How to decorate for Christmas on a budget

It’s possible to be festive and frugal at the same time!

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For many people, ‘decking the halls’ is one of the highlights of Christmas. From decorating the Christmas tree to stringing up the fairy lights, there’s no better way to get into the festive spirit — especially if you’ve got carols playing in the background! 

That said, it can also get expensive! Between the tree decorations, table ornaments and other bits-and-bots, costs can quickly add up. The good news is, Christmas decorating doesn’t have to break the bank. It’s possible to be festive and frugal at the same time! 

Read on for 8 tips for decorating for Christmas on a budget — and still making your home look beautiful.

1. Make your own centrepiece
Sometimes, all you really need is one statement piece to fancy up your decor for the holidays. DIYing your own centrepiece is a great way to do this! There’s an array of inexpensive materials you can use to bring your work of art to life. 

For an elegant table setting, try placing a large candle in the middle of a wreath. Or, fill a glass bowl with baubles and spraypainted faux plants. You can even create individual centrepieces for every guest by filling small gift bags with decorations. The options are endless!

2. Buy quality once and reuse
It may sound counterintuitive, but by spending a bit more upfront on some of your Christmas decorations you’ll save yourself money in the long-run. It’s all about knowing when to splurge and when to pull back.

For example, while things like baubles can be great to buy cheap in bulk, you may want to spend a little more on fairy lights or your artificial Christmas tree. If you invest in these quality pieces, they’ll serve you well for years to come.

3. Take advantage of natural materials
Christmas decorations are all around us — you just need to know what to look for! Using natural and botanical materials is the perfect way to decorate on a budget. Plus, they give your home a chic, rustic aesthetic. Keep an eye out for pinecones, acorns and branches, as these all make excellent Christmas decorations. Plants like eucalyptus and wattle can also look lovely in vases, or scattered around the house.

4. Consider a non-traditional Christmas tree
Is a real Christmas tree out of your budget this year? That doesn’t mean you can’t achieve the same festive atmosphere! There are many creative alternatives that look just as beautiful as the real deal. A pre-lit, artificial Christmas tree is always a great, affordable option. But, if space is an issue, you could also try a tabletop Christmas tree, or make your own by arranging fairy lights in a tree pattern on the wall.

5. Decorate with food!
Everyone knows the food is the main event of Christmas — so, why not also make it centre stage in your decorating? From gingerbread houses to candy canes displayed around the house, there’s so many festive foods you can decorate with. You can even make a Christmas-inspired fruit bowl by adding touches like chestnuts and cinnamon sticks amongst pears and red apples. The bonus is, you get to eat these decorations afterwards!

6. Wrap your Christmas frames
This creative idea is quick and wallet-friendly, but will instantly make your home feel more festive! All you need to do is take the framed pictures you already have on the wall, then wrap them in Christmas paper like you would with a gift. Be sure to leave the hook uncovered so you can attach it to the wall again. Wrap a bow around the middle, then display it on the wall for your guests to admire. It’s simple, yet so effective!

7. Get creative with candles
There’s so much you can do with candles. Not only do they fill the home with ambience and aroma, but they make versatile Christmas decorations. Take multiple sized-candles and arrange them on a large plate or tray. Or, buy some tea lights (which are very affordable to buy in bulk!) and display them inside mason jars, cups or small vases. This is your opportunity to let your creativity shine through (literally!)

8. Take advantage of the sales
While this tip may not come in handy until next year, it’s a great way to look out for future you! Department and grocery stores often heavily slash their prices for the weeks following Christmas Day. So, from Boxing Day onwards, it’s the perfect time to stock on some Christmas ornaments in bulk for affordable prices. When next Christmas rolls around, you’ll be glad you did!

With these budget-friendly Christmas decoration ideas, you can fill your home with festive spirit without breaking the bank!