Frugal Christmas Decorating

Gathering Your Ideas

You know that you want to decorate your house for Christmas, but you have no idea where to start. Well, I always start by gathering ideas. Since I am a visual person, the internet has been simply amazing in helping me figure out my style.


Pinterest is always where I start. I have been working on a pin board of Christmas Decorating Ideas and Fun that you definitely won’t want to miss. The ideas I have been gathering are all simple and use relatively easy to find resources for.


Etsy always inspires my creativity. If you are looking for ideas to decorate your home, don’t forget to stop there. Have some fun with your search and try adding upcycled, vintage, or retro to your search.


Printables (just type Christmas printables into the search box on Pinterest or Google)

  • subway art
  • coloring pages
  • scrapbooking paper
  • bunting
  • vintage music
  • bits and pieces to make amazing decorations

Gathering Your Resources

Pretty much anything can be turned into a beautiful ornament these days. I suggest you have some idea of the materials you want to work with and the end product you have in mind before you begin gathering your resources.

Around Your House 

Don’t forget to take a good look around your house for materials that could be upcycled or repurposed into Christmas decorations. You may be surprised or even amazed at all the resources catching dust already at your house. Check your closets, attics, basements, and all the nooks and crannies in between.


Sometimes people on Freecycle offer up Christmas decorations or things to make them. Sign up with your local Freecycle and keep your eyes open. We got our new tree, a bucket or ornaments, and some Christmas lights from Freecycle this year. (found – fabric, art supplies, yarn, etc)


I know that UsedEverywhere has sites all across Canada and the UK. I visit our local site fairly frequently and have found wonderful used items and supplies to make things. (found – yarn)


While I have never actually found anything useful on our local Craigslist, I know other people have used it with success to find things they are looking for.


This site is new and still building momentum, but I have been seeing ads for it everywhere. It is similar to Used Everywhere and Craigslist.

Thrift Stores

Take a visit to your local thrift stores, before and after the holidays, to see what they have to offer. I have often found lovely decorations for cheap. (found – decorations, fabric, yarn, cross stitch fabric and miscellaneous decorations)

Homeschool Families

Are you on a local homeschool support list? We are on a couple of them and people often offer things for free or cheap on the lists. If you keep a close eye on the list, you may be able to snatch up something useful and fun. (found – embroidery hoops)


Let your friends know that you are looking for Christmas decorations or things to make them. They may be purging their decoration or craft stash and have just the thing that you are looking for. (found – yarn, embroidery thread, plastic canvas, crochet cotton, fabric, picture frames and more)


Don’t forget to ask your family if they have any of the items on your wish list (be they decorations or items to make them), as I am sure they would be glad to help you find what you need.

Did I forget anything? Where do you get your inspiration for your Christmas decorations? Where do you get your materials to make them? 

Check out all the rest of my posts and our Christmas Link Up.

This week I am linking up with some fabulous bloggers to bring you some amazing Christmas posts. Please take a few moments and visit the other mamas on this list and check out what they are writing today.

A Slob Comes Clean – Getting Your Home Company Ready
Feels Like Home – Christmas Traditions
Somewhat Crunchy – Christmas with Dairy Allergies
Spell Outloud – Children’s Books
Mama’s Learning Corner – Children’s Crafts
Many Little Blessings – Edible Gifts
An Oregon Cottage – Christmas Cookies
Catholic Icing – Wishing Jesus Happy Birthday
The Traveling Praters – Traveling
The Homeschool Classroom – Gifts Kids Can Make
Mama’s Laundry Talk – Laundry Gifts

*special thanks to Angie for making the graphic button for our series.