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5 Sustainable & Cheap Ways To Decorate Christmas Trees in 2023

If you are looking for a way to save money and decorate Christmas trees in an eco-friendly and sustainable way in 2023, you are in the right place. You will love these five cheap Christmas tree decorating ideas for a rustic woodland theme tree. We have combined dollar tree decorations, DIY projects, foraged, recycled, and thrifted decor.

These 5 Cheap ideas are sustainable, eco-friendly, and budget-friendly decorating options.

How Can You Decorate Christmas Trees with a low budget?

I love a high-end, designer look as much as the next girl. However, I’m very budget-minded and don’t think you have to spend a lot of money to decorate your home.

My tree is very budget-friendly this year, and I think it looks great. I hope you agree.

I’m sharing 5 sustainable and cheap ways to decorate Christmas trees with a rustic woodland theme for 2023.

Cheap Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas Rustic Woodland Theme.

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What Are The 5 Cheap Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas?

  • DIY Ornaments
  • Foraged Ornament
  • Recycled Ornaments
  • Thrifted Christmas Finds
  • Dollar Tree Finds & Hobby Lobby Discounted Items

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Let’s begin with a few projects I’ve included on my tree this year. Some projects are new, and a few are from last year.

Simple Dried Orange Ornaments

These simple dried orange and rustic metal star ornaments are made with a metal wire hanger.

For weeks, I have been drying oranges and using them throughout the house. You can see the DIY foraged twig and orange topiaries and last year’s real cedar and orange topiaries.

How To Dry Fruit for Christmas Decorating also shares more ideas.

Dried Orange and Rustic Star Christmas Tree Ornaments Ideas.

How Can You Store Dried Orange Ornaments?

After making many DIY projects with dried oranges, I have found that the dried orange decor can be saved from year to year.

This is a cheap way to decorate Christmas trees because they will look good next year if you follow these instructions.

First, you want to store them in a temperature-controlled environment.

I place them in a plastic container or bag and add silica packets. I store them on the top shelf of my pantry, and they look great each year.

Insider Tip

Caution: If any of your ornaments appear to have mold or feel soft, don’t attempt to store them.

Hot Glue DIY Ornaments

Another great DIY Christmas Tree Ornament is these wooden Hot Glue Ornaments.

You can draw any design on the wood pieces and enhance it with paint. Last year, I made several angels and crosses.

DIY Christmas Tree ornaments made from wood and hot glue with gold paint. Angels and Crosses.

The gold paint and dark wax combine to make the hot glue design pop.

In addition, the wood ornaments work well as a gift package topper or a gift back hanger.

You can use any flat wooden surface to create these one-of-a-kind ornaments.

Christmas Tree ornaments made from wood and hot glue with gold paint.

Recycled Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas Rustic

I enjoy making unique ornaments and gift toppers from recycled materials. I recently shared some ideas for 5 DIY Sustainable Gifting Wrapping Package Toppers but quickly realized these can double as cheap Christmas Tree Ornaments. A few tucked into the branches help to make decorating a Christmas tree unique and eco-friendly.

Budget Friendly Cheap Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas made from scrap fabrics and recycled cardboard.

These ornaments are a combination of foraged and recycled scrap fabrics. They are so easy and inexpensive to make.

Recycled fabric and foraged twig to make a DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments for budget-friendly Christmas Decor.

Foraged Christmas Tree Ornaments

In addition, foraging for pinecones, grapevine, and twigs is another cheap Christmas Tree decorating idea. I shared how to make these 3 Eco-Friendly DIY Ornaments, and I used several designs on the woodland tree. They are basically free to make and so easy.

Forage Twigs with glitter for Rustic Christmas Tree Decorations for Cheap and Sustainable decorating.

Cheap Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas – Dollar Tree

The Dollar Tree is an excellent choice for inexpensive Christmas decorations. Shop early to find the best items.

I was thrilled to find some items that will work for the woodland-themed tree this year.

Dollar Tree rustic pinecone garland and snow frosted stems to decorate a Christmas Tree.

First, the pinecone garland looks so high-end. The tiny frosted pinecones are strung on a rustic metal wire, like the one I used on the DIY ornaments I shared above.

They are great cheap Christmas Tree Ideas for rustic woodland theme decor.

Dollar Tree Pinecone Garland for a cheap Christmas Tree Decorations

In addition, the frosted stems look just like some I saw for much more in a boutique decor store. They work well with the pheasant feathers I used at the top of the tree.

Pheasant Feather and frosted stems mix with ribbons for cheap ways to decorate Christmas trees in 2023.

More Cheap Tree Decor – Hobby Lobby

I love it when a plan comes together.

They had a tree full of white owls at a recent Florist Christmas Open House.

I thought they would be perfect for the woodland theme I had planned. Unfortunately, the little owls were not within my budget.

But look what I found at 60% off at Hobby Lobby. I was able to purchase three owls for approximately the price of one at the Open House.

In addition, these ribbons were also 60% off.

White Owl and ribbons to decorate a woodland theme tree for Farmhouse Christmas Tree.

The ribbon and owls were my only splurge for this year’s tree, and they were still a great deal.

They work well with the DIY Wooden Spool Garland on the barn door.

White owls and DIY Ornaments for a Cheap Christmas Tree decor. Farmhouse style Christmas Tree Decorations.

Thrift Store Vintage Ornaments To Decorate Christmas Trees

Using thrift stores and vintage ornaments to decorate Christmas trees is a great way to save money and help reduce waste by recycling old, discarded items.

I’ve been addicted to vintage Shiny Brite ornaments since discovering my first dusty box.

Finding them at great prices has become more challenging, but my first collections were cheap. However, I found a box at Goodwill just after Christmas last year for only $1.00.

In addition, these glass-painted ornaments were another inexpensive thrift store find that I use every year.

Cheap Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas with vintage thrift store ornaments for cheap

These vintage ornaments are very fragile, and I’ve lost a few, which always makes me sad.

Now is the time to check thrift stores, but don’t forget to look after Christmas when everyone donates their old decorations.

See some other Christmas suggestions for shopping secondhand right now.

Sustainable and Cheap ways to decorate Christmas trees in a Rustic woodland Theme with DIY ornaments

In addition, the vintage shiny brite ornament boxes hold mini Christmas Trees and elevate the metal reindeer on the entry table.

Everything about these old pieces speaks to my vintage-loving heart; therefore, they are on display.

Sustainable ways to decorate Christmas Trees idea with European Antique Olive Hod as tree base.

I filled the vintage olive hod with simple polyfill to give it a snowy feel. The tree is Balsam Hill frosted balsam fir, which I’ve used for several years.

These 5 Sustainable and cheap Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas are easy Rustic Woodland themes and are budget-friendly and economical.

Cheap Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas Rustic Woodland Theme

I hope you find some helpful tips for economical Christmas Tree decorating that you can use.

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3 Sustainable and Cheap Ways to Decorate Christmas Trees in 2023


Monday 27th of November 2023

Great ideas! And beautiful! How do you get your tree to stand in the olive hod? And how tall is your tree? Thanks!


Monday 27th of November 2023

Amy, The tree has a metal base and we added a wooden riser to keep it steady. The tree is 6 1/2 feet.

Stacy Ling

Wednesday 8th of November 2023

So beautiful!


Saturday 11th of November 2023

Stacy, I appreciate you.


Tuesday 7th of November 2023

Your tree is so pretty, Rachel. I like budget-friendly, too!


Wednesday 8th of November 2023

Thanks to so much Kim!

Jennifer Howard

Tuesday 7th of November 2023

You know I love a good DIY ornament! You have so many cute ones on your tree.


Wednesday 8th of November 2023

Jennifer, Thanks lady!

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Monday 28th of November 2022

Rachel, I love using dried oranges for holiday decorating, plus they look good on a cocktail with a tiny clothespin! Thanks for sharing all the great tips and tricks for affordable and sustainable decorations.


Tuesday 29th of November 2022

Mary, I appreciate your comments. Have a great week.