Christmas decor can be expensive to buy all at once and personally, I enjoy collecting meaningful decor throughout the years. I have compiled a list of easy and inexpensive decorations for the holidays while the collection grows. Most of these items can be found in your home or are inexpensive but add lots of holiday spirit.
Inexpensive Holiday Decorations
Search your book collection for any holiday themes or books with green and red spines. Display Christmas books in your living spaces for an easy festive look!
Gather your children’s holiday books and display them on their bookshelf during the Christmas season.
If you buy a real tree every year, save the branch clippings on the bottom and ask the Christmas Tree Shop if you can have any of their leftovers.
Walk around your yard and cut greenery from trees and bushes. Pine tree branches work great, but I also love boxwood bush clippings. If you use any natural garland, steal a few strands to add dimension with different types of greenery. Look for any branches that have a reddish hue, or even better, a holly bush – add that to the mix as well.
If you need some more color, try out the popular dried oranges DIY. This project is super easy and adds a perfect, natural element to your holiday decor.
I have a bunch of my tips displayed below. I made dried orange garland and decorated with pine tree trimmings and books!
Decorating for the holidays should be fun and kids love using their own toys!
If you have reindeer, Santas, even characters from movies like Frozen! I like to make our family room decor a little more kid-centric since that is where they spend most of their time. Stuffed animals, kids’ crafts, and colorful advent calendars are all perfect for this room!
Beautifully wrapped presents are a great decor addition for the holidays. I love to place wrapped presents for family members around the house as a sort of display. I like adding a single present next to a Christmas decoration or gather an odd number of gifts (3 or 5) and place them around the home where it is lacking color. They look great around fireplaces.
Candles & Diffusers
A yummy smelling holiday candle or diffuser with peppermint oil is a simple way to create holiday cheer.
Ambiance & Lighting
Instead of ceiling lighting, opt for lamp lighting, candles and your Christmas tree. If you have a fireplace, light it up for an instant cozy vibe.
Collected Santa Photos
Gather photos from Santa visits and display them every holiday season. Ask your parents if they have any older photos of themselves and your family of old Santa visits. Guests enjoy looking at these photos and its always a nostalgic decoration to set up every year and enjoy.
Use the Christmas cards that are sent to you in December and display them as a Christmas decoration. I picked up this inexpensive Christmas card garland from Target and we love looking at all of the beautiful cards while we eat dinner at the table.
I hope this round-up of simple decorations for the holidays will help you fill your home with Christmas cheer without emptying your wallet!