26 Affordable Christmas Crafts You Can Make Today

DIY white stamped clay ornaments bright velvet ribbon
Photo: Adam Albright

Keep holiday spending under control with these innovative and cheap 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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Pinecone Ornaments

Pinecone Ornaments
Peter Krumhardt

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.

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Easy Christmas Candle

mason jar candle
Jason Donnelly

Transform a glass Mason jar into a jolly display with just a few seasonal embellishments. Wrap the jar with a piece of plaid ribbon ($12, 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.

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Ornament Balloon Garland

oversized ornament banner hanging above chest with holiday décor
Andy Johnson

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.

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Glitter Ornaments

Glitter Ornaments
Blaine Moats

Dress up 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.

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Embroidered Ornaments

Round white ornaments snowflakes
Adam Albright

These easy Christmas ornaments start with a trip to the laundry aisle! Inexpensive wool dryer balls ($9 for 3, Target) get a festive holiday makeover with a few embroidery stitches. We free-handed snowflakes but try stitching other holiday shapes like stars or trees.

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Patterned Ornaments

DIY white stamped clay ornaments bright velvet ribbon
Adam Albright

Use air-dry clay to create one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments. Simply roll out the clay and use a patterned crystal glass to stamp a design. Poke a hole to hang and let dry according to package directions. This inexpensive Christmas craft doubles as pretty gift toppers.

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Cupcake Wrapper Gift Wrap

Cupcake Wrapper
Cameron Sadeghpour

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.

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Mini Wreath Ornament

miniature wreath giftbox
Brie Passano

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.

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Paper Pom-Pom Wreath

green crepe paper pom wreath
Jason Donnelly

Save your scraps of paper to create this pretty Christmas wreath. Create easy fringed paper pom-poms and glue them to a foam wreath form—that's all it takes! Hang this wreath inside or in a protected area so it keeps its shape.

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Family Photo Garland

Family Photo Garland
Steven McDonald

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.

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Wreath Ornament

grapevine wreath ornaments on platter
Marty Baldwin

A 4-inch grapevine wreath sets the scene for a pretty winter moment. Create this easy Christmas craft by painting the wreaths. Once dry, use hot-glue to attach a small bottle brush tree, miniature plastic deer ($3 for 4, Factory Direct Crafts), and folded felt bow.

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String Tree Craft

String Tree craft
Kathryn Gamble Lozier

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 cork board. Then, using colorful string and a couple of dozen gold pins, create a tree shape suitable for showing off.

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Cardboard Christmas Trees

Cardboard Trees
Brie Williams

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.

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DIY Printed Tea Towels

white towel with black christmas trees tied with red and white string
Alice & Lois

This cheap Christmas gift idea starts with a potato! Yep, you read that right. We'll show you how to create a handmade stamp using a potato. Use the stamp to create these festive DIY printed tea towels. They make great hostess gifts or stocking stuffers.

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Stocking Gift Bags

small paper stocking
David A Land

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.

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Golden Memo Frame

Golden Memo Frame
Adam Albright

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.

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Hanging Countdown Christmas Calendar

Hanging Christmas Calendar
Ray Kachatorian

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.

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Fa-La-La Garland

embroidery hoop garland
Richard Leo Johnson

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.

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Chalkboard Phrase Decoration

Chalkboard Phrase Decoration
John Granen

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.

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Postcard Ornaments

Postcard Ornaments
Dana Gallagher

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.

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Gingerbread Display

gingerbread cutouts in glass top display tray
Jacob Fox

Transform a plain glass cake stand ($30, Target) into a sparkling centerpiece with a homemade gingerbread display. We'll show you how to make the cookies and arrange them on a bed of sugar "snow" to get the look.

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Christmas Cake Topper

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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.

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Peppermint Candy Christmas Wreath

Peppermint Candy Wreath
Ray Kachatorian

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.

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Pinecone Chair Decorations

Pinecone Chair Decorations
Dana Gallagher

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.

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Wreath-and-Candle Table Topper

Wreath-Candle Table Topper
Ray Kachatorian

Add a natural, festive feel to your coffee table with this easy display. Surround a candle of your choice with store-bought faux greenery—that's it! Christmas craft ideas don't get any easier!

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Ombre Wreath

Ombre Pine Wreath
Matthew Clark

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.

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