November 20, 2017

Holiday Decor on a Budget (a few last minute ideas)


Fabulously frugal holiday decor. Tons of ideas without spending a dime

Many of you agree that decorating on a dime brings out the creative juices. For me,ย  it’s no different during the holidays. In fact, it’s so fun to see what one can create out of the items that are already on hand.

Love ornaments under cloches

Inspired by this easy decorating idea, I found jars, bowls and glass cloches to fill with ornaments and placed them throughout every nook and cranny.

I decorated so many areas that typically go untouched just by adding a touch of ornaments.

ornaments in bowl

December 26th marks the start of a new holiday decorating season. Most people can’t wait for Black Friday, but I get up early Dec. 26. Keep your eyes peeled for 50 – 75% off ornaments the week after Christmas.

Frugal Holiday Decor

Last year, three entire weeks AFTER Christmas, Walmart still had ornaments left over. I was shocked. I picked up about one hundred ornaments at 90% off. That typically doesn’t happen, but it enabled me to decorate for pennies on the dollar this year.

using a cloche household decorBy layering a $2 cake stand on top of two yard sale decorative plates, filling ornaments in my cloche and VOILA – I’ve added festivity for a few dollars, but better yet, done in a few minutes.

cloche for Christmas

Last year, I showed this silver tray I picked up for only $3.75 at Target. Again, I paired it with another cake stand, tray, and plates from yard sales. This created a Quick and Easy Centerpiece for just dollars.

tablescape Quick and Easy Centerpieces

One of my side table was a bit boring, so I grabbed one of my my white $1 yard sale bowls, filled it with ornaments, pine cones, acorns, shells,ย  holly and more for a “bring the outside in” look.

pinecones in bowl

One of my December 26th finds last year was this package of fancy ornament holders. I’m so glad I bought a package of these because I found so many fun used for them, not of which included hanging ornaments on the tree. ๐Ÿ™‚

silver ornament holder

Are you hosting something over the next week and just want to spruce up the decor a bit?

Christmas holiday vaseGo buy some discounted ornaments and fill some bowls. If you can’t wait til after Christmas, I was at the Dollar Store tonight and they have them, as well as Big Lots who has already marked Christmas items down 50%.

Christmas Mantel DecorAdd candles and beads for additional elegance.

Decorating on a Dime

Show case your vintage or sentimental ornaments while adding drama by highlighting them on a candle holder.

Decorating on a dime - frugal holiday decor

These few are all BHG inspired.

In seconds, you can drape beaded garland on your window treatments for a touch of holiday love.

Wonderful ideas - Frugal Christmas Decorating IDeas

Decorate with candy canes at any time. They just make anything look festive. For the kids table last year (below), I went with a candy cane theme. Anyone remember it? It was right after my one of a kind bedlam moment decorating dilemma. ๐Ÿ™‚

Decorating on a dime - frugal holiday decor in minutes. Tons of great ideas such as use candy canes or ornaments in a bowl.

And how elegant is this bathroom? By adding just a few beads that you could find at the dollar store, mixed with ornament and candles changes this boring bath to beautiful glam. I LOVE this.

bathroom for holidays

So don’t worry if your guests are coming in one day. Pick one of these simple and frugal ideas and let your creative juices flow. You won’t believe how much fun it is and it just might get your mind off the unnecessary stress we are all causing ourselves right now. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Beautiful post. Lovely ideas that seem quite easy to put together and not costly, which is always a wonderful thing.


  2. A friend of mine puts Xmas balls in a large clear glass jar. She changes the colors as the year goes on to coincide with the season. Pretty!


    Jens Reply:

    @Barbara Galloway, That is an idea that I haven’t seen before. That would be pretty. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Great ideas! You pretty much decorate just like I do. Merry Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. I love, love after Christmas clearance sales! I’ve already got my eye on a few things at Target. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Merry Christmas!

    Mary Ellen


  5. OMG I wish I lived near you because we could have some serious fun decorating. I have done so many similar ideas to what you have shown here and yet with different twists. I love the bowl of candles and ornaments – lovely! I will be on the hunt the day after Xmas as well and with any luck I will be hunting things that others aren’t as interested in either. I will definitely think creatively and that will let me pick up stuff others pass by. I love your blog and found it through the holiday giveaway contest. I have marked it as a favorite. Thanks!


  6. I went to Target yesterday hoping they’d have already marked down their ornaments…they hadn’t. I’m always shopping for ornaments that have been marked down. Hobby Lobby, Kirkland’s and Cracker Barrel are some of my favorite places, too. I will enjoy my Christmas Day, but I am really looking forward to the sales afterward! ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Beautiful! You really have a great eye for decorating for Christmas! I love the after Christmas sales! Merry Christmas!


  8. I can’t believe you told people about the Walmart thing. That is my big secret, I’ve only ever told 1 person. This year I’m going sooner, some things are worth getting 1/2 price. However, since we never shop on Sunday I have to wait until the 27th this year. Merry Christmas!


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