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Decorate your home for a holiday or New Year's Eve party without overspending with our tips for cheap party decorations. All you need is some craft magic and our clever decoration ideas.
Create a warm glow at your holiday or New Year's Eve party with a set of glitter-dusted candles. To make these cheap party decorations, brush candles with glue and roll them in a mixture of Epsom salt and glitter.
What you need: candles, Epsom salts, glitter, glue
Estimated cost: $12
Pinecones from your backyard make gorgeous but inexpensive party decorations. Leave them natural, or lightly spray-paint them white, and hang from chairbacks with ribbon.
What you need: pinecones, white spray paint, ribbon
Estimated cost: $13
What you need: assorted paper napkins
Estimated cost: $6
Inexpensive craft supplies make this DIY wreath an ideal party decoration. Bonus: The snowflake motif looks pretty all winter.
Create a party-perfect winter wonderland with sweet DIY snowflakes. Using paper or painted craft sticks and paint stirrers, as shown here, hang a grouping of snowflakes over the dining table, up the banister, or from your buffet table.
What you need: craft sticks, white spray paint, glue
Estimated cost: $11
Sparkling vases will light up your tabletop, and they’re cheap to make. Pour metallic craft paint into a vase and twirl until you get the desired coverage.
What you need: metallic craft paint, clear glass vase
Estimated cost: $8
Upgrade simple floating candles with cranberries and a sprig of fresh greenery for an easy and cheap party decoration. For ultra-inexpensive options, trim the greens from your yard and use clear glasses if you don't have mason jars.
What you need: mason jar, fresh greens, cranberries, floating candle
Estimated cost: $18 (for 8 candle displays)
Got candles? Then a trip to the grocery store is all you need to make this unexpectedly elegant centerpiece. Wrap candles with rubber bands, and then tuck veggies into the bands. Hide the rubber bands with a green ribbon for a monochromatic look, or try a contrasting color.
What you need: candles, assorted vegetables, ribbon
Estimated cost: $11
Pretty up a window or table display with DIY trees made from fuzzy recycled sweaters.
What you need: old sweater, 1/4-inch-thick wooden dowel, sewing supplies, hot glue, polyfill, slice of wood
Estimated cost: $5