6 DIY Decorations to Get You In the Holiday Spirit

By Alicia Geigel on December 22, 2021

Christmas is right around the corner, which means pulling every trick out of the book to turn your home into the holiest, jolliest winter wonderland before the season is over. Decorating for Christmas and the holidays is so much fun but it can also be expensive at the same time. Due to the pandemic and supply chain problems this year, consumers experienced nearly 20% price increases on both artificial and real trees, as well as decorations. While it is easy to shop at the store for all things holiday-themed, it can definitely burn a hole in your wallet, so why not try something different?

DIY decorations are a great way to save money, get creative, and spend some quality time with family and friends. There is nothing quite like having a homemade ornament or decorative piece to remember the holidays in the years to come, and it’s not too late to get started now! If you are looking for new, inexpensive ways to decorate your home just in time for Christmas, here are a few festive DIY projects that won’t break the budget!

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1. Paper Snowflakes: Paper snowflakes are one of the easiest and cheapest DIY projects you can do for the holiday season, needing only a few items to create a beautiful set of decorations. Starting with paper (or colored card-stock, whichever is available to you), fold the piece in half diagonally to make a triangle, then fold that piece in half to make another triangle, and follow the rest of the instructions as directed by Martha Stewart in her tutorial. Using a few different cutting methods, you can make several unique snowflake designs bound to stun any guests you welcome over!

2. DIY Christmas Wreath: Another simple and easy DIY decoration to make for your home is a Christmas wreath! Most stores sell plain wreaths at an affordable price. From there, the world is your oyster, and you can really do just about anything you want to decorate. Love sports? Make a wreath for your favorite sports team with colored ribbon and mini ornaments. Have a favorite color scheme? Incorporate your most beloved colors with plastic flowers, ribbons, bows, and more.

3. Salt Dough Ornaments: If you like getting your hands dirty and making a little bit of a mess, salt dough ornaments are great for you. Easy and inexpensive, salt dough ornaments can be made using just a couple household staple items: flour, table salt, and water- that’s it! Combine 4 cups of flour with 1 cup of salt and 1.5 cups of water, mix it into a dough, then roll it and cut your shapes! Holiday-themed cookie cutters work really well in this case, try using snowflake, gingerbread man, candy cane, ornament, or tree-shaped cookie cutters for a nice effect. Once cut, place pieces in the oven at 300 for one hour or until hard, then get to decorating with paint, glitter, etc.!

4. DIY Snowglobes: Nothing quite tops the beauty of a snow globe. In the Santa Clause, Scott Calvin found the magic of Christmas in a special snow globe and you can do the same! Head to the dollar store to get an empty snow globe container, then create your own world inside of it with little trees, fake snow, mini villagers, and figurines. You can really get creative and make the project personal for you or as a gift for your friends or family. For some extra pizazz, use glitter paint or sharpie markers to label the snow globe with the year, your family name, or a special holiday message!

5. Pompom Christmas Tree: The standard Christmas tree is beautiful, sure, but maybe you want to go an alternative route and liven up the scene with a pompom tree! A pompom Christmas tree is a great way to bring uniqueness and color to your home decor, and it takes just a couple of items to put it all together! Start with a styrofoam cone, then get a bag of pompoms (these can be green, pink, red, gold, or whatever color you like) and glue them onto the cone using a hot glue gun.

6. Wall Art on a Budget: If you go to a regular store, holiday-themed wall art can cost a fortune, but you can make your own wall art for only a few dollars with a picture frame and your printer. The dollar store has several different sized frames, from 4×6 to 5×7 and even 8×10. Grab a couple of frames, a few sheets of scrapbook letter stickers, then head home to print out holiday backgrounds. Once printed, cut the paper to fit in the frame and use stickers to write a holiday message onto the paper, like Merry Christmas or Ho Ho Ho!

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Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive. With these DIY decorating ideas, you can not only save money but add a personal touch to your home just in time for Christmas.

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