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
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!