A round-up of thrifty Christmas decorating ideas using thrift store finds, sentimental details, and free decor solutions to customize your home during the holidays.
The other day (well, during a middle of the night feeding actually #momlife), I was randomly looking around our house counting up all of the thrift store projects we have hanging around. Some of my absolute favorites are ones I’ve whipped up for Christmas decorations, and I realized I’ve never rounded them all up into one big blog post before to have them all in one convenient place.
Some of our decor is made up of thrift finds, some is made up of just inexpensive little touches from repurposed items, but all of it is super easy to do.
So just in case you want some budget-friendly Christmas decorating ideas for this season or next year, here they are…
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24 Thrifty Designer Christmas Decorating Ideas
I made these last year using just ID badge holders that were less than $1 each and safety pinning them to Target stockings to make them look high end. And you can get the printable labels for them here too, if you don’t want to design your own.
I discovered that jingle bells can become place card holders totally by accident, but it works!
You can find free public domain images all over the internet (basically antique prints that don’t have a copyright). I change this wall for every season, but these winter prints are my favorites to leave up until February.
This past summer I found this soup tureen for $5 at Goodwill and immediately thought up a million different ways to use it in decor year-round. Growing up, my mom always put a big bowl of ornaments on my dining room table at Christmas as an easy centerpiece, so it just seemed right. 🙂
I love how ribbon can create a whole knew look on your existing decor for just the price of 2-3 spools. This blackwatch tartan plaid is my new fave.
If you have any leftover ribbon scraps from wrapping presents, this one is so easy to do.
These fairy lights are my favorite because they’re battery powered, can be set to a timer, and work in so many different places- on miniature Christmas trees, woven into garland, or like in our kitchen, underneath a cake dome or an old thrifted clock dome.
I bought these ice skates in the middle of summer in the sporting goods section of the thrift store, but I knew they’d eventually make a great Christmas decoration. I’m painting a pair of skis right now too that will look super cute once I get them finished.
I’ve had these mini boxwood wreaths for years hung up on the backs of dining chairs or placed on a wall or on mirrors. But wreaths are great at repurposing with candles into easy tabletop accents too.
I printed this little calendar this year to stick on a votive candle I had, and it’s a great, simple way to countdown until the big day. And it’s as cheap as printing 1 sheet of paper from your own computer.
Pick up discarded trimmings from Christmas tree lots to use on tabletops and mantels or make fresh garland. And if you want to keep it looking fresh, you can spritz it all with some Wilt Pruf.
I see these ceramic village sets in the thrift store all the time. Paint them white (or any color you want) to make them new again.
I love sprinkling a table with fresh rosemary and cranberries. Bonus: it smells amazing too. And if you happen to keep rosemary growing in an herb garden year-round, it’s even cheaper.
At our old house, we didn’t have a ton of extra money leftover for Christmas ornaments, so I printed some favorite photos, hole punch them with some twine, and hung them on my tree. Putting them on the branches was a sweet little trip down memory lane… and cost next to nothing!
I inherited this collection of milk glass bud vases from my grandfather after he passed away. He had a huge rose garden and loved giving roses to friends and family as gifts using those milk glass bud vases. I love having them as a way to remember him, so I repurposed them into candle holders as a simple centerpiece.
Use a planter from the garden department for a tree stand holder. There are so many pretty ones, but this barrel planter was my favorite of the bunch. During the warm months, we just stored it upside-down on our patio as a makeshift outdoor cocktail table.
I found this one in the kids’ toy section of the thrift store and spray painted it a pretty ballet pink for my daughter’s room. Fill it with some fluffed cotton balls and a little house ornament, and you’ve got yourself a snow globe.
A friend of ours gave us these old shutters that I hung on our wall in our last house, and they were so perfect for sliding photos and Christmas cards through the slats to display.
I was so excited when I found this typewriter at the thrift store for $9! It’s perfect for printing out funny letters to Santa as whimsical decor. If you don’t have luck at thrift stores, you can sometimes find them on Etsy and eBay for not too pricey.
I made these ornaments from cheap Walmart ball ornaments years ago using old sheet music I ripped up and decoupaged with Mod Podge. So sweet and pretty and a craft that’s hard to mess up.
This sled belonged to my mom when she was a little girl and my brother and I raced down hills many times growing up. If you have any winter gear passed down from decades ago, use them in your decor! Bonus points if they have great stories to tell.
These little boots were Olivia’s when she was born, and every year we nestle them onto a branch to remember that sweet baby phase.
I see old cable knit sweaters in thrift stores all the time! Snatch them up, wash them when you get home, and rework them into cozy pillow covers. This tutorial can take you step by step.
I found this old Coca-Cola crate years ago at the thrift store, and we bust it out for centerpieces, coffee table trays, and festive cocoa bars throughout the year when we want a punch of red. And you can snag this hot cocoa bar sign here to go with it too.
Do you have any thrifted items you love using in your Christmas decor every year? Share them in the comments below so we can gather more ideas! Because you can honestly never have enough. 😉
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