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Decorate for Christmas on a Budget

November 16, 2018 | By Daniel Dewitt

One of the best parts of the holidays is decorating. More than any other holiday (besides maybe Halloween), Christmas is the one with the most options when it comes to decorations. Nativity scenes, trees artificial and natural, fake snow, tinsel, snowflake strings: the list goes on and the variety is staggering.

Christmas decorations are a big business, one that most companies are happy to get it in on. But what if you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg (and a title loan) getting in the Christmas spirit? There’s where we come in. Here are a few of our favorite DIY and budget Christmas decorations to deck your halls this winter.

Festive Jars

For this decoration, you’ll need empty jars or vases, and a variety of pine cones, holly, tree ornaments, and any other Christmas paraphernalia. Fill the jars with the paraphernalia and set them out throughout your house to fill it with Christmas cheer. Though it sounds simple, this kind of decoration is a great way of filling blank space and tying it to the holiday spirit.

Faux Presents

What’s one thing that’s synonymous with Christmas? Gifts. For this DIY decoration, pick up some extra wrapping paper, bows, and cardboard boxes while you’re at the store, and wrap the empty boxes like they’re presents. You can then set them around your house and, if you’re feeling particularly festive, take down and wrap any pictures you have hanging and then put them back up to add a Christmas touch to your walls.

Homemade Wreaths

All wreaths are a nice way of accenting your home for the holidays, but for what’s essentially a bent branch, they can be surprisingly expensive to get from the store. This winter instead of buying wreaths to hang up all over your home, drive to the nearest lot that sells Christmas trees.

Often these lots have stray branches of all shapes and sizes scattered all across them, and just as often the employees won’t mind if you pick up a couple for your own use. Once home just bend and tie them into circles and you’ll have your own homemade wreaths to hang on cabinets and doors.

White Candles

I’m not sure anyone really knows why, but white candles are considered a uniquely Christmas decoration. Which is lucky, because picking up a half dozen from your local dollar store is a cheap way of outfitting your house with them. You don’t even need to light them, and so long as you store them in a cool place they’ll be ready to be put out again next year.

Paper Snowflakes

They say no two snowflakes are the same, and that’s certainly true if you’re cutting them from paper yourself. This is an especially fun DIY decoration if you have kids, as they can be quite enthusiastic about folding and cutting out shapes. Once you’ve got a couple dozen snowflakes cut out, you can either lay them next to your other Christmas decorations put them on a string of their own.