Paint a snowman on a board or canvas
Create An Advent CalendarStart by spraying an old frame with a metallic base, says By Stephanie Lynn. Create tags using an online template. Mix in gold, silver and neutral ornaments to tie the whole Calendar together.
Go For A Bow WreathCreating 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.
Craft a Candy Cane VasePut 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.
Make Your Own MistletoeFelt, 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 TouchesWrap 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.
Redo Your WreathStack 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 PineconesDip 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.
Get A Galaxy OrnamentThese 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!
Check Out A Chalk OrnamentThese 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.
Sit In Santa ChairsThese 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.
Paint A Snowman OrnamentCheck 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.
Have a Hot Chocolate JarGrab 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 PresentsTie 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 paperâ€”simply glue a loop together, and then string another paper strip through and repeat the process.
Show Your CardsDo 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.
< em>Source: Mary Ellen Turner, vice president of seasonal merchandise for Party City
Reader’s Digest Magazine Christmas TreesBy 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 Â»
Add Paper AngelsAll 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.
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Light The DrivewayLine 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 SpruceSpray paint artificial trees (big or small) with white paint for a clean, sophisticated decoration, says Better Homes & Gardens.
Make Mini TreesPlain dry branches from your yardâ€”whether from green firs or bare deciduous treesâ€”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 WreathsRepeat design elementsâ€”like this duo of hanging evergreen boughsâ€”for a look that’s sophisticated and classic.
Make Guests Feel FestiveStack 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