1. Buy after Christmas. Pick-out decor items you want during the season, but don't purchase anything until after Christmas. This is my personal #1. I've mentioned it before, but I just can't justify spending much on holiday decor because it only stays up for a month. Everything, and yes, I mean everything, we have purchased for Christmas was 50-80% after the holidays. That includes our tree, all of our ornaments, and even a bag of pinecones I purchased to make this garland.
2. Fill containers with stuff. Eloquent, eh? This is the main thing I do when decorating our house for Christmas. I use "filler" that I have purchased after Christmas in any container that I have sitting around the house.
Example 1: random fake berries and pine cones in an old basket.
Example 2: mason jars filled with cinnamon sticks and tea candles.
Example 3: pine cones in an enormous glass vase.
Example 4: The ubiquitous (and still wonderful) Anthro-inspired snow scene in a bottle. You can be cheap like me and wait to buy your trees after Christmas for pennies and use stuffing instead of fake snow.
3. Wreath-ify. I love wreaths. While I always have one on the front door, during the holidays I put them all over the place. Below is a picture of the outside and inside on the front door. You can also see above (example 3) that I placed a small wreath on a stack of books. That's what I call wreathifying.
4. Candles. Candles are always scattered around my house, but during Christmas we do it
Example 1: this tray sits on our coffee table. I replaced the usual candle with a Christmas-y one purchased from Pottery Barn after Christmas a million years ago. And no, I never light it. You know, because it's from Pottery Barn :)
5. Hang ornaments from things. Your tree is a good start, obviously. But look around your home for other things that you could hang ornaments from. In our house it's our chandelier and a couple of tree branches on the windowsill. I just use whatever leftover ornaments I have.
6. Incorporate holiday artwork. I usually replace a couple of pictures with some free printables from people who are talented in the design department. Joy Printable and Merry Christmas Printable.
What about you? Do you have any other ideas for decorating inexpensively for the holidays? Do you do any of the above in your home?
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