How to Change Christmas Decor Each Year Without Buying New

Tips for changing up your decor for Christmas every year and sticking to a budget by repurposing, remaking, and choosing versatile color palettes.

Hi Bless’er House readers! I’m Jamie and my blog is called So Much Better With Age. I’m so honored Lauren asked me to write a guest post on her blog.

That girl could ask me anything and I’d say yes because she is honestly as sweet in person (if not more so!) than she appears on her blog. I’m from Vancouver, Canada and I usually see Lauren every year at the Haven conference but I didn’t go this year so I’m hoping to see her next year! Here is my post, I hope you enjoy it!

How do you change up Christmas decor without buying everything new?

Each year I try to think of different ways of changing my Christmas decor without buying anything new. Now not being able to buy anything might be a challenge but even if it’s a few things from the dollar store, I try to change it up each year so it looks completely different from the year before but still using the same faux trees, garland and decorations.

I have two Christmas trees and ornaments for both and the ornaments are all in the same color family, basically neutral. I love my neutrals and they look so pretty against a green tree but you can still use these tips if you have different colored ornaments.

Dining Room Decor

You can see in my dining room for 2016 I made a snowy and glittery theme. I used gold ribbon on the tree and added epsom salts down the middle of the table for a snowy centrepiece/runner.

How to Change Christmas Decor Each Year Without Buying New

For Christmas 2017, I used the same tree and ornaments but added a new tree topper and didn’t use the glittery ribbon from the year before. The table was covered in evergreens to make it my French Christmas dining room with evergreens, pinecones and banners.

How to Change Christmas Decor Each Year Without Buying New

For Christmas 2016, I hung two garlands over the little furniture piece with glittery letters from Michael’s (I believe they were $1 each) to spell out Merry Christmas (I added Merry to the mirror.)

How to Change Christmas Decor Each Year Without Buying New

For Christmas 2017, I added evergreens and brass candlesticks from thrift shops to the top of the cabinet and made these handmade Joyeux Noel banners.

I also added more evergreen clippings to the table and pinecones from the dollar store along with some recycled jingle bells I hadn’t used for a number of years.

How to Change Christmas Decor Each Year Without Buying New

Living Room

For my living room in 2016, I took some angel wings that were in another room and added them with command strips to the wall. The ornaments were silver and glittery.

(Both my Christmas trees are faux flocked trees.)

I also painted this thrift store trunk that was missing a lid in a glittery silver color to hold Christmas presents.

How to Change Christmas Decor Each Year Without Buying New

I used the same decorations from 2016 on my 2017 Christmas tree but added a crown as a tree topper and the glittery ribbon from the 2016 dining room tree. I also switched up a few of the ornaments from the dining room tree and didn’t add the picks.

How to Change Christmas Decor Each Year Without Buying New

For my mantel in 2016, I used two garlands, grey velvet ribbon and I made European looking stockings.

How to Change Christmas Decor Each Year Without Buying New

I have these two mirrors that I alternate with throughout the year (the mirror below is a thrift store wooden mirror that I gave a complete makeover. It’s one of the 70 projects that I did for my book, French Vintage Decor.)

How to Change Christmas Decor Each Year Without Buying New

I hope these tips were helpful in finding ways to change your Christmas decor each year without buying anything major each year.

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7 Comments

  1. You tree and decorations are very elegant and beautiful Jamie! I agree with Jamie,to use and find different ways to use what we have! As I looked at some bloggers their decorations are beautiful and exquisite but it seems that every year they have new decorations and trees. That can be quite expensive for most people. What we love about French country or European Christmas decorations is that they are simple very elegant, they use what they have every year. They love to use clippings from their yard or garden and lots of candles. Lauren I love your blog!

    1. Thank you so much, Brigida! It’s too costly to change everything each year but it’s fun to change it up a little bit. I agree that fresh clippings from the yard are the best!
      Hugs, Jamie

  2. Jamie, everything is so beautiful year after year. Some very good tips and encouragement to be creative with what you have.