5 Tips to Decorate Your Home for the Holidays on a Budget

The holidays are the busiest times of the year. It can also squeeze your wallet dry to the last penny. If you’re on a tight budget but still want to decorate to show your holiday spirit, the following are five helpful ideas on how you can get some cheap Christmas decorations and enrich your home with the spirit of Christmas.

1. DIY Christmas Stocking Totes

Stockings are a classic Christmas tradition, but due to their odd shape, it can be hard to stuff anything into them. You can make a more convenient “stocking” by using a tote bag instead! You can get inexpensive totes at your local craft store, but the best part is that you can use your imagination to decorate them however you want.

Here are the items you need:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Small paint brush
  • Holiday stencils
  • Soft sponge
  • Craft paint
  • Felt garlands or bells
  • Blank tote bag

After you gather these materials, these are the steps to create your holiday tote stocking.

Step 1: Place some holiday designs on the tote with stencils using the sponge and craft paint.

Step 2: Trace your lettering with stencils and fill them in with paint using the brush.

Step 3: Glue the felt garlands to the tote.

Step 4: Embellish your tote with bells, silver paint, and/or some unique designs.

2. Bring Your Tree to Life with a Tree Dazzler

The Tree Dazzler is an easy way to light up your tree in no time at all. Thanks to the dazzler’s vertical strands with 64 stay-cool LED bulbs, you can simply set the ring over your tree and easily arrange the strands so you don’t have to struggle with mysteriously tangled strings.

The Tree Dazzler comes with a controller so you can watch your tree turn into a sparkling bright light show. There’s 16 colors and patterns, and when it is in “still” mode, the color lights you can choose from are red, green, blue, white, candy cane, or multi-color. When choosing the “shimmer” effect, you’ll see red, green, blue, pink and rainbow color lights. If you choose to put on the “show” option, you and your family can watch the Tree Dazzler light the room with streaming colors, a multi-color cascade, a rainbow fade, a red and green Christmas scroll or just watch it cycle through eight different colors.

The Tree Dazzler is a great bargain, considering how easy it is to assemble along with the array of colors and beautiful patterns available.

3. DIY Space-Themed Christmas Ornaments

Another way to make cheap Christmas decorations is to make your own Christmas tree ornaments with an outer space twist. These ornaments are a combination of traditional and modern tastes and are perfect for the little ones who enjoy the beauty of swirling galaxies and twinkling stars.

You’ll need the following materials:

  • Wooden spheres (the size depends on your preference) or Styrofoam balls
  • Heavy acrylic paints (blues, purples, white, and gold)
  • Eye hooks

When you start to paint, it can be tricky painting the balls without getting paint on your hands, so use an egg carton to roll the ball around in paint. Mix the blue and purple paint onto the ball for a space effect. For the stars and the nebulae, simply add white dots and a flicker of gold if you’d like, or just add a flicker of white paint onto the balls for a more random look.

After painting your balls, insert the eye hooks into the Styrofoam ball. Once you’re done inserting the eye hooks, your ornaments are ready to place on the tree!

Another fun way to use the Styrofoam balls would be to paint all the planets in our solar system!

4. Star Shower Magic Motion

Hanging Christmas lights on your house is quite a hassle, especially since you first have to find them among all your holiday decorations, find the right color lights and test them; then, getting out your ladder to actually hang them.

A fantastic alternative to fiddling with hanging string lights is to use the Star Shower Magic Motion. It’s the only device you’ll need to light up the outside of your house through the holidays. It projects thousands of moving laser lights that are either green or both red and green. You also won’t need to worry about being at home to turn on the lights.  It automatically turns on at night and its projection covers up to 3,000 square feet!

To start using it, just stake it into the ground and plug it into any AC outlet. You can choose to keep the lights on “Steady Mode” or you can switch the lights to “Full Motion” so you can see it in action. A base is also included so you can even use it indoors.

Struggling to put up dozens of Christmas string lights can now be a thing of the past. The affordable Star Shower Magic Motion is an awesome way to display Christmas lights.

5. DIY Christmas Wreath

One last project you can try making is your own holiday Christmas wreath. You have a lot of flexibility in deciding how to decorate your wreath. There are a multitude of designs and themes you can choose from. Below are a couple creative and unique ideas that will get you into the holiday spirit!

Imagine creating a winter twig wreath that encapsulates a snowy winter theme right on your door. Made from twigs that you can find outside, use some white spray paint, twine string, and some cheap red ornaments, to present an attractive and tasteful wreath, painted in Christmas red and winter white colors that beautifully contrasts against any door or window.

A jingle bell wreath brings a familiar merry look and the sound of jingle bells echoes in your home. You can make this wreath from wire and silver or gold bells.  You’ll need a pair of pliers for cutting and bending the wire into a loop.  Then, just thread the bells onto the wire and join the ends together. Finish it off by adding a silver, gold, or even red ribbon bow. The size can vary for this jingle bell wreath, so make it small enough to hang on your cabinet knobs or big enough to make quite the impression on your front door.

What do you think of our tips, do you have any great DIY Christmas decor ideas? Please share them below!

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