Classic, budget friendly Christmas decor.

Every year I spend next to nothing on my Christmas decorations.  In order to do this well, I keep a few tips in mind.

Tip #1: Shop at thrift stores.
You can score some pretty decent Christmas decor at the thrift store.  Around Christmas time go to your local thrift store, and you'll see what I mean. People seem to get new decor and give away their old stuff.  I got this pre-lit garland for $2.

Tip #2-  Use natural resources.
  Look around your neighborhood or local forests, depending on what part of the country you live in you can find some evergreen trees and snip some branches for free. I also brought in some pine cones from my back yard.
I used clippings from a large evergreen to make my staircase garland.  The boxwood wreath was $10 from Trader Joe's

Tip #3- Invest in a few key pieces and use them every year.
I've had this grapevine wreath for 3 years now.  I use it for my fall wreath and Christmas wreath.  Just change out the leaves and greenery every year.  This wreath was made with my clippings. 

Tip #4- Keep it simple.
I don't over do my decor. Setting it up is fun, but taking it down can be a pain.  I can just toss all the greenery in the trash or compost heap and stash the garland and wreath parts on the attic.  Takes me about 15 min.


I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!


  1. Pretty, pretty! Can you believe we own 7 acres and have absolutely NO evergreen trees? That is changing, though...we planted a few this year, but they're too little to trim. I can't wait!

  2. love all the fresh greenery! and i love that last image! :)

  3. Great tips. I like to reuse items each year also. If I want something new I try to make it instead of buying anything.

  4. Stick to your own backyard for trimmings and other naturals. I doubt the neighborhood parks and national forests give permission to strip them of what they need to survive, but you could ask. You have to think about what would happen if everyone took a little piece.


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