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Budget-Friendly Christmas Decoration Ideas


Christmas is one of the most expensive times of the year, but there are many inexpensive ways you can decorate your home this Christmas without skimping on quality. Here, we’ve done some digging to bring you a whole host of budget-friendly decoration ideas that you can use to make your home feel festive this Christmas.

Get The Tree Up

Putting the Christmas tree up is the easiest and quickest way to bring a sense of festivity to your home this December. We know that this year, people have had theirs up since November, so this suggestion might be a bit late for some, but if you haven’t got yours up, dig it out of the attic now. If you don’t have space for a full-sized tree - tabletop trees are perfect for small apartments.


While you’re in the festive spirit, why not wrap up any gifts you may be giving this year? Homemade wrapping paper or pretty ribbons and bows can make them stand out. Match the paper to your tree decorations to have them keep in line with your theme. Pop the gifts under the tree, but make sure you leave a few tucked away somewhere for Santa to bring on Christmas eve. 

Twig Tree

If you already have a twig tree decoration in the home, repurpose it for Christmas by draping some lights over it and hanging a few ornaments on its branches. You won’t have to water it, and you won’t have to find the space for it after the holiday season is over. Alternatively, see if anyone you know needs tree pruning, offer to give them a hand and then you can use a proper branch that you can spray-paint a festive color.

Lightbox Countdown

Many people already have a lightbox, and so if you do, why not use it to count down the ‘sleeps’ until Santa arrives? Just remember to change it every day or you might end up confused.

Festive Paper Chains

Either buy a kit or make your own paper chains out of wrapping paper. Paper chains are an inexpensive way to jazz up the place, and even better, you can get the kids involved in making them!

Twinkly Lights

Most of the time we would recommend splurging on lighting, but when it’s only going to be used for a short time, you can opt for a budget string of fairy lights or two. They come in a wide variety of lengths and colors, and can either be battery powered or mains powered, giving you total freedom over where you hang them! We’ve found this well reviewed pack of 12 battery powered strings of fairy lights on Amazon for just over ten bucks! For an even better budget hack, go halves on a set with a friend! Perfect if you don’t need 12, but if you have the space, we know you’ll be able to use all 12 of them!

Throw Pillows

Revamp your sofa with some festive colored throw cushions. You only need to buy the covers and you can switch them back to your standard color theme after the holidays. You can either buy already seasonal covers, or get some that are plain red or green (or whatever goes with your theme) and get crafty with some felt. Cut out snowflake shapes or a Christmas tree, or anything else that you can think of, and either sew or use fabric glue to attach the decorations to the cushion covers.

Dollar Store Finds

Check your local dollar store for inexpensive decorations. Whether they have window stickers or fake snow, you may be surprised what you can find there. Don’t forget to check them out in January too for anything that may be even more discounted - perfect to pop away for next year!


If you have a sewing machine, you don’t need to have mad sewing skills to run up some cute bunting. If you don’t have a sewing machine, head to somewhere like Etsy to find someone who can make it for you. The best part about this is that it will be unique and you can have it match whatever theme you’re going for! Fabric bunting also takes up a tiny amount of space, which is great if you’re limited for storage.

Thrift Store Bargains

Now is the time of year people tend to go through their old decorations and buy new ones. This means that thrift stores may have some bargains to be found if you’re lucky. Whether you’re looking for new ornaments or just something unique, be sure to check out your local thrift store - you never know what you’ll find.

Display Christmas Cards

Although not everyone sends Christmas cards, if there’s a year that people are going to do so, it’s this year. With not being able to meet all of your friends and family, a nice way to stay in touch and let them know you care is to send a Christmas card. If you’re lucky enough to receive any yourself, peg them gently to a string of fairy lights you bought earlier, and display them on a wall.

Candles, Candles, Candles

A cracking fire is the epitome of the season, but it’s not always feasible for a person to have. Instead, think about candles. Either invest in some candles with a wooden wick for that authentic crackling noise, or use candles you already own and dot them around the house. Add some elements that reflect the holiday season to create the perfect centerpiece for your dining table. Bonus: they’ll make your home smell great too! Be sure to never leave a lit candle unattended. If you are not a fan of flames in the home, LED candles make an excellent alternative with the added benefit of not needing to be replaced (except for the batteries, of course!).

Repurpose Tree Decorations

You may have treated yourself to some new things for the tree this year? Don’t just throw away your old ones - consider making your own festive centerpieces by adding last year’s pieces to glass jars and pretty bowls. You could even put some under the wine glasses you turned upside down to use as candle holders earlier!

Enjoy the Holiday Season - However you’re Celebrating

However you choose to decorate this year, we hope you have a wonderful festive season and a very prosperous new year. If you use any of the above suggestions, let us know how they turn out! Happy Holidays from all of us at WYL.