How to Deck Your Halls for the Holiday Season — Without Dipping Into Your Gift Budget

Between wish lists and holiday parties, the most wonderful season of all can blow by like a whirlwind. That's where these quick and easy holiday decorating ideas come in handy: Not only will they impart a festive vibe to your rental all season long, they'll help keep some money in your wallet, too!

Scale it back. Pinch pennies by opting for a tabletop tree, which can make just as much of an impact as a larger variety. (A 10-foot-tall Frasier fir probably isn't well-suited to an apartment, anyway.) Even a small grouping of poinsettias can add some festive flair to a space.

Repurpose and reuse. Before heading out to the store, take inventory of holiday decorations that you already own. Have a bunch of glass ball ornaments? Put them to good use by displaying them in a simple clear glass bowl or upon a pretty platter. Have a few oranges in the fridge? Consider transforming them into a spicy stovetop potpourri. Even old mason jars are up to the task of holding a few sprigs of holly.

Go au naturel. Pine cones, evergreen sprigs, cranberries, pomegranates, walnuts, and other organic objects can make excellent decorations, especially for those with an eye for the rustic-chic aesthetic. Scoop some up during your next hike or stroll down the produce aisle at the supermarket.

50 Quick and Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas [Midwest Living]
24 Cheap Christmas Decorations You Can Make Yourself [Reader's Digest]
Festive Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas [Real Simple]