips of small bulbs & decorated the indoors & tree. I made a star of transparent colour papers, used Sprinkle sparkle & spray paint pine cones also. Want to do some more stuff for new year eve.

  9. James December 26, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    I think the best idea is to select a proper theme with a suitable color combination or with a nature friendly theme.The best way to make your decoration look good is to keep everything simple because in this way it will look more attractive.We can use simple light arrangement patterns and it will look really beautiful.The best way out of all is to use our own creativity using cardboard,paper,clothes and some scrap material.

  10. Terry December 20, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    After reading this post i am very sure and confident that i will be able to save some bucks on my Christmas decoration and at the same time get some quality decoration done.The tips that have been outlined are very useful to me and thanks for sharing this post.

    • Anne December 20, 2012 at 11:45 am #

      Thanks for the vote of confidence, Terry. Please let me know if you have any questions.

  11. Keith December 20, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    The tips that have been outlined will help to save some bucks and at the same time it will explore our creativity.It will be very interesting to decorate our house in this way because very few people take the trouble to decorate their house in this unique way along with saving money.

  12. David December 20, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    I like the spray paint technique to create design while decorating my house.I want to make a beautiful crib this year for Christmas and we have already started our work at it.I really appreciate your efforts in detailing all the decorating tips that you have outlined in this post.

    • Anne December 20, 2012 at 11:46 am #

      HI David, spray paint is great at this time of year. I’m picking some holly and fir branches from trees in my garden. I’ll spray paint them with silver, then add them to my Christmas bouquet. The stores are selling them, but why pay so much when I can do them myself without actually buying anything (I have a stock of spray paint).

  13. Sam December 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Nice tips to save some bucks during Christmas.Apart from all those that you have mentioned there are some more tips that i would like to mention.I have used match sticks, ice candy sticks and broken eggs too for decoration.I decorate my house using scrap articles and i get some really great designs using them.

    • Anne December 20, 2012 at 11:48 am #

      Thanks for the tips Sam. Yes, broken eggs can look quite pretty as decorations. I haven’t personally used any of the others you mentioned, but I can see what you mean.

  14. Jeo December 18, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    I am sticking to a very low decoration budget because every year i use different decoration at home and i don’t keep them until next year.The techniques that you have mentioned are very easy to implement by anyone ans it will surely help to stick with a low budget.thanks for sharing this article.
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    • Anne December 20, 2012 at 11:49 am #

      Jeo, I like how you’re thinking. I have an artificial tree and lots of decorations. As you can imagine, they take over a large portion of my loft space (attic). If you’re making decoration and getting rid of them, there’s none of the storage problems. Good trick!

  15. Harry December 17, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Thanks for sharing some of the excellent and best ideas to save some bucks while decoration.I like the plant idea which you have detailed about buying a plant and decorating.This is a great idea because we can use it latter in our garden.

  16. Kevin December 14, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    I love using my creativity to make some unique and different types of decorations with the scrap articles and in this way i can even explore my creativeness.I have found the points that you have mentioned very useful and they can be easily implemented by anyone.

  17. Steve December 14, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Thanks for sharing some budget saving decoration advice for Christmas and it will surely be very helpful for me.These are all small things but they will really be helpful if implemented and it can really help to save some bucks.I am glad that i have come to your post at the right time.

    • Anne December 14, 2012 at 11:27 am #

      They are small things, Steve, but it’s the small things that add up, right? I find that making things also gives the kids something to do with their hands while they’re home going stir crazy :-)

  18. Jaz Tan March 23, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    Hi Judy, yes its true! last Christmas we made a lots of CD tapes Xmas decor a lot of owith colorful windows. It’s fun decorating colorful Cd tapes, Guess what, we also used colorful rubber bracelets a collection of my kids given fby speedy wristbands , put on the Christmas tree. We enjoy being creative so much fun and happiness during that day!

  19. Contemporary Home Decor February 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Pretty good budget solutions, thx.

  20. Wandering Thought December 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Fantastic ideas, Anne! I like number 12, and this is the one I will do! Thanks for sharing.

  21. kristeen December 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Lovely tips, ive changed houses recently, so I don’t have a very large budget, and this post just made my day. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Anne December 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

      Hi Kristeen, enjoy your new home and let me know if there’s anything home-improvement (or interior decoration) wise I can help you with.

  22. Cliff - Carpet Cleaning San Diego December 5, 2011 at 1:41 am #

    My wife is going to love your article. Thanks for making her day!

  23. Harriet December 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    Excellent! I love christmas decorations and made all my own last year. The star we’re using on top of our tree at the moment is my handmade one from last year.
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    • Anne December 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

      HI Harriet, Yes, anyone can make Christmas decorations, and they’re so enjoyable to make as well. We used to have a hand made star my daughter made, but it got so old, it disintegrated. Now I have one I bought from a shop in Ireland. Hope this one lasts longer :-)

  24. Judy
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    My friend Jeannie took differing lengths of Christmas decorations such as the plastic strings of garland that have ornaments strung together and taped these to the inside of her windows. I wish you could see them, but I can’t post a pic here. lol
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    • Anne December 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

      That sounds great, Judy. I think it would look good to do that. I’ll try putting some on my kitchen window, as it faces the road.

  25. Justin Mazza December 4, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    Hi Anne,
    Great budget list for Holiday decorating. My wife and I go to yard/garage sales during the warmer months and look for Christmas decorations.

    We also get our families “hand me downs” too. Whatever it takes, right.

    take care…
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