Holiday Decorations on a Budget: DIY Christmas Décor and More

Looking to do holiday decorating and Christmas on a budget this year? Learn how to do these easy DIY Christmas decorations to save money.

Holiday decorations on a budget: DIY Christmas decorations

What We'll Cover

  • Holiday décor doesn’t have to break the bank.
  • Making your own holiday decorations is cost-effective and creates more opportunities for connection with your family.
  • The average person in the United States spends approximately $269 on holiday decorations each year.

The average American may spend around $1,500 on the holidays - $1,500! From gifts and travel to decorating and cooking, those costs add up quickly.

‘Tis the season to embrace what you can do on a budget, and holiday decorations is the perfect place to save a little money. With a little creativity and a dash of resourcefulness, you can transform your home into a winter wonderland without breaking the bank. Here we'll explore how to keep the spirit of the holidays alive while staying within a reasonable budget.


How to Keep the Spirit of the Holidays on a Budget

Just because you don’t want to dish out hundreds on an epic reindeer display doesn’t mean you’re the Grinch. Thrifting holiday décor, swapping decorations with a friend, or making DIY holiday decorations are all ways to get into the spirit of the holidays while sticking to your budget.

Making decorations yourself is a great way to get even more into the spirit of the holidays. Crafting can bring up childhood memories of hand-making decorations at school. Get creative with it, get your family involved, and maybe even make it a holiday tradition to make something new each year.

By setting a realistic budget and incorporating handmade and repurposed items, you can create a festive atmosphere in your home without overspending. Let’s dive into the details.


What is a realistic holiday decor budget?

Before we dive into DIY projects, it’s important to start with a budget. Even thrift and DIY material costs can get out of hand if you don’t have a plan in mind.

The average person in the United States spends approximately $269 on holiday decorations each year. That being said, you can also have a well decorated home for less than $100, even less than $50! It all depends on how much you want to spend and being clear about that number up front.

When determining your budget, consider how much you can comfortably spend without straining your finances. Think about allocating funds for lights, ornaments, wreaths and other festive items. A thoughtful and well-planned budget can go a long way in ensuring less stress around the holidays.

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DIY Christmas Decorations

  1. Homemade ornaments: This salt dough recipe is a favorite for kids, but kids aren’t a requirement for this DIY Christmas project. Salt dough ornaments are a great opportunity to get creative.
  2. Handmade wreaths: Craft wreaths using materials found in nature, such as pinecones, twigs, and berries. Not only is this cost-effective, but it also brings a rustic and charming vibe to your home.
  3. Mason jar lanterns: Transform ordinary mason jars into enchanting lanterns by filling them with string lights, pine branches, or even ornaments for a cozy and festive glow.
  4. Clothespin snowflakes: Add some homemade elegance to your Christmas tree with snowflake ornaments made from clothespins. Paint them in white or silver and arrange them in intricate snowflake patterns.
  5. Make garland out of repurposed gift wrap: Use your leftover gift wrap to create unique and colorful garlands. Cut the paper into strips and string them together for a budget-friendly and eco-friendly decoration.
  6. Handmade stockings: Personalize your stockings by sewing or decorating plain ones. Add embellishments like sequins, buttons, or even family members' names for a festive and heartwarming touch.

DIY Kwanzaa Decorations

  1. Unity cup centerpiece: Create a striking centerpiece by placing a unity cup in the center of your table. Surround it with symbolic items like candles and fresh greenery to represent unity and collective work.
  2. Handmade kinara: Craft your own kinara using simple materials like wood, clay, or even recycled materials. Paint it in black, red, and green and add candleholders for each of the seven candles.
  3. Kente cloth garlands: Cut strips of colorful Kente cloth and string them together to create vibrant garlands. Hang these around the room to bring a touch of African tradition and heritage to your decorations.
  4. Mkeka placemats: Design your own placemats using traditional Kwanzaa colors and patterns. Incorporate symbols like the mkeka (mat) to represent the foundation of African heritage.
  5. Adinkra symbol ornaments: Craft ornaments featuring Adinkra symbols, which hold cultural significance in many African societies. Paint or draw these symbols on wooden or paper ornaments to hang on your tree or around your home.
  6. Harvest cornucopia: Arrange a cornucopia filled with harvest fruits and vegetables, symbolizing the bountiful harvest and cooperative economics celebrated during Kwanzaa.

DIY Hanukkah Decorations

  1. Dreidel garland: Create a festive garland using mini dreidels. String them together with ribbon or twine, alternating colors for a playful and colorful touch.
  2. Homemade menorah: Craft your own menorah using materials like wood, clay, or even recycled items. Paint it in blue and white and add candleholders for each night of the celebration.
  3. Star of David banners: Cut out Star of David shapes from blue or silver paper or fabric. String them together to make charming banners to hang on walls or doorways.
  4. Blue and white candle centerpiece: Arrange blue and white candles in a decorative centerpiece. Add touches of silver or gold for some added elegance. This simple centerpiece can grace your dining table or mantel.
  5. Paper plate dreidel craft: Engage the kids in a craft activity by making dreidels from paper plates. Paint or decorate the plates in traditional Hanukkah colors and attach a string for spinning fun.
  6. Hanukkah window clings: reate window clings in the shape of Hanukkah symbols like menorahs, dreidels, and Stars of David. Use static-cling vinyl or even contact paper for this simple and removable decoration.

DIY New Year’s Decorations

  1. Confetti poppers: Create your own confetti poppers using empty toilet paper rolls. Fill them with colorful confetti and secure one end with tissue paper. When the clock strikes midnight, pop the rolls for a burst of celebratory confetti.
  2. DIY photo booth backdrop: Design a photo booth backdrop using metallic fringe curtains, balloons, and themed props. This fun activity is a party-guest favorite!
  3. Countdown clock centerpieces: Make countdown clock centerpieces by attaching clock faces to dowels or sticks. Set them to show the minutes leading up to midnight and arrange them in vases or jars for a festive table decoration.
  4. Champagne glass tower: Stack (cheap) champagne glasses in the shape of a pyramid to create an elegant and eye-catching centerpiece. Fill the glasses with LED lights or other decorative elements for added flair.
  5. New Year's resolution wall: Set up a creative New Year's resolution wall where guests can write down their resolutions for the coming year. Decorate the wall with festive colors, banners, and inspirational quotes.
  6. Glittered champagne bottles: Add a touch of glamour to your champagne bottles by covering them in glitter. Choose a color that matches your theme and apply glue to the bottle, then roll it in glitter for a dazzling effect.

More Holiday Decorating Ideas on a Budget

If DIY isn’t your thing, don’t stress yourself our trying to make adorable decorations to keep on budget. There are other ways to cut holiday décor costs that don’t involve sewing, gluing, painting, etc.

  1. Nature-inspired décor: Bring the outdoors in by incorporating natural elements like pinecones, branches, and holly into your decorations. These items are often free and can be found in your backyard or a nearby park.
  2. Small Christmas tree: If a traditional tree is beyond your budget, consider a small tabletop tree. These are more affordable and can be just as charming when adorned with handmade decorations.
  3. Seasonal fruit on display: Arrange bowls of seasonal fruits like oranges, apples, and pomegranates for a vibrant and budget-friendly centerpiece.
  4. Swap décor with friends: Host a holiday décor swap with friends and family. You might have items that no longer suit your style, but they could be the perfect addition to someone else's holiday display.

This holiday season, let your creativity shine as you deck the halls without emptying your wallet. By embracing the spirit of DIY and repurposing, you can create a festive and joyful atmosphere that reflects the true meaning of the holidays. Cheers to a budget-friendly and merry celebration!

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