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How to decorate a Christmas Tree with NO Money

Posted on December 8, 2015 at 2:25 PM

It is Christmas time again! This year (just like every other Christmas for the past 8 years), I feel like there is no spare money for decorating. When I say "no money," I mean I'm not going to spend ANY money on decorating." I started searching the internet for ways to decorate a tree without spending any money. To my surprise I didn't find any blogs on the topic. There were a few that give suggestions of how to make a "perfect" tree with less money. They tell you to find sales. They teach you how to make your own ornaments that aren't free. They teach you how to make perfect looking ornaments from cheap (or not so cheap) store bought ornaments. If that is the kind of information you are searching for, you are looking in the wrong place. I am not here to tell you how to make your tree more glittery or stylish. If dollar store ornaments seem to cheap or plain for you, this isn't for you.


This article is for those who feel lucky to simply have a Christmas tree, but have NO MONEY to make it look festive. To clarify more, our tree is a "hand-me-down" that was given to us for free. When you are decorating a tree with no money you have to be creative. If you don't have a Christmas tree, I did find this article that might help. When decorating a tree without money, you HAVE to become creative. Now remember that most things DO cost money, but the trick is to recognize what you do have and how it can become an ornament. If there is something that I list, but you do not have those supplies already, then just skip it. Focus on the ones that you do have supplies for around the house. That is how you make it free.


Since I crochet (and this is a crochet site),

I will start with crochet ornaments.

Supplies needed: Crochet hook, scrap yarn (any colors)

(if you happen to have knitting needles, search the web for ornaments to knit)


This one is called Chain Loop Snowflake by Better Homes and Gardens.

Instructions are found here.



This snowflake, along with a lot of other crochet ornaments only look very good if you use a fabric stiffener to make them hard.

Fabric stiffener isn't something I keep on hand so I found an alternative.

If you have Elmer's glue, cornstarch, OR flour you can still make these ornaments.

Click for instructions for DIY fabric stiffener.


Here is another crochet snowflake ornament.

This one doesn't have written instructions, but it has charts if you are good at reading them.


This one is called Christmas Wreath Ring Ornament by Whiskers & Wool.

Find the instructions here.



The wreath pattern asks you to use 2" plastic rings. I happened to have shower curtain rings sitting around, so that is what I used.

If you don't have plastic rings, I suggest that you ch a ring that is about 2 inches in diameter with your yarn.


Add some variety and make this Mini Wreath Ornament by Planet June, too.

Instructions are found here.




Crochet Ice Skates Ornament by allcraftsblogs.com.

Here is the link.



This pattern calls for large paper clips. I only had small ones. If you have paper clips, but they are the wrong size then just improvise. You want to just crochet across the top of the paper clip. You don't want the stitches to bend around the ends of the paper clip. Continue in rounds until about the 3rd row, then decrease on one side. Continue a few more rows. You can make a chain for the shoe laces and skip the flower.


This one is Granny Square Stocking Ornament by Allen Williams.

Click here for instructions.



These Crochet Star Ornaments are found on The Darice Craft Blog.

Find the pattern here.



Once again if you don't have fabric stiffener you can get similar results if you have flour, cornstarch, or Elmer's glue.

For your convenience, here is the link again.


There are lots of other crochet patterns for ornaments you can try.

Here are a few links:

Spiral Ornament by B. Hooked Crochet

Christmas Bell by Yuli Nilssen

Tiny Christmas Angel by Bella Crochet

Six Pointed Star Garland by Anabelia Craft Design

24 day Countdown with 24 Ornaments by Heidi at Snappy Tots


Now lets move on to other free ways to decorate for Christmas!


You can make a simpler version of

Felt Holiday Ornaments by domestifluff.com

You can find the instructions here.

Essential supplies: Felt (or fabric), needle and thread

Be creative. If you don't have felt or fabric maybe you have an old shirt. If you don't have fiberfill you can use scraps of yarn. If you don't have that, what about a crumpled piece of paper or fabric? If there is something you don't have, try to think of something that will work.



Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments by Hello Homebody

This is where you will find the instructions.

Supplies: Peppermint Candies (or Spearmint) and Metal Cookie Cutters

I have a bag of spearmint candy that is several years old now. I thought this was a good way to use it up.

Please don't try putting plastic cookie cutters in the oven. (I only say this because I almost considered it!)



No Cook Cinnamon Ornaments by Crystal Underwood

Instructions are here.

Supplies: Flour, Salt, and Cinnamon




Salt Dough Ornaments

This page is a compilation of 27 ornaments.

Supplies needed: Salt, Flour, Paint (optional)

If you don't have paint consider making them colorful with crayons, markers, or food coloring.




Popcorn Garland

This site has good instructions.

Supplies: Popping corn, needle, thread

Here is another way to pop popcorn in a microwave without the bag.



Egg Carton Ornaments

Supplies: Egg cartons, paint/crayons/markers, string


Egg Carton Christmas Tree by Mermaids Makings

This idea was found here.



Egg Carton Snowman by Crafty Morning

Instructions are found here.

If you don't have the supplies for eyes, nose, etc; then just draw them on.



Egg Carton Bell

Instructions are found here.

If you leave the bell off it is still a cute little ornament.



Paper Ornaments

Supplies: Paper, string

(Whatever paper you may have is fine. Use newspaper. Use recycled paper. Your paper doesn't need to be fancy.)


Paper Fir Tree at krokatak.com

Instructions here.



Origami Paper Diamonds at designoform.com

Instructions here.



5 Pointed Origami Star at Homemade Gifts Made Easy

Click for instructions.



Paper Christmas Ornaments by Dinah Wulf

Find instructions here.



Don't forget the . . . PINECONES!

Go looking for pine cones under a pine tree. Add a bow and string them up on the tree!



Here is one last idea!

If you have a piece of wood and a pocket knife. Perhaps you would enjoy carving an ornament!


Please leave more suggestions in the comments!

Merry Christmas!



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