The holidays are such a magical time of year!
I always really look forward to all of the delicious food, family time, freshly fallen snow, and beautiful Christmas decor that this time of year brings.
I’m one of those crazy people who likes to decorate my home for Christmas long before Thanksgiving is here, and it’s because I really do love Christmas that much. I want to be able to bask in its glory for as long as possible 🙂
Since my easy and inexpensive fall decor ideas were such a hit with you all, I thought I would share a winter edition full of easy and inexpensive Christmas decor ideas!
These are all super practical and pretty simple decor ideas that are somewhat inexpensive too. I hope this inspires you with easy ways to decorate your own home this holiday season!
7 easy and inexpensive Christmas decor ideas:
1. Pre-lit Christmas tree
Pre-lit trees may not be super inexpensive when you first invest in them, but they really are much cheaper over time when compared to purchasing a real tree every single year. They are a heck of a lot easier to setup and maintain too! You don’t have to deal with keeping them watered, vacuuming up pine needles, and the potential fire hazard that a real Christmas trees can pose. We have a pre-lit Christmas tree similar to this one (pictured below), and I really love how quick it is to setup every year and how I don’t have to take the time to place the lights on it since they are already on.
The picture below is apparently the best one I have of our Christmas tree. It’s not the best quality, but at least you can get a sense for how it all pulls together and how a fake tree can look nice too!
2. Simple tree accessories
Christmas ornaments can be really fun to put on your tree every year and present an awesome opportunity to reminisce over the memories associated with them as you put them on. While we have picked up a few more ornaments from various trips and other adventures the past few years, I was forced to start from scratch when we put up our first Christmas tree as husband and wife three years ago. I ended up going with a red, white, and silver theme for our tree, and spent less than $50 total for all of the decorations we put on it. This will be our fourth year using these decorations and I still love them!
Some of the inexpensive decorations we put on our Christmas tree:
- Silver beaded garland
- Silver tree skirt (not pictured above) – our tree skirt is similar to this one, but I purchased it at Meijer for only $12
- Box of matching ornaments – we bought a box of assorted red and white ornaments in various sizes similar to these from Kohl’s for $20 three years ago and I still am in love with them. You might be able to find some similar ones in store!
- Silver star – I picked ours up at Tuesday Morning for $6, but this one is pretty similar
3. Clear Vase + Filler
I’ve mentioned my obsession before that I have with my clear vases. I love to fill them with different festive items depending on the season. It’s a nice way to cut down on the amount of decor I have for every season since it’s something I can leave out year-round and then just decorate by putting small items into.
For Christmas, I love to alternate between cranberries, pine cones, and pine boughs. You can go the fresh route for the berries and pine boughs if that’s what you prefer, but since I have my Christmas decor out for around two months, I usually use artificial fillers so they last longer and then I can just reuse them every year.
Some festive fillers to display in vases:
Garland typically takes up a lot of real estate, and is a great way to make a big statement for minimal effort. I love the look of this traditional garland, but also think this “Merry Christmas” glitter garland is a fun touch, especially if you are like me and don’t have a fireplace! I love that it can be easily hung on a wall too.
5. Simple white lights for outside
While I seriously appreciate the effort that some of my neighbors put into decorating the outside of their homes with awesome lights displays, I just don’t have the time or patience for it in this season of my life with a toddler. I just want a simple solution that allows us to join our neighbors in decorating our street for Christmas, yet not spend hundreds of dollars or more than an hour or two to accomplish it. We’ve been decorating the bushes in the front of our home with these traditional white lights for years now, and I really love the look they give. It’s an elegant look and it is also pretty easy to put them up.
6. Pillow Covers
Pillow covers are a great way to spruce up the throw pillows you already have for the holiday season. They typically aren’t super expensive, and also don’t take up much space to store once the holidays are over.
Here are some fun & festive pillow cover ideas:
7. Festive scented candles
You didn’t really think I could make it through a whole list of decor ideas without adding candles, did you? 😉
It’s no secret that I’m candle-obsessed, but I really do think candles can add such a nice touch of ambiance and cozy warmth to your home during the holiday season.
These are some of my favorite Christmas candle scents:
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What are your favorite easy and inexpensive Christmas decor ideas? Are you looking forward to the holidays as much as I am?
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LOVE this post!! I am so excited to decorate for Christmas this year!! We got an awesome pre-lit tree for Walmart of all places last year. I love it! It has hints of fake snow on it too 🙂 This year, I plan on decorating simply as well but I’ll probably ending up purchasing new stuff since the casa is so large and I like pretty much every room to have hints of Christmas in it 🙂
Hope you have a good day!!! 🙂
Christina Tiplea says
Sounds so pretty Sarah! You’re going to have a wonderful Christmas in your new home 🙂
Alexandra @ My Urban Family says
You know Halloween is tomorrow, right? Then there is a whole other holiday somewhere in there before Christmas ;-). Ha. Love the post anyway! You’re always my first friend to start the Christmas talk. This year I can’t wait for Christmas. Feels odd lol
Christina Tiplea says
Haha! I’m not the biggest Halloween or Thanksgiving fan, Christmas is where it’s at for me 🙂
Oh you know it – I’m always the one playing Christmas music too once November 1st rolls around lol!
I love this! We have very similar tastes/style. I’m actually thinking about going old school this year and letting my daughter help me string popcorn and cranberries to drape on the tree too =]
Christina Tiplea says
That sounds so fun Kristi! I would love to do that with Little Miss in a few years too 🙂
Shirria @ DGTH says
I like the clear vases because they can carry over to other holidays. I’m going to look for some this weekend!
Christina Tiplea says
They are my favorite Shirria! Crate & Barrel has some beautiful ones, but I think you could probably find them for a bit cheaper at Home Goods or Marshall’s too!
Abigail @ipickuppennies says
I love putting up the tree! It doesn’t happen every year, depending on my energy/depression levels. But it’s a huge treat. My dad was Jewish — a non-practicing one but nonetheless he’d only allow a small tree in my room. So having a full-size tree is always fun.
Our tree isn’t really going for elegant so much as just fun and individual. We do have some ornament balls that are either blue or white. But we have lots of strange ornaments: a Swedish chef behind a kitchen counter, Wolverine, the Millennium Falcon and a bunch of ones that were from my childhood. Plus a few I picked up during and right after college.
It’s a little cluttered and strange, but that sort of suits our personalities.
Reelika @Financially Wise On Heels says
I just love love love Christmas, definitely my favorite holiday! I definitely need candles, music and traditional food as well. It always brings our entire family together and makes me think about things that matter the most in life! 🙂
Great ideas! I love when the kids make their own ornaments. Melts my heart.
Christina Tiplea says
Oh I really love that too Stefani! I will cherish any ornaments that my daughter will make in the future!
Good tips! One money saving strategy for holiday decorating we’ve exercised is to borrow. One of my sons would like us to decorate the exterior of our home more than before. At the same time, I suspected that my parents would be decorating less. So one simple text sent by my son to his grandmother led to us having all the exterior lights we need at no cost.
Christina Tiplea says
That’s such a creative way to have a win-win situation with the Christmas decor, Carey!
I’m fond of those ideas. And what I like even more that you can make a fairy tale in the house without spending too much money. And pictures that you attached are great, they inspire me for my Christmas theme at home.
Here is another good idea: load a simple glass jar or bowl with multiples of the same fruit, nut, or favorite holiday candies. In my case, it would be definitely candies.
I would like to share this topic https://rentberry.com/blog/diy-christmas-ideas as well. Pay attention on making own Christmas balls. The article contains great tips on how to create them.
Christina Tiplea says
I love that glass jar/bowl idea Bradley, thanks so much for sharing the article too! 🙂
Jon Wood says
These ideas sound so good, Sarah. I’ll love to try these this Christmas. I think it will look great. Thanks for sharing this article! I really loved these ideas. 🙂
Great tips! I was in search of some similar ideas. I really enjoyed reading this post throughout. Will definitely try these this Christmas and I know it will be loved by everyone. Thanks for this great share!
Sariah Meagle says
My mom likes Christmas and she wants to have great long lasting decors. It was explained here that embroidered pillow covers aren’t expensive and don’t take much space. Moreover, it’s advisable to go to trusted shops for quality Christmas embroidery.
I love the use of the small gourds and pumpkins in an interiors display, helps to keep the proportions appealing to the eye.
I think it will look great. Thanks for sharing this article! I really loved this idea. My mom likes Christmas and she wants to have great long-lasting decors. I was in search of some similar ideas. I really enjoyed reading this post throughout. I just love love love Christmas, definitely my favorite holiday! I definitely need candles, music, and traditional food as well.
Hoàng Gia V ũ says
Thanks for this great share!
Sounds so good! I would love to try these ideas on Christmas. Recently I god Christmas tree with discount from EMUCoupon.com. I’m enjoying reading your post and will start decoration within some days by following your ideas.
Hello, I really loved this idea. My mom likes Christmas and she wants to have great long-lasting decors. I was in search of some similar ideas. I really enjoyed reading this post throughout. It was explained here that embroidered pillow covers aren’t expensive and don’t take much space.
I really loved this idea. My mom likes Christmas and she wants to have great long-lasting decors. I was in search of some similar ideas. It was explained here that embroidered pillow covers aren’t expensive and don’t take much space. I was forced to start from scratch when we put up our first Christmas tree as husband and wife three years ago.
Easy and inexpensive Christmas decorating ideas abound. It is a happy fact that one doesn’t have to spend a fortune on special holiday decorations in order to turn an average room or patio into a festive get-together. Take advantage of the wealth of cheap holiday decorations available at discount department stores like Sam’s, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and throughout the internet. You can also find unique and expensive items that can easily be custom made for a fraction of the cost.
Easy and inexpensive Christmas decorating ideas also include such things as mistletoe, holly, poinsettias, cranberries, artificial flowers and trees, and more. The possibilities are virtually endless. These items can be used to dress up plain walls, tables, and floors, or they can be used to spruce up a holiday display. For example, mistletoe can be hung on doors and windows to give a soft, subtle touch of holiday cheer. Holly and cranberries can adorn your kitchen table, while plastic flowers can cover the steps in your front yard.
If you are looking for something different than what is considered traditional, try creating your own home decorations using easy to follow plans. This is another excellent way to save money while adding personal touches to your holiday displays. A Christmas decorating idea that has worked well for us over the years is painting our Christmas trees and planters with hand-colored Christmas cards that we receive every year. By doing this, we can decorate our tree and planter without having to spend any extra money to buy expensive adornments.
EASY AND INEXPENSIVE christmas decorating idea ideas abound–here’s how to find them! Christmas is just around the corner, so start planning now!
I have been looking EVERYWHERE for a linen tablecloth like the one in your pictures. Do you remember where you got it?
I really love them but you went so fast i had to read more than once but I’m going to try them they are beautiful Occupation Ornaments