Decorate your home for Christmas using glasses, ornaments, and other items that you already own. Check out these inventive Christmas decor ideas that won't deplete your pocketbook.
What You Have: cardstock
This paper town will transform your mantel into a cozy winter scene. Simply cut the patterns from cardstock, then decorate your enchanting display with miniature wreaths.
What You Have: fabric ornaments, round wood discs, paint, string
Count down to Christmas by using fabric ornaments to create a mantel garland. To keep track of the days, burn or paint numbers on the side of small wood discs. Keep treats in each ornament pocket to add a sweet surprise to your advent calendar.
What You Have: wood, a wood-burning tool
Once you master the wood-burning tool, you can design stunningly rustic wood decor just in time for the holidays. Learn more in this one-minute video.
What You Have: a ceramic plate, evergreen branch, gold-leafed kraft paper, skewer, bone folder, scissors, pencil
This makeshift centerpiece dresses up any end table or shelf with Christmas charm. Gold-leafed paper petals are stacked to create handmade pinecones, and an evergreen branch brings lush simplicity to your display.
What You Have: a glass jar, red ribbon
Simple glass jars can store anything from puppy treats to holiday spices! Dress up these clear storage containers with a holiday-colored ribbon for extra festivity.
What You Have: an old book, felt, twigs
To transform an old book into a snowman, remove the cover, trim the pages to form a snowman shape, and glue the ends together. Fan out the pages, and accessorize Frosty with felt and twigs.
What You Have: glittered cardstock, frame
Cut a glittery, metallic Kris Kringle from glittered cardstock, then mount it in a frame for emphasis. This easy craft definitely makes our holiday nice list!
What You Have: white craft felt, red craft felt, pillow, fusible web or white thread
Upgrade your seating area with a sweet accent pillow. Cut tree trunks and branches from white craft felt, as well as any additional elements, like a bird. Use heavyweight fusible web to attach the trees to the pillow, or handstitch the pieces individually.
What You Have: clear ornament, tinsel
This is the easiest ornament to create -- just use leftover tinsel, push it into a clear ornament, then secure the top with hot glue. Hang it on the Christmas tree, or make several for an ornament garland!
What You Have: red cardstock, white paint, sparkle glitter, string
This printable pennant is fully customizable -- just print letters on cardstock in a color of your choice. Paint the details with white paint and add glitter to the edges.
What You Have: heavyweight cardstock in green, craft glue, watercolor paper, frame (ours is 16x20)
Cut pale green, mint, and forest green cardstock into tiered strips between 1 and 1-1⁄2 inches wide. Cut the tree trunk and star from gold cardstock, and glue them against watercolor paper. Frame the finished product to emphasize the Christmas craft.
What You Have: old sweater, foam ball, string
Old sweaters aren't just for ugly christmas sweater parties anymore! When you're ready to retire a sweater or cardigan, cut the fabric and wrap it around a foam ball. Sew the edges together, and use a hot glue gun to stick a bow to the top.
What You Have: snowflake cutouts, clips
Snowflake cutouts reminiscent of Christmas celebrations past can be put to good use -- hang them from a wall, a frame, or a window for an indoor touch of winter wonderland.
What You Have: pillow, ribbon
Wrap a wide ribbon around a pillow to add an instant Christmas touch to your home. Place pillows on chairs, sofas, or beds for cute Christmas charm.
What You Have: tree toppers
Have more toppers than trees? No problem. Just group a few favorites atop a mantel or shelf. If some of the toppers tend to fall, use pea-size balls of clear candleholder wax to hold them upright.
What You Have: pitcher, Christmas cards, clips
A simple white pitcher becomes a base for this Christmas card display. Fill with small branches, and slip clips onto the branches to attach Christmas cards. Drape a strand of zigzag red ribbon around the branches as a festive garland.
What You Have: ornaments, candlesticks, footed compote
Silver candlesticks, a footed compote, red ornaments, and sprigs of foliage create a festive centerpiece that brings Christmas to any table. Pick your favorite holiday color, and then rummage through your Christmas decorations for ornaments that match the color scheme.
What You Have: Scrabble pieces
You'll be the winner with these fun board-game-inspired Christmas decorations. Hot-glue (or just arrange) Scrabble pieces to wish guests "Season's Greetings" or any other holiday message you can think up.
Editor's Tip: With the right letters on hand, you can use this Christmas decor idea to create place cards for your next holiday meal.
What You Have: glasses and glass vases, ornaments, footed cake plate
Use unique glasses and colorful ornaments for this appealing centerpiece. Bells, small candles, and a handful of decorative bulbs cover the base of the cake plate, creating a cohesive look for this Christmas eye-catcher.
What You Have: ribbon candy, decorative plate, candleholder, candle
All it takes is a candleholder, a plate, a candle, and ribbon candy to create this simply festive Christmas decoration. Your guests will have a hard time keeping their eyes -- and hands -- off this tasty bit of decor.
What You Have: peppermint sticks, vase
A red rose bouquet looks even more gorgeous when wrapped with peppermint sticks. Hot-glue candy sticks around a vase; then encircle with a red-and-white ribbon. A round peppermint ball hot-glued at the center of the bow completes the look.
What You Have: oranges, candles, mirror
This candle centerpiece looks intricate but takes just minutes to create. Gather candles of varying heights and then nestle them among clementines, pinecones, and small evergreen branches for a fun Christmas decoration. Use a beveled edge mirror as a sparkling base.
What You Have: oven mitts
These mitts look just right hung over the fireplace with care. Decorate bold-color oven mitts with fabric, shiny sequins, bells, and bows for an original take on your typical Christmas stocking. Fill mitts with themed items like cooking utensils for a spin on holiday sparkle.
What You Have: ribbon, ornaments, chairs
All it takes is some ribbon and a few flashy ornaments to create eye-pleasing -- and matching -- napkin and chair wraps. Dangle the ball ornaments and add a fun element, such as a snowflake ornament or pretty broach, for a bit more pizzazz.
What You Have: glasses
You don't need brand-new dishes to create an exciting Christmas table setting. Mix and match your favorite holiday drinkware for a fresh and lively array of glasses for your Christmas table.
What You Have: wrapping paper, coffee can
All you need is some wrapping paper, ribbon, and an empty coffee can to create a pretty but minimalist floral table display. Bright, glittery yarn and wild stickers adorn a bottle of wine for a fun winter touch.
Editor's Tip: Additional ribbon can be used as a colorful and unique table runner. Match the ribbon with a cluster of ornaments for extra Christmas flair.
What You Have: tin can, ribbon, ornaments
Use a simple tin can and a foam cone to transform leaves and a variety of ornaments into a green-and-silver Christmas ornament bouquet. Tie a red ribbon into a bow to complete the decoration. Use as a centerpiece or as a part of your holiday side-table decor.
Editor's Tip: To expand on the display, decorate two smaller cans to place alongside the larger ornament bouquet.
What You Have: cookie cutters
Use letter cookie cutters to spell out "Holidays" or any other merry wishes you have this Christmas. Stand the cookie cutters up on a shelf or counter, using wax or putty to hold in place if necessary.
What You Have: ornaments, clear glass container, serving tray
Any clear glass container can become a gift-wrapped centerpiece. For an eye-catching and cohesive look, use ornaments in a trio of colors. Place the container on a silver tray, wrap it with a bow, add a few more balls to the tray, and fill in with shredded tissue paper for a snowlike effect.
What You Have: old sled
When not in use, your wintertime sled can serve as a simple and picturesque part of your Christmas decor. Embellish with foliage, pinecones, and pomegranates to transform your sled into a fun outdoor display.