Elaine is an avid crafter who enjoys celebrating holidays with beautiful DIY decorations and gifts.
Get Budget-Friendly Décor for the Holidays!
When the winter months arrive, it’s time to get your house ready for the festive season. You can decorate your home inexpensively by buying craft supplies from the dollar store. By going the DIY route, you can make decorations for a fraction of the store-bought cost! If you can't find something that matches the rest of your decorations, don't worry—you can use spray paint to easily customize these projects. Check out the ideas below for inspiration!
1. Stocking Silverware Holders
This decoration idea doesn't require any crafting! Purchase mini stockings from the dollar store. Instead of hanging them over your chimney with care, place them on your dining room table. Tuck a set of silverware inside each one for Christmas dinner. This is such a cute idea that makes your table look extra festive!
2. Christmas Stairs Décor
Get your stairs ready for the season by purchasing some garland and baubles. Wrap the garland around the hand rail, then attach the little baubles with hooks or twine. You can get even more festive by adding battery-operated fairy lights!
3. Elf Christmas Wreath
Purchase deco mesh in green, white, and red to recreate this idea. You'll also want a wreath form for the base and some fun decorations, like baubles or jingle bells. You might be able to find a premade stuffed elf at the dollar store that you can use for the feet; if not, create some simple feet by stuffing green or red socks!
4. Jar and Wine Glass Lanterns
Make these adorable lanterns out of jars, wine glasses, spray paint, and battery-operated tea lights. It's surprisingly simple: Spray paint the wine glasses red and silver, then flip them upside-down. Hot-glue a jar to the base of each glass and add a tea light. If your jar comes with a cute lid, spray paint it red or silver to match the base. Tie on a festive ribbon or glue on a sprig of holly, and you're done!
5. Bottle Brush and Glass Jar Snowglobes
Make these fun snowglobes by repurposing jars and adding mini bottle brush trees inside. Choose flocked trees to enhance the snowy effect. Sprinkle in some glitter snow, and you have a charming winter scene. These snowglobes make lovely decorations, and you could also give them out as gifts and party favors.
6. Pinecone Centerpiece
Make this festive centerpiece by filling a jar with pinecones, shiny red baubles, sprigs of faux winter foliage, faux berry sprays, and other seasonal items. When you are happy with the arrangement, hot-glue a nice tartan bow to the front.
7. Splatter Screen Snowman
Here's how to make this adorable snowman decoration!
Dollar Store Supplies
- 3 splatter screens with handles
- Wood panel
- White spray paint
- Foam board (for the hat)
- Floral wire
- Googly eyes
- Black buttons
- Orange felt (for the carrot nose)
- Take two of the screens and overlap them to create the bottom part of the snowman.
- Bend the handles onto a wood panel and hot-glue them in place.
- Use floral wire to attach the third screen to the other two to create the snowman's head.
- Spray paint the whole thing white.
- Cut a hat shape out of the foam board and glue it to the head.
- Glue on the snowman's face and buttons.
- Tie a piece of scarf around the snowman's neck.
8. Peppermint Striped Candles
Your guests will swear they can smell peppermint when they see these pretty candles burning! Here's how to make this craft.
Dollar Store Supplies
- Gold charger (this one was found at Dollar Tree)
- Small red ornaments
- Gold faux berry branch
- Narrow red ribbon
- White candles in various sizes
- Wrap the ribbon around the candles to create a candy-cane effect. Glue it in place.
- When the glue is dry, arrange the candles on the gold charger.
- Place the ornaments and berries around the candles in an artistic arrangement.
If you're using real candles, just be careful as they burn down to make sure the ribbon doesn't catch on fire. You can also do this craft using battery-operated LED candles if you don't want to worry about open flames and melting wax!
9. LED Pictures
Use dollar store gift bags, battery-operated LED lights, and picture frames to make these wintry scenes. Here's a video tutorial on how to do it!
10. Decorated Cupboards
Make your cupboards look like wrapped presents with this charming idea!
Dollar Store Supplies
- Rolls of red velvet ribbon
- Red velvet bows
- Double-sided tape
- Using double-sided tape, attach criss-cross ribbons to each cupboard door.
- Add a bow in the center to finish the effect.
11. Dessert Tray
Here's what you need from the dollar store to make this festive triple-tiered tray:
- 3 differently sized plates in Christmas colors
- 2 glass candleholders
- Hot glue
Simply hot-glue the plates and candleholders together to make this lovely piece! You could also give it as a gift with some nice cookies. By using holiday plates, you can create the perfect Christmas dessert tray; however, you can also make it with plain white plates so you can use it all year long!
12. Winter Vase Arrangement
Make a winter arrangement in a dollar store vase with items such as pine boughs and faux winter berries. You can forage for the branches and pinecones in your yard, if you live somewhere with evergreens, or you can buy faux items from the dollar store. This will look great as a centerpiece for your Christmas table!
13. Dollar Tree Christmas Candle Centerpiece
All of the items used to create this centerpiece were purchased from Dollar Tree. Here's a shopping list for you:
- Wine glasses
- Battery-operated candles
- Miniature Christmas trees
- Faux berries
- Fake snow
- Faux wooden plate
- Red plaid napkin
You could also get pillar candles in white and red and add them to the candleholders.
14. Wine Glass Winter Scene
Make a fun winter scene by placing fake snow on a tray. Take three glasses and place a candle in each one. Add a winter house and some bottle brush trees, along with faux winter berries to complete the look.
15. Gingerbread and Candy Sign
This cute sign is made from pans and a bucket bought from Dollar Tree. The crafter spray painted the pans and bucket, then painted on additional details like the gingerbread man's face. They added a layer of glitter with Mod Podge. All the pans are attached to a piece of PVC pipe, which has been set in the bucket with cement! (You could also stabilize the PVC pipe using river rocks, sand, or possibly a piece of floral foam covered with gravel.)
16. Bowling Pin Christmas Figures
Forget bowling! You can turn the bowling pins sold at the dollar store into a whole range of festive Christmas characters, like the snowman shown above. To make this frosty little fellow, simply paint the bowling pin white, draw on a face and buttons, and decorate it with a bow, some greenery, and a hat (use the tip of an old sock!).
Here are a bunch of other fun Christmas characters you can make, some of which are shown in the photo gallery below:
- Santa and Mrs. Claus
- Christmas Tree
- Jack Frost
- Sugarplum Fairy
- Ebenezer Scrooge
Be sure to scroll through the photos below to see more ideas for decorating your bowling pins!
17. Let It Snow Sign
You can make a wide variety of Christmas signs using supplies like pans, gift bags, ribbons, and wooden beads from the dollar store! Here's a quick look at how to make the snowy sign shown above.
Dollar Store Supplies
- 1 pan
- Gift bag that says "Let It Snow" on it
- Wooden beads, large and small
- Red and white paint
- Red plaid ribbon
- Faux evergreen branches
- Trace a circle onto the gift bag using the bottom of the pan. Center it on the "Let It Snow" text.
- Cut out the circle.
- Glue the circle onto the pan.
- Paint the wooden beads white and red. (You might also be able to find pre-colored white and red beads.)
- When the beads are dry, glue them around the inner edge of the pan in an alternating white and red pattern.
- Glue on some evergreen sprigs and a red bow.
- Hang up your sign!
More Christmas Signs
Check out the photos below to get tons of inspiration for creating your Christmas sign! Whether you include a message or just frame a pretty scene, you can make some fabulous festive signs.
18. House Frame Winter Scene
Dollar stores usually sell these adorable house-shaped frames. You can turn them into shadowboxes and Christmassy dioramas! There are a million ways to decorate these, from creating a snowman scene to filling it with a winter forest panorama.
For the cute snowman scene shown above, all you need are two snowman figures, a glitter snowflake, some wooden or paper snowflakes, jute string, and craft paper with a snowflake pattern. Paint the frame white and glue a piece of paper to its inner wall. Glue on more snowflakes, add jute string at the top, and place the snowmen inside!
Scroll through the gallery of photos below to see the many creative ways you can style these house frames!
19. Cardboard Lamppost
This craft is a little more complex than the others! As you can see in the photo above, this is a gorgeous holiday lamppost that's entirely made out of cardboard. The most awesome part about this craft is that you can recycle all those boxes that accumulate around the holidays!
To learn how to make the lamppost, watch this video tutorial. You can buy the supplies to decorate it from the dollar store. Here are some items to get:
- Black spray paint
- Battery-operated LED light
- Christmas ribbon
- Faux greenery
- White felt (to create the "snow" on top)
See some other cardboard lamppost projects in the photos below to get even more ideas on how to decorate these amazing crafts!
20. Light-Up Christmas Lantern
The plain black lantern shown on the left turned into the gorgeous holiday lantern on the right with just a little red spray paint and some dollar store decorations! It's really astonishing what a coat of spray paint can do. Using battery-operated fairy lights to light up the lantern interior creates such a pretty effect!
If you love light-up Christmas crafts, check out a few other ideas in the photos below!
Have a Holly, Jolly, Crafty Christmas!
Are you ready to go to the dollar store yet? Once you've picked your favorite projects, jot down a quick shopping list and get ready to stock up on festive craft supplies! I hope you've found several items to brighten your home this holiday. Merry crafty Christmas to you and yours!
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