Decorating your home for Christmas is by far one of the best ways to get into the festive spirit. After all, it’s hard not to feel the Christmas cheer when you’re surrounded by twinkling lights and tinsel! Plus, if you have a family or are hosting Christmas at your place this year, you’ll want to make sure you put your most festive foot forward. The good news is, there are a few simple tips that can help make decorating for Christmas more affordable when you’re on a budget.
1. Get a pre-lit Christmas tree
Decorating the Christmas tree is always a fun festive tradition. However, if you find yourself needing to buy new Christmas lights every year because some of the bulbs have blown or they’re too tangled to even look at, it can become an expensive endeavour. A pre-lit Christmas tree is a great affordable alternative, and you can get these at most discount department stores. These trees come with rows of lights already attached, so all you have to do is get it out of storage each year, plug it in and switch it on!
2. Buy ornaments in bulk
We all have our favourite Christmas ornaments, whether a special one that was given to us by a loved one, or that we’ve kept since childhood. But when it comes to purchasing new ones on a budget, it pays to buy in bulk. Many discount department stores or variety stores allow you to buy packs of 50-100 baubles for less than $20. Whether you want to stick to one, uniform colour or mix and match your baubles for a beautiful multi-coloured effect, there are plenty of different options to choose from. To keep your baubles in good nick for future years, consider storing them in egg cartons to prevent them from getting broken or scratched.
3. Get crafty
There’s no better way to save money on Christmas decorations than by making them yourself! Not only is it a more affordable and sustainable way to deck out your home, but it can also be lots of fun— especially if you get the kids involved! While there are thousands of great DIY Christmas ideas on Pinterest, an easy one to get you started include making your own wreaths out of artificial or real shrubbery. Another simple option is filling mason jars with baubles for stunning Christmas ornaments you can display around the house.
4. Repurpose what you already have
Don’t have time to tackle any DIY Christmas projects from scratch? You may be able to upcycle some things you have lying around the house to make beautiful decorations! For example, empty wine bottles can be dressed up with paint or glitter to create festive vases. You can also use them as candlestick holders, or put some battery-operated fairy lights in there for a magical effect. You can also make ordinary pillows or even dining chairs look festive by wrapping red or gold ribbon around them, or create a homemade wreath out of wine corks.
5. Have one statement centrepiece
Setting the table is a big part of decorating for the festive season, especially if you’re hosting a Christmas lunch. But to avoid overspending in this area, remember that less than can often be more. Rather than filling your table with lots of festive knickknacks, try having just one beautiful statement centrepiece. This could be one vase with an arrangement of flowers, a tray with a few different festive elements or a small, tabletop Christmas tree. Then, you can add some extra, festive touches to the table by simply putting some inexpensive, cloth napkins on your guests’ plates, or even some sprigs of mistletoe. Not only can this minimalist approach create an elegant, Insta-worthy aesthetic, it can actually save you lots of money.
6. Use natural materials
The secret to Christmas decorating on a budget might already be in your own backyard (or patio or balcony). Natural materials like branches, twigs and pine cones can be used to make your own rustic Christmas decorations. Try wrapping some fairy lights around branches and adding to a vase, or attaching twigs to a tree to make a mini, hanging Christmas tree! Pine cones can also be painted gold and used to make ornaments.
By using these 6 simple and affordable decorating hacks, you can create a sophisticated Christmas aesthetic on a shoestring budget.