6 Ways to Decorate This Holiday Season Without Spending Money
As soon as October ends, it’s all systems go for the biggest holiday season on the calendar. Readying our homes for the holidays is one of the most important parts of the season, but it’s also an expensive time of year—and that’s why saving money anywhere we can is a welcome relief for holiday budgets. Thankfully, there are plenty of clever ways you can decorate your home this holiday season without breaking the bank. Here are some of our favorite free home decor ideas for the holidays.
1. Reap your bounty from a nature walk
Are you tired of spending endless hours in shopping malls looking for your holiday decorations? Good news! Some of the best and most striking holiday-themed home decor pieces can be found right outside your back door during the winter months. Fresh-cut evergreen boughs, vibrant winter flowers, and even branches and fallen leaves can take your house from everyday to holiday in minutes. String pine cones or greenery for a festive garland to hang above a doorway or weave throughout a staircase railing. We especially love using seasonal foliage for mantelpieces, dining table centerpieces, and entryway decorations.
2. Get crafty
If you have a family (or just love crafting), you know that there are countless ways to make holiday decorations out of household objects. Old magazines and newspapers, popsicle sticks, yarn, and other recycled treasures can be transformed into miniature Christmas trees, hanging decorations, and other glittery masterpieces to adorn your home. You can even create a festive garland by stringing cardstock cut into Christmas tree shapes (or snowmen, gingerbread people, bulb ornaments—you name it!). Aside from a few basic craft supplies, all you will need is some time to trawl the Internet for inspiration and a little imagination—and, of course, a glue gun.
3. Dig out the heirlooms
Spending a fortune on the latest on-trend decor might be fun for some, but we budget-minded folks should be happy about the fact that vintage is in this year. Traditional and folk-style decorations are flying off the shelves as homeowners aim to recreate the authentic holiday season of their youths. You can achieve this same effect by digging out your family’s old decorations from the attic—you’ll save money and have an excuse for some nostalgia time in the process. Some pieces may need more TLC than others to look like new again, but decorations that are well-loved mean much more for this sentimental season.
4. Bake your own decorations
Speaking of traditional holiday decorating, using food as decor for Christmas and other holidays is a an age-old practice that will satisfy your frugal side. Start with the basics by stringing cranberries or popcorn to trim your tree, or turn on your oven and bake some crispy gingerbread to decorate your home this season. The added benefit of baking your way to the holidays is the unmistakeable aroma that will fill your home long after you’ve finished decking the halls.
5. Change your color scheme
Whether you fully embrace the spirit of the season or not, there is nothing like changing the color scheme of your living spaces to give your home a completely new look. If you’ve already invested in a few cushions and blankets in deep reds and neutrals, then your winter color palette is nearly complete. Christmas lovers will enjoy mixing traditional greens and reds throughout the house for an unofficial holiday feel, but you can just as easily make your home festive with some warmer tones and metallic accents for added glitz.
6. Don’t forget the music
Although decorating technically refers to the things you can see and touch in your home, no holiday house is complete without a seasonal soundtrack. If you are tech-savvy and have personal holiday favorites, you can create your own winter playlist and put it on repeat (after Thanksgiving is over, of course) to amp up the holiday spirit. Whether you blast your tunes from a state-of-the-art surround sound system or break out your vintage vinyl, the sweet sounds of the season will be the perfect final touch for your holiday-themed home.