How to Decorate Outdoors for Christmas on a Budget

Shannon Cairns

October 15, 2021


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Outdoor Christmas decorations can be pretty expensive, but I’m here to help you save a few dollars with these cheap and easy DIY Outdoor Christmas ideas for your front yard or porch.

These affordable Christmas DIY projects will make your neighbors smile, and your wallet will be even happier!

Instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars for a giant inflatable Santa (totally not judging because we’ve done it too), try using your holiday creativity to make your own unique and unusual outdoor Christmas decorations.

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Some of these decorations are large, and others small, but all of them make a creative and festive statement to your typical front yard Christmas display.

If you’re trying to save money this Christmas, you don’t have to sacrifice all of your outdoor Christmas decorations, you simply need to be willing to learn a little DIY skills and get creative!

How to Decorate Outdoors for Christmas on a Budget

Take Inventory

Before you run out to buy new Christmas decorations, make sure you get everything down from the garage or storage that you already have! I can’t tell you how many times we have purchased duplicate light strands because we didn’t look into what we had first.

Once you know what you have on hand, you can look at your budget and decide what you really need to buy this year to complete the Winter Wonderland you are trying to achieve.

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Start Early

Don’t wait until December 15th to start looking for outdoor Christmas decorations for your home. You will definitely come up short, because everything will be already picked over, or the prices will be higher than usual to align with the holiday rush and demand.

If you plan ahead and start early (in October or early November), you will be able to take advantage of early Christmas sales and huge discount days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday to score the best deals on Christmas lights and other outdoor Christmas decorations.

Take advantage of After Christmas Sales

This tip might not help you this year, but it’s one of our favorite ways to get the best deals on large outdoor Christmas decorations! When Christmas is over, don’t forget to peruse the stores for the leftover decorations. You can usually grab big ticket items like trees, large displays, and inflatables for as much as 50% to 75% off when you grab them after the holiday is over.

If you can practice a little bit of patience and delayed gratification, this budget friendly Christmas tip will help you save hundreds (even thousands) as you slowly build your outdoor Christmas collection.

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Borrow from friends

If you are anything like us, you probably have quite a few Christmas decorations that you aren’t ready to get rid of, but that you also don’t plan to use in your front yard display this year. This is a great opportunity to offer these decorations to your friends, and possibly borrow a few from them too!

Borrowing, giving, or trading large Christmas items is a great way to save money and help everyone out this holiday season.

Check Garage Sales

Garage sales, yard sales, and estate sales are a wealth of beautiful antique, rare, and unusual Christmas decorations that you won’t find anywhere else! The best part is that most people are willing to get rid of their old Christmas decor for pennies on the dollar.

If you love a good deal, and don’t mind giving up your early weekend hours to sift through hundreds of garage sale finds, this might be the best way for you to fill your yard with affordable Christmas decorations this year.

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DIY (Create your own!)

If you’re still struggling to find exactly what you want for your outdoor Christmas display, then I have the perfect solution for you. Make your own easy DIY outdoor Christmas decorations!

It’s fun, easy, and usually much cheaper to make your own holiday decor. I’ve rounded up quite a few of the most beautiful, cute, and unique outdoor holiday decorations so you can create the perfect display on a budget.

Let these simple and fun DIY Outdoor Christmas decorations inspire you to create your own!

DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorations

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hi! I'm shannon

I’m a wife, mom of three, doctor, and blogger! In 2018, I decided to turn my mom blog, into a personal finance blog so others could follow along on our journey to pay off over HALF a MILLION dollars in student loan and practice start up debt. I hope you enjoy following along, and maybe even find some inspiration along the way.