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20 Ways to Decorate for the Holidays on a Budget

August 13, 2019

Deck out your home for the holidays without breaking the bank with our creative ideas, crafts and upcycling projects.

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Display Holiday Cards + Gifts

Instead of spending money on store-bought decor, work with two things you probably already have on hand — holiday cards and wrapped gifts. Not only will this help cheer up a dull spot in your home, but it will also keep your mail pile from overflowing and your Christmas tree base from overcrowding. Here, a tree-shaped cardholder is stacked on a gift-filled bar cart, adding holiday cheer to an otherwise basic foyer.

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Get Creative With Gift Wrap Scraps

Don’t throw away those seemingly useless scraps of gift wrap! Put them to work to give everyday items, like basic serving plates, a holiday makeover. Cut the leftover paper to size, and use it to line serveware. For a display that will last all season long, fill the festive dishes with holiday knickknacks or long-lasting snacks, like whole nuts or individually wrapped candies.

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Photo: Marian Parsons. From: Marian Parsons.

Upcycle Plastic Figurines

Whether they’re your kid’s old toys or your grandmother’s old decorations, inexpensive plastic figurines can become an elegant part of your holiday decor with a quick makeover. All you need is basic glue and German glass glitter to make these simple objects look high-end.

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Create Ice Lanterns

It doesn’t get much more affordable than this, friends. These shimmering ice lanterns only require water, plastic containers and a chill in the air. Make them as large or small as you’d like, and watch your front porch come to life without purchasing a thing.

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