When December hits, I tend to go slightly batty decorating my home for Christmas. I like to make sure that everything looks festive and gorgeous leading up to the big day. However, it can be really expensive to kit out your living space with festive decorations. I’ve put together a few suggestions to help you create a Christmas wonderland on a budget.
First of all, don’t go out and buy a bunch of decorations in one fell swoop. If you have to shell out money for a tree, plus ornaments, lights, tinsel and other embellishments, your pockets are going to be feeling pretty light. Instead, build up your collection slowly. Aim to buy one big item each year. Start with a tree and a few basic ornaments. Next year, buy some lights. The next, grab some tinsel or a lawn ornament. Build your collection over time. That way, you won’t be forking out heaps of cash up-front. Sure, your house might look a little bit Spartan for the first few years, but that’s OK. It’ll only take a couple of holiday seasons to remedy that.
Plan ahead by checking out the post-Christmas sales. Most stores have Christmas decorations heavily discounted once the silly season is over. You can pick up top-quality Christmas decorations for up to 75% cheaper than if you’d bought them before Christmas. Buy next years ornaments this year and save a bucketload.
Consider buying a smaller tree. If you only have a small apartment, a massive tree is going to take up loads of space and it’s going to cost a mint. Also, smaller trees need less ornaments, so it’s cheaper to outfit a little tree.
Junk stores are a gold-mine for Christmas decorations. They have everything from trees and ornaments to lawn decorations, light installations, banners, tinsel, balloons, signs and inflatable reindeer. They’re usually super-cheap and lots of the ornaments are actually quite pretty. So far, most of my Christmas decorations have come from cheap-o stores, and I’m just as happy with them as if they’d come from a department store. If you’re close to the city, Christmas warehouses are another source of excellent decorations. They have a huge range and sell things for a fraction of the price that you’d get them in stores. My favourite in Melbourne is The Christmas Cave, which is in Collingwood. Do a Google search for warehouses in your area.
Consider making your own Christmas decorations. It usually doesn’t cost much to grab some materials, and I find that crafting is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. There are plenty of easy Christmas D.I.Y tutorials online to get you started. Plus, making your own decorations means that you can customise them, so they suit your style and living space.
If you’re totally skint and you don’t have a dash of creative talent, try improvising with what you already have lying around the house. Trim a branch from a tree outside and stick it in a bowl. That’s your tree. Use strings of beads, hair ribbons, earrings or even cutlery to trim the tree. Make paper chains to string around the room. Get creative and make the room look merry using whatever you have at hand.
I hope that this has given you some great ideas for decorating your pad on a budget. Christmas decorations don’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and with a little ingenuity and forward planning, you can deck your house out beautifully without spending all your hard earned savings.
Do you have any tips for Christmas decorating on a budget? If so, I’d love to hear them.