Entertain on the Cheap: 9 DIY Holiday Decor Ideas

Event Planning, Living & Spending, Shopping Savings
on December 2, 2015
Little House of Four

It’s easy to get carried away in the spirit of the season, but it takes a little creative thinking to make sure your budget doesn’t get carried away with you. Dress up your space from cellar to rooftop in holiday designs with these cheap and easy holiday decor ideas from Hometalk bloggers.

Turn a book tnto a Christmas tree.


Project via Ronja @Nur Noch

Fold down the pages of an old book to create this miniature tree that’s perfect for adding rustic holiday charm to your mantel, coffee table, or dining room tablescape. It takes less than an hour to create this elegant addition, and if you have extra books on-hand, it won’t cost you a thing.

String together a garland using old sweaters.


Project via Claire @Pillar Box Blue

Grab that pile of old woolen sweaters you’re never planning on wearing again, and toss them in a hot wash to shrink them. Then, cut them into scraps for this easy and fun garland idea, perfect for hanging from the ceiling or walls, or draping around your centerpiece.

Make festive acorn ornaments using old Easter eggs.


Project via Giustina @Domestically Blissful

Put those old, unloved plastic Easter eggs to use this season by spray painting them in a mix of metallic hues, covering them in pine cone scales, and creating giant acorns to decorate every inch of your holiday home. Hold onto these upcycled beauties for next year, because they don’t go out of style—and they’re great for both fall and winter holidays.

Freeze a few ice lanterns.


Project via Jessi @Practically Functional

Use two cans, tape, water and bits of spare greenery to make glowing lanterns that will set your winter home apart from every other house on the block. There’s no better way to greet guests at the door on a special occasion than with these fabulous flickering beauties.

Etch your own glass candleholders.


Project via Meredith @The Palette Muse

Cover your tabletop in shining snowflake luminaries, using plain glass vases or jars, stickers and some etching cream. Everyone’s trying this easy update for the holidays, because it’s fast, budget-friendly, and an instant way to turn your space into a cozy winter nook.

Turn cheap finds into an advent calendar.


Project via Lindsey @My Creative Days

Count down the days until Christmas begins with this rustic burlap calendar made from thrift store finds. This upcycling project proves that you can make whatever you need from found items, so get busy collecting your materials and put together your own classy countdown in no time.

Make rustic trees using felt.


Project via Katie @Little House of Four

Turn sheets of felt into adorable fuzzy evergreens by creating your own pattern. DIYing this designer look means getting a high-end decoration for next to nothing, and turning any empty corner of your home into the perfect winter scene in an instant.

Create stars from old clothespins.


Project via Laurie @My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies

Grab an extra pack of clothespins from the Dollar Store, or snag a few from your laundry room, for this quick and clever snowflake ornament for your tree, staircase or front porch. Add an impressive flurry to any room by hanging these inexpensive beauties from every free spot.

Make angels out of plastic spoons.


Project via Lucy @Patina Paradise

Turn a pack of plastic silver spoons from the Dollar Store into floating angels to surround your tree—the perfect DIY project for kids. Add wings and robes with fabric scraps and add any number of DIY embellishments to make your design unique.

For more DIY holiday decor ideas, check out the Christmas Decorations page on Hometalk.

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