The holidays are here, which means ’tis the season to spend all your money on festive decor and thoughtful gifts, right? Well, not necessarily. If you can recreate some stylish and seasonal Christmas decorations yourself, you’ll end up saving a ton (and have some fun in the process). So we tracked down 31 elevated Christmas decor ideas that will save you money without making you compromise a gorgeous, decked-out holiday home. Whether you want something modern or traditional, understated or totally bold, you’ll find it on this list of Christmas decor ideas.
Brass Ring Wreath
These brass ring DIY wreaths from Sugar and Charm are the perfect activity to help you get in the holiday mood. They’re also pretty and understated enough to stay up after the holiday is over.
Black Paper Tablecloth
Ditch a fussy tablecloth and use black butcher paper instead. This way, you can decorate it however you want. You can channel your inner artist with a paint pen and draw on decorative details and/or customize place cards, and hey, it makes cleaning up after a holiday dinner much easier.
Make Mini Houses
If you like the neutral colors in this reading nook designed and styled by wallplays for the holidays, recreate it with a few cream knit stockings and miniatures. Instead of buying them, get crafty with mini wood house kit.
Fresh garlands are gorgeous, but customize yours to give it a touch of fun and to ensure it fits in with the existing environment. Grab some construction paper in vibrant colors and then cut out some seasonal shapes (like these triangle trees). Then glue them together and hang them from your garland. To make it all match, tie a ribbon in a corresponding color around the end of the banister