Christmas Decorating on a Budget
You can save money by making your own Christmas decorations, and you can save time by picking projects that are easy to complete! I've chosen some of my favourite fast and budget-friendly projects to share in this article. Most of these projects use inexpensive supplies from Dollar Tree and other dollar stores.
Each DIY idea shown below includes a video tutorial you can follow to learn how to make the craft, plus photos of completed projects you can browse for inspiration. Happy crafting, and happy holidays!
DIY Holiday Decorations to Make Your Home Merry
- Christmas Snow Globe Lanterns
- Christmas Window Decorations
- Pallet Christmas Trees
- Holiday Table Decoration Ideas
- Christmas Characters Made From Gift Boxes
- Dollar Tree Holiday Centerpieces
- Wonder Mesh Wreaths
- Ladder Decorations With Dollar Tree Supplies
- Glam Christmas Hula Hoop Centerpieces
- "Floating" Boxes Filled With Ornaments
1. Christmas Snow Globe Lanterns
Plan a shopping trip to the dollar store if you want to make one of these pretty light-up lanterns! Most of the items shown in the video and photos come from Dollar Tree, including the lantern itself.
The basic idea here is to buy a lantern and set up a holiday scene inside it. You can make a snowy outdoor scene—like a snow globe!—or a cozy indoor scene. You can even forgo the scene entirely and just decorate the lantern with festive trappings like bows and evergreen boughs! Add some LED twinkle lights, an LED candle or maybe some battery-powered light-up ceramic houses, and you have an eye-catching decoration for a table or shelf.
2. Christmas Window Decorations
Christmas window decorations are simple, right? Just hang up some string lights! Well, with a little more effort, you can create a stunning window display that will capture the attention of your guests and passers-by.
Try adding elements like evergreen garlands (real or fake), baubles dangling from long strings, cut-out paper stars and LED candles on the windowsill. You can combine these easy window decorations with some of your store-bought holiday décor, like Christmas village buildings or nutcrackers. You'll have the best-dressed windows in the neighborhood!
3. Pallet Christmas Trees
I love crafting with pallets. You can turn them into so many things, including these cute wooden Christmas trees! The video above shows how you can cut a pallet into a tree shape using a circular saw. You may also be able to find premade wooden tree shapes at the dollar store or craft store.
These wooden trees are super versatile. You can leave the wood bare if you want a rustic look for your tree, or you can paint it if you want a more elegant or modern look. If you're painting, you can choose any colour scheme to match your other holiday décor. After you've built the tree, dress it with ornaments, lights and garlands!
4. Holiday Table Decoration Ideas
For Christmas, it's worth going all out with your table décor. That means laying out a table runner, crafting an eye-catching centerpiece and placing candles and greenery near the place settings. Don't forget the napkin rings!
Nature-inspired table settings look extra festive, in my opinion. Whether you bring in real evergreen boughs and pinecones from your yard or purchase fake ones, these table decorations will make your dining room feel fresh, cozy and full of cheer.
5. Christmas Characters Made From Gift Boxes
If you want to do something creative with all those presents under the tree, consider dressing them up like snowmen, reindeers and Santa! Kids love this craft (well, so do adults), and it's unbelievably simple.
- To make a snowman, wrap three presents in white paper.
- Then, stack them up with the largest box on the bottom and the smallest on top to create the snowman shape.
- Add a cute face to the top box with markers or cut-out paper shapes. Remember the carrot nose!
- Add black dots of "coal" to the other two boxes, again with markers or paper cut-outs.
- Consider some optional decorations, like a ribbon scarf or a top hat made from two boxes wrapped in black paper (use a long, shallow box for the brim and a square-shaped box for the top of the hat). For a faster option, you can put real hats and scarves on the snowmen instead.
- Add a gift tag, and wait for the recipient to squeal with delight at their snowman!
You can easily make other characters the same way by using other colours of wrapping paper, like brown for the reindeer and red and white for Santa. Wait until Christmas Eve to set up these characters around the tree for maximum surprise!