When it comes to decorating for the holidays, it seems like everything costs so much! I’ve seen just one ornament go for over $15 or more. Who needs a $15 ornament when you can find a better deal or even make it special yourself? I’ve come up with some helpful tips on Christmas decorating on a dime.

1) Give a Toy Barn a Makeover:6

You know that little barn your kids play with? Try borrowing it and make a beautifully decorated barn. You can decorate it with things you find at the thrift store and fake snow. I find an unused one every year at the thrift store for less than .50!

2) Homemade Tree Stand:

I swear this will give your Christmas tree some flare! Simply place your regular tree stand instead a pretty wash basin. There will be enough water to keep your tree healthy all season and it will give your decor a rustic look and feel.

3) Colourful Cabinets:6

Give cabinets a festive feel — jolly fast. We recommend dressing up kitchen cupboards with patterned wrapping paper (don’t worry — it’s easy to remove after the New Year). Just cut the paper to fit glass cabinet doors, as well as the back wall space between shelves, and use double-sided tape to hold it.

3) Crafty Christmas Cheer:

Have some yarn lying around? Why not spin your yarn into a wreath with a bit of Christmas cheer? To make this door wreath, wrap Styrofoam balls (in two sizes) and a Styrofoam wreath form with coloured yarn. Then use a glue gun to glue the balls onto the form, as shown. Note: If you’re hanging your final creation outdoors, be sure to spray it with a protective finish.

4) Make a Winter Wonderland:6

Transform a plain paper town into a merry and bright paper town. Simply use cardstock that you can get at the dollar store. Make sure to keep your little town and use it every year with different wrapping paper on it.

5) Letter by Letters:

Spell out a Christmas message. Scrabble tiles offer a fun and low profile way to leave Santa a message. Paint the tile holders white and glue the tiles to the holders. You can also use this idea as a place card for Christmas dinner.

6) Light the Room with Colour:6

Grab an apothecary jar or oversized vase and fill with coloured lights to add a touch of pizzazz to any room. (You can also spray some glitter spray on it to give an extra touch).

Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.