1. Keep it simple. If you don’t have the time or the budget to decorate the entire house, place LED candles in the front windows.
2. Gather unused flower vases and fill them with pinecones from nearby trees. Tie a large, festive ribbon around the top of each.
3. Fill clear jars or bowls with colorful glass bulbs and display them around the house.
4. Instead of wrapping paper, use newspaper, old maps or fabric scraps for an eclectic, homemade look.
5. Shop at a dollar store or discount outlet for holiday decorating staples like lights and tinsel.
6. Make your own garland with jute rope, florist wire and greenery from your yard or nearby trees. Gather leaves from evergreen trees, such as cedar, juniper or pine. Use the wire to affix bunches of greenery to the rope; continue until the entire rope is covered.
7. Shop after the holidays, when decorations are often on markdown.
8. Ignore the latest color trend. Each year, designers tout the hot new color scheme for holiday decorating. Follow this style cycle and you’ll end up spending a fortune every year. Instead, pick a color, texture and metallic and stick with it for the long term.
9. Build a gingerbread house with the family. Not only will it give you a meaningful centerpiece, but you’ll create memories that will last well after the holidays are over.