7 December 2022 | Making a space a home | Back to Blog

DIY Christmas decoration ideas that don’t cost a fortune

If you’re looking for ways to decorate your space without breaking the bank, then we’ve got your back! Check out our three favourite DIY Christmas decoration ideas that are inexpensive, good for the planet and will get you feeling festive.

Make your own baubles

Don’t fear! This is actually much simpler than it sounds. You’ll need:

  • Cardboard
  • String
  • Scissors

Step 1. Create your baubles by cutting out two same-sized circles from a material of your choice. You could use last year’s Christmas cards, funky patterned packaging or plain cardboard for a minimalist look.

Step 2. Cut a length of string and tie together at each end to create a loop.

Step 3. Carefully, cut a slit down the diameter to the middle of each circle.

Step 4. Thread your loop of string into the slit of one circle. Then take your other circle and slot it into the first at a right angle.

There you have it! You can hang these simple baubles on your tree, and around the house. To switch it up, cut out circles of all different sizes.

Clove oranges

Drying out orange slices to hang on the tree certainly smells amazing, but baking them for ten hours in the oven is not the cheapest activity this year. Clove-filled oranges are a traditional Christmas decoration dating back to the Middle Ages.

To fill your home with a delicious Christmas scent you’ll need:

  • Oranges
  • Cloves

Step 1: Take your fresh orange and start pressing the cloves into it. You can create lovely patterns of concentric circles, zig zags, Christmas trees, or go wild and stick them in at random!

As well as smelling amazing, the decorative fruit makes for a great table or windowsill decoration.

Festive paper chains

We may be taking you back to primary school with this one, but paper chains can really add a festive ‘je ne sais quoi’ to your space. You’ll need:

  • Festive coloured paper (try looking through old magazines, leaflets or last year’s Christmas cards)
  • Scissors
  • A ruler
  • A pencil 
  • Glue

Step 1. Lay your paper out in front of you so that it’s landscape. Measure out long rectangular strips of the same size with your ruler and pencil.

Step 2. Cut out the strips.

Step 3. Make the beginning of the chain by gluing a single strip together at each end to make a loop.

Step 4. Thread another strip through your loop and glue its ends together. Continue until your paper chain is as long as you want, or you run out of paper.

This is a mess-free, stress-free project that can be completed in ten minutes, but your paper chains will jazz up the Christmas vibes in your home for the whole holiday season!


We hope you love these DIY Christmas decoration ideas as much as we do. It’s definitely time to open the mince pies, pour yourself a mug of mulled wine, pop Love Actually on the telly and get crafting!


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