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12 Ideas To Decorate For FREE! Cheap And Free Home Decorating Ideas

What do you do when your home needs an overhaul but you don’t have money to decorate? Here are some home decorating ideas you can use to decorate for free!

12 Ideas To Decorate For FREE!

A Reader Asks:

So, gals, what do you suggest for a homemaker with walls in need of painting, and windows that need curtains, but hubby does not want you to paint the walls or put up newer curtains (The old one has holes). You’re right– He does not want to spend time or money on them, and does not want me to do so either. We are on a pretty tight budget.

Thanks for any advice! He’s a nice guy, but our home is in need.


Here are a few easy things you could do to decorate for free:

  • Hang a large dramatic picture on the wall trying to cover up as much as you can. If you don’t have a picture, find a large piece of cardboard (you can get them for free everywhere) and cover them with a huge collage of pictures.(By huge, I mean something like 4′x5′.) You can use family pictures, other pictured you may have laying around or even pictures of bright colored flowers and scenics torn from magazines.
  • Tightly wrap squares of cardboard with fabric from old clothing or sheets or decorate the squares with anything that looks good and make a large arrangement of these on the wall.
  • Find a bunch of very tall branches, spray paint them (or if you can’t even do that, leave them as-is) and twist a strand of white lights around them. (You can get the lights at the dollar store.) If you don’t have just leave them as it. Then stage it as you would a potted tree.
  • Be very dramatic using large amounts of things to draw attention. In the winter, I find mounds of evergreens for free, so I arrange them neatly on my mantle with some pine cones I picked up. People’s eyes go to the mantle first thing instead of the unpainted walls. (Definitely don’t this in a way where fire might come in contact with the arrangement.)
  • If you don’t need the curtains for privacy, take them down and don’t have any at all. If the ones you have are old and dingy, it is better to show off a sparkly clean window with the sun shining in.
  • Do you have sheets that you no longer use? I open up the end with the wide hem and slide them on the rod for some very long dramatic looking curtains.


  • If you’re working in a room like a kitchen, replace your curtains with some pretty dish towels, doilies, aprons or napkins arranged in a cute way over the rod. I have even seen decorations where the people took an old skirt, slit it down a seam and hung it across a window.
  • If you need to keep the same curtains in place, then patch the worn spots with appliques, squares, hearts, rough cut flowers or cute buttons. Use fabric and buttons from old clothing that match your decor. Don’t forget that things like old jeans and squares from old jeans would work well in places like boys’ rooms.
  • If you need the privacy: If you have a piece of lace, dip it into some liquid starch then carefully smooth it onto the bottom part of the window pane.
  • Use what you have. I needed tie backs for my curtains, but it would have cost me $50 or more. I had only paid $5 for the curtains for 10 windows, so there was no way I was going to spend that much on tie backs. I was trying to figure out what to do when I noticed some scraps of heavy duty electric wiring the electricians had left. It was flexible but strong. I cut them to the correct size, made sleeves for them from the scraps of curtain material and they worked great. You don’t even need to know how to sew. You can use fusable web. 
  • Check out your recycling center. We get free paint, stain and all kinds of things there. I even went to one recycling place and they had some huge cardboard Disney characters and crayons that would have been so cute in a child’s room. They also had some glass bottles that would have been pretty lined up in a window or on a shelf.
  • Look around your house at what you do have. Pretty dishes, a bowl of fruit, cookies, candy set on a table or counter in the kitchen, blankets thrown over a worn spot on the couch can all be decorative. Tie a small table cloth around a bed pillow to place on a chair, or pin your pretty jewelry pins on a pillow or a fabric covered cardboard. Other things like a basket filled with pretty balls of yarn work well also.

If you can’t do any of these, then just keep your home as neat and sparkly clean (but with a comfortable lived in look) as you can. I lived for a very long time with the plaster falling off my walls in big chunks when I had no money and I had to improvise. I also had a couch that had seen better days. It had a slip cover that was worn out when I got it and springs poking out so that if you didn’t sit just right they would cut you. This was my living room furniture. I lived with those for many years. Keep it clean and homey in the best way that you can. People notice a dirty house more than a worn and tired one, but using ideas like these can add a lot of charm and cure a lot of visual flaws!