Christmas is a magical, beautiful time of the year… but it can also be fairly expensive, especially if you have young children. In fact, the typical British family spends £800 more in December, which is significant!
Thankfully there are lots of ways to reduce the cost of Christmas – and this doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the festive vibes. There are lots of budget Christmas decorating ideas to make your home feel ultra-Christmassy and cosy, and most of them are very simple and easy to set up.
Are you ready to turn your home into a festive haven? If so, here are five Christmas decorating ideas on a budget.
Christmas Decorating Ideas On A Budget: Create Christmas Mason Jars
Mason jars are a great way to make your home feel more festive. Buy some Christmas scented candles in festive colours such as red, gold and white, and then put one inside each mason jar with Epsom salts around it. This looks just like fake snow, and it is much cheaper! You could also fill your mason jars with pine cones, holly leaves and red berries for a more sophisticated look.
And mason jars aren’t particularly expensive or bulky, so if you want you can put Christmas-themed mason jars in every room in your house. We think that they look particularly good in bedrooms, hallways and the living room.
2. Make A Fairy Light Christmas Tree
Use stick on hooks to put up a fairy light Christmas tree. This is ideal for small or cluttered rooms (such as children’s bedrooms), as the fairy light tree won’t take up any floor space, but it will still add a festive vibe to the room. Decorate yours with Christmas cards, or consider hooking baubles onto the fairy lights.
If you do decide to do this, we suggest that you first hold the fairy lights in place with tape (rather than stick on hooks). This will make it easier for you to adjust the design if you are not happy with it!
We personally love these lights from Lights4Fun.
3. Use Baubles Throughout The House
Put baubles in vases or shallow bowls to accessorise different rooms in the house. This is very inexpensive, as it is likely you already own vases and baubles, and it only takes a few minutes to set up. Use two or three different colours for a classy, eye-catching display.
4. Forage To Make A Wreath
You could also take the family foraging for branches, leaves, twigs, holly and pinecones to make a wreath. This is means you will have a unique, personalised wreath for your door, and you don’t need to spend much; the only thing you need to buy is copper wire to twist the objects into the shape of the wreath.
For a guide on making your own wreath, check out Petersham Nurseries.
5. Use Dried Fruit To Fragrance Your House
You can also use dried oranges to fill your home with a Christmassy scent. Simply dry the oranges in the oven, slice them, put ribbon through the top of each slice and hang them from the tree. This means the living room will smell amazing, but you don’t have to stop there; if you want you can also prick oranges with fresh cloves and put them in each room. This is an age-old tradition that was very popular in Victorian times, but it smells just as good today!