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Tips for Holiday Decorating on a Budget

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Tips for Holiday Decorating on a Budget

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:

Tips for holiday decorating on a budget

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!

Tips for holiday decorating on a budget

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.

Tips for holiday decorating on a budget

Tips for holiday decorating on a budget

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.

Tips for holiday decorating on a budget

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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):

Tips for holiday decorating on a budget

I also picked up some wood ornaments for 70% off at Michaels. They were about 60 cents each.

Tips for holiday decorating on a budget

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…

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…and spray painted some for tree decor.

Tips for holiday decorating on a budget

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.

Check out these beautiful custom gift wrap DIYs!

Check out these beautiful custom gift wrap DIYs!

Check out these beautiful custom gift wrap DIYs!

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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Thursday 8th of December 2016

Your tips are spot on. Thank you for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

the cape on the corner

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

admittedly a crazy cat lady, so yes, i came over to further inspect him, but i'm glad i did. i love that you spray painted those ornaments. b

Brittany Goldwyn

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

Thank you! I am, too! He knows he is a beauty...that's the problem.

Shannon

Monday 5th of December 2016

Spray paint is so fun! Thanks for linking up with Share the Wealth! xo xo

Brittany Goldwyn

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

Thanks Shannon, I agree!!

Leilani

Thursday 1st of December 2016

Absolutely love the pic of your kitty. Another reason I don't decorate either is because the cats would have too much fun. Haha. Good to meet another blogger who hasn't been going all out each Christmas. This look is beautiful, though!

Brittany Goldwyn

Thursday 1st of December 2016

Thanks lady! I do feel a little inferior compared to all of these amazing holiday home tours, but hey, you gotta do you. Our little girl Blanche has been tearing the ornaments off the bottom of the tree every day and I can't even be mad...it's so adorable!!

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