Holiday Planning on a Budget #3: Holiday Decorating Ideas for Busy Moms on a Budget

Do you enjoy decorating for the holidays, but hate to spend extra money on holiday décor? Decorating your home for the holidays can still be fun even if money is a bit tight this year.  Here are 5 holiday decorating ideas for busy moms on a budget:

Budget Décor Idea #1 – Pinecones

You don’t always have to purchase pinecones at the craft and department stores.  A few years ago, my children and I went outside for a walk and picked up pinecones in the neighborhood.  We could have picked 100 pinecones if we really wanted to, because they were everywhere!  As it happened, we did pick up quite a few (though nowhere near 100!).  I kept most of the pinecones in their natural state, and decorated a few with spray gold paint to add some sparkle.  Now, every year I decorate my mantles and tabletops with pinecones, and faux and natural pine branches.  The pinecones will last probably last forever. 

If you enjoy crafts and are feeling extra motivated, create a pinecone wreath. You’ll need a wire frame and a hot glue gun from your local craft store. A few boughs from a pine tree can add greenery. Cranberries can add color. You can also simply fill a nice basket with pine cones and use it as a centerpiece.

Budget Décor Idea #2 – Pine Branches

A few pine branches from a pine tree, placed on your front door will make a nice natural decoration. You can also hang them with a few white lights entwined.   In the past, I’ve decorated my front door with a traditional wreath, and tied some pine branches, with a pretty ribbon, on the porch light.  I also have a holly tree in my front yard, so each year I cut off a few berry-filled branches and include them with the pine branches.  It’s quite pretty.  Pine branches can also be brought inside to decorate mantels, window sills and other flat surfaces.

Budget Décor Idea #3 Holiday Cards

Have you kept your holiday cards from previous years? Have you considered using parts of them as gift tags?  It can be a fun little craft project.  You only need the front of the cards. Simply cut out the illustration, punch a single hole and add a pretty coordinating ribbon.  Attach them to your holiday gifts for this year, and you will probably also have extra gift tags for next year.

Budget Décor Idea #4 Candy Canes

Group a few pretty candy canes in a vase or jar to add color. Consider wrapping each candy cane or candy cane bundle with beautiful holiday ribbon to add flair.

Budget Décor Idea #5 Presents and Paper

Do you have empty cardboard boxes lying around?  Wrap them in holiday paper and add bows and accessories to make them pretty. Use them to decorate your home, by grouping them together on shelves and tables or under the Christmas tree.

You can also use gift wrap to wrap your front door or interior doors with Christmas wrapping paper to make them look like oversized presents.

These are just a few frugal holiday decorating ideas for moms who want to save some money.  If you’re on a particularly tight budget this year, think about ways you can save money.

More holiday budget tips in the series:

Holiday Planning on a Budget #2: 5 Steps to Creating a Holiday Budget

Holiday Planning on a Budget #1 – Holiday Budget Planning Tips for Busy Moms

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About Jacquie

Jacquie Ross is a professional organizer, a Certified Life and Family Coach and award winning owner of CastAway the Clutter! A busy person’s expert, Jacquie works with professionals, seniors, empty nesters and families to develop strategies to reach their goals, identify any road blocks, and find more meaning in their lives. Learn more about Jacquie’s life coaching and parent/youth/family coaching here at the CastAway the Clutter Blog, and for organizing services, visit CastAway the Clutter! Jacquie can also be found on Facebook

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7 Responses to Holiday Planning on a Budget #3: Holiday Decorating Ideas for Busy Moms on a Budget

  1. These are such sweet ideas for decorating on the cheap. I also really like to use pine boughs with the low cost glass ornaments on my mantle or stair railings. Thanks for sharing these! (new follower from (in)courage)

  2. Susan Case says:

    I love your ideas. You have the right idea about Christmas. I don’t like being in the stores much in December except to look at the beautifully decorated trees. I’ve already bought my gifts right after the previous Christmas when they are 75-90% off. Then I add some pumpkin bread, fudge or homemade cookies. No one complains that the gifts aren’t expensive. We only spend money on kids – not much on adults – at Christmas time.

    • Jacquie says:

      Very smart Susan! Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it’s more fun when you are creative with it. Thanks for your kind words – glad you enjoyed my ideas. I have another tip in the series coming soon!

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  4. Rebecca says:

    Great ideas – thanks so much! Decorating can get so expensive if you aren’t careful!

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