Now that Thanksgiving is over, most of us are going to be gearing up for Christmas (myself included). I always wait until December rolls around to actually start decorating, which gives me plenty of time to get out of my food coma before going crazy decorating the entire house. My mom usually goes all-out with Christmas decorations, which is probably where I get it from! I absolutely love having the entire house decked out for the holidays – I decorate the mantle, change out pillow covers and throw blankets, have fir tree and cinnamon candles burning, hang garland from the ceiling, change my door wreaths and table centerpieces, and of course…the tree. You name it, I do it. But doing everrrrrrything can get a little $$$. Especially if you’re not being smart about it! So how do I manage to decorate the entire house every year without going broke? Well…
Buy Quality Decor Items
I’m not saying go out and buy the top-notch of everything. But definitely think about what you’re buying and the life of that particular product. If something is cheap as heck but will only last this season and the higher-end version is only a little more but will last you twice as long, then just get the better version. Don’t pinch pennies just for the sake of saving yourself money right this second if it’s just going to cost you later on. But keep in mind some things just won’t last. Ornaments break and lights go out. Motors stop working.
I have horrible luck with tree lights – no matter which ones I buy, half a strand seems to go out when I plug them in the next year. So I just buy the cheap ones and replace them as I need. But things like blankets, candles, metal signs, etc. tend to hold up well and can be re-used for years! And luckily for me I have cats who are obsessed with murdering my tree every year, which means those expensive AF glass ornaments are a definite no-go in this household – all I buy are the cheap plastic ones!
Shop The Sales
The easiest way to save a ton of money on holiday decor is getting everything on sale. Obviously. And because most of us were distracted by all the sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, most craft stores keep their sales going all week long. Which means that there’s still time to get everything you need to make your entire house Insta-worthy! #doitforthegram
My favorite places to shop for holiday decor?
- Joanns Fabrics – 60% off holiday decor, 50% off holiday fabrics, 60% off food crafting supplies (of all our baking needs!) + more! Thru Dec 13
- Michaels – 20% off entire online order with code CYBER20W, 50% off one item with code 50SAV112617, 70% off select Christmas decor + more! Thru Dec 2
- Kirklands – 40% off tree decor, 30% off select entertaining (serving trays, tableware, etc.), + extra 20% off with code CYBER20 at checkout! Thru Dec 1
- Hobby Lobby – 50% off Christmas decor, gift-wrapping supplies, Christmas floral, and Christmas trees and 50% off various home decor. Thru Dec 2
- TJ Maxx // HomeGoods // Ross // Tuesday Morning – because these places are already selling things at a discount, they don’t usually have sales, BUT if you dig in their discounted section you can find some great stuff!
Another way to (sometimes) save money? DIY! Now, don’t get me wrong. Some DIYs definitely cost more than the actual product sometimes, so do your research before attempting a huge project. But generally, they’re a lot cheaper (and more fun!) than just buying something from a store. Some easy/fun DIY ideas:
DIY Advent Calendar
After seeing all these fun ideas on Pinterest, I’m definitely planning on doing one this year! And they all look so easy…
- 33 Clever and Adorable DIY Advent Calendars – via Buzzfeed
- DIY Advent Calendar – via The Thud
- 25 Homemade Advent Calendars – via Frugal Coupon Living
I always sew my pillow covers, but for all of you who either 1) don’t have a sewing machine, or 2) don’t want to sew anything – this no-sew tutorial is for you. It looks pretty easy tbh, so I might have to try it this year!
No-Sew Throw Blankets
I usually do these every year either for myself or for family. I snag a yard or two of flannel or fleece on sale from Joanns (which is on sale now until the 13th!) and just make the edges pretty. They make great gifts too!
Ornament Wreath + Tree
Cheap ornaments + wire hanger = holiday magic.
- How To Make a Christmas Ornament Wreath With a Wire Hanger – via Hometalk
- DIY Crate and Barrel Ornament Display Tree – via Remodelaholic
- 20+ Great Ways To Decorate Your Home With Christmas Ornaments – via Styletic
Christmas Card Hanger/Holder
Love to display your Christmas cards but hate just sticking them to your fridge? Or can’t find a cute + affordable one anywhere? Then make one of these!
- DIY Holiday Card Display – via Lolly Jane
- Christmas Card Holder DIY – via Shanty 2 Chic
- Simple DIY Card Display – via Design Improvised
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And finally…Decorate For The Season!
Instead of just decorating for Christmas, think about decorating for the winter in general. By all means, have a few of those Christmas-y items to swap out, but keep it winter-themed instead of Christmas-themed. This way, you get to keep your decor items out longer and get more use of of them each year, meaning you won’t have to re-decorate again until the Spring!
Do you decorate for the holidays? Where do you like to shop for Christmas decor?
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