25 Affordable Christmas Crafts You Can Make Today
Take a stroll through the neighborhood and collect a few fall pinecones and pine needles. Arrange this free foliage in glass ornaments, bowls, and hurricane vases for a fragrant and festive look. Match the display to your other holiday decorations by adding a few colored ornaments or tinsel to the mix.
Easy Christmas Candle
Transform a glass Mason jar into a jolly display with just a few seasonal embellishments. Wrap the jar with a piece of plaid ribbon ($10, Target) and secure it with tape. Tie on twine and a sprig of evergreen. Fill with a simple pillar candle for a charming Christmas decoration.
Ornament Balloon Garland
A bag of inexpensive balloons is the base of this cheap Christmas craft. A few pieces of mirrored paper create the ornament "tops". All that's left is stringing the finished ornament balloon garland up with fishing line.
Adorn basic ornaments with glitter. For simple designs, use a paintbrush to apply glue directly to the ornament, and then sprinkle with glitter. If you want to try a more detailed design and aren't comfortable applying glue by hand, punch a snowflake, Christmas tree, or another shape out of cardstock using a holiday-theme paper punch. Apply glue to the punch-out and stamp it on the ornament. Finish with glitter.
Editor's Tip: Sprinkle glitter over a tray for easy cleanup.
Cupcake Wrapper Gift Wrap
Personalize your gifts with cupcake wrappers. Fold a series of green wrappers into a Christmas tree, and afix to the top of a package. Or nest a group of holiday-theme wrappers to create a frilly starburst. Pair your wrapper art with simple gift wrap so your creation takes center stage. Bonus: You can buy a huge roll of kraft paper for the price of a couple of small rolls of department store wrapping paper.
Mini Wreath Ornament
Recycle a Mason jar lid ring as a holiday wreath ornament that would look great on your tree. We'll show you how to make this cheap Christmas craft using just five materials from the crafts store.
Paper Pom-Pom Wreath
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.
String Tree Craft
Forget the fridge! Spotlighting sweet holiday cards on a festive board gives them the "tree-t-ment" they deserve. First staple neutral fabric to the back of an old corkboard. Then, using colorful string and a couple of dozen gold pins, create a tree shape suitable for showing off.
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.
DIY Printed Tea Towels
Stocking Gift Bags
You can make a festive holiday gift bag using thick paper and your sewing machine. Create this easy sewing project by cutting a stocking shape from cardstock. Draw a simple pattern on one side using a metallic marker. Sew the two together and fill with Christmas treats or candy.
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 clean and crisp. Staple colorful strings of pom-poms to the back of the frame, including one or two happy memos made of felt and puff paint.
Hanging Countdown Christmas Calendar
Can't wait for Christmas? Neither can we! Count down the days with a homemade Advent 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.
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.
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.
Add a natural vibe to this year's Christmas tree with vintage postcards. This is a botanical print, but any image you find will do the trick. Use a hole punch to create a hole at the top, thread a ribbon through, and hang.
Christmas Cake Topper
Give your favorite holiday sweet a festive makeover with these adorable Christmas animal cake toppers. Craft your own using just a few dollar store materials like felt, toy animals, and bottle brush trees.
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 a wall peg.
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.
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 greenery—that's it!
Dress your front door with this festive ombre pinecone wreath. Made using collected pinecones and spray paint, you can customize it to fit any color scheme. We used shades of blue but this technique looks great with classic red and green or metallic tones.