Strapped for cash? Here are some budget-friendly Christmas decorating tips to help you create a stress-free festive home…

Once the gifts have been bought and the festive meals planned, you may find that there is little left in the budget for new Christmas décor.

Fortunately, these decorating ideas will cost your little to nothing but still make a big impact:

Revive old décor

Don’t throw out old festive décor. Give tired Christmas decorations a new lease of life with a coat of paint and/or a sprinkle of glitter.

Gold spray paint works wonders, but you could also use leftover white house paint and pretty it up with silver glitter.

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Recycle old Christmas cards

Cut old Christmas cards into gift tags or Christmas tree décor shapes, like a star. Punch a hole in each one, thread ribbon through and you have new gift tags or Christmas tree décor.

Add a natural touch

Go pinecone collecting with the kids and use the bounty as Christmas décor.

Fill the fireplace, hang a few on the Christmas tree, or fill vases and bowls with pinecones for a natural festive look that is also free.

Create a rustic and woodsy look by collecting twigs, leaves, bunny tails and attractive bird feathers and then attaching them to candles you already have (hello loadshedding) using twine.

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Happy decorating!