3 Ways to Decorate for the Holidays on a Budget

Updated November 15, 2022
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With the excitement of the holidays quickly approaching, you may be starting to get your home or apartment decorated for all the festivities. Decorate for the holidays on a budget with these tips to get your home ready.

Places to Shop to Decorate for the Holidays on a Budget

Places to Shop to Decorate for the Holidays on a Budget

By November 1st, retailers had their Christmas and holiday decorations on the shelves. When shopping at big box retailers like Target or Walmart, watch sales and coupons to get even better deals on your must-have new items. 

Target always carries great seasonal items in their dollar section at the entrance of the store. This is a great option for apartment living; many of these items are smaller and won’t take up a lot of space and can be easily moved in the future.  

If you love a good deal and want to decorate for the holidays on a budget, thrift stores, HomeGoods, and even the Dollar Store have many great options at low cost. You may have to search a little more for the perfect pieces, but that makes it even more special.

Craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby also stock affordable decor options. They run many sales and have weekly coupons allowing you to not pay full price for any of their items. This is also a great place to get lost if you have a crafty side and are willing to create some of your own decorations DIY style.

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DIY PDIY craft supplies to Decorate for the Holidays on a Budget

DIY Decorations for the Holidays

If you are looking to decorate for the holidays on a budget, DIY projects not only can help you save expenses, they can be really fun! Make a night of it; invite friends over, make some food, and watch a good holiday movie. 


Tree Decorations

If you put up a Christmas tree, trimming the tree can quickly get expensive if you spend full retail prices. Making your own decorations gives you the opportunity to add a custom spin on anything you add to the tree. 

Ornaments can tell a story about your life. Make ornaments for your tree homemade to add your style and personality to your apartment holiday decorations. Your ornament materials could range from clay or glass to felt, origami, wood, or yarn. Decide a theme or color scheme for your tree and start creating beautiful homemade decorations. 


A childhood favorite, white paper snowflakes can turn your home into a winter wonderland within minutes! From the simple snowflakes to a more advanced option like 3D snowflakes making snowflakes is a great activity for the whole family.


Garland isn’t just for trees; add it to railings, doors, mantles, or walls to decorate for the holidays on a budget. From pom-poms and beads to tassels or dried fruit, your imagination can run wild on ways to create a masterpiece. 


Adding extra lights and candles throughout your home will brighten up the space during darker winter nights. Battery-operated candles are a safe option, especially if you have children and pets. 

The lights don’t have to come down after the holidays are over; keep them up all winter long to bring some extra cheer!

Upcycling to Decorate for the Holidays on a Budget

Upcycle Your Decorations for the Holidays

Upcycling is a great way to decorate for the holidays on a budget. Use items around your house or pick textured items up from a local thrift store like wood, ribbons, paper, books, hardware, jewelry or home decor, and create new decorations. Anything can be upcycled!

Using old books, try making a wreath for your front door or stocking hangers that can sit on a shelf. Your imagination is endless when it comes to what can be done. 


The most important thing when you decorate for the holidays on a budget is not to worry about the trends. Your decorations reflect you and what you love. Using decorations that make you happy from year to year will save you money in the long term. Stick to your style (minimalist, boho, colorful, vintage, etc.) and build your decorations off of that base. 

And don’t forget, when the holidays are over, stop by your favorite stores to see the clearance sales so you are ready for next year!  

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