Decorating for the holidays was something I always looked forward to every year. And not that it was ever a competition, but my mom may have certainly won the award for the most decorated house for Christmas—she had a tree (most of them artificial) in almost every room of our house. She truly set the bar for getting into the Christmas spirit and making your house look festive.
Well, if you’ve been waiting for Halloween to pass before you start bringing out your holiday decorations, the time has finally arrived! Take it from us, it’s easy to want to deck the halls and really spread holiday cheer all over the house. But if you’re looking to pare it back a bit this year or you have a tight budget, you can still decorate for the holidays without breaking the bank—here’s how.
1. Swap out your photos
Whether you have a full gallery wall or a few photos here and there, swapping the images out for more winter, holiday, or Christmas themed photos will really set the tone for a small price. You can add your own family holiday photos or search for downloadable holiday artwork on sites like Etsy. Here are some favorites you can download and print yourself.
2. Add a string of twinkle lights
A simple string of lights can really add the perfect touch when decorating for the holidays. Plus, it can add a warm and cozy vibe to your home, too! Place these around your bathroom mirror, wrap them around your banister, or string them on your mantel.
3. Add some sprigs of winter greenery
Since full-blown garland can be a little expensive, grabbing a few festive stems to put in your existing vases and planters can add a budget-friendly holiday touch.
4. Make your own wreath
Depending on how elaborate, some holiday wreaths can be upwards of $50 or more. With a little DIY motivation you can easily create your own wreath. Everything below is under $30!
5. Update your candles and scents
One of my fondest memories of the holidays as a child were the smells of Christmas running all through the house. Now is the time to shift from the pumpkin spice scents to those of pine, cinnamon, and juniper.
6. Freshen up your shelves
Sprucing up the shelves around your house is a simple yet fun way to make a big holiday impact on a small budget. From fun holiday books to small seasonal accents like ceramic houses or bottle brush trees, the options are endless!
This article was originally published in 2020 and has been updated for timeliness.