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Inexpensive Christmas Decorating Ideas



(Source) Ornaments for the tree – Purchasing ornaments for the tree can get expensive, and homemade ornaments add a personal touch anyway. So whether you have kids or are a bachelor, try your hand at making some of your own. There are plenty of websites that offer easy instructions on how to make a variety of ornaments, one such place is KABOOSE, check it out. Popcorn garland – This is perhaps one of the best and most inexpensive Christmas decorating ideas on this list, and it’s also extremely versatile since you can add other things besides the popcorn. Thread some dental floss or fishing line through a sewing needle, and then thread it through air-popped popcorn (hold the butter) to make the garland. You can add other things to the string of garland to add colour and texture, such as cranberries or cereal (Froot Loops or Cheerios work well). This is a great project for kids too, just make sure you make enough popcorn, as I’m sure some will end up in the mouth and not on the string. Paper garland – Another holiday decorating idea that’s inexpensive, or free depending on what supplies you have on hand, is paper garlands. All you need is red and green construction paper and tape (or a stapler). Cut the paper into strips about 6 inches long and 1 inch wide. Create a ring by taping or stapling the two ends of a strip of paper together. Put the next strip of paper through your ring and attach the ends together as you did with the first ring. Continue doing this until your garland is the length you want it. Alternate the colors with each ring. You can also cut strips of Christmas wrapping paper if you don’t have any construction paper in the house. Cookie cutter decorations – If you have holiday themed cookie cutters, you can use them two different ways for holiday decorating (in addition to their original purpose, of course!). First, you can decorate the cookie cutters with ribbon and hang them or position them around the house. Or, if you don’t like that idea or you intend on using the cookie cutters to make cookies, you can use them to make ornaments. Follow this Christmas dough recipe, use your cookie cutters to make the ornaments, and then decorate with paint, glitter, or other craft supplies you have around the house. Empty boxes - Wrap empty boxes with Christmas wrapping paper, ribbon, and bows and place around the house. This is a great way to reuse all those empty mandarin orange boxes! Pull out the teddy bears – Dressing up teddy bears and putting them on display can be a great inexpensive Christmas decorating idea. You can either dress them in toques, scarves, and mittens or tie some ribbon around their neck and attach a holiday bow to their head. Displaying Christmas cards - Hang some red, green, gold, or silver ribbon horizontally across an empty wall. When you receive Christmas cards, simply put them on the ribbon as a cheap way to add some holiday decoration to your home.


  1. Make paper snowflakes

  2. Decorate your plants with your homemade garland and small ornaments

  3. Decorate the windows (inside) and stair railings with Christmas lights, hide the wire with garland

  4. Make a gingerbread house

  5. Wrap the pots of houseplants in wrapping paper

  6. Decorate plain candles with holiday ribbon

  7. Hang the stockings

  8. Purchase a couple poinsettias

  9. Wrap garland around picture frames and mirrors Do you have some inexpensive Christmas decorating ideas you can share? Leave a comment to let us know! Also, if you’re looking for other Christmas-related ideas and tips, check out the following: Make Your Own Gift Basket: Homemade Christmas Gift Basket Ideas & Tips Themed Gift Basket Ideas Top 100+ Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Everyone on Your List

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