How To Decorate Your Home For Christmas On A Budget

The most wonderful time of the year is coming! While most people try to make their home as festive and lit as possible, it can be challenging to decorate your home for Christmas on a tight budget.

Whether you’re feeling the cost-of-living crisis or just want to save more money for Christmas gift shopping, these affordable Christmas decorating ideas can help create a magical home without stretching your holiday dollars.

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Opt For A Pre-Lit Christmas Tree

Whether you’re buying your first Christmas tree or want to replace an old one from your grandparents, Christmas trees can range from USD$70–USD$100, depending on whether it’s real or artificial.

If you want the most cost-effective option, consider choosing an artificial tree, which you can use again in the future. If you want to get the most out of your dollar, opt for fiber-optic artificial trees.

Since they come pre-lit, fibre optic Christmas trees are perfect for those who don’t want to spend more on lighting accessories.

The lights are directly built into the artificial branches, trunks, or needles. Their fiber-optic technology provides them with a magical look and a glowing effect.

You can save on Christmas tree lighting and simply hang your old Christmas tree decors and new DIY accessories to make the tree one of a kind.

Plus, pre-lit Christmas trees are in the same price range as real or artificial trees without fiber-optic technology.

Make Your Own Wreath

Hanging a wreath is a declaration of the holiday season. It tells passers-by and guests that you share the Christmas cheer and spirit with them.

You can always purchase traditional wreaths, but if you’re looking to save some money, you can opt for a DIY wreath. It gives you the chance to show off your creativity and make something unique.

With DIY wreaths, your imagination is the limit. You can use any unconventional material, such as flexible sticks, wood in your garden, upcycled items in your garage, etc.

You can also move out of the traditional shape and create squares, stars, geometrical, or even irregularly shaped ones. To finish off, you can wrap it in string lights to illuminate it at night and complement your outdoor holiday decor.

Add Window Decals

Your windows are one of the most neglected areas of your home during your holiday decorating spree. Decorating them can help dress up your home for the holidays. While there are several ways to decorate your windows, one of the cheapest and fastest ways to do this is to add decals.

You can find numerous Christmas-themed window decals, like snowflakes, candy cane, reindeer, or Santa Claus. Or you can also encourage the whole family, especially the kids, to create and design their own window decals.

Add Floral Arrangements

Flowers and plants are a wonderful way to bring cheer and liveliness into your home. In trying to join a growing trend, you probably have a few plants around your home by now.

But for the Christmas season, consider adding flowering plants and traditional Christmas greenery.

For instance, poinsettias and holly are the Christmas holiday staples. However, there are more floral options to consider.

Fresh evergreens and moss with thick-petaled florals such as anemones and peonies make wonderful decorative bouquets in the living room.

Meanwhile, bold-red amaryllis featuring silvery bows can make beautiful centerpieces. In addition, a simple pine plant decorated with ribbons and some trinkets can make a wonderful mini Christmas tree you can place on your porch.

Change Your Furnishing

If it’s been months since you last changed your furnishings, the holiday season is the best time to change them.

You can make your furniture look alive and inviting for the season by adding decorative throw pillows or Christmas-themed sofa blankets and curtains.

You can find inexpensive options in your local supermarket store or online. Plus, there are hundreds of styles to choose from—be it a simple Christmas-themed color scheme or that with Santa or Rudolph’s face on it.

Make Your Own Scented Candlelight Décor

Candles add a touch of sophistication and romance to your holiday décor. Also, signature scents like dried fruits, pine cones, cinnamon, and nutmeg can instantly conjure feelings of holiday festivities.

Scented candles are inexpensive and easy to make. First, you need to melt wax and then add essential oils or sprigs of rosemary, heather, and other dried flowers.

Place it on upcycled mason jars or any other decorative containers you have and leave them to set. Once solid, place them strategically around your home and light them up to fill your home with a dreamy décor and whimsical aroma.


Getting your home to look festive and cheery really doesn’t have to cost a fortune. All you really need is a bit of imagination and creativity.

You may find hundreds of other Christmas decorating ideas out there, but our list covers the basics that your wallet will definitely approve.

Julie Higgins
Julie is a Staff Writer at She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.