Is it kind of weird that I’m a DIY/home blogger and have never decorated for the holidays? Maybe…I’ve just never been inspired to. Until last September, we’ve always rented apartments and have moved every single year (sometimes more than once a year…), so we’ve never really felt truly at home somewhere. Plus, who wants to lug around holiday decorating from house to house? Not me. We did have a small tabletop Christmas tree last year and the year before, but our kitties were so little that they had tons of fun destroying both of them. It’s kind of hard to be mad at them when they were so cute, though.
Here’s Henry plotting to burn down our current Christmas tree:
But now that we’re in our townhouse, I’ve decided to break out some holiday decor, and I’m really excited about it. So excited that we picked up our Christmas tree a few days before Thanksgiving. Yes, we’re those people this year. I’ve also been on the hunt for cheap and pretty holiday decor finds, as well as DIY ideas, to help keep costs down. As you know, I am cheap, and I really hate the idea of spending a lot of money on stuff that only gets used for like 2 months out of the year.
With that in mind, click through to see my 5 tips for holiday decorating on a budget. None of them are particularly groundbreaking, but they are useful!
1. Hit up thrift stores.
Thrift store holiday decor can sometimes make you feel like you’ve opened a time capsule from your childhood, but there are always goodies mixed in. A few weeks ago, I picked up three big boxes of plain bulb ornaments from a local flea market for a total of $3. I wanted to do mostly neutral holiday decor, so I spray painted them using gold, white, black, silver, and gray. Pretty, right? Bonus points for only spending $3 on these bulbs since half of them will inevitably be destroyed by the catters.
2. Grab some spray paint.
And on that note…what would a budget decorating post be without spray paint? It’s your best friend when it comes to quick and easy DIYs! In addition to spray painting the thrift store bulbs, I also painted vases—some clearance finds, some stuff that I already had—to make them look more festive.
3. Watch the craft store sales.
I’m not generally a glittery silky florals type of gal, but I did recently find myself getting lost in the holiday/winter florals section at Jo-Ann. If you watch the sales, you can get some great items for super cheap. And remember, do not ever pay full price at Jo-Ann! They have the best coupons. I got about $75 worth of decorations the other day for about $20 by combining sale prices, mailer coupons, and web coupons! Here are some pretties I brought home (in a spray painted vase):
I also picked up some wood ornaments for 70% off at Michaels. They were about 60 cents each.
4. Rummage around in your yard.
There’s nothing that screams winter more than pine cones, pine needles, and twigs. Dip those bad boys in some glitter or wrap them in some burlap ribbon, and you’re good to go. I walked around my friend’s backyard picking up pine cones like a crazy person a few days ago and came home with a whole bag. ($3 for a bag at the store? Suckers.)
I put some on top of presents…
…and spray painted some for tree decor.
5. Use DIY wrapping paper as decor.
I’m working with Oriental Trading for a separate post on beautiful neutral DIY wrapping paper that I’ll be sharing soon. In the meantime, here’s a peak at some of the finished products. These don’t even have to be real presents. Try wrapping your Amazon boxes and using them as decor pieces. Recycling is what’s up.
And that’s that! I hope you’re enjoying this wonderful time of year…stop back next week for my full post on DIY custom gift wrap ideas! I’m off to figure out what to do with the rest of my bag of pine cones…
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