The holidays can be a stressful time for both you and your wallet. Use our low-cost tree decorating ideas to take the stress out of holiday decorating. We're sharing our best tree decorating tips for every budget range, including low-cost ornaments and a trendy wall-art tree that doubles as a Christmas card display.
Miniature tabletop trees are one of our favorite alternatives to a traditional Christmas tree. Miniature trees cost less and don't hold as many ornaments, which means you save money on the tree and the decorations—a win-win! Adding a small tree to a pretty table can be just as stunning as a full-size arrangement. You can often get a great discount on faux trees and ornaments at after-Christmas sales, which will cut your decorating expenses by even more.
String Art Card Tree
Christmas trees can be expensive, and they don't always fit well into a smaller space. Cut tree costs by making your own alternative tree! Wall art trees are super trendy, and we love that this one doubles as a Christmas card display. To make this tree, add several small nails (or thumbtacks) to the wall in the shape of a triangle. Loop string or twine around the three outer nails to form the main tree shape; cross and loop the twine in an irregular pattern around all of the nails at random to form the geometric pattern. Use mini clothespins or paperclips to adorn your string art tree with holiday cards from friends and family.
Make Your Own Ornaments
If you have a tree but don't have the budget to decorate it with expensive store-bought orbs, you can make your own ornaments. Projects like these gorgeous wood bead wreaths are inexpensive (and easy!) to make and will add a gorgeous handmade touch to your tree. Homemade ornaments also make perfect low-cost gifts.
Tabletop Paper Trees
Create a gorgeous tabletop tree display with materials you probably already have at home. To start the tree, purchase a craft foam cone or roll up a large piece of paper into a cone shape. Then, dig into the recycling bin and find cereal boxes or packaging materials made from cardboard with similar weights and start cutting leaf shapes. You'll need approximately 100 1.5-inch leaves to cover an 11-inch-tall cone and 150 leaves to cover a 13-inch-tall cone. Adjust the leaf size to fit your cone. Use glue to attach the leaves to the cone, forming a tree shape. Finish off with a dusting of fake snow or finely splattered white paint.
How to Decorate a Tree with Ribbon
Save money on expensive ornaments by opting for nontraditional tree decorations. There are only two decorative elements to this eye-catching tree, which means there are only two items you'll have to purchase to get the look: a strand of string lights and a large ribbon spool. Kelly from Talk of the House decorated an entire tree with 35 yards of red grosgrain ribbon, and we're loving how this low-cost tree looks!