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5 Sustainable & Cheap Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

You will love Cheap Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas rustic woodland-theme tree, which combines Dollar Tree Decorations, DIY Projects, Foraged, Recycled, and Thrifted Decor.

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

How Can You Decorate for Christmas 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 the 5 sustainable and cheap ways you can decorate a Christmas Tree with a rustic woodland theme.

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 that I’ve included on my tree this year. Some of the 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.

I have been drying oranges for weeks 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 you can save the dried orange decor from year to year.

This is a cheap Christmas Tree Decorating Idea, and 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 plastic bag and add silica packets. I store them on the top shelf of my pantry, and they look great each year.

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 use paint to enhance the design. 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.

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

Recycled Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas Rustic

Earlier this year I shared some ideas for 5 DIY Sustainable Gifting Wrapping Package Toppers but quickly realized these can double as cheap Christmas Tree Ornaments.

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.

This year I shared how to make these 3 Eco-Friendly DIY Ornaments, and I used several designs on the woodland tree.

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. You want to shop early to find the best items.

I was thrilled to find a couple of 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, just like the one I used on the DIY ornaments I shared above.

They are great cheap Christmas Tree Ideas 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 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas.

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

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

Finding them at great prices has become more challenging, but my first collections were really cheap. However, I found a whole 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 takes their old decorations to donate.

See some other Christmas suggestions for shopping secondhand right now.

Sustainable and Cheap Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas 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 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas 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 & Cheap Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas are easy Rustic Woodland Themed 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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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.

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Monday 28th of November 2022

thanks so much.

Jennifer Howard

Monday 28th of November 2022

So many great ideas!! That Dollar Store pinecone garland is so darn cute...I was going to make one but I might go see if my store has it.


Monday 28th of November 2022

Jennifer, It's really good looking.


Monday 28th of November 2022

YES to all these fabulous ideas, Rachel! I loved and pinned them all. Your snowy owl and nature-inspired tree are too cute. I don't know how you come up with all these amazing projects but I'm beyond thankful you share them with us. Big hugs, CoCo


Monday 28th of November 2022

CoCo, I really appreciate this.


Sunday 27th of November 2022

What pretty tree ideas!


Monday 28th of November 2022

Stacy, Glad you like them.