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