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Easy Budget Friendly Christmas Decorating Tips

Updated on December 1, 2011

Christmas is just around the corner. Are you ready to decorate your house or office? Here are seven easy and budget friendly Christmas decorating tips that you can use.

It is very important to keep the following in mind.


Be innovative.

You can use old ornaments and decors and make them into something else.

If you know how to make it, do it. Just buy the raw materials and you are set to create your own decors -from stockings to Christmas or holiday wreaths.

The most important thing is to enjoy the whole process. Enjoy creating a home with Christmas decorations filled with energy and love. This gives your home that extra sparkle.

Christmas Candles

There are many Christmas candles available in the stores. These candles have decorations on them which makes them different from the plain candles which is more affordable. However, you can creatively use plain colored candles to make Christmas decorations.

Use different height for accent. Combine the use of red and green candles or just red or just green.

Natural elements can be used to surround the candles, such as evergreen branches, pinecones or berries with candles. An alternative, of course, would be plastic like leaves. Candles can also be placed on wooden baskets.

Photo by KimCandy2
Photo by KimCandy2
Photo by: primrose_fairydust
Photo by: primrose_fairydust

Christmas Cards

Another budget friendly Christmas decoration that you can use are Christmas cards. If you keep Christmas cards, you can glue them on a matboard as a holiday artwork. Speaking of artwork, your kids Christmas artwork can be displayed on the wall too. Another option would be to paste numerous cards attached to a whole board, line them up against a wall or place them on top of a coffee table.

Photo by hollybell74
Photo by hollybell74

Throw Pillows

Throw pillows enhances the look of your sofa and ultimately your living room. Depending on what your Christmas theme is for this year, choose colors that complement your other decorations. You can opt for plain and elegant silk throw pillows or those with Christmas design. One alternative is to buy cloth and sew your own throw pillow cover. That way when Christmas is over, you can just keep the throw pillow cover and re-use it for the following year.

Christmas Balls

You can fill transparent jars, vases, empty containers with Christmas ornaments like Christmas balls. Choose your colors from multi-colored (above photo) or one tone (e.g. gold colored balls) or two tones (like the green and red balls --right side photo)

Photo by mdh01
Photo by mdh01

Christmas Baskets

Wooden baskets can be covered with cloth (photo above) and viola, you now have Christmas baskets. Other option is putting ribbons and ornaments to decorate them.  The photo on the right side has been creatively colored and placed with a smiling Santa for accent.  These baskets can then be filled with goodies or books and magazines.

Photo by acehawk1969
Photo by acehawk1969


Buy rolls of ribbons and you can use it in a lot of ways.  Your Christmas tree can be decorated with ribbons.  You can wrap huge boxes and wrap it with ribbons and it can be used as Christmas decors in your living room.  Small boxes can be placed under the tree as Christmas gifts.  Ribbons can be used to put on Christmas baskets or wreaths.  There are many ways you can use ribbons and create Christmas decorations.

Christmas Wreath

You can decorate your own Christmas or holiday wreath. If you can go outside and cut any type of greenery then do it. Make it into a circle and tie a string. Hang it simple and fresh and just add a few ribbons or ornaments. If you have plastic wreaths, you can also use them. Another alternative would be to lay them flat on the table and put a candle in the center. Some also choose to spray the wreaths with a different color. Ribbons, ornaments or Christmas balls can be used to decorate it with.

There are many creative ways to decorate your house or office this Christmas. Enjoy exploring different ideas and let your creativity shine. As you busy yourself with planning for an easy or budget friendly decorations this season, never forget to enjoy the love and joy found in the fellowship with family and friends. That makes decorating more fun and meaningful. Have a blessed and joyous Christmas.

Merry Christmas!


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      5 years ago

      Hey, I really needed some tips on how to decorate for Christmas on a budget. I found some good ones in your hub, thanks for that!

      Another good idea I stumbled upon not so long ago was to play a fireplace-video on my screen. I think I will try out playing something like this next Christmas:

    • kat11 profile image


      8 years ago from Illinois

      Great information for the holidays. Voted up

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I added red velvet bows to my tiny tree and to my outside garland - what a difference they made! Great tips. Saving special cards is something I wish I had done over the years.

      I would love to place a few in frames throughout my home during Christmas.

      I do have one Christmas picture on the wall - it was outside at my former home - this home is stone and I didn't have a great place for it but it looks wonderful now at the entrance inside our home.

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      8 years ago

      This web page have really helped me out a lot...

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      8 years ago

      I love all you out there trying to pinch a penny. This economy is to bad rite now to be worrying about how much money we can spend on decorations. I also looked up a few cheap ideas ..... And thank you for adding yours!

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      8 years ago

      i love those tips .. very informative and funn and great ideas for children to participate.

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      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I just saw the most beautiful wreath made out of old Christmas tree balls. I make an evergreen wreath every year out of greens that I cut from my yard and from the bottom of my Christmas tree. It's free and smells so good!

    • anne_with_an_e profile image


      9 years ago from here, there and everywhere

      I'm always looking for ways to make my house a home for less. Thanks for the tips!

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful hub. It is really nice to decorate during Christmas seasons, and good thing I read you hub. Now I know to save while making my home look good.

    • rwelton profile image


      9 years ago from Sacramento CA


      glad to see all your Christmas Blogs - our family is kind of a wreath collector...there always seems to be room for just one more (not including the fresh one we add in each year. Good Hubs


    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi deb, nice to hear from ya! I am sure you can create this and more :) Merry Christmas to you too. :)

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      10 years ago from australia

      Wow these are A1 ideas and tips even I can do these. Merry Xmas RM love ya heaps.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thank you so much for visiting this hub everyone. :) Glad these tips have given birth to ideas and even inspired you to come up with your own. Hope all of you are having a wonderful time creating Christmas in your home :)

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      10 years ago

      Beautiful, colorful hub, I love the budget friendly decorating idea for Christmas. I have this particular interest with the throw pillow, I think you can still use them all year long. Anyway nice hub, wait for more.

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      10 years ago

      it is great ,

      I like,

      I will keep your post!

    • SweetiePie profile image


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Decorating for Christmas is fun, and you hae included some cute ideas in here Ripplemaker.

    • CMHypno profile image


      10 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Some great ideas for Christmas, Ripplemaker. I ordered a 'Grow Your Own Christmas Tree' - didn't realise it was literally seeds and will take about 6 years!!

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      10 years ago

      Very good ideas for inexpensive decorating which is the only kind most folks can afford this year. Thanks.

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      Cassandra Mantis 

      10 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Roll on Christmas! : )

    • 2patricias profile image


      10 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Thanks for all the good ideas. We like to put out special Christmas tea towels and pot holders in the kitchen.

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Great ideas to make things look festive at Christmas time. I always subscribe to the idea of recycling if possible. Using cutouts from portions of old Christmas cards for gift tags or even placecards is another idea. When we were growing up, my Dad made a wooden cutout and we adorned it each year with the new Christmas cards that would arrive. Looked so pretty! Just stringing them up and using them as a form of garland against walls or other places is also pretty. Nice hub with great illustrations. Thanks!

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks so much angiwu, Dolores, stranded, Cheeky Girl, Alexis, nikki. We've decorated our classrooms and our preschool just last week and it was fun creating, recycling and transforming the ambiance into a Christmasy thing. :)

    • nikki1 profile image


      10 years ago

      love this hub.

    • C.S.Alexis profile image


      10 years ago from NW Indiana

      Your shares are always inspiring. Here is another one full of good ideas.

    • Cheeky Girl profile image

      Cassandra Mantis 

      10 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Aaaah! This makes me feel very christmassy! I have already got my decorations out, haven't put them up just yet! Pine idea great! I love the fresh smell of pine from the real xmas tree flowing around the apartment. I prefer using a real tree, hate cleaning the leaves after though. My boss got me to buy a share in an xmas tree forest. I thought I must be nuts, but I'm glad I did it! Thanks, ripplemaker! Great HUB! : )

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      10 years ago from Singapore

      wow, nice ideas... If you live in the metro you can always visit Divisorya... It has loads of cheap Christmas decors to offer, but beware to buy Christmas light because it gets busted easily and sometimes causes fire in the house. The last time I visited, I bought a pair of Christmas designed doormats.. a unique way to put joy in the house.... & Lots of gift items also...

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      Dolores Monet 

      10 years ago from East Coast, United States

      One of my favorite Christmas decorations is a bowl of pine cones. Free and beautiful at the same time!

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      10 years ago

      Great ideas. I love the fact that Christmas decorations don't have to be expensive--think recycle, think green and reinventing new looks on old stuff.

      I love making fresh Christmas centre-pieces from greenery I find in my yard or a friend's--another cheap way to bring a lot of flavor into this festive season.

      Thanks for sharing.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello Ambersky! Now that Halloween is over, you can start planning for Christmas! Teehee Enjoy decorating your home! :)

      Hello Patty! I love having you over and hearing your uplifting words. Christmas makes me happy and it does bring about lots of bright colors. Have fun Patty! :)

      Hello bluewings! Thank you so much bluewings for your kind words. Love is what Christmas is all about so may we share that with each other this season and hopefully through out the year. So happy to hear from you.

      Hello Marie, I got that idea from my sis-in-law. She placed lots of gold balls with different textures in one long transparent vase and placed it in our coffee shop. It looked so cool. In Daisy's house, we placed the red and gold balls inside a basket and it became a tabletop décor. It turned out so nice too. And the pillows, they are also my favorites. Happy exploring and decorating. Thanks for the visit. Hugs...

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      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Michelle, I love the idea of Christmas balls in a transparent jar, we have plenty of them in our home; and using pillows to create an ambiance for the Holidays is another gem. I didn't think of this!

      As usual a thumbs up!

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      10 years ago from Milkyway

      I look at the number of fans you have and I am not surprised. You spread so much joy that it's hard not to think of you as a magnet of love.:-)

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I like the bright colors and happiness you always sow!

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      10 years ago

      That is Just what we need now Christmas comes around faster each year I haven't even started looking

      Thank you


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