Fun and Thrifty Holiday Decor Ideas

November 22, 2021 2 min read

Is your tree up already? We’ve just gotten around to putting ours up! It’s almost the holidays, which also means that it’s time to think about Christmas decor for your home. Here are some amazing holiday decorating ideas that will fill your home with cheer. 

DIY Snowy Mason Jars

This holiday decorating project from A Pumpkin and a Princess needs just a bit of time and some creativity. Simply combine Epsom salt with glitter and sprinkle the mixture around a mason jar evenly covered with glue. Let the jar dry overnight then add some sparkle by decorating with ribbon, greenery, plastic berries, and/or twine.

To make the jar glow, place a battery-powered tea light inside. Different sizes of jars would make a beautiful centerpiece on your Christmas table or atop a piano.

Holiday Shelfie

Carefully arrange Christmas decors on your bookcase—think snow globes, miniature trees or plants, string lights, and other small ornaments you kept from last year’s holidays. You can also buy one or two accent pieces if you want to add something new.

Place Christmas-themed books like A Christmas Carol, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Hercule Poirot's Christmas, and The Nutcracker where guests can easily see and browse through them. Make your bookcase even more festive by placing flameless tea lights in each cubby hole or shelf. Complete the look by hanging a few Christmas stockings.

DIY Scarf Garland

This awesome idea from Heathered Nest makes use of a scarf from a thrift store or your closet to make your old artificial tree sparkle like new. Simply stuff a plaid winter scarf around your tree just like you would do with tinsel before hanging your ornaments, lights, and other fillers.

Yuletide Doorways

Adorn your doorways with a string of lights, paper snowflakes, and paper stars. If you have kids, this would be a great home project you can do together. Pretend play and imagine each doorway as a portal to another world--stepping through a doorway transforms the room into a glittering Winter Wonderland. To make this real, use the other decorating ideas on this list!


 

Christmas Card Garlands and Picture Frames

Using wooden clothespins or clips, string Christmas cards you’ve received or bought along your staircase. If you want to make a pretty wall decor instead, display stringed Christmas cards in a picture frame then add some fairy lights, stickers, and family photos. 

Ice-Frosted Windows

Ice your glass panels, and give yourself a white Christmas! Don’t worry because this DIY from Confessions of an Overworked Mom requires minimal skills and won’t damage your windows. Dissolve Epsom salts in lukewarm water then add one to two drops of blue dishwashing liquid. Apply the mixture on your windows with a sponge and voila!

When dry, your windows will get that frosted look even if you live in the tropics! To remove the “frost”, wipe the windows using a sponge dipped in a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar.

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Holiday decorating can be one of the most pleasurable and budget-friendly activities you can do this season. Make them family activities and form holiday rituals and core memories while you're at it. Grab one or two (or all!) of these ideas and turn your home into a magical haven for the holidays. 

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