Minimalist Christmas Decor On A Budget
Every year, I pride myself in my minimalist Christmas decor and my ability to make it all happen on a budget. Since I moved out of my parents house, I have lived in small apartments all over Kansas City. I've been dirt poor and scraping to pay the bills...my fellow millennials know how that goes. But being dirt poor has never prevented me from celebrating the most wonderful time of the year and decorating my home as my budget allows! Here are my best tips and tricks for decking your halls with minimalist Christmas decor on a budget. Put some Christmas Spirit essential oil in your diffuser and let's get to decorating!
shop sales, dollar stores, and thrift stores for minimalist goodies
I bought this tree the day after Christmas for $10 at Target. HEYYYOOOO! Before this, I just had a small dollar store tree that barely stood up on it's own. But now, for just $10, I have a beautiful 6ft Christmas tree! I bought lights at the dollar store and Steven and I collected ornaments from our parents that were bought for us over the years. Each year, we add one ornament to the tree to commemorate our years together. A truly minimalist tree would probably just have lights on it, but I'm a little too attached to our family heirloom ornaments.
We also hit up the Target $1 section for some decorations including our stockings and a cute string banner that says "Merry Christmas!". I bought the garland for our table and our "mini" tree's at a thrift store, along with candles at the dollar store! I left everything really simple with no decor on our mini tree's and a plain garland accented with white candles and tea lights.
transform what you already have
Use the things you already have to create a cozier space + make things a little more Christmas-y!
We have a minimalist gallery wall on the biggest wall in our apartment. I changed the words on our letter board to something Christmas related and made a quick hand-lettered print to hang up as well!
I also pulled out some of my more festive blankets to display on our ladder to make things a little more cozy. My small IKEA sheepskin rug alternates between hanging on the back of one of our chairs and serving as a "tree skirt".
I put tea lights in mason jars I had hiding in my cabinets and displayed them with the garland on my table, too!
DIY your minimalist christmas decor
If you don't already have the goods, MAKE THEM! I made this cute pom garland to hang over our big windows.
I also wrapped gold wire around some plain candles I had to turn them from boring to festive in just a couple of minutes, without overdoing it.
You could also make a festive print, watercolor painting, or cozy wall hanging to display as a statement piece for the holidays.
Check out this DIY here.
USE NATURE as a minimalist touch
Over the holidays, I always have fresh greenery in my home! You can either collect the goods straight from nature (cut a branch off of an evergreen tree, collect large sticks and spray paint them gold, etc.) or head to Trader Joe's for some cheap winter bouquets and garlands! They're an easy way to make your coffee table pop without going overboard.
You could also *gasp* grow your own! Here is some fresh rosemary growing in our window, and next to it, an evergreen that hasn't sprouted yet.
On Christmas Eve, I will cut little sprigs off of my greenery and tie them onto Christmas presents for an added festive element. After all, you'll be taking down all your Christmas deco the next week!
My favorite way I've used nature in my Christmas decorations this year is by putting my stockings on a branch that I found in the parking lot at my apartment building! This is the first year I've had stockings because we've never had a fireplace in any apartment we've been in. I found these cute faux fir stockings for Steven, James, and I in the dollar section at Target and HAD to make them work. I even bought extras for the little baby Moduno's we'll have running around someday (many years from now)! I needed to figure out a creative and minimalist way to hang them, so I just put them on the branch and hung the branch by a string. This is a $9 project, ya'll! And it looks so cute!
KEEP YOUR WRAPPING MINIMALIST
Speaking of presents, keep things simple with "brown paper packages tied up with string". I always buy craft paper and either use twine or red string to tie them up.
Craft paper is pretty cheap online or at Container Store. It's also very versatile. You can stamp it or change up the ribbon or string for other special occasions! (Holiday wrapping post to come!)