I have discovered that there are many ways to decorate a home for Christmas. Much depends upon the style you like. But it is possible to prepare your home to be a bright and festive place at Christmas. And it is possible to do that while sticking to your budget.
If you want to buy new decorations, the best time to do that is after Christmas when they are deeply discounted. That is not always easy to do, considering you probably just spent all of your extra cash on gifts for loved ones. In fact, I try to stay out of the stores after Christmas for this very reason.
If you do not mind using recycled Christmas decorations, take a trip to local thrift stores in the fall. That is when they start bringing out the Christmas decorations they have been saving for this time of year. It is amazing what you can find for a fraction of the cost of buying it new. Usually, these items are in exceptional condition.
If you have young children, why not decorate your tree with kid’s meal toys. My husband and I did that one Christmas when we had just moved to a new home, and all of our decorations were in storage. It made good use of the children’s toys that were lying around, and the kids loved seeing their toys on the tree.
Do your kids have extra stuffed animals sitting around the house? Buy some festive-looking ribbon and tie it around their necks. You can tie ribbon around the base of lamps, around stair railings, or on cabinet door knobs. Buy some little bells and attach them to the ribbons.
Get a couple brightly-colored, plastic table cloths at a party supply store. Wrap your front door like a Christmas present. Then use some wide ribbon to tie the bow.
Instead of throwing away old boxes, recycle them by covering them with leftover scraps of gift wrap. These can be used to decorate around the house. You can also reuse cereal boxes. These look nice when wrapped with paper and a bow and hung on the wall. If you have some very small boxes, wrap them and hang them on your tree.
Last year, I decorated our chandelier by tying several bows around it. Then I bought some inexpensive decorations at a dollar store and hung them on ribbons from each arm. You can also take a walk and gather evergreen branches to place across the arms. It does not look like budget decorating.
When decorating your table for Christmas, sprinkle glitter in Christmas shapes all over it. You can use many different things as a centerpiece. Get creative and bring out a pretty platter or festive bowls filled with pine cones, acorn, or fruit. Try some candles or a vase or two. Fill a nice container with Christmas ornaments, seashells, or whatever else you would like to use that complements your theme. When you are thinking about how tall to make your centerpiece, remember that you will probably want it to be short enough to allow for comfortable conversation.
Decorate a wreath with pine cones, either natural or sprayed with gold or glitter paint, kids meal toys, or floral picks from the holiday section of your hobby or craft store. In fact, browsing these aisles can give you many ideas for your own decorations.
Buy some of the inexpensive wood shapes from your craft store. The kids will enjoy using paint and glitter on these. You can easily drill holes through them to attach a hanger or tie a ribbon. They can be put onto your tree or a wreath. Decorate several of them, and they can be strung into a garland. Cut an opening in the middle of them, and you can use them as picture frames for the tree.
Pop a bowl or two of popcorn, have a movie night with the family, and string garland. While you are at it, string some cranberries. They are sometimes marked down after Thanksgiving.
So, you see, it is not too difficult to decorate for Christmas on a budget. Just think about what you would like to do, and let your imagination be your guide.
If you would to read more about budget decorating, see a few of my other articles that will give you some great ideas:
Christmas Tree Craft, Easy Ornaments for Kids to Make, and Make an Easy Christmas Cookie Wreath