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Every year the holiday season brings the temptation to spend my entire salary on décor that I see on Pinterest. People who love décor as much as I do have a hard time resisting that urge. But you can really deck the halls for very little money. Here are my favorite tricks to finding and creating farmhouse christmas decor on a budget.
Use What You Have
I have many pieces in my home that I use as base pieces all year round. For each holiday I just add some seasonal items for super easy décor. This tiered stand is a staple in my decor, and so is the white hobnail jar. You can always find fabulous tiered trays and other holiday décor at Homegoods. If you would rather shop online, here is a similar stand and the hobnail jar.
Shop the Dollar Store or Dollar Section
These Christmas Trees were $1.00 each and I added them to hurricane vases I already had from Michaels.
These red bells were $1.00 each at Christmas Tree Shops.
The plaid throw in this picture is actually a pashmina I had purchased on Amazon. I love it on this chair so it’s now part of my décor. OK, let’s be honest. It probably belongs to my dog now!
Add Monograms to Inexpensive Items
Monograms can add so much class to any décor. I found these stockings for $3.00 each at Christmas Tree Shop and paid $10 a stocking to add the monogram. Here are some inexpensive knit stockings that would look beautiful monogrammed. My favorite monogram store is Letters by Lauran. Find her on Facebook here.
Change Your Cushion Covers
Once you have throw pillows you can change the covers for very little money. I made a list of holiday covers that cost less than $5.00 here. The covers are easy to store away between seasons.
Shop at Thrift Stores and Flea Markets
Thrift shops have so much holiday décor and many items are still in the original packaging. This sled was $1.00 at a charity sale and is one of my favorite things.This crock was $3.00 at the same sale!
I found this star at Goodwill and added it to my vintage window from a flea market.
Make Your Own
My crafting skills are extremely limited, but there are projects for any ability level. This printable Christmas tree was so easy even I could make it. Download it for free here.
Handmade decorations can be just as beautiful as store bought (unless I’m the one making them!) This is a homemade gift from my sister-in-law and is one of my favorite decorations.
Every year when I decorate with pine cones, I imagine someone laughing that I am silly enough to buy them at the store. I do have actual pine trees! If you want fresh pine trimmings or pine cones just look in your backyard. Here’s an easy tutorial on how to preserve pinecones.
Shop Holiday Clearance Sales
Just like everything else, Christmas decorations go on clearance the minute the holiday is over. For example, I found all of my faux foliage at JoAnn fabrics for 80% off. But, you don’t have to get out of your pajamas to get some of the great deals. Many stores have holiday clearance online and I have found the selection is even better than in the stores. I will be sharing deals I find on December 26th. Click here to follow me on facebook!
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