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.
Gather your children’s holiday books and display them on a bookshelf during the holiday season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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!
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.
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.
Candles & Diffusers
A delicious-smelling holiday candle or diffuser with peppermint oil is a simple way to create holiday cheer.
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.
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.
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.
I hope this round-up of simple decorations for the holidays will help you fill your home with Christmas cheer without emptying your wallet!