Design on a Dime


Holiday Decorating on a Budget

by Erica Rodefer Winters

Whether or not you host a holiday party, to really capture the magic of the season, you’ll want to spend some time making your home warm and cozy and get your guests into the holiday spirit. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune, or even that much time, with these tips:

1. Re-purpose what you already have to make holiday decor. 

Holiday table setting with gold pumpkins

Don’t toss your pumpkins after Halloween. Save them and use them as part of your autumn display. Uncarved pumpkins can stay looking good for months, and you can even spray paint them a different color if orange doesn’t go with your holiday color scheme.

2. Bring nature inside. 

Home Christmas decoration

You won’t have to go far to find adorable, seasonal decorations – just head outside. Gather twigs, leaves, pine cones and other natural beauties to dress up accent tables and mantles. You can also use items from nature for a rustic centerpiece, or add a loop of string to make ornaments for the Christmas tree. They can be easily spray painted a metallic color or left unpainted to add some more seasonal, nature-inspired interest.

3. Get the kids involved. 


Starting a collection of your children’s home-made ornaments, but haven’t quite found the best place to display their creative genius? Try giving your kids their own area to decorate any way they please with crafts they made, or inexpensive decorations you let them pick out at a store. This could be a small Christmas tree or Hanukkah bush in the corner of a room, or even just a bookshelf you clear off. That way, your little ones will get to be creative and enjoy the decorating process as much as you do, but you won’t have to worry about them breaking your special keepsakes.

4. Don’t Discount the Allure of Sweets

Christmas and Hanukkah cookies

Food as décor? In today’s Pinterest world, food as décor is an appealing trend, especially when you create adorable snowmen, stars, dreidels, bears, turkeys and more. Make the sweet treats of your choice, decorate them ornately, arrange them on plates or even put them on sticks and create bouquets in decorative jars or vases.

It’s a fun family activity that makes your home smell and look like a million bucks. Plus, you can eat them, too!