Transform Your Home For The Holidays: On A Budget

December 20, 2016

This post is sponsored by The Morrell Tale Design. All opinions are mine alone. πŸ™‚

I love Christmas! There are not enough songs and emojis and happy words to describe the joy in my heart during this sweet season. Christ has come to redeem us, and my heart is so full. Though I love literally everything about Christmastime, one of my favorite things is decorating! Lights on the house, ornaments on the tree, nativities everywhere you turn; it is just simply magical. But many of you are like me, which means you’re on a budget and can’t go spend hundreds of dollars at Hobby Lobby to deck out your house for the holiday season. But as the angel said to Joseph, “Fear not!” πŸ˜‰ It is absolutely possible to transform your home for the holidays, even when you’re on a budget!

Transform Your Home For The Holidays: On A Budget

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This is my third Christmas in a home of my own (i.e. not my parents’ house or a dorm room), and I’ve gotten better at Christmas decorating each year. The first year, it was a $20 Walmart tree and 3 ornaments (I’m not even kidding). Last year, there were a few more ornaments on the tree, and I put up lights around the living room. This year is mine and Caleb’s first married Christmas and although we didn’t completely deck the halls, we put our own special holiday touch on own home. Our tree is decked in ornaments, lights, and tinsel, our windows glow with lights at night, and our regular decorations have been replaced with nativity scenes and red and green everything. And you know what the best part is? We didΒ all of it while staying on budget! Follow along as I share with you 3 easy ways to transform your home for the holidays when you’re on a budget (and as I sneak in a few pictures of our beautifully decorated home)! πŸ™‚

#1: Family Ornaments

Caleb’s family does a really neat tradition where each of the kids make/get their own ornament each year. This means we have approximately 22 ornaments documenting the last 22 years of Caleb’s life. Not only is it a beautiful way to remember past Christmases, but it also really filled up our tree (which was much needed)! My family doesn’t have a tradition of yearly ornaments, but my parents did keep a lot of ornaments that us kids made growing up or that were given to us in our stockings, at school parties, etc. My mom finally surrendered these to me last year, and they now fill our tree, as well. It’s so fun to look at our tree and see ornaments from our childhood, and know that in the next few years, our kids will be filling it with ornaments of their own.

Transform Your Home For The Holidays: On A Budget
One of Caleb’s beautiful family ornaments!

If you don’t have access to family ornaments or don’t love them, make your own! There are so many ideas on Pinterest of ornaments that you can make with simple household supplies, like this idea using mason jar lids, rope, and ribbon. If you have kids, it would be fun to start a tradition of making your own ornaments each year. If it’s just you or you and a spouse, make or find a cute ornament that represents the past year of your life, and make sure you write the year on it! This is a great way to start your own collection of family ornaments! πŸ™‚

Transform Your Home For The Holidays: On A Budget
Caleb’s aunt gave us this ornament to signify our first family Christmas. πŸ™‚

#2: Ask For Decorations

I’m a big advocate of pre-loved (AKA used) everything, and Christmas decorations are no exception. Some people (who must not be on a budget) like to change up their Christmas theme every year, and that means that they have lots of Christmas decorations that they are either ignoring in the attic or trying to get rid of. These people can be your best friend, because they will frequently just give you their decorations for free! Facebook, particularly buy, sell, & trade groups, can be a great place to ask for Christmas decorations. Just say that you’re looking for used decorations for free or cheap, and you will usually get several offers. And if you don’t, you haven’t lost anything in the deal! (You can also keep an eye out at garage sales in the spring and summer; that’s the most common time for people to clean our their old Christmas decorations.)

Transform Your Home For The Holidays: On A Budget
Beautiful Christmas decorations that have been given to me over the years. πŸ™‚

Another place to ask for decorations is your family. Like I said with the family ornaments, my mom gave me the ornaments that I made/was given growing up, simply because I asked for them. We also have two nativity sets that used to be in my parents’ home, and one that wasΒ in my grandma’s house. Now, don’t just goΒ asking family members for every decoration they have, or you might get an answer a little more harsh than “no.” But if you know that there are certain decorations that your family members don’t have emotional ties to, there’s nothing wrong with asking if they would be willing to part with a certain nativity set, ornament, or other decoration. Just be nice about it, and they’ll probably say yes. πŸ™‚

Transform Your Home For The Holidays: On A Budget
The Precious Moments nativity is from my grandma’s house, and it is my favorite!

#3: Printables

I love printables! They are the perfect way to decorate your house at little or no cost to you, they are so beautiful, and they can easily be changed out for every season! All you need is a frame and a way to print pictures. My favorite printable this Christmas season is this beauty from The Morrell Tale Design.

Transform Your Home For The Holidays: On A Budget
Happy Holidays printable from The Morrell Tale Design

Taylor, the owner of The Morrell Tale Design, has such an eye for design and is always coming up with creative printables that bring inspiration and pizzazz to your home, but don’t break the bank. This “Happy Holidays” printable has been the perfect addition to our Christmas decor and has really tied our home together this holiday season. If you would like to get a print of your own from The Morrell Tale Design shop, just click on over to Etsy! She’s got lots of awesome printables up for sale!Β πŸ™‚ While you’re at it, be sure to check out Taylor’s blog and Instagram, as well!

Transform Your Home For The Holidays: On A Budget
This printable adds the final touch of festivity to our home!

Are you feeling inspired now? I hope so, because you’ve got less than a week to deckΒ out your home for your holiday happenings! πŸ™‚ Just remember friends; Jesus is the reason that we celebrate Christmas. It’s not about the presents, the decorations, or even the time with family. Focus your heart on Christ this holiday season, let your decorations reflect that, and I guarantee you will have the most beautiful home on the block! Happy frugal decorating, friends, and Merry Christmas! πŸ™‚

Now it’s your turn.Β How do you transform your homeΒ for the holidays on a budget? Does your family have any ornament or decorating traditions?

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  • Crystal

    December 20, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Abbey I’m all about ornaments! We began 27 years ago giving a special ornament to each of our 3 children which centered around a specific blessing in their life that year. When they get married they will each be given their ornaments. Each year we get together and decorate, and the laughter and memories are a sweet blessing!

    1. Abbey

      December 20, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Aw, that is so awesome! That’s what Caleb’s family does, too! I think it’s so much fun! πŸ™‚

  • Megan

    December 20, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I can’t wait to have my own home to decorate! I found a bunch of really cheap decorations in thrift stores so my flat is looking pretty great.

    1. Abbey

      December 20, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Thrifting is another perfect way to get cheap decorations! Great idea, Megan! πŸ™‚

  • Brittany Bergman

    December 20, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I love these ideas! Similar to asking for decorations, my mom majorly downsized this year and let me “shop” the Christmas decor she was getting rid of. I ended up with so much great stuff!

    1. Abbey

      December 20, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Ah, moms are the greatest! πŸ™‚ That’s so awesome! Thanks, Brittany!

  • Brittany Putman

    December 20, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    I love these ideas! I am also a fan of hand me down Christmas decor! In fact, most of our decorations have been given to us.

    1. Abbey

      December 21, 2016 at 11:08 am

      Thanks, Brittany! I think it makes them so much more special! πŸ™‚

  • Kelsie

    December 20, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    I love printable, and of course your baby bump!! My mom gave me an ornament each year (she works at Hallmark). They were always puppy themed, so now our Christmas tree is all puppies and Hobby Lobby balls ha. I love it!

    1. Abbey

      December 21, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Aw, thank you Kelsie! That is so fun that they had a theme! Baby K better love puppies! πŸ˜‰

  • Joyfully Frugal

    December 20, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    I’m all about doing things on a budget so these are some great tips! Printables are a great idea for decorations that I hadn’t considered so thank you!

    1. Abbey

      December 21, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Thanks so much! Printables are so budget friendly and really liven up a space! πŸ™‚

  • Kristin

    December 21, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I LOVE those little “flowerpot” people. So cute!
    We have some family decorations on our tree two. Mostly those, actually, but each year I pick up a couple of cute ornaments from Walmart or Michaels. Both have cute, low-cost ornaments πŸ™‚

    1. Abbey

      December 21, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Thanks, Kristin! That’s another hand-me-down from my mom, and it’s one of my favorites! I think it’s great to add a few new cost-effective ornaments each year! πŸ™‚

  • Chris

    December 21, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Everything looks so cozy! Homemade touches makes all the difference! Thank you for all the great ideas!

    1. Abbey

      December 21, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚ It truly is the little touches that make a big difference!

  • Courtney Patterson

    December 21, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Free printables are my JAM during the holidays! You can find so many on Pinterest and then buy basic frames from the dollar store. So easy and budget friendly!

    1. Abbey

      December 21, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Girl, yes, me too! πŸ™‚ It’s the perfect way to decorate on a budget!

  • Erin

    December 21, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Great tips! We get Christmas decor as gifts, which always helps. The first year Dave and I were together we made all of our own ornaments and we still use those today!

    1. Abbey

      December 22, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      That’s awesome, Erin! We usually get an ornament in our stocking, so that helps, too! Great thoughts! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel

    December 21, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Great ideas! I have so many but am always willing to take more decorations πŸ™‚ haha

    1. Abbey

      December 22, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Haha me too, Rachel! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Heather

    December 21, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Oh, great ideas! Love all your ornaments. This is the perfect way to decorate on a budget!

    1. Abbey

      December 22, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks, Heather! We’ve got some pretty neat ones on the tree! πŸ™‚

  • Tenesha

    December 21, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Oh I just love this! My husband and I have also had to learn how to decorate festively while staying in our teeny tiny budget. Thanks for the extra tips! πŸ™‚

    1. Abbey

      December 22, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you, Tenesha! It can be a challenge, but it can also be fun! πŸ™‚

  • Lauren C. Moye

    December 21, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    I keep my Christmas decorating budget low by recycling things. If the garland gets too separated for outside decorations, then I’ll break it down and use it in other ways. If I’m bored with my door wreath, then I’ll redecorate with other things in my collection. I also go pick out a set of Christmas ornaments each year when they go on clearance, so I’m slowly adding to my pretties.

    1. Abbey

      December 22, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Those are awesome ideas, Lauren! I love Christmas decor on clearance! πŸ™‚

  • Amanda | Maple Alps

    December 21, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Love your tree ornaments! They are so cute! And yes to the printables – I definitely have those on our wall πŸ™‚

    1. Abbey

      December 22, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Aw, thanks so much, Amanda! Printables are the best, aren’t they?? πŸ™‚

  • Ro

    December 22, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    I love all of these ideas – especially the printables! I’ve been doing this as well and been on the printable kick lately when it comes to decorating our space. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Abbey

      December 22, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks, Ro! Printables are so versatile; I love them! πŸ™‚

  • Shannon

    December 22, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    These are all such good ideas. I love the ornaments…it definitely makes the tree that much more special!

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    1. Abbey

      December 22, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks, Shannon! πŸ™‚ You are so right; our tree definitely feels more special with family ornaments!

  • Tayler Morrell

    December 22, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks for such a nice review! Also, my family kind of had a similar tradition…until we got married, each grandchild received a special ornament each year. I’m the oldest kid in my family, so my son is my mom’s only grandchild…she has now continued this tradition her mom started for my son.

    1. Abbey

      December 23, 2016 at 10:59 am

      It was my pleasure, Taylor! πŸ™‚ That is so neat! You must have some wonderful memories with those ornaments!

  • Amy Terry

    December 23, 2016 at 11:00 am

    These are great ideas, Abbey! The Lord always provides and helps us be creative with what we have!

    1. Abbey

      December 23, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks so much, Amy! You are so right! πŸ™‚

  • Michelle

    December 23, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Your ornaments are adorable!

    1. Abbey

      December 23, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you, Michelle! πŸ™‚

  • Dana

    December 23, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    That’s such a smart idea to trade Christmas decorations! It’s such an easy and simple way to change up what your house looks like!

    1. Abbey

      December 23, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      That is so true! Thanks, Dana!

  • Ana

    December 24, 2016 at 1:56 am

    This is so creative! Thank you for the inspiration and sweet ideas.
    Printables are my favorites and I always like to display those around my house.

    1. Abbey

      December 24, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you, Ana! πŸ™‚ I’m a big fan of printables, as well!

  • courtney

    December 24, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    I love using printables, it’s such an easy way to change up your decor on the fly.

    La Belle SireneΒ 

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