The holidays are right around the corner, which means decorating will start to begin. With this, many people are searching for budget-friendly and easy to make décor options to improve their home for the holidays. Goodwill is the place to find affordable and accessible items to make creative decorations. In this blog, we’ll discuss how you can use items you can find at Goodwill to enhance your holiday décor.

Mason Jars

Looking for a way to light up your home this season? An easy and affordable holiday decoration is finding mason jars from goodwill and putting tea lights or string lights in the jar. This makes for a glowing table decoration that you can make in the comfort of your own home. Another do-it-yourself holiday decoration that you can make is nature table centerpieces. Find pinecones or other greenery from outside and put them inside mason jars and you can even combine the greenery with tea lights or string lights.


Ornaments are a hot commodity every holiday season and Goodwill always has a lot to offer when it comes to unique ornaments. Go to your local Goodwill and find some ornaments and you can place them in mason jars for a unique table centerpiece. Another fun idea for thrifted ornaments is to have an ornament painting station, or even an exchange. Task your partygoers to go out and thrift an ornament or you can provide everyone with one and have everyone at the party exchange and swap ornaments.

Used Books

Goodwill has a great selection of used books that can be used in a variety of different ways for holiday décor. One cool and unique idea is to buy a handful of books and assemble them in a way to resemble a Christmas tree or a snowman. Put together a captivating piece of décor by arranging books, candy, and candles in a gently used box or basket. Another way to repurpose used books from Goodwill is to cut strips out of the book pages and put them in clear ornaments, which can also be found at Goodwill. This can also make for awesome party favors or table décor!


Frames are something you can always find an abundance of at Goodwill. You can find many ways to include thrifted frames in your holiday décor this season! For one, you can use a repurposed frame to create a unique wreath. You can start by getting a frame and getting ornaments from Goodwill and attaching the ornaments in the frame to create a hollow, but unique door wreath. Another way to use frames would be to make celebratory ornaments, try personalizing the frame with paint! Finding small frames and attaching a piece of string to them and adding a picture would be a great way to make a budget friendly holiday decoration.

Goodwill offers a variety of items that you can use to make some cool holiday decorations! The holiday season is about giving back and so it is important to know that your purchases are going to supporting the Goodwill mission of community programs and job training. Transform your home into a warm and inviting space this season with these homemade holiday decorations.