24 Cheap Christmas Decorations You Can Make Yourself

You already know you can save money with homemade Christmas gifts and Christmas appetizers you make yourself, but your Christmas decorations don't have to break the bank either. Use these homemade ideas for holiday decorating on the cheap.

By Reader's Digest Editors from Reader's Digest
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Stephanie Lynn

Create An Advent Calendar

Start by spraying an old frame with a metallic base, says By Stephanie Lynn. Create tags using an online template (see link below). Mix in gold, silver and neutral ornaments to tie the whole Calendar together.

Haeley Giambalvo

Go For A Bow Wreath

Creating this simple, festive wreath from Design Improvised is easy and won't drain your wallet! Get this look by simply hot gluing bows of various colors to a Styrofoam wreath. It only takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Ruth Soukup

Craft A Candy Cane Vase

Put some simple odds and ends to good use for this easy craft from Living Well, Spending Less. Glue the candy canes to the can, tie with a red ribbon, and fill with artificial (or real) poinsettias.

Kacey Kendrick Wagner

Make Your Own Mistletoe

Felt, a fabric pencil, pearl embellishments, red ribbon and a hot glue gun are all you need for this cute decor from Stay At Home Artist! Cut out your felt mistletoe using a template provided and arrange pearls how you like. Tie with ribbon and hang.

Try Formal Finishing Touches

Wrap bows around your dining room chairs (you can even tie on Christmas ornaments for extra sparkle), says Better Homes & Gardens. Secure on the underside with tape as needed.

Mary N.

Redo Your Wreath

Stack wreaths and give classic winter door decor a pick-me-up. Purchase three wreaths in different sizes, hang on top of each other and add accessories, according to Sweet Little Bluebird. The best part is this costs only $20!

Place Pretty Pinecones

Dip pinecones in gold paint (either partially or all of the way) or use a mixture of water, glue, and glitter for a sparkling effect. Place on side tables or use to fill baskets and bowls.

Alexa Westerfield

Get A Galaxy Ornament

These baubles are sure to catch your eye, thanks to Swell Designer. Take a clear ornament, add clear floor wax inside, pour in glitter of your choice, shake and enjoy!

Michelle DuPuis

Check Out A Chalk Ornament

These are great gifts that you can decorate differently each time. Paint your plastic bulbs with chalkboard paint, let dry, then start drawing your holiday decorations on, says Rust Sunshine.

Ashley Johnston

Sit In Santa Chairs

These chair toppers are simple to make, washable, and charming! Watch and learn as Make It-Love It shows you how to add some color to your dining room with these felt Santa Claus Hats.

Amber Price

Paint A Snowman Ornament

Check these materials off of your list: Black, white and orange acrylic paint, a paintbrush, baby food jar and ribbon. Crazy Little Projects suggests that you paint your jar and decorate with a snowman face. Add ribbon to hang your ornament.

How Does She blog

Have a Hot Chocolate Jar

Grab your favorite hot chocolate brand and toppings, a clear mug or mason jar, and start layering, according to How Does She. Keep a few stashed in the guest room for visitors who stay with you during the holidays. All they need to do is add hot water and enjoy!

Turn Pillows Into Presents

Tie a bow around your throw pillows with holiday-colored ribbons, and they'll look just like Christmas gifts! Add a rhinestone pin for an extra decorating kick.


DIY Decorative Loops

Make festive paper chains with strips of wrapping paper—simply glue a loop together, and then string another paper strip through and repeat the process.

Show Your Cards

Do you hang onto Christmas cards that are too pretty to throw out? Turn them into works of art. Attach a card front to matboard using Spray Mount, double-sided tape, or rubber cement. Trim to fit just a single card, or cover a large piece of matboard with multiple cards, and then decorate a doorway or tree.

Source: Mary Ellen Turner, vice president of seasonal merchandise for Party City

Reader's Digest Magazine Christmas Trees

By folding your Reader's Digest magazine page over page, you can turn it into a cute, cheap Christmas magazine craft. Trim with tinsel and ornaments left over from your holiday decorating, or spray gold or silver. Get the directions here »

Add Paper Angels

All you need are paper plates or white cardstock, and you can make a full chorus of angelic little statues, a great decoration for a centerpiece or tree.

Get the directions here >>

Light The Driveway

Line a driveway, mantle, staircase, or the middle of your dining room table with homemade luminarias for a warm, Christmas decoration, says Good Housekeeping.

Spray A Spruce

Spray paint artificial trees (big or small) with white paint for a clean, sophisticated decoration, says Better Homes & Gardens.

Make Mini Trees

Plain dry branches from your yard—whether from green firs or bare deciduous trees—make excellent decorations when you spray with silver or gold paint. Hang, or tuck in a vase to decorate an entryway or dining room. Plus, add ornaments to the branches for an instant Christmas tree.

Try Two Wreaths

Repeat design elements—like this duo of hanging evergreen boughs—for a look that's sophisticated and classic.

Make Guests Feel Festive

Stack red, white, or green bath towels, then tie together with coordinating ribbon to create a "gift-wrapped" look for a guest bathroom or to decorate during a party.

Source: Connie Bandstra, author of Tasty Temptations


Just Add Water

Take clear vases or bottles, fill them with water, and add holiday-colored food coloring—a few drops will do. Then line the bottles up in a row, or decorate with floating candles for a festive touch.

Glam Up Your Glasses

For a fast, sweet decoration, put out bowls of holiday candy in pretty, stemmed glassware.

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