Decorating every room for the holidays may feel a bit excessive and certainly does not fall under the Festivus-for-the-Rest-of-Us mentality, but don’t be a Scrooge. I personally believe it’s fully possible to celebrate the good tidings of great joy, while embracing the tinsel and thrills that often come along with the season. I also believe you can embrace the tinsel and thrills on a budget. So I gift to you a quick guide to affordable (and DIYable) holiday decor to fill every room.
Front Door & Entryway
Surely you’ve decorated the outside of your house with lights and lawn ornaments, no? At the very least, how about a festive doormat to greet your gift-bearing friends and family? You can easily make your own, and potentially save a few bucks. See how Kayla made her own, or check out Apartment Therapy’s doormat tutorial for helpful techniques.
No front door or entryway is complete without a wreath this time of year, and half-wreaths are all the rage. Pick up a macramé hoop or two for a few dollars and some trimmings from the local hardware store (or your neighbors holly bush) to keep costs to a minimum. Camille of Camille Styles has the step-by-step to create your very wintery green wreath.
Holiday pillows have their tacky and outdated moments, so toss out the cross stitch and felt and go for something a bit more chic. Lexy from Proper Blog has a great sequined pillow project, and all it requires is a pillow cover, a pen, some sequined ribbon and glue.
Stockings are a must, and making your own isn’t too complicated or expensive. You can turn your favorite patterned hand towels into décor-friendly adornments for any wall or mantel. Head over to Paper & Stitch to see the simple sewing tutorial.
You could drop a hefty $200+ for an elaborate menorah, and for good reason – they’re gorgeous. Or you can make your own more natural menorah for essentially free. Sarah Elliott made her own using a large stick and a thick drill bit. It really doesn’t get much easier than that, right?
Another easy way to bring in the holiday spirit is garland. Make giant pom pom garlands, like this one from A Beautiful Mess, to fill your empty walls – and hang on to them for years to come.
While I wouldn’t advise going overboard with the decor in the bathroom, you should definitely keep some wintery scents on hand. Try out this cinnamon-orange-clove soap recipe from Swoon Worthy to start.
Mini DIY signs are great for hanging on your bathroom and bedroom doors. Humphrey & Grace makes simple pen and paper signs, and you could just as easily make your own using print outs if calligraphy isn’t your thing.
Yes, you should have individual mini wreaths for all of your kitchen cabinets. Why? Because wreaths bring all the warm and fuzzy feelings of Christmas-time. You can buy pre-made mini wreaths, but if you’re looking to save, grab some tree trimmings, boxwood limbs, or $3 bunches of eucalyptus and make your own with floral wire, ribbons, and painters tape. Worried about leaves and needles shedding? Try faux wired greenery as another (reusable) option, as Linda suggests.
Make your dish washing more cheerful with a DIY pine garland over the sink. Take Melissa’s inspiration and drape in a battery-powered pack of LED twinkle lights and some felt garland. The dollar store or $5 section at Target are great place to look for smaller batches of lights and décor.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to dress up your kitchen, add springs of evergreens, eucalyptus, or olive branch to your shelves and counters, as seen in this kitchen over on Rooms for Rent.
Of course you’ll want to have a holiday candle burning this December, so start with this DIY pine-scented soy candle from Eden. The striped layers keep things fun, while the wintery scent will satisfy your desire for a real tree, even when you can’t have one.
This might be a bit of a splurge especially if you live in a treeless city, but a real mini Christmas tree in your bedroom is the ultimate when it comes to getting festive. If you’re up for dropping an extra $30-$40 on the tree, you can easily save by making your own ornaments and keeping it minimal like this bedroom vignette from Homey Oh My.
Upgrade your string lights with a quick paint job, and hang away – in your windows, above your bed, on a chair or mirror. Gabrielle has an easy tutorial for rose gold globe lights that could look great just about anywhere in your cozy bedroom.