We’ve gathered all the best Frugal Christmas Decorating Ideas together in one spot! You should feel inspired to save money and challenge yourself to be on a decorating budget after looking through a couple of these. Your home will look like a showroom by just incorporating these items! I know I picked out a couple I want to give a whirl this year.
Handmade Christmas Baubles
This is so cute and so easy! It uses the a glue gun with the colored glue sticks for an added dimension! Use your glue gun and pick up small decorations things to add a fun dimension to your Christmas Baubles. Go up and down the aisles at the craft store and look for creative decorations to add. Definitely check out the clearance aisle and think out of the box!
“Bleached” Pinecones without using Bleach
This is so creative! I have only used bleach to dye pinecones so this is a great option if you don’t want to use harsh chemicals. The chalk paint she uses is free of toxins! This project is reminiscent of old Christmases with Bing Crosby playing in the background and hot chocolate sitting on the end table. Can you tell that this project just gives me those warm old fashioned memories?
Primitive Snowman Candle
This is not just adorable but I instantly thought about making these for my friend group for the holidays! We all love candles and what a cute way to dress up something that is otherwise dull and unattractive! The best part is this version will last up until February with the snowman theme!
Think of making them smaller if you need some small gifts for people on your list! Make sure to save one for yourself!
Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments
Did you make these as kids? Didn’t they smell amazing? Did you save them from year to year? I know we did and they did tend to lose the scent over the years, but I kept them for the memories! Now is the time to whip up a few more! Turn on a Hallmark Christmas movie or play your favorite Christmas tunes and make some up this afternoon!
Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree
I made a version of this last year with wool and it turned out so precious! Start looking for sales on burlap ribbon now and collect short lengths to make an entire miniature forest for your tablescape centerpiece or a cluster of 3-5 of them for the end tables. They are so sweet and versatile and bring out the homemade, warm thoughtful decorating feelings!
Rock Nativity Canvas
Whether you make this yourself or you help a child make it, it will become an instant heirloom. I love ideas like this that bring the true meaning of the season to light! The background can be made with so many different materials. Again, think out of the box and try to see what else you can do to make it unique. If you are making these with kids, use cardboard instead of the canvas. Use scraps of tan/beige fabric to create your own background. Or, use scraps of dark fabric to make a midnight scene. I would love to use felt but the rocks will not glue to them very easily. Use more twigs and make a really thick manger scene if you like. Add pieces of pinecones to the ground area. You can see you can really take this creative project and have fun on a budget!
Angel Clothespin Ornaments
Have you made these in school? I can remember making them in elementary school and I still have them. I also have a set with our names and the year we were married! They are treasured and make the perfect gift for friends and family!
We wrap them carefully for the ornament box each year.
Scraggly Christmas Tree
Have you ever had an artificial tree that really lost its life? You know the one where it looked great YEARS ago but now it just looks limp and needs to head to the trash? This post is a true trash-to-treasure! Why not even look for an old tree at a yard sale and apply these techniques?
Classic Plaid Centerpiece
Hello Dollar Tree! This entire table scape was created by everything you can find at your local Dollar Store! If that is hard to believe, look closely at each piece and see how she brought together an incredible and elegant table with minimal budget! I think this is a lesson in decorating on a budget that we can all benefit from!
Kid Friendly DIY Christmas Garland
Don’t let the “kids can make” title fool you! This is an adorable garland that we can all make and use in so many areas of your home. Make longer ones for the mantle or really long ones to trim your Christmas tree. I have a little half wall where it will fit perfectly. Homemade and frugal – perfect!
Don’t you love the smell of potpourri? If you have never made your own before, this is a great opportunity to try it out! Your house will smell incredible! Make some hot cocoa and turn on the Hallmark Channel and enjoy the scents of the holidays!
It’s funny, but this is so gorgeous that you might just keep it in a decorative bowl long after the holidays!
Christmas Wreath Made with Burlap
This is such a darling wreath to make to greet your guests this upcoming holiday season! Since you are making this yourself, you can adjust the directions and make smaller versions to put on your windows or dangle from your kitchen cabinets. We’ve all seen those photos on Pinterest and want to make “that look” for our own homes! I love this wreath because you can adapt it to other seasons/holidays by switching up the colors and extras!
Born is the King Decor
This is great starter for anyone that has been interested in trying out a wood burning tool! Such a great project for you to do for your mantle or for gifts for office mates, neighbors or bible study friends! Once you get the technique down, you could make these into gifts in no time!!
Tin Can Luminary
Start gathering your recycled fruit and vegetable cans and gather some paint!! Did you make these as a kid? They are just as cute and decorative for adults. Put some battery powered votives inside and turn off the lights! It is so cute!
Fabric Trees from Old Clothes
These can’t be easier! I love using something that we have in the goodwill stack and making it into something new. Don’t forget about considering these for cute little gifts for friends! You could also make a tree-making party with friends where everyone can bring old, unused clothes and you can make a forest of trees to decorate!
Merry Christmas Blocks
If you have ever seen these at Pottery Barn like catalogs and drooled, here is your chance to make your own. Check out your local thrift shop or garage sales for blocks. If you can’t locate any, check Dollar Tree and even Walmart in the discount toy section. Then the hard work is done! So cute!! Adapt them for other holidays as well!
Christmas Star Cinnamon Sticks
This is such a cute decoration! You can make it be an ornament or you can make them for your mantle. If you make several, nestle them in your tree and your house is going to smell incredible during the holiday season!
How to Make a Snowflake
This is a great how-to on making snowflakes for your holiday decor! Think about where you can creatively place these in your home. Nestle them in greenery on the mantle, dangle from windows, set up a scene on an end table or string on the tree! The options are endless!!!
Free Holiday Printable Coloring Sheets
Let’s keep the little ones busy as they are full of Christmas energy! Don’t you remember as a kiddo how long the days were and how special the time felt. Everything was magical about the season. These can simply be printed off and used again and again.
Christmas Tree Pillow Pattern
This will make a fantastic addition to your sofa or chair. No need to buy those expensive pillows when you can make your own if you are on a budget. Grab your sewing machine and whip up a few!
Dried Citrus Ornaments
Do you remember making these when you were young? I know for me, when I see them, I have warm memories of snow falling and my mom trying to keep me busy, but I didn’t know that then. I just thought we were doing something really cool! (Hint: You are!)
DIY Christmas Tree Decorations
I know I keep saying this but I really do love DIY! These trees will make you stop right in your tracks! They are that gorgeous! Everyone will swear they are from Pottery Barn. Last year, all of my decorations on my tree were homemade. I made some, and some I received as gifts. The rule I kept to was everything had to be handmade. I loved that tree so much. I hope to do the same this year.
Homemade Flower Ornaments
You could easily make an entire tree out of these darling dried flower ornaments! Think about a small tree set up in a bedroom or an entryway that just has all of these flowers on it. Cascade some ribbon and it would be gorgeous! This is elegance as its best!!
Mini Rustic Wreaths
These are hugely popular and why not learn to make them yourself? Put on some Christmas music or turn on Hallmark channel and whip some up on a cold winter afternoon.
I love how elegant these are and that you can make them with your little ones. I guarantee you will keep their handmade wreath for years and years!
Wine Cork Christmas Tree
So cute!! Don’t worry if you can’t drink all that wine! The stores now carry wine corks for just this kind of craft. These go together so quick that you can make a little grouping of them to put on your end table or mantle. Sprinkle some snow on the base and maybe a little ornament or two.
Repurposed Game Blocks
I love these blocks and have actually made them before for Halloween! They are so easy to make and you can switch it up to say what you want, as it’s fully customizable. Buying the Jenga blocks from yard sales and thrift shops makes this relatively cheap. Don’t forget to consider this option as a gift for a friend or neighbor.
Upcycled Christmas Wreath
Such a cute wreath that you can make with items found around the house. This will be a darling gift for your book club buddies as well as it is based on used book pages that can be rolled up and put together in no time!
Homemade Fugal Candy Cane Decor
Super cute and so creative!! I love how she recycles old wrapping paper tubes and fans them out to make the curve of the candy cane! Put these on either side of your mantle or around your Christmas tree. Take them to work and win a “decorate your door” competition!
Frugal DIY Wrapping Paper
This is really clever! If you have nice handwriting, consider writing out Christmas songs on paper like she did! I have never seen that before and feel inspired to do that! I have made the wrapping paper with the stamps before and it always turns out very cute! Add ribbon and you have a gorgeous package.
JOY Wreath on Reclaimed Window
This look is so timeless and it has the look of coming right out of a catalog! Don’t get discouraged if you don’t have a Cricut machine! You can still make this project! Do it the old fashioned way of trimming and tracing letters. Make large letters from your computer and if they aren’t large enough, take them into Staples and have them enlarge it to fit. This is a project that is worth a tiny bit more effort!
DIY Foam Core Ornaments
Between you and me, no one will ever guess that these are made of foam core! They are adorable. Think about these for a theme tree or making a lot to cover your tree and add a splash of ribbon.
Driftwood Christmas Tree
This is an awesome way to use driftwood if you are close to a beach! I have a beach/shell themed half bath that I would love to decorate and this tree will be perfect setting on a small table.
Easy Christmas Centerpiece
This is a darling table scape, but when I first saw it, I immediately thought of making them for cookie exchanges so everyone could take one to fill up a decorated bucket with cookies. The next thing I thought of was to use it to give cookies away! Seriously! How cute would this be with cookies or a bucket full of homemade moose munch?
Easy Kid-Friendly Rag Wreath
Pull out scraps of fabric (I’m embarrassed to tell you mow much I keep!) and start making these super easy and charming rag wreath ornaments. Tie several of them together and make an attractive swag for your mantle or windows! These can be whipped up in just a few minutes!
Pom Pom Pinecone Ornaments
Grab the kiddos, collect the pinecones and pom poms! These are going to be so much fun for the kids to put together on a snowy weekend afternoon when they are restless waiting for Christmas morning to arrive. They are perfect for their short attention spans!
Snow Scene in a Jar
I have so much to love for this jar! She has given the foundation for an amazing, frugal decor! The detailed instructions here won’t leave you questioning what to do. The big question you will have is what to put inside the mason jar as the options are endless! Visit the Dollar Tree or your Christmas box of goodies to feature inside.
Frugal Greeting Card Display
What a great idea for displaying our holiday cards! I always struggle with where to put mine! I love that I can buy a big frame from a thrift shop and spray paint it. Add the cording and the little clips and it is done.
No-Glue-Gun-Needed Ornament Wreath
Wow!! We have all seen these expensive wreaths at the store and little did we know that they could be an easy DIY project with just a coat hanger. Catch the sales for the these ornaments and the wreath will be a steal!
Frugal Uses for Christmas Tree Clippings
This is a great post to show you how to use all those extra clippings that you trim off of your holiday tree to decorate your home! You were going to toss them in the trash, but now you have instant decor! She takes it from the front porch to the mantle to show you how easy (and free) this Christmas decorating project can be!
That’s it, friends! The best frugal decorating ideas for the holidays! I hope that they inspired you to make a couple or to look at ways to use what you have already to incorporate into something new!