Simple Ideas for Christmas Decorating on a Budget 

Did you know that you can create a cozy and festive atmosphere without breaking the bank? In this blog post, I’ll share some budget-friendly Christmas decorating ideas to help you transform your home into a winter wonderland.

The holiday season is a magical time when our homes come alive with festive decorations, twinkling lights, and seasonal cheer. However, the joy of decking the halls can sometimes be overshadowed by stress about a Christmas decor budget.

Follow along as I share some simple ideas on how to decorate for Christmas on a budget.

budget Christmas decorating: silver and blue ornaments in vintage wooden crate on mantel

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Early Holiday Inspiration Blog Hop

I’m joining 9 amazing bloggers today for some early holiday inspiration today. We will all be sharing some of our best DIY projects and ideas for decorating for the Christmas season.

I want to thank our host, Pasha from Pasha is Home for coordinating this fun and fabulous blog hop.

If you are coming over from Wendy’s blog, WM Design House, welcome! Didn’t you love the 12 creative DIY Christmas tree stand ideas she shared?

Be sure to visit all of the blogger’s early holiday posts. Their links are at the bottom of my post.

budget Christmas decorating: Christmas table with greenery, red poinsettia, and red and white dinnerware

Ideas for Christmas Decorating on a Budget

The Christmas season can be stressful for a lot of reasons. whether it’s planning for upcoming guests, holiday parties, or Christmas shopping.

The last thing you need is to worry about going over your budget with holiday decorations.

Let me show you some cheap Christmas decoration ideas that will not only stretch your holiday decor budget but also keep you calm and happy during this festive season.

budget Christmas decorating: rosemary sprigs in mason jar on counter

Nature-Inspired Decor

If you’re looking for a more eco-conscious and budget-friendly approach to holiday decorations, step outside and gather greenery such as evergreen clippings and other natural elements.

Christmas table with poinsettia, greenery, pewter cups, red glasses, and red and white dishes

When it comes to budget Christmas decor, natural elements like pine cones, tree branches, and holly berries go a long way. Use them to create festive wreaths, swags, garlands, centerpieces, and more.

Go one step further and dress up your rustic outdoor finds with metallic-colored spray paint your rustic for a fun twist.

budget Christmas decorating: vintage copper, ironstone and holiday decor on open shelves

Thrift Store Finds

One of my favorite ways to decorate for Christmas on a budget is to go shopping for vintage decor items.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money when exploring local thrift stores and antique malls for unique holiday finds if you hold out for good deals.

On a good day, you might stumble upon classics and old decorations like vintage ornaments, Santa face mugs, and candle holders.

vintage white scale with white vintage ironstone bowls filled with greenery and red berries

Vintage scales and ironstone dishware are great collectibles and perfect for holiday décor. Brighten them up with greenery and some berries.

budget Christmas decorating: living room decorated for Christmas with wooden dough bowl filled with ornaments, vintage brass candlesticks and books.

How about vintage brass candlesticks, a wooden dough bowl, and old books styled together on the living room coffee table?

small Christmas tree with ornaments inside a vintage basket, sled, black ice skates, and Christmas tree farm 3 miles sign

Pick up vintage holiday favorites such as an old-fashioned sled, antique skates, or a vintage red wagon and use them either in your home or on your front porch.

Read my blog post 14 Wonderful Ways to Use Vintage Finds in Your Christmas Decor to see more ideas on holiday vintage items for the season.

budget Christmas decorating: mini Christmas tree with ornaments and pinecones, vintage sled and snowshoes.

Small Christmas Trees

When it comes to Christmas decor on a budget, opting for a small Christmas tree can be a great option. It’s not only an inexpensive way to deck the halls but is also a good space-saving choice that’s big on charm.

With limited space to decorate, you can focus on quality rather than quantity by carefully choosing ornaments and lights to make your small tree shine.

By using a mini tree, you’re saving money that you would be spending on the cost of a larger tree, as well as the extra strands of lights and volume of ornaments.

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Upcycled Decor

Take a creative approach to holiday decorating by upcycling items you already have. Turn old sweaters into cozy pillow covers, transform mason jars into candleholders, or repurpose glass bottles into decorative vases. The possibilities are endless!

Collect empty mason jars and turn them into charming luminaries by placing tea lights or LED candles inside. Add a touch of elegance by tying ribbons or twine around the jars.

kitchen decorated for Christmas with Christmas tree and plaid blankets

Fairy Lights

Illuminate your holiday season without breaking the bank with fairy lights.

When it comes to creating a warm holiday ambiance, few things can add a magical vibe quite like fairy lights. A twinkling string of lights can transform any space into a winter wonderland.

budget Christmas decorating: mirrors leaning on mantel with greenery garland and holiday decorations

Drape twinkle lights around your mantel, weave them through garlands, or place them in glass jars for a whimsical glow.

Christmas Day candle with greenery and red pointsettia

Holiday Scented Candles

Embracing the holiday spirit isn’t always about what you see, but also what you smell.

That’s where Christmas-scented candles come in as a budget-friendly and cozy addition to your festive decor. Fragrances like peppermint, gingerbread, and vanilla can instantly transport you to a winter wonderland, all without breaking the bank.

Christmas Candles

Try any of the following holiday fragrances offered by Antique Candle Co.

Tree Farm by Vintage Porch

A nostalgic scent of crisp, freshly trimmed evergreen and Fraser fir pines, wrapped in delicate notes of winter cedarwood

Good Tidings

A warm holiday blend of evergreens, citrus, cinnamon, and clove, highlighted by a sweet musk of raspberry, maple, and vanilla

Homemade Gingerbread

A cozy scent of homemade gingerbread with sweet & spicy blends of ginger, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and brown sugar, finished with warm vanilla

Sugar Cookie (NEW)

A sweet, creamy aroma of vanilla cookies topped with marshmallow buttercream

Spiced Cranberry

A cheerful medley of ripe cranberries and bright orange, intertwined with a spiced blend of clove, allspice, and cinnamon sticks.


A classically sweet scent with refreshing candied mint and soft notes of creamy vanilla

budget Christmas decorating: kitchen table decorated for Christmas with holiday pillows and plaid blankets

Festive Throw Pillows

When it comes to sprucing up your home for the holidays, it’s often the little details that make a big impact. Adding festive throw pillows to a space is an easy choice when it comes to Christmas decorating on a budget.

Spruce up your couch, chairs, or window seats by swapping out your regular pillows with holiday-themed throw pillows. Look for affordable pillow covers online or at discount stores to change the look of your seating area. I can always find inexpensive pillows at Home Goods.

budget Christmas decorating: pomegranates, silver ornaments, and dried oranges with greenery and red berries on table

Seasonal Fruit on Display

Another budget-friendly and easy holiday decor idea is to display seasonal fruits such as apples, oranges, cranberries, and pomegranates in your home.

Fill bowls with fruit and place on the dining room table. Use them to create DIY projects like wreaths, garlands, and eye-catching centerpieces.

budget Christmas decorating: dried oranges tied to greenery with pinecones

Sliced oranges and dried citrus can be strung together to create rustic garlands, while cranberries and pomegranates add pops of color and texture to your holiday displays.

Using seasonal fruit for Christmas decor is a sustainable and cost-effective choice.

living room coffee table with wooden dough bowl filled with silver ornaments, greenery, berries, pine cones, and scrolls of music sheets

Vintage Sheet Music and Book Page Decor

For those who appreciate the timeless charm of the past, vintage sheet music can be cheap Christmas decorations.

Old sheet music and books can be found in thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets and can be repurposed in many different creative ways during the holiday season.

budget Christmas decorating: book page holiday snowman on silver tray with ornaments

The beauty of vintage sheet music and book pages lies not only in its affordability but also in its ability to add a sense of history and personal connection to your holiday decor.

Transform these delicate pages into festive ornaments or wreaths, or just roll them up and place them among other Christmas decorations. Make tree toppers or create paper rosettes.

budget Christmas decorating: magnolia leaf and dried orange holiday wreath with Christmas pillows

DIY Christmas Wreaths

There’s no need to break the bank when you can use your creativity and craftiness to make stunning DIY holiday wreaths.

Creating your own wreath for the front door, or indoors, is a cheaper decor option than buying one from a store.

All you need are some basic materials like a wreath form, floral wire, and your choice of festive embellishments such as pinecones, ribbons, seasonal fruits, berries, or even ornaments.

rust and cream checked Christmas tree ornaments with dried oranges and berries

DIY Christmas Ornaments

One of the most affordable ways to add a personal touch to your holiday decor is by making your own Christmas ornaments.

Gather your family or friends for a fun crafting session. Handmade ornaments will not only save you money but also add sentimental value to your tree.

For expensive craft supplies for your DIY Christmas decor, visit places like the Dollar Store, Hobby Lobby, or your local craft store.

Christmas stockings hanging off fireplace filled with greenery

Handmade Stockings

If you’re looking to add a personal touch to your festive decor while keeping your budget in check, DIY Christmas stockings are a great idea.

Craft your own stockings using inexpensive felt, yarn, ticking, or burlap fabric. Personalize them with your family’s names or decorate them with holiday-themed appliques and buttons.

budget Christmas decorating: candy canes in mason jar on shelf for Christmas

It’s the Little Things That Make an Impact

When you’re looking for Christmas decorations on a budget, it’s the little things that make a big impact. Keep it simple.

Add a handful of candy canes to a mason jar on a kitchen shelf for a holiday vibe.

pomegranates and nuts in a white bowl with greenery and pine cones

Create a Christmas vignette with a bowl of pomegranates and nuts. Dress the space up with greenery and pine cones.

Make paper snowflakes and hang them from the windows.

budget Christmas decorating: neutral wrapped Christmas gifts with ribbon and greenery

Christmas gifts that are wrapped and displayed can be considered an easy Christmas decoration. Reuse wrapping paper from last year or try some craft or butcher paper and decorate with natural elements.

kitchen open shelving with Christmas decor and vintage items

Reuse What You Already Have

There is absolutely nothing wrong with reusing the Christmas decorations you already own. Display items a little differently, and style Christmas decor in a new way by creating a unique vignette.

With these cheap Christmas decoration ideas, you can deck the halls without worrying about overspending. Remember, the holidays are about creating cherished memories with loved ones, and your decor should reflect the joy and warmth of the season, regardless of your budget.

So, get creative, have fun, and embrace the spirit of giving and togetherness that makes this time of year so special. It’s so easy to decorate for Christmas on a budget, don’t you think?

Next to share more early holiday inspiration is my friend Tammy at White Lilac Farmhouse. You will be so inspired by her mesh and ribbon Christmas wreath. Be sure to visit the other bloggers for their great holiday ideas and inspiration. The links are all below.

Until next time,

Happy Holiday Decorating!

More Early Holiday Ideas and Inspiration

How to Make an Easy Red Bird Christmas Wreath // Southern Crush at Home

Simple and Neutral French Country Christmas Decor Ideas // Robyn’s French Nest

12 Creative DIY Christmas Tree Stand Ideas to Try This Year // WM Design House

Simple Ideas for Christmas Decorating on a Budget // Shiplap and Shells

Mesh and Ribbon Christmas Wreath: A Stunning Holiday Decoration // White Lilac Farmhouse

DIY Tartan Plaid Photo Frame: A Pottery Barn Look Alike for Less // Cottage in the Mitten

Items to Get You Excited to Decorate for the Holidays // Pasha is Home

How To Set Up A Beautiful Seasonal Beverage Station // A Stroll Through Life

Easy Greenery Christmas Wreath // Willow Bloom Home

Easy Christmas Simmer Pot Recipe For A Cozy Holiday // Midwest Life and Style

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  1. I love how you’ve used everyday item and nature to creat such fun and pretty displays. You always seem to think outside the box and I love it. Great ideas and inspiration.

  2. Kim, I just adore your beautiful style and how you mix cottage decor with unique vintage pieces. This makes me so excited for Christmas!

  3. I love every single one of these ideas! Your house looks so cozy and festive in these photos – I cannot wait to make our homes look like this in real time ;)!

  4. What a pretty post, Kim! So many wonderful tips. I love collecting evergreen branches and last year I dried oranges. Such a fun time of year and it’s always a pleasure visiting your home! Here’s to a wonderful upcoming holiday season! ❤️

  5. These are all such beautiful and creative ideas! And especially timely with the crazy inflation we’re seeing for everything.

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