As the summer season wraps up and Fall approaches, there are many holidays to start preparing for!

Holiday décor on a budget can look like anything from reusing old cloth and pillow stuffing to make ghosts, buying twinkle lights that can change colors based on the season, and more.

If you’re looking for a few quick and easy ideas of how to decorate your home without breaking the bank, you’re in the right place.

Halloween Décor Made Easy

Looking for a fun way to add some spooky spirit to your yard? Hang some homemade ghosts in the tree!

You can make your ghosts by using any sort of white fabric you may have laying around. This could be an old white bedsheet, cheesecloth, a pillowcase, or even a white hand towel that you no longer use.

Grab some stuffing. An easy route is cotton or polyester- normally what goes into pillows and stuffed animals.  Alternatively, you could use old newspaper or tissue paper.

Add the stuffing to the inside of your square pieces of cloth, smoosh it to the center, grab some twine, and tie up the top half. Finally, draw some eyes or scary faces onto your ghost and boom! Spooky, on a budget.

Preparation for Thanksgiving

Whether you are based in the United States or Canada, Thanksgiving is a popular holiday and a great time to share meals and make memories.

Grab some fallen leaves and put them into a glass vase with some pinecones. Maybe you’ll sit some candles or tea lights around the vase (but not inside, we don’t want to create a fire hazard).

Shop for little pumpkins and gourds at farmer’s markets and local grocery stores.  If you live in the US, pumpkins often go on sale after Halloween. Use small pumpkins and gourds to create a cornucopia centerpiece for your table. Dried corn is another easy addition.  It also looks great hanging on doors or walls!

Christmas Spirit, Simplified

Another example of easy holiday décor is string lights. If you happened to have some twinkling lights, or the kind where there are plastic shapes over the top of string lights, you can repurpose these for any season.

If you can find the kind of string lights that have toppers like leaves, snowflakes, flowers, and little suns, you’ll be set for a year of festive lighting!

Now, these are great, but not always the easiest option to find. So, you can opt for string lights or LED strips that change color. That way, you can use orange for the fall holidays, red, green, or blue, in the winter, and any colors you’d like for the spring and summer months.

Lights are a great way to keep it festive, bright, and fun…all at once!

Décor to Last All Season

It’s great to have some ideas of what decorations you might be able to use for specific holidays, but what if you want seasonal décor that can be left alone all fall?

Pumpkins Aren’t Just for Pie

Pumpkin carving is a popular tradition, but the open pumpkin will rot much faster than one that has been left alone.

If you are looking for an easy way to make decorations stay fresh, buy a pumpkin in October but don’t carve it. You can paint a spooky face on one side, and then flip it to the other side for Thanksgiving, so you have décor that is both seasonal and Halloween-specific.

Trees All Winter Long

The debate over Christmas trees- when you should put them up and take them down- is a common one.

You can utilize tree and plant-based decor beyond a Christmas tree.

Maybe you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, or another holiday. Perhaps you like being festive in the winter but don’t necessarily gravitate toward any of the winter holidays. Trees and plants, especially evergreens, can be representative of winter without having to be specifically tied to a holiday. Look for inexpensive, indoor options to add some winter spirit to your home.

Bring in the Kids!

One economical and fun way to decorate for the holidays involves kids and crafts.

When Halloween is approaching, take some scissors and construction paper and cut out spiders, pumpkins, and anything else you like.

Spend a different day cutting out different colored leaves, making hand-shaped turkeys, and baking pies with the kids. Thanksgiving, here you come!

For Christmas, you can cut out snowflakes, trees, ornaments, and more. Again, all you need is some paper and scissors!

Get Creative

There are many ways that you can utilize what is already around you to level up your fall and holiday décor. Additionally, there are ways to add to your holiday décor while sticking to a budget!

The more creative you can get, the better. When it comes to your home, any decorations go. So, make it as festive as you’d like, but remember that the holidays are about the experience and community.

Make a day of decorating and create some memories along the way!