Farmhouse Holiday Decorating on a Budget

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We’re getting into the Holiday spirit here at the Farmhouse and that means one of my favorite things — Decorating!  Since Christmas is my favorite time of year, getting my house decorated is pretty much my first step in getting those holiday spirit juices flowing.  However, like everything in the farmhouse, we have to do it on a budget.  As much as I’d love to run right out and buy the whole Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel holiday catalogs and call it a day, that’s just not feasible in my household.  Read below to uncover some of my decorating tips to get the farmhouse ready for the Holidays without busting the budget.

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Without further adieu. . .some of my frugal farmhouse decorating tips:

1. Take stock of what you already have

Old decor can quickly become new decor with a few minor tweaks or inexpensive additions.  Some of the ways I do/have done this is to:

* use plain garland greenery (either lit or unlit) and spruce it up with some inexpensive red berry picks or pine cone decor to give it more of a farmhouse look

red berry picks

* strip an old wreath of its outdated decorations and instead wrap it in new lights or add bows to bring new life to it.

red plaid bows

* re-use every day items and add small touches to “holiday” them up.  For example, I bought plain white dishes very similar to these from the dollar store a few years ago.  For less than $30, I was able to get an entire set for 8 since every piece was $1.  I reuse these dishes for each of the holidays that I host a get-together or meal and change out the chargers underneath (which I have either gotten at Dollar Tree or at Target on clearance) to match the Holiday.

2. Shop stores after the Holiday

This tip obviously won’t come in handy until after the Holiday, write a list of items that you’d like to try to get and go shopping after the Holidays when everything is put on clearance.  This is a practice that I adhere to every year and it has saved me a lot of money over the years.

3. Check out your local Dollar Store or Target’s Dollar Spot racks 

I routinely find inexpensive but attractive holiday decor items in the dollar store or the Dollar Spot at Target.  These items will quickly, easily, and inexpensively add some Holiday touches to your home.  In fact, just this week, I was in Target and picked up a few items that I needed for decorating open spots in my kitchen.  I’ve also been using glass vases and ornaments that I got at the dollar store several years ago as the decor on my foyer table and my dining room table!

4. Rather than buy Christmas themed pillows, buy pillow covers

This is a tip that took me awhile to catch on to.  I use pillows all over my home: on the couch & sitting chair in my living room, on a bench in my dining room, the window seat in the kitchen, rocking chairs on the porch, and pretty much anywhere else I can shove a pillow without people thinking that I nap too much!  Instead of buying actual holiday pillows which are bulky, hard to store and ultimately end up getting gross in storage (mine did); buy pillow covers.  I find the best selection of pillow covers on Amazon.  Using pillow covers allows for easier storage, potential for easier wash/care and I’ve found them to be a more frugal option.  Plus, I’m able to switch out my decor so much quicker and easier when all I have to do is switch out the covers vs. the entire pillows themselves.  Makes decorating quickly a lot easier!  These are just a few that I have in my own home:

Pillow Cover (Amazon)

Christmas Pillow (Amazon)

red christmas pillow cover

Red Truck Pillow (Amazon)

red truck cover pillow

5. Decorate for the Holidays using the same color schemes you use all year round 

Don’t attempt to change your color scheme in every room to red and green just to match the Christmas season.  Otherwise, you may have more decor to buy to complete the room.  In my guest bathroom, I have a general color scheme theme of navy blue and white.  Instead of working against that color scheme at the holidays, I instead try to work with that color scheme.  For instance, I bought Holiday decorations for that bathroom that have green and touches of navy in them.  That way, it ties in the navy shower curtain and navy bath mats.  When I’m making decoration decisions for my home, I take into consideration the impact at other times of the year, as well.

What budget decorating tips are you aware of?  Share below in the comments!


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