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Holloween Decor for Less | Inspiration and TipsThe Newlywed Notebook

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October 2014

Holloween Decor for Less | Inspiration and Tips

Written by Lindsay Ropella

When Eric and I purchased our first home almost a year and a half ago now, one of the things I was most excited about was decorating for the holidays. While I’m not one of those people who tends to get crazy and go all out, I do like to have some little decor pieces to remind us of the season.

However, once I discovered how expensive holiday decor can get, I became a little nervous. I know that you can get that plastic and super colorful decor for pretty cheap, but that’s just not my style. I love holiday decor that is more unique, neutral colored, and really beautiful – unfortunately, that type of decor doesn’t come cheap. Last year I just kind of avoided decorating because I wasn’t sure what to do about that little predicament. Over this past year though, I’ve learned some neat little tricks for how to decorate your home for the holidays in a way that you love but that’s still affordable, considering you only actually have these items out on display for a few short weeks.

This is the little Halloween display we have going on outside our front door. We actually got these pumpkins from a lovely family member’s farm (hey, we live in Wisconsin – what do you expect) and purchased the hay bale from Home Depot for only $3.49. That little scarecrow (jury is still out on him, by the way) came from the Dollar Tree, bringing the grand total for our outside decor to $4.49. I’ve been really impressed with the holiday decor section at the Dollar Tree lately. If you have one near you and haven’t been in in a while, go check it out!

See where I purchase my halloween decor for less than a retail store would charge, how I decorate our home, and some holiday decorating tips and tricks!

See where I purchase my halloween decor for less than a retail store would charge, how I decorate our home, and some holiday decorating tips and tricks!

I try to be as thrifty with our indoor holiday decor as possible. I hate the idea of spending a lot on items that are going to sit in a box in my basement 10 months out of the year. Over the years I’ve gotten a lot of great holiday decor from the home section at second hand stores. In fact, the burlap pumpkin in the bottom right corner of the picture below came from Goodwill for only a couple bucks!

Another place to get great holiday decor items for cheap is to keep an eye out for them at garage and rummage sales. In many places, the majority of those sales are typically held in the summer when the holiday season is the last thing on your mind. However, if you keep you eyes peeled for holiday decor as you are shopping for all the other knickknacks you love but don’t need (totally guilty of that one) you may find some holiday winners in the group. The 3 orange pumpkins were actually an item my mom was going to get rid of in one of her most recent rummage sales, but I snatched it up first…

…which brings me to my next tip! If you find things you think are kind of neat but don’t like the color or design, change it up yourself! I loved that these three little pumpkins have spots for 3 tea-lights behind them and glow like jack-o-lanterns in the evening, but the orange and black color was a little too loud (and predictable) for me, so I decided to do something about it!

See where I purchase my halloween decor for less than a retail store would charge, how I decorate our home, and some holiday decorating tips and tricks!

Here I am spray painting the pumpkins gold. I loved the more neutral color and that it matched our living room decor a little bit better. This was metal, so I didn’t even have to do any prep work. I literally just wiped the dust off of it, stuck it in a box, grabbed the gold spray paint, and started going to town. I did one coat, let it dry for about 2 hours, and then went out and did a second super super quick and light coat. I brought it back inside after another hour and voila!

See where I purchase my halloween decor for less than a retail store would charge, how I decorate our home, and some holiday decorating tips and tricks!

Here is what the pumpkins look like spray painted gold. I even found SUPER cheap LED tea-lights at The Dollar Tree to put behind them. I was so excited the other day when I spotted packs of battery powered tea-lights by the registers. They were 2 for $1 and came in gold, white, and sparkle. Naturally I bought like 4 packs…

See where I purchase my halloween decor for less than a retail store would charge, how I decorate our home, and some holiday decorating tips and tricks!

Here is what they look like with the lights off and just the tea-lights shining through. Pretty, right?!

See where I purchase my halloween decor for less than a retail store would charge, how I decorate our home, and some holiday decorating tips and tricks!

Another trick that I absolutely swear by for purchasing cheap holiday decor is to go to stores the day or two after the most recent holiday is over. The weekend after Christmas last year I hit up Kirklands, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby and got close to a dozen amazing Christmas decor pieces all for between 50% to 80% off! The only bummer with that is that you have to wait all the way until the next year to use them, but the money saved and the excitement of pulling them out for the first time the following year is totally worth it! Here is what our current Halloween decor setup looks like…

See where I purchase my halloween decor for less than a retail store would charge, how I decorate our home, and some holiday decorating tips and tricks!

And here is what it looks like with the lights off and the tea-lights turned on. Obviously, I went a little crazy with them. But hey – what other time of year can you do this and not have it be super cheesy??

See where I purchase my halloween decor for less than a retail store would charge, how I decorate our home, and some holiday decorating tips and tricks!

 

So tell me – what are some of your favorite ways to decorate for the holidays? Do you try to stick to a budget or give yourself permission to splurge?!
 
 

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  • Teresa

    I am definitely a ‘shop the clearance sales’ type of girl. Hobby Lobby eventually goes down to 90% off, and at that point they are practically giving it away! I have gotten quite a few scarecrows doing that, and a lot of my Christmas floral, too.

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com/ Lindsay Ropella

      Hobby Lobby is by far my FAVORITE place to get cheap holiday decor! It’s always a fine dance though between getting there for the good sales, but not too late when everything has been picked over. I typically never go into Kirklands, but last year I was super super impressed by their adorable holiday decor that was 65% off last year!

  • http://jasmincharlotte.com JasminCharlotte

    This looks lovely! I definitely try and stick to a budget, as I know I will always want to buy more and more things so best to keep it cheaper!! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com/ Lindsay Ropella

      Thank you! You definitely think the same way I do. ;) I always try and set my budget too well before I actually go into the store, because otherwise when I’m there I see something cute I tend to be able to talk myself into anything!

  • http://www.simplemomentsstick.com/ Susannah

    Goodwill and spray paint are definitely my favorite ways to decorate for the holidays! I’d say you have done great on classy but cheap decorations!

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com/ Lindsay Ropella

      Definitely! Actually if I’m honest, goodwill and spray paint are my favorite ways to decorate the house, period. ;) Thanks for your sweet comment! xo

  • http://www.withgraceandgold.com/ Kelly

    Cute! I love these ideas! :-)

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com/ Lindsay Ropella

      Thanks so much! I had some fun with it this year. :)

  • LaPetiteFashionista

    I just got a ton at Michaels for 80% off! I’m totally with you though. I’d rather go a little more timeless than overtly Halloween. Love thee spraypainted pumpkins!

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com/ Lindsay Ropella

      That was one of the places I wanted to get to last year but never made it! They have some AMAZING Christmas decor on display right now! I will definitely have to make it a point to get there right after the holidays. :) Thank you! I think that type of decor look can be a little more difficult to find for holidays like Halloween and Easter rather than Christmas, but still can find a few good things!! :)