How to Decorate My Front Yard for $100


The recession may have placed restrictions on your wallet, but you should not have to sacrifice the enjoyment of holiday cheer. The following is a plan to spend less than $100 to decorate your front lawn in fine seasonal style.

Mastering the Holiday Front Lawn

Step 1

Hang the wreath on the front door. Jingle Bells are an optional piece. They run from 50 cents to a dollar, depending on size.

Step 2

Lights can add a festive atmosphere to your yard. Purchase a box of 500 lights for about $10 or less, and string them around your bushes.

Step 3

Place lawn ornaments--reindeer, sleighs, and other seasonal decorations--as fillers anywhere you think needs a little cheer. These can typically be found at your local dollar store.

Mastering Your Indoor Tree

Step 1

Be sure to include the indoor tree in your budget. According to economist Tracey McBride, spending between $50 to $60 on a tree is about average.

Step 2

Be sure to fully inspect the tree before buying it. If pieces are wilting, do not assume water will save it once you bring it home.

Step 3

Assess the situation. If you or a family member see something you love above your price range, there is no harm in trying to bargain down the price with the merchant.

Step 4

Set up your tree in a place visible from your front lawn.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be sure to unplug your lights. Keeping them on 24/7 is a fire hazard. Also, keep electrical cords and surge protectors out of walkways and wet locations. It only takes one spark to have huge consequences.

Things You'll Need

  • Lights
  • Indoor Christmas tree
  • Wreath
  • Lawn ornaments
  • Jingle bells


  • "A Greener Christmas," Sheherazade Goldsmith, 2009.
  • "Frugal Luxuries by the Seasons : Celebrate the Holidays with Elegance and Simplicity--on Any Income," Tracey McBride, 2009.

Who Can Help

  • Target Holiday Collection
  • Local Dollar Tree Locator
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About this Author

Caroline Depalma has been published in various literary magazines since 2005. She has written reviews for "Coldfront" magazine and "The Mantle." Depalma also serves on the poetry editing staff of "LIT" and "Caper." She holds an Master of Fine Arts in writing from New School University.

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