14 budget-friendly Christmas DIYs that need to be on your list

Christmas is just around the corner, and it's time to start thinking seriously about your holiday decor plans! Instead of heading to the store to pick up pricey decorations, get in the festive spirit by making them yourself.
'Tis the season to sit inside and stay warm, so put on a cozy sweater and get ready to make some glorious, budget-friendly DIY decorations!
1. Gold-brushed pine cone ornaments (h/t Thinking Closet)
As long as you have gold paint on hand, these gold-brushed pine cones won't cost anything to make! The ways you can use these are endless — they definitely look good hung on the tree, but why not string them together to form a garland or scatter a few across your mantle?
2. Candy cane vase (h/t Living Well Spending Less)
It's almost inevitable that you'll end up with a poinsettia or two this holiday season, so you might as well take a few minutes to make an adorable candy cane vase! The vase serves as an ideal napkin or cutlery holder as well.
3. Christmas tree mason jar votive (h/t Mason Jar Crafts Love)
Candles are one of the easiest ways to make your home feel festive, and these Christmas tree mason jar votives will make your candles look extra-special! Try experimenting with different shapes — any shape looks festive with stars or snowflakes.
4. Custom Scrabble tree ornaments (h/t Things That Are Pretty)
Do you have a Scrabble-lover in your life? Head to the thrift store to find an old Scrabble set or two. These cute, custom Christmas tree ornaments make fun Christmas gifts!
5. Simple scarf wreath (h/t Tried And True)
If you're looking for a truly easy, last-minute way to decorate, this simple scarf wreath is the way to go. It only takes five minutes to make, and you can still use the scarf after you're done with the wreath!
6. Christmas light garland (h/t Stubbornly Crafty)
Paper Christmas garlands aren't just for kids! This Christmas light garland takes a bit more work than a simple paper chain, but it's an easy and cost-effective way to brighten up your home.
7. Snowflake door hanger (h/t Rae Of Sparkles)
Believe it or not, this eye-catching door hanger was made with plastic snowflakes from the dollar store! It's hard to mess up this project -- glittery snowflakes look pretty no matter what.
8. Plastic spoon Christmas trees (h/t One Project Closer)
While you're at the dollar store picking up plastic snowflakes, you might as well grab a couple packages of plastic spoons so you can make these glittery Christmas trees! They look like something from Pottery Barn, but they're so cheap to make.
9. Silhouette Christmas trees (h/t A Home For Design)
If you prefer a simpler style of decor, these silhouette Christmas trees are perfect. The wooden bases are a great touch, but these trees look just as good nestled in a bed of fake snow or tucked in with some greenery.
10. Snow-covered pine cones (h/t Ella Claire)
Bring a little bit of the outdoors into your home with these pretty snow-covered pinecones! Tuck them into the branches of your Christmas tree, or place them into a bowl for a quick and easy table centerpiece.
11. Decorative paper stars (h/t Kate's Creative Space)
Paper projects are some of the most budget-friendly DIYs out there, but these decorative paper stars look so elegant. You'll want lots of these stars to decorate, so get ready to make a whole bunch!
12. Sweet cinnamon candles (h/t Treasures And Travels)
This is such an easy way to give boring candles a festive makeover! You can use candles from the dollar store, and inexpensive cinnamon sticks can usually be found in the bulk section of the grocery store.
13. Popsicle stick snowflakes (h/t Sugar Bee Crafts)
Popsicle sticks are a crafter's best friend, particularly around the holidays! These Popsicle snowflakes are so fun to make, and they're a good project for the whole family.
14. Woodland creature tree ornaments (h/t Decoart)
How cute are these woodland creature tree ornaments? They're the perfect way to turn your Christmas tree into an adorable masterpiece, and they're surprisingly easy to make -- even your kids can help!
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