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While Christmastime is full of good cheer and merriment, your savings are often a casualty of holiday festivities. It can be hard to stick to a budget while indulging in yuletide fun. Gifts, food, parties, and decor can add up to a major dent in your savings — but they don’t have to!
With these ideas for inexpensive, easy, and elegant decor, you can save some dough without sacrificing holiday spirit. And there’s no need to stop the savings there — check out these great ideas for inexpensive Christmas gifts.
1. Pom-pom paper trees
These simple cone trees are both playful and contemporary, combining simple silver and white with just a touch of color. Of course, you could make them with any type of paper (or papers), and since each tree takes less than 10 minutes, you could easily create a little forest.
- Styrofoam cones
- Decorative paper (Dimensions and amounts will depend on the size of your cones. Though there’s no exact measuring involved, but you’ll get a sense of how much you need after reading the directions)
- Felt pom-poms
- Hot glue gun
- Draw a line of hot glue along the length of your Styrofoam cone, from top to bottom.
- Starting at a corner, stick an edge of the paper along the glue line. Make sure the base of the cone is lined up with the bottom edge of the paper, so that when you roll, the paper will form a narrowing point above the top point of the cone.
- Roll the paper around the cone until you’ve reached the first glued-on edge, then apply another line of hot glue right next to this edge. Continue rolling the cone in paper so it sticks on this second line of hot glue.
- Trim away excess paper along the edge and top so it’s easier to handle.
- Glue down the loose edge of paper so it overlaps with the first edge.
- Trim the bottom edge of the paper so it’s flush with the base of the cone.
- You should have a rolled paper top extending off the tip of the cone. Trim it just enough so a felt pom-pom will sit on top.
- Attach the felt pom-pom with glue.
2. Cranberry wreath
Source: A Beautiful Mess
Cranberries aren’t just a tasty holiday treat — they’re an amazing decorating material. It’ll take a bit of time, but this stunning red wreath is a cinch to make by simply gluing cranberries to a foam base.
3. Glitter bottlebrush trees
Source: Delineate Your Dwelling
Add a coat of glitter to tiny bottlebrush trees for shimmery little evergreens that will add a touch of joy to your mantle or tabletop. These tinsely trees are so tiny, you can fit them in any space in need of a little holiday cheer.
4. Silver mirror advent calendar, $30
This charming advent calendar might cost more than most, but since you can reuse it every year, you’ll be saving in the long run (it also comes in gold, depending on the rest of your Christmas decor). Have fun picking a new little toy or candy to put in its drawers each year.
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5. Instagram photo Christmas tree
Source: Homey Oh My!
Not all greenery needs to be green! Make an elegant little photo Christmas tree using FotoBit frames and printed Instagram photos.
This delightful garland is made out of colorful yarn, and will add both color and class to your holiday decorations. Simply gather your yarn, trim up the tassels, and string it up for a festive pop of color in your house!
7. Champagne glitter snowflake, $27.98
Light up winter evenings with this rustic snowflake wall decor. It would look beautiful over the mantle or even in a hallway.
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8. Moroccan wedding blanket tree skirt
Source: Almost Makes Perfect
This chic tree skirt has just the right amount of sparkle, and there’s no sewing required to make it. Since you’ll create your own blanket by gluing strips of fur and sequins into a white base, you’ll save oodles on the real thing — usually multiple hundreds of dollars — and it’s easy.
9. Reindeer silhouette pillow cover, $28
For a few weeks, swap out one of your usual pillow covers for this simple but seasonal reindeer silhouette. The muted tones go with any decor, and you could even use it throughout the rest of the winter.
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10. Christmas cloche
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Everything looks prettier inside a cloche, and this one is made from an old clock dome and a spray-painted terra cotta dish covered in glitter. It looks beautiful with a bottlebrush tree, colorful ornaments, candle, or even pinecone inside.
11. Nativity scene, $46
Many nativity scenes will cost you upward of $100, but this 6-piece set is reasonably priced. Its moving depiction of the beloved story would fit on a small tabletop or corner of a mantle without overtaking the space.
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12. Monogrammed stockings
Source: Lia Griffith
These understated stockings are the perfect way to add a touch of classy Christmas spirit to your mantle. White-on-white is subtle but festive, but you could throw in some blue if you’re craving more color.
13. Wooden tree cake toppers
Source: The Holiday Collective
Break out of the usual red and green palette with these bright wooden trees in turquoise, pink, and yellow. Use them to add a joyful dose of color to your Christmas dessert.
14. Paz trees, $6.95-$17.95
Create an elegant glass forest in clear, white, silver, or copper glass. You only need one or two of these minimalist trees to create some holiday spirit, so buy however many your budget allows.
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15. Felt leaf wreath
Source: Just Crafty Enough
Just some cutting and gluing will get you this tasteful leaf wreath. All white with a touch of red berries works beautifully on any door color.
16. Sweater tins, $1.99-$4.99
Source: The Container Store
These knitwear-inspired tins are pretty enough to use as decor, but are also an ideal way to package a homemade holiday treat. And at this price, you could get one for everyone on your list!
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17. Feather ornaments
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All you need to create these whimsical ornaments are empty glass orbs and little feathers to stick inside them. They’re light as a feather, both literally and visually.
18. Silver snow candle, $14.96
Source: Pier 1
Not only will the delicate motifs on this little candle look beautiful on a dark evening, but it will fill your home with holiday scents, combining woody fragrance with touches of patchouli and vanilla.
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19. Bulletin board advent calendar
Source: Weekday Carnival
Make a simple tree-shaped bulletin board using plywood and rubber string. Print out little cards with letters on one side and various motifs on the other, so as you flip them you end up with a decorated tree. And the best part — you can keep using it after Christmas for those real-life notes.
20. Modern white nutcracker
You could spend over $100 on wooden nutcrackers, or transform an old one (or two) into this elegant white version. You’ll simply need to sand them down and even out the surface with wood filler, then give them a fresh coat of spray paint.
This year, enjoy all of the holiday spirit without the stress of a dwindling bank account. These decor ideas are chic, cheap, and so stylish you’ll reuse them for years to come.
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