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Easy & Inexpensive Decorations for the Holidays

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 your holiday decor collection grows. Most of these items can be found in your home or are inexpensive and definitely add to the holiday spirit!

Inexpensive Decor Ideas for the Holidays


Search your book collection for any holiday themes or books with green and red spines. Display green and red books and holiday themes within your living spaces.

Use Christmas themed and red/green books to decorate for the holidays | Building Bluebird #christmasdecor #holidaydecor

Gather your children’s holiday books and display them on a bookshelf during the holiday season.

Display your childrens Christmas books for easy holiday decor | Building Bluebird #christmasdecor #holidaydecor

Use Natural Elements as Decor

If you buy a real tree every year, save the branch clippings on the bottom and ask the Christmas Tree Shop if you can take any scraps.

Save your tree trimmings and add them to a vase for an easy winter look | Building Bluebird #christmasdecor #holidaydecor #treetrimmings

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 to add some variety to the mix. Local grocery stores often sell small bundles of greenery and flowers that can be used as festive decor as well. This year I purchased a few magnolia branches and added them to garland on our banister.

Forage your yard for festive clippings that are green and red and add them to a pot for beautiful holiday porch decor | Building Bluebrd #holidays #christmasdecor

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.

Create dried orange garland for an inexpensive way to decorate for the holidays | Building Bluebird #driedoranges #orangegarland #christmasdecor

A few years ago, I made a dried orange garland and draped it over a holiday sign. You can see tree trimmings that I used in the candle urn and the book, “A Christmas Carol”, to add to the festive look.

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Stuffed Animals

Decorating for the holidays should be fun and kids love using their own toys!

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If you have reindeer, Santas, even characters from movies like Frozen, don’t be afraid to use them as decor. I decorate our family room with more kid-centric items since that is where they spend most of their time. Stuffed animals, kids’ crafts, and colorful advent calendars are all perfect for this room!

Kids Crafts

There are SO many holiday craft ideas on Pinterest that are great to use as holiday decor. My kiddos love decorating with DIY paper chains and putting their gingerbread houses on display.

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Beautifully wrapped presents double as great holiday decor for your home! I love to place wrapped presents for family members around the house on display. Adding a small wrapped gift next to a Santa figurine or placing a few gifts near a fireplace adds lots of holiday cheer.

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Candles & Diffusers

A delicious-smelling holiday candle or diffuser with peppermint oil is a simple way to create holiday cheer.

Christmas candles and peppermint scented diffusers give your home the holiday vibe instantly | Building Bluebrd #christmasdecor

Ambiance & Lighting

Instead of using your overhead lighting, opt for lamp lighting, candles, and your Christmas tree. If you have a fireplace, light it up for an instant cozy vibe.

Candlelight, a roaring fire and lamplight create the perfect cozy vibe for the holidays | Building Bluebird #holidaydecor #christmasdecor

Collected Santa Visit Photos

Gather photos from past Santa visits and display them every holiday season. Ask your parents if they have any old photos of themselves and your family from Santa visits. This holiday decor is very personal and nostalgic when you set it up on display every year.

Old family Santa visit photos are a great way to decorate for the holidays | Building Bluebird #santa #christmasdecor #holidays

Holiday Cards

Use the holiday cards that are sent to you in December and display them as a holiday 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.

Use Christmas card garland to decorate for the holidays | Building Bluebird

I hope this round-up of simple decorations for the holidays will help you fill your home with Christmas cheer without emptying your wallet!

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