5 DIY Holiday Decorations That Are Easy and Affordable

5 DIY Holiday Decorations That Are Easy and Affordable

I love Christmas decorations. I also love crafting, so this year, I decided to try to make a few of my own Christmas decor. I kept it simple and cheap (everything else is pricey this time of year, so your decorations shouldn’t have to be!), and ended up with some pretty adorable additions to the home! Most of these projects can easily be adapted or used for other winter holidays, too.

“Gift-Wrapped” Front Door

I’ve seen some adorable door ideas, and I wanted to try something a little different than a wreath. This “gift-wrapped” door is a cute alternative!


What you’ll need: 

  • Red ribbon (two spools)
  • Red bow
  • Tape
  • Scissors


  1. Start by using your ribbon to make a vertical line in the center of your door. Use tape to affix it to the bottom and top of the door, where the tape won’t be seen. Trim as necessary.
  2. Use ribbon to create horizontal line, stretching across the center of door and crossing over the vertical line that’s already there. Trim as necessary and tape to either side of the door to keep in place.
  3. Place red bow in the exact center of the ribbon, to create the look of a wrapped gift.



Festive Clothesline Banner

I wanted a sign that said “merry & bright,” but your sign can say anything you want — even “bah humbag,” if that’s your thing.


What you’ll need: 

  • Sharpie(s)
  • White paper
  • Decorative paper (I went with the green/brown striped)
  • Tape or glue stick
  • Scissors or paper cutter (I have an older version of this one from Amazon.com)
  • String
  • Paper clips or mini-clothespins (available at a craft store or here)


  1. Decide what you want your banner to say, and determine how many letters/numbers it’ll need. I went with “Merry & Bright,” so I had 12 characters to worry about. If you’re going to go with “Merry & Bright,” then…
  2. Cut 12 pieces of decorative paper, with 12 slightly smaller pieces of white paper to go on top.
  3. Write out the letters on each strip of white paper.
  4. Affix white paper to larger, decorative paper. (You can use double-sided tape or a glue stick.)
  5. Measure out a string that will have enough room for your sign, plus a little extra to give it a hanging effect once it’s on the wall.
  6. Clip each piece of paper to the string.
  7. Hang on wall.




Glitter Votive Lamps

I saw some glitter candles on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a shot. Truthfully, I didn’t love how they came out, but they were very easy and still pretty cute.


What you’ll need: 

  • Glitter
  • Two open-top glass containers, varying sizes (I got mine at the dollar store)
  • Battery-operated tea light candles (also available at the dollar store, or here)
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge


  1. Mix glitter and Mod Podge to make a paste.
  2. To achieve the look of the lamps I created, lather on the mixture on the exterior of the glass. Or (and I wish I’d done it this way!) you can lather the glitter-glue mixture on the interior of the glass for a smooth finish on the outside.
  3. Let dry for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Turn tea lights on and place inside of glass.




Chalkboard Tray

I’ve been dying to try one of these for myself! They’re all over Pinterest and you can find decorative trays at your local Dollar Tree/dollar store, making this a pretty easy project to take on.


What you’ll need: 

  • Chalkboard paint (I used this kind)
  • Chalk
  • Tray(s)
  • Display easel
  • Paintbrush


  1. Lather one coat of chalkboard paint onto tray. Let dry for at least one hour.
  2. Add another coat of chalkboard paint onto tray, and let it dry for another hour (perhaps more — mine took about two).
  3. Let sit for 24 hours.
  4. After 24 hours has passed, use chalk to write whatever message you’d like on your tray(s).
  5. Display using easel.



Chalkboard Tray

Snowman Refrigerator

I really love this snowman refrigerator decoration. It’s really easy to do and works best on white refrigerators — plus, you can personalize this much like you would your own snowman or snow-woman! You can add a hat, pipe, scarf, or even a mustache (which I did using some magnets).

What you’ll need: 

  • Construction paper in orange and black
  • Scissors
  • Tape


  1. Cut orange construction paper into tall triangle/carrot shape.
  2. Cut two, large circles using black construction paper. Since these are supposed to be bits of coal, don’t worry about making them look perfect!
  3. Cut eight additional circles (smaller than the two previously created) using black construction paper.
  4. Tape two large circles as the “eyes,” with the orange “nose” just beneath, and use five small circles to create a “mouth.” Then use remaining circles to stack vertically as the buttons on the snowman’s chest.





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