50+ cheap but chic Christmas decorating ideas


There’s nothing like transforming your home into an enchanting, festive wonderland to get you in the Christmas spirit. But don’t panic, filling your home with light, sparkle and jolly displays this holiday season needn’t cost you a fortune. No matter your style, we’ve brought together the best DIY Christmas decorating ideas to help you deck the halls without breaking the bank. Click or scroll on to get inspired…




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Throw on your apron and get making some festive confectionary offered in decorative jars. Whether you choose gingerbread, fudge, or chocolate truffles, temp your guests by filling pretty glass containers decorated with ribbons and place them in the hall to welcome guests or in the dining room for an after-dinner treat.




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Mistletoe is a fun and pocket-friendly way to decorate your home. Create beautiful bouquets of mistletoe with leftover wrapping paper or newspaper, mix in some evergreen cuttings and secure with yarn. Hang them above doors and wherever people like to congregate if you’re feeling mischievous. These can then be dried and used again next year.




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Think creatively about your dining table decoration and give something like this a try. You don’t need to go massively over the top, but see if you can find a fallen branch outside; it won’t cost you anything but will take some effort. Dry it off, clean it up and you could even spray paint it. Then securely affix it to the ceiling before hanging baubles and fairy lights from it.




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Have a go at baking your Christmas decorations this year. Gingerbread is a sturdy biscuit that you can shape and assemble into just about anything. Cut out trees, stars, reindeer and gingerbread men from the dough and pierce a hole through the top. Bake, decorate and string up onto the tree. Why not have a go at making a gingerbread house as well?




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Trim tag shapes from card and decorate with simple red ribbon and dried natural leaves, glued into position. Choose seasonal winter foliage – fir, holly, ivy and eucalyptus, they’re perfect for making your own decorations!




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Setting a lavish table doesn’t need to cost a fortune – simple touches can really make a difference. Tie cutlery with ribbons, handwrite place cards, entwine fairy lights down the length of the table, and dot faux flower petals around. You can pick up coordinating dinnerware sets like this at budget prices from most supermarkets.




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Feast your eyes on these sweet decorations. A festive necessity, candy canes usually make an appearance every year and they’re cheap to use. Try arranging a bunch of candy canes into a vase for a DIY centrepiece that’s good enough to eat or add them to garlands and wreaths, crossed at the base, to make the shape of a heart. They also make great gift toppers.




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Create a length of bunting with cheeky gingerbread men as the star. Cut an outline from a piece of card to streamline the process. Stitch them, evenly spaced, along a length of ribbon and finish with black sequins as eyes. Use them to decorate areas in your home, such as above the mantelpiece, up the bannisters or hanging from wall mirrors and pictures.




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Gather pine cones on a forest walk and use them as a pretty table display. Spritz with cinnamon and pine room spray or position in a bow with potpourri. Tie them with twine and you could hang them on the tree or just leave in a bowl – it’s free and wonderfully festive for the season.




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You can buy paper chain kits with ready-cut lengths of paper, or go old-school and start from scratch and make your own. Simply trim equal lengths from coloured paper or Christmas wrap. You could even use up old magazines or newspaper. Then, with a glue stick, assemble them into a long chain. Make it any length you like and then drape around your home.




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Get those needles tapping and work up a pair of cute Christmas jumpers. Miniature in size, these will look sweet hanging from the tree or dotted about your home. Make them in traditional colours or go for bright neon wools for something more modern. These also make a lovely gift for a loved one.




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Create a warm welcome by hanging a wreath on your door. Have a go at making your own from natural foliage, snipped from the garden. Take a piece of soaked flower oasis and push sprigs of holly, fir and eucalyptus into it. Get creative by customising your wreath further with lace, mini baubles, silver stars and winter berries. Don’t stop there, get to work on a DIY garland, as well!




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