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
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. Get the full tutorial here.
4. Mason jar lid Christmas ornament
When it comes to putting a personal touch on your Christmas tree, a mason jar lid and some paint transform a canning accessory into a memorable snowman keepsake you’ll treasure long after Christmas is gone. Get the full tutorial here.
5. Holiday wreath
Wreaths don't have to be just for Christmas. Hang a wreath anywhere in a room for a colorful conversation piece. Depending on the season, make a wreath to match the weather outside. Otherwise, add embellishments to complement the pine cones in this project. Get the full tutorial here.
6. Christmas garland
People used to decorate with pine cones in the fall and winter and forget about them during the warmer months of the year. However, there's a recent trend toward springtime pine cone decorations. This garland will work in any season, and, in fact, you might find you want to keep it up in your home all year. Get the full tutorial here.
7. Light up canvas art
There’s nothing better than finding new and creative ways to use festive lights when the holidays roll around. Although trees, bushes and front yards normally hold the place of priority, why not give holiday lights a new purpose this year? With a little paint and some well-placed color, you can make a simple string of lights a true piece of holiday artwork. Get the full tutorial here.
8. Holiday candle
This DIY project takes a tasty turn as you combine peppermint candies with multipurpose mason jars to craft a charming holiday candle. Adding a touch of peppermint oil to your creative candle allows for a delicious scent to accompany the warm glow. Get the full tutorial here.
9. Tomato cage holiday card holder
If you prefer a simpler style of decor, this holiday card holder is perfect. Spray paint an old tomato cage, and you've got yourself a chic new statement decor piece in your family room! Get the full tutorial here.
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. Log slice ornament
‘Tis the season to save a ton by making ornaments yourself! This charming log slice ornament adds loads of natural style to your tree and costs next to nothing. These ornaments will pretty up your tree for sure, but they also make welcome gifts for friends and family. Get the full tutorial here.
12. Rustic pine cone tree (h/t Pinspired to DIY)
This is such an easy way to give pine cones a festive makeover! This tree adds that rustic touch to a nearby fireplace or on top of console. You can also scent the cones so your home smells amazing all season long.
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. Tassel Christmas tree
A little tasseled texturing can go a long way towards transforming a single Styrofoam cone into a soft and elegant holiday accent piece. When it's time to change up the traditional decor for something more modern, consider putting the hot-glue gun to work. This project requires nothing more than a crafting cone, some hot-glue, woven ribbon and wire cutters, making it quick and easy to let your creative magic unfold. Get the full tutorial here.

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