30 Elevated DIY Christmas Decorations That'll Save Your Bank Account

Consider this our holiday gift to you.

diy christmas decorations
Annie Schlechter

The holidays are here, which means 'tis the season to spend all your money on festive decor and thoughtful gifts. Except that doesn't have to be the case... Not when you can recreate some stylish and seasonal DIY Christmas decorations. So we took it upon ourselves to find thirty elevated DIY Christmas decor ideas that will save you money without making you compromise a pretty, decked out holiday home. Not to mention, homemade decorations are so much more unique. Whether you want something modern, traditional, understated, or totally bold, you'll find it on this list of DIY Christmas decor ideas.

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Sugar & Charm
Brass Ring Wreath

A lot more affordable and fun to make, these brass ring DIY wreaths from Sugar and Charm are the perfect activity to get in the holiday moon. They're also pretty and understated enough to live up after the holiday is over.

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diy christmas table decor
Mike Garten
Black Paper Tablecloth

Ditch a fussy tablecloth and use black butcher paper instead. This way, you can decorate it however you want. Can channel your inner artist with a paint pen and draw on decorative details and/or customize place cards. Added bonus: It makes cleaning up after a holiday dinner much easier.

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Annie Schlechter
Lined Candle Jars

It's all in the details. Line your large glass candle jars with dried slices of oranges for a fresh, Christmas-y aroma as well as a welcome pop of orange inn a sea of green and red. It'll make a small but might difference and it'll only take a few minutes.

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diy garland decor 
Miki Duisterhof
Coffee Filter Garland

You really can use anything to make pretty DIY Christmas decorations if you know where to look. This mock floral garland is made out of coffee filters. If you don't have any of those lying around, use tissue paper and make an afternoon of it. Get the tutorial from Country Living.

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Mike Garten
Garland Accents

Fresh garlands are gorgeous, but customize yours to give it a touch of fun and to ensure it fits in with the existing environment. Grab some construction paper in vibrant colors and then cut out some shapes. Then glue them together and hang them from your garland. To make it all match, tie a ribbon in a corresponding color around the end of the banister.

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Pine Scented Candle

Up your holiday decor game and make your house smell incredible at the same time. You'll be burning this winter candle all season long. Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.

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diy holiday decor for fireplace 
Mike Garten
String Light Lanterns

Get the campfire experience without venturing out into the cold: It's so easy... All you need to do is throw some string lights inside a lantern and then cluster them in your faux fireplace. Who needs firewood anyway?

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ZAN PASSANTE
Mini House Advent Calendar

Upgrade your advent calendar tradition with this DIY gingerbread version from Sugar and Charm. The little wooden houses are surprisingly easy to make and they're the perfect thing to spruce up your mantle as you prepare for the holiday.

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diy outdoor christmas decorations
Sugar & Cloth
Jumbo Outdoor Lights

For something especially festive, considering DIYing some oversized felt Christmas lights, like these from Sugar & Cloth. Or use construction paper and cardboard if you have any of those materials lying around. If your door is painted a bright color, match some of the "lights" with it, but keep the others on-theme for Christmas.

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diy christmas apartment decor
Mike Garten
Canvas Campfire

Here's another way to fake the cozy fireplace experience. Draw a fake fireplace with painted chalk on canvas, hang your masterpiece from the wall, add stockings, and then surround it with floor cushions and blankets. This will be a total lifesaver if you live in a small apartment but still want to go big on the Christmas decor. All that's left is lighting a smoky, pine-scented candle and making s'mores with a stovetop burner (or just use fluff). Oh! And slide up a teeny tree for the full Christmas effect.

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Mini Wooden Christmas Trees

A must-make for any modern decor addict. Plus, they're a fun arts and crafts project for a cozy afternoon. Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth.

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plaid christmas decor
Annie Schlechter
Plaid Pillows

In just 10 minutes, you can transform ordinary pillows into festive couch decor. All you need is a sewing machine and an inexpensive fleece blanket. Get the tutorial at Happiness is Homemade.

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diy christmas tree decor
Sugar & Charm
Marbled Ornaments

Christmas tree ornaments are so much more special when they have sentimental value. Make your own marbled ornaments with this guide from Sugar and Charm and spotlight your favorite colors.

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diy christmas garland
Tell, Love, & Party
Felt Garland

Get crafty with rainbow felt for for a colorful addition to the Christmas tree This garland from Tell, Love, & Party is super easy to make and it's a lot more affordable than other options. You just knot felt strips along a string of twine, then hang anywhere and everywhere.

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Easy DIY Christmas Decorations
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Petite Tree

This adorable "tree" will look chic on any surface around your home, and it's stupid easy to make. Just find a sturdy tree branch, apply spray paint, set it in a small glass bottle or vase, and decorate! Learn how to make it from The Lovely Drawer.

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Finding Home Farms
Chalk Pen Galvanized Buckets

Stuff galvanized flower buckets with fresh pine, draw on a festive message, and light it all up with twinkly lights! See how it's done at Finding Home Farms.

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diy garland ideas
Annie Schlechter
Garland Advent Calendar

Turn a kitchen garland into a advent calendar. Attach a ribbon across it and then hang little tin containers labeled with the day of the month and fill them with treats. It'll make the countdown to Christmas even more exciting.

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A Girl and a Glue Gun
Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

Simply arrange, glue, and spray paint popsicle sticks for a snowy indoor wall scene. Or use pipe cleaners and turn them into coasters. Get the tutorial at A Girl and a Glue Gun.

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Design Love Fest
Floral Tree Wrap

If you're skeptical about replacing your traditional lights and ornaments, try this gorgeous floral wrap on a smaller second tree. Just cut down silk flower stems and stick them in—the more the merrier. Learn how to recreate this garland at Design Love Fest.

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Ngoc Minh Ngo
3D Snowflakes

There are pretty paper snowflakes and there are pretty paper snowflakes that also happen to be 3D. Hang them overhead near your holiday dinner table. For a complete winter wonderland atmosphere, stuck to an all-white look with some fresh greenery sprinkled in.

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Dimples and Tangles
Lantern Display

Fill lanterns with colorful ornaments for a warm and welcoming entryway. We're digging the youthful polka dot ribbons. Get the tutorial at Dimples and Tangles.

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Cheetah Is the New Black
Citrus Chains

Here's another simple Christmas decor DIY that can work in any room in the house brought to us by Cheetah Is the New Black. Simply arrange a bunch of pine needle branches in a small vase or bottle and then use paper clips to hang dried orange slices from the branches. It's seasonal but subtle.

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diy outdoor christmas decor
Stacey Brandford
Outdoor Arrangements

Don't forget to deck out the porch. Arrange a neat pile of firewood by the front door for a wintery display and then fill a basket with pine spray branches with glittery silver stars for a touch of sparkle.

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One Project Closer
Spoon Mini Trees

This plastic spoon project is dominating Pinterest right now—and we can 100% see why. Get the tutorial at One Project Closer.

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Courtesy of The Crafted Life
Ornament Wreath

It's so obvious, we can't believe we didn't think of this first. An ornament wreath will instantly cheer up a lackluster wall. Learn how to make yours from The Crafted Life.

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The Sweet Escape
Birch Centerpiece

Bring a winter landscape to your Christmas tablescape—add votive candles to slabs of birch for a simple but stunning centerpiece. Get the tutorial at The Sweet Escape.

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Courtesy of Sugar & Cloth
Pegboard Christmas Tree

Because cleaning up branches is truly the worst and Christmas trees can get quite pricey, why not just make your own tree? Sugar & Cloth will show you how it's done.

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Love of Family and Home
Neutral Burlap Wreath

A burst of pinecones, pine, and a sparkly snowflake makes the rustic holiday wreath of our dreams.

Get the tutorial at Love of Family and Home.

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mini tabletop christmas tree ideas
Courtesy of Studio DIY
Gold Dipped Bottle Brush Trees

These would look adorably festive on top of a mantle or breaking up a floral arrangement on your holiday dinner table. Get the tutorial at Studio DIY!.

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Consumer Crafts
Kissing Ball

Forget mistletoe—kissing balls are it this year. This pine and pinecone version is a perfect addition to any doorway—and requires just a foam ball, ribbon, and greenery from your backyard. Get the tutorial at Consumer Crafts.

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