Five Ways to Decorate for the Holidays on a Budget


How is it that it’s still only early December, yet I feel like I’m already caught up in the holiday rush.  We’re going to a party this weekend and hosting another get together next week, and somewhere in there I need to do some holiday shopping (and wrapping, and Christmas card writing…).

It’s easy to get swept away with buying new things for your home to dress it up for the holidays, but I’m here to remind you that you don’t necessarily have to spend more money to make your home feel festive and welcoming.  Here are five ways to dress things up without breaking the bank.  This post contains some affiliate links.

Five Ways to Decorate for the Holidays on a Budget

Utilize Your Yard
Evergreens and boxwoods are awesome to have in your yard when the holidays roll around.  I have snipped plenty of greenery from my own yard and have incorporated it into my decor.

Place greens in a pitcher or vase and you instantly hit a festive note.

Inexpensive Christmas Decorating
Inexpensive Christmas Decor

Or, put them in a pretty basket (inside the basket I used small vases to keep things fresh).

Christmas Decorating

Mix them in with glass hurricanes (but maybe with a flameless candle like this one).


They make great accents for your holiday table too.

Christmas Table Setting

You can even give the outside of your home a fresh look with greenery.  Use your empty pots as the groundwork for a festive greeting for guests.

Christmas Wreaths

Or put it in a basket to kick it up a notch.

Outdoor Christmas Decor

Use What You Have
One great way to save money is to use what you have, even if it’s in a different way.  Take old ornaments for example – when you put them in a bowl with some (free) greenery, you have something beautiful that doesn’t break the bank.

Totally free.  Ok, the ribbon was new this year, but that’s it!

Christmas Decorating

Do you have any lanterns?  Fill them with ornaments too!

Christmas Lanterns

Free Printables
If you’ve been in the blogosphere for any period of time, you know that free printables abound during the holiday season.  I love free printables – you can change them around year to year, and they keep things fresh (and free).

Christmas Printable
Printable from Craftberry Bush
Christmas Chalkboard
Printable from Nest of Posies
Chalkboard Christmas Decor
Joy printable from Chronicles of Home

Add Lights
You can take just about anything and make it festive with lights.  I’m a big fan of these little battery powered LED lights, but just about any lights will do.  Add lights to garland, buckets of greenery, bowls of ornaments or apothecary jars and you have instant ambience.

Christmas Greenery Decor

Another favorite of mine are these flameless mini tealight candles.  They still give the flicker of a regular candle, but are flameless, so you don’t have the fire hazard, which makes them perfect to tuck into mason jars and greenery.

Christmas Decorating on a Budget


Budget Christmas Decor


Christmas Decorating on a Budget

Just Add Food
Whether it’s candy canes or cranberries, food can be a wonderful and inexpensive way to add color and pack a punch.

Budget Holiday Decorating
Budget Christmas Decor

I love this fruit and greenery combination from At The Picket Fence – what a great impact!

Holiday Decor on a Budget
Holiday Decorating
So there you go – decorating your home for the holidays doesn’t have to break the bank.  Sometimes you just need to take a second look at what you already have and use it in an unexpected way.
Speaking of decorating for the holidays, don’t forget to catch up on the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes!
Have a great day!


  • Reply
    marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    December 10, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Great post. So many fabulous ideas.

  • Reply
    December 10, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks Marty! I'm loving the Christmas tours you're sharing through your blog hop – beautiful!

  • Reply
    Vel Criste
    December 11, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    I have to make sure I do #1 next year! Thanks Jenny!

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