Christmas decorations on a budget


With Christmas only 3 Saturday’s away, it’s time to decorate your flat, but it can be difficult on a student budget. I’ve compiled this list of Christmas bargains you can grab on the high street to ensure your flat is a winter wonderland. 

 Christmas Trees

So we all know Christmas Trees are the ultimate centerpiece of any winter wonderland, but when you live off a diet of pasta and pot noodles its natural to assume it might be a little out of the budget.  If you’d like to avoid the inevitable traffic cone tree, Wilko have an array of trees at all sizes and prices to suit any budget.

My favorite was this adorable 45cm tree for £4, suitable to brighten up any bedroom desk or kitchen countertop.

If you and your flatmates are all looking to pitch in, I recommend this 3ft tree for only £5. Plus, if you’re feeling adventurous you could always get it in pink, gold or silver!

Lights and Decorations

So you’ve got your tree sorted but it’s looking a little bit sad without any decorations. Luckily Primark has got fairy lights covered that will only set you back £1.50 (short) and £2.50 (long).

If Primark’s blue, white and pink fairy lights don’t do it for you then Wilko is back to save the day with their £2.50 multicolored Christmas string lights.

Naturally, you’re going to want some tinsel and baubles too, which can be easily found for £1 in Wilko, Primark, and The Works in all colours you would expect. Like these adorable Harry Potter themed baubles from Primark.

Little Extras

Living in the UK, especially in the South West, we’re not blessed with snow at Christmas time, so we need to take it into our own hands. Fake snow is something that’s existed for a few years but has always been a little overpriced. This year, however, you can grab yourself a big bag of ‘faux snow’ for £3.00 in Wilko and throw it around the entirety of your flat.

With your tree lit up and the Christmas spirit really starting to kick in its time to bring in the really impressive decorations. High street shops like The Works are great for creative kits or even just craft supplies.

One of the biggest classics in Christmas decorations is paper chains which can be cheap to buy and fun to make!  If you don’t fancy spending money on a paper chain kit you can measure and cut the pieces of paper yourself and tape into place. This is a great way to do it if you’d like to draw or write your own designs.

If you’d much rather buy yourself a decorated pack ready to be stuck together you can grab yourself some adorable packs in The Works with stripes, snowmen and any other Christmas combinations you can think of for only £2. Or even try out your local Poundland!

Salt Dough Decorations

Last but not least, you and your flatmates can get stuck in together and make some salt dough decorations. Once you’ve created and decorated them they are sure to last a long time. If you’re in your first year at uni this would be a great opportunity to make mementos of your first Christmas together.  If you’re interested in the recipe and directions for Salt Dough decorations check them out below.

1 cup of flour
1/2 Cup of Salt
1/2 Cup of cold water


  1. Stir the flour and salt together in a bowl while gradually adding the water
  2. Continue to mix it in the bowl until it forms a dough consistency
  3. Take the dough out of the bowl and kneed until a smooth texture
  4. Using cookie cutters or anything similar, cut out your shapes
  5. Bake your salt dough shapes in the oven at 180 degrees until dry
  6. Once cooled down you can paint/decorate your shapes to your heart’s desire

If you’re successful, they might come out looking something like this!

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