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Deck the halls this Christmas by repurposing items you already have on hand. Getting creative with your existing decorations and accessories lets you give your home a new and festive look this holiday season without spending a lot of money.

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Easy Low-Cost Christmas Projects

Keep holiday spending under control with these innovative and easy Christmas crafts that spread holiday cheer. We have tons of Christmas projects for you to try, including holiday door decorations and festive table toppers -- all available on a budget!


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    • Green-Theme Christmas Crafts

      Bring the winter hues inside with crafts decked in rustic evergreens and snowy whites. Spray-paint pinecones gathered from your backyard, then nestle them in mini ceramic pots. (Coffee mugs also make cheap, cute vases.) Set them next to a frame showcasing your favorite felt reindeer on a backdrop of green fabric.

      Budget project price: $6

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    • Family Photo Garland

      Take a trip down memory lane with a homemade photo garland. Drape the nostalgic garland across a mantel or shelf by clipping old snapshots to a piece of festive ribbon. Start with the great-great grandparents at one end of the garland and progress to the youngest generation.

      Budget project price: $2

    • String Tree Craft

      Forget the fridge! Spotlighting sweet holiday cards on a festive board gives them the "tree-t-ment" they deserve. Just staple neutral fabric to the back of an old corkboard then, using colorful string and a couple dozen gold pins, create a tree shape suitable for showing off.

      Budget project price: $4

    • Cardboard Christmas Trees

      Have Santa-ready kiddos? Spare the expensive breakables and try these classic cardboard trees on for size. With a so-easy template and only two materials required, these pretty satin-edged trees are just the touch your sprightly home needs.

      Budget project price: $4

    • Snowman Craft Made with Wooden Balls

      You can make a whole snowman family with wooden balls and spools, plus a few crafting scraps. Here's how!

    • Golden Memo Frame

      Cheer up your entryway with a dazzling "dipped" frame. Start by spray-painting the bottom of an old white frame ritzy gold, using painters tape to keep lines fresh and clean. Staple colorful strings of pom-poms to the back of the frame, including one or two happy memos made of simple felt paper and puff paint.

      Budget project price: $8

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    • Present Place Setting

      From tree to fireplace to dining room table, holiday cheer should be spread around every corner of the home. These pretty little gift boxes -- wrapped in paper and tied with a bow -- make fabulously festive place settings and can be displayed all month long. Keep them looking fresh with a sprig of fragrant baby's breath.

      Budget project price: $8

    • Hanging Countdown Christmas Calendar

      Can't wait for Christmas? Neither can we! Count down the days with a homemade calendar. Fallen birch branches tied with number-stamped muslin bags help create this fresh outdoor spin. Use strong yarn or skinny rope to assemble and hang.

      Budget project price: $15

    • Fa-La-La Garland

      Make your fireplace or a blank wall sing with these homemade ornaments. Trace the outside of different-size embroidery hoops onto a roll of canvas. Cut out the circles and paint them with green chalkboard paint; let dry. Place the painted circles in the hoops and add hanging ribbon. Use chalk to write a festive refrain.

      Budget project price: $13

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      Chalkboard Phrase Decoration

      Bring festive cheer to your home with a playful message written in chalk. Just paint the back of an antique picture frame with black chalkboard paint, then write your favorite phrase.

      Budget project price: $3

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      Open Air Snow Globe

      Create a mini winter wonderland in your own home with this open-air snow globe. Crafts store staples easily turn a clear glass hurricane (this one is about 15 inches tall) into your own personalized Christmas landscape. Arrange moss, faux berries, and paper flowers inside. Add a faux bird, then spray with faux snow. For extra shimmer, add a touch of frosted-glass spray on the outside.

      Budget project price: $11

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      Postcard Ornaments

      Add a natural vibe to this year's Christmas tree with vintage postcards. Here we picture botanical prints, but any you find will do the trick. Use a hole punch to create a hole at the top, thread a ribbon through, and hang.

      Budget project price: $1

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      Make an Ombre Glittered Vase

      Transform a plain glass cylinder into a sparkling centerpiece with just a couple of supplies. Simply pick your favorite holiday color scheme and get started!

      Budget project price: $9

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      Candy-Jar Mantel Decor

      Turn your mantelpiece into a festive display of sweet treats. Choose your holiday color scheme and fill clear glass containers with color-coordinated candies. If you don't have a mantel, set the display on a tabletop or anywhere you want an added dose of color.

      Budget project price: $10

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      Glass Trinket Display

      Call special attention to your favorite decorations this holiday season. Collect small figures and ornaments of the same color family and place under a glass cloche. Group individual items as a collection to make your display stand out.

      Budget project price: $6

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      Peppermint Candy Christmas Wreath

      Looking for a Christmas craft to make as a family? Try this sweet peppermint candy wreath! Glue flat peppermints (you'll need about 250 for a 10-inch wreath) in close, neat rows to a white foam wreath. Glue small cinnamon candies in the gaps. Add a ribbon and hang on the front door or wall peg.

      Budget project price: $15

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      Pinecone Chair Decorations

      Bring the beauty of a wintry landscape into your home with pinecones and a blue-silver-and-white palette. Brush white paint on the tips of pinecones, glue them to velvet ribbon, and secure to the backs of your dining room chairs with adhesive plastic hooks.

      Budget project price: $7

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      Wreath-and-Candle Table Topper

      Add a natural, festive feel to your coffee table with this easy display. Encircle a candle of your choice with store-bought faux greeney -- that's it!

      Budget project price: $5

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      Snowflake Table Decor

      Looking for chic (but cheap!) table decor? Use our downloadable snowflake pattern -- just place it at the folded napkin corner, trace it, and cut out the design.

      Budget project price: $4

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      Festive Holiday Pillow

      Brighten your living space by dressing up a plain pillow for the holiday season. To make, cut a holiday shape, such as a tree or star, from felt or burlap. Secure to the pillow by wrapping red and white yarn repeatedly around the pattern and pillow.

      Budget project price: $6

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      Easy Ribbon Cabinet Flourish

      Dress cabinet doors and windows with a flourish of ribbon -- a useful, inexpensive Christmas decorating trim to keep on hand. Crisscross lengths of ribbon inside a glass pane, stretching from corner to corner. Tape or tack ribbon in place, and adhere a paper medallion where the ribbons cross.

      Budget project price: $2

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      Outdoor Holiday Luminarias

      Turn paper bags into dramatic luminarias by cutting out your own designs with a crafts knife, hole punch, and scissors. Fill the bottom with sand, and drop in a tea light to bring your walkway to life at dusk. (Use battery-powered votives for a safe display.)

      Budget project price: $8

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      Festive Table Runner

      Repurpose cloth napkins or place mats into a table runner. Add rivets to the edges of the linens. (Be sure to position the rivets evenly on each linen so the edges will line up.) Loop ribbon through the rivets and tie the linens together.

      Budget project price: $2

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      Colorful Chandelier Covers

      Wrap thin, inexpensive ribbon around the arms and base of a chandelier to add color. No-sew adhesive fabric tape ensures the material stays in place. Use the same tape to secure ribbon to the top and bottom edges of the shades.

      Editor's Tip: For temporary applications, double-stick tape secures ribbon to lampshades or tablecloths. For something permanent or washable, stitch the ribbon in place.

      Budget project price: $4

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      Beautiful Handmade Christmas Ornaments

      Adorn your Christmas tree with beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments made by you and your loved ones. Hang our easy-to-make ornaments on your tree for generations to come, give them as gifts to friends, or use them to amp up your Christmas wrapping ideas.
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