Repurposed, Reused, Frugal and FREE Christmas Decor

If you’re anything like me, when you’re standing in line at the grocery store and all of those beautiful magazines are staring at you, you begin to feel like a failure in the decor department. I mean who really and truly has the time, energy or money to make their homes look like that? I keep my home tidy, my kids clean and my family is fed, but decorating is no where near the top of my list of things to do.

I really love the idea of decorating my home, but until becoming a contributor at Homemaker’s Challenge and getting ready for this year’s Fall and Christmas seasons, I hadn’t really thought about it much. Now I had to think about it because I was going to be tackling challenges that I face in my home. Decor has to be close to my #1 homemaker’s challenge.

I was really thrilled with all of the fall projects I was able to come up with and create quite frugally. If you’ll swing by my post there you’ll find things you can make with your kiddos such as, coasters and napkins and a few other things.


For the upcoming Christmas season I decided I was going to tackle a couple re-purposed, reused and free decor projects and ideas with you.


6 Tips for Your Upcoming Christmas Decor Projects

1. You must go through your craft bins before you shop.

You will save yourself money if you take the time to do this first. I wish I had listened to the little voice that told me that before I went shopping this year. I just came across 2 rolls of ribbon that I could have used if I had.

2. Re-purpose old candles.

Grab a couple of your old pillar candles, a roll of ribbon and hot glue gun. Wrap the ribbon around the candle and glue the ribbon to itself every so often. After the holidays you can even take the ribbon off if you so desire and reuse it again.


3. Create your own pine swag for free.

If you have access to pine trees, simply go trim off a few branches and create your own swag. If you’d like to dress them up a bit add some berries from outside as well. The instant aroma of pine is wonderful this time of year.

4. Purchase and reuse other’s donated decorations.

Shop at places like Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Most people grow tired of perfectly good decorations and donate them. You will spend significantly less here than you would at Walmart or Target.


5. Create your own decorations frugally.

Start at the Dollar Store. You will be amazed at what you can create for less than $20 by shopping here.


6. Store your decor for next year. (Make sure you label it, so it’s easy to find)

Grab a couple at the end of the year and keep the decorations you loved.
Donate the ones you didn’t love or toss the ones that won’t keep until next year. The cost of the Rubbermaids will end up saving you money next year because you won’t have to repurchase decor. This is something my husband and I should have bought stock in is Rubbermaid containers. I use them for everything.


I hope that these tips will help you get started in decorating this Christmas season. I have really enjoyed tackling these DIY decor projects with my kiddos alongside me. We enjoy the time together and I’ve learned it’s a great way to create memories!

Happy decorating!

This post is part of our 25 Frugal Days of Christmas series and was written by Misty from Simply Helping Him.

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Are you looking for more frugal Christmas ideas? Check out the other posts in this series:

Day 1: Create Your Own Photo Christmas Cards with free templates and tutorial
Day 2: Making Fun and Affordable Christmas Gifts
Day 3: How to Have a $5 Christmas
Day 4: Cookies in a Jar: a Frugal Christmas Recipe Round up with FREE printable gift tags
Day 5: Snowflake Card Craft for Kids
Day 6: DIY Snowman Ornament
Day 7: Printable Handmade with Love Gift Tags
Day 8: Frugal Family Traditions
Day 9: Bringing the 12 Days of Christmas to Life for your Spouse
Day 9 {2}: A Frugal Family Christmas Tradition
Day10: Frugal Gift Idea: DIY Christmas Crackers
Day 10 {2}: 6 Ways to Repurpose Kids Art for Christmas


Heather Bowen is the founder and owner of She and her husband live in North Carolina where they homeschool their two daughters. Heather is a former Labor & Delivery Nurse who traded in her scrubs and began blogging full-time in 2013. She is so glad you’re visiting her blog today and hopes to connect with you!

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