15 Cheap Christmas Decor Ideas That Are Stunning

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When the festive season rolls around, it is the charming warmth of a nicely decorated home that works to set the scene and create memorable celebrations. Believe it or not, you don’t have to spend a fortune to create a perfectly suitable atmosphere for your holiday season. In the following post we will cover some of the best budget-friendly ways to decorate your home.

Whether you are looking to keep things classic and traditional, or feel like shaking things up this Christmas with clever capers and perfectly irreverent details, you can get your home exactly as you want it without blowing your budget on tinsel and baubles. Believe it or not, you probably already have many of the items you will need to strike a festive tone, all that’s left to do is tie it all together.

So, let’s get started and check out these amazing cheap Christmas decor ideas that can still elevate your home decor this holiday season!

Where to Shop for Cheap Christmas Decor

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The less you spend on the decorations, the more resources you will have for the really important things like presents and holiday dinners. Nevertheless, there are some things that will have to be sourced from a retailer like lights, candles, cushions and other details that are hard to make at home.

Here are a few places where cheap Christmas decor can be found:

  1. Dollar Store (i.e. Dollar Tree, Dollar General to come up with cheap Christmas decorations ideas)
  2. Walmart
  3. Target (One of my favorite places to find clearance Christmas decorations!)
  4. TJ Maxx

Now that we know where we can source the various items we need to decorate the home for the holidays, let’s choose a few of the most suitable cheap Christmas decor projects for the task at hand.

Top 15 Cheap Christmas Decor Ideas

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See our top picks of cheap Christmas decorations diy projects that you can easily do at home without spending an arm and a leg. You’ll see how easy it is to replicate these cheap Christmas decor ideas.

1. Wrap your front door with ribbon

What better way to welcome the seasons than with an absolutely festive doorway. Furthermore, you won’t need much more than wrapping paper and a reel of attractive ribbon. You can even do this with nothing more than ribbon. Simply lay one length of ribbon across the door horizontally and the other from top to bottom. You don’t have to go all the way around the door either. Just pin the ribbon to the door at the ends and done!

Complete the magic with a beautiful floral wreath if you happen to have one. Otherwise, grab some extra ribbon and tie it in a bow. One of my favorite cheap Christmas decor ideas!

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2. Use DIY Mason Jar Candle Lights

Nothing easier than a candle in a jar, yet the final result of these festive Mason Jar candles is nothing less than impressive. Candles add a warmth and glow that transforms any room into a holiday haven. Take this a step further by painting the mason jars in festive red and green colors. Then fill the bottom of the jars with Epsom salts mixed with a touch of glitter for a fake snow. Here are even more Christmas decor ideas using mason jars!

3. Make Tabletop Trees

The evergreen tree is a symbol of life and a staple of any festive décor. The best thing? They can be crafted at a giveaway price. All you will need is some festively patterned fabric, — think reds, greens, silvers and golds in plaid — glue and poster board. This fun activity will keep you and your family entertained for a whole 20 minutes — but your home will look great throughout the holidays.

4. Hang Festive Homemade Icicles

Take some time to create an attractive ornament that will last for years to come. These homemade icicles can be made in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. All you need is some poster board, colored wrapping paper and fishing line. Glue the wrapping paper to the board before cutting out an array of festive shapes in different sizes to drip down from ceilings, doorways and arches. If you are looking for a party ornament that everyone will love, this is the one.

5. Make Festive and Nature-Inspired Candlesticks

Candles make the best festive ornaments and there are just so many ways to dress your candles for the occasion. Just take a look at how simple these ideas are to create. Cinnamon sticks, candy canes, pine leaves or miniature wreaths can all be used to add a special holiday flare to your candle’s presentation.

READ: 12 Best Neutral Christmas Decor Ideas That Are Warm & Cozy

6. Create Holly Candle Holders

And speaking of creative ways to present candles in your home, take a gander at these inverted wine glasses. There is nothing easier than creating a snow globe and housing it in a wine glass flipped on its top-end. Now, complete the presentation by crowning your creation with a candle. You probably have a decent variety of glasses in your home. But if not, this is an especially cost-effective ornament to source from any of the stores mentioned above.

7. DIY Star-Punched Paper Hurricanes

Hurricanes are another beautiful and inexpensive and can be dressed up to suit just about any occasion. But during the Christmas season they should be dressed to suit the festivities. This can be done with common wrapping paper punched with stars, holly motifs or snowflakes. Simply print a few patterns online and find a suitable Exacto Knife for the task. Within a half hour of punching, wrapping and taping your ornamental hurricane vases will be ready for Christmas dinner.

8. Suspend a decorative branch

Here is a modernistic and stylish take on the classic Christmas tree that can add a festive splash to dining rooms, hallways and more. Rather than drag the entire tree inside, how about we take an especially good-looking branch and decorate that instead. Next time you are out in the woods, keep an eye out for a suitable branch. Then, drag it home and cut it down to size. You will want to make sure you have cleaned it well so that bits of forest are not falling into your food.

Next, you will need to suspend it securely to the ceiling so that the dining experience is not ruined by falling branches. Spray-on glitter, frosty snow and all manner of ornaments will complete the look. This is one cheap Christmas decor project that will WOW everyone!

9. Create a Christmas Chandelier

Chandeliers are good, but they can be better. If you are lucky enough to have a grand chandelier overhanging your dining room table or sitting room, consider making the most out of it with some well-selected ornaments. Even though you may be tempted to go all out with this one and add every ornament you have to the classy lighting fixture (and maybe you should), you may also find that selecting a suitable color scheme will help you make the most of this festive decoration idea. Definitely one of the most beautiful cheap Christmas decor ideas on this list!

10. Make Your Own Ornament Centerpiece

Do you have a variety of ornaments leftover from decorating the Christmas tree? Well, grab some glitter, glue and candle sticks and begin a Christmas fusion. You can use glitter and glue to write a single letter on a number of baubles that spell out a Christmas message or you can DIY a wreath filled with ornaments. You can also choose ornaments that will enhance the color scheme of your dining room. The possibilities are truly limitless.

11. Make Your Own Festive Throw Pillows

Nothing adds a sense of cozy comfort and festive cheer like plenty of blankets and Christmas throw pillows, but that can get a bit costly. Not to worry, you will find it is just as easy and far more cost-effective to make your own. It all comes down to the fabrics you choose and the motifs you apply to your pillows. You could whip out the sewing machine or stitch these pillows by hand, the final result will last far longer. But you can just as easily use fabric glue and cut your production time in half.

If crafting is not your thing, you can try and find inexpensive ones like this cheap farmhouse Christmas decor style I found on Amazon.

cheap farmhouse christmas decor

12. Make Ornaments Window Treatment

Looking for a festive yet practical way to decorate your windows? How about using Christmas ornaments as festive window treatments? While this option you see here is using neutral tones, you could just as easily select your ornaments of a specific color design. But no matter how you do it, or which type of ornaments you use, this will add a special touch of festive spirit to any Christmas décor. One of my favorite cheap Christmas decorations indoor projects to do with the family!

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13. Wrap Your Picture Frames

This idea is attractive and obvious. You are going to wonder why this hasn’t been done before. All those beautiful family pictures in their lovely frames can add to the Christmas spirit in their own way. All you need to do is spend a happy half-hour removing the pictures and wrapping the frames with wrapping paper. Return the pictures to their frames and step back to enjoy the best gift anyone could hope for this family season, being surrounded by fond memories of the people you love most.

14. Make a Wreath Christmas Card Holder

It won’t look like much at the beginning. Just a ring of painted clothes pins in a frame. But once the Christmas cards begin arriving and being added to the display, it is a decoration so beautiful you will probably want to keep it up year-round. Best of all, you can keep adding to this wreath year after year. One of the most creative cheap Christmas decoration ideas on this list!

15. Make a Grand Table Centerpiece

A large glass, porcelain or wooden bowl can be filled with garlands, ornaments and candles and placed as the centerpiece of your big family feast. Make sure the candles are anchored down well before you add the rest of the ornaments. Furthermore, you will need to keep an eye on things while the candles burn down so they don’t burn so low as to be a fire hazard.

Cheap Christmas Decor – Final Thoughts

So, there you have it! 15 fabulous ways to improve your holiday cheer without breaking your budget. We hope these cheap Christmas Decor ideas create many happy memories with all who come your way this holiday season.

Which of these cheap Christmas decor ideas would you love to try? Share your thoughts by commenting below!

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