The Best Christmas DIY Decors and crafts on a budget

Christmas dining table DIY decoration

Beautiful Christmas DIY Decorations from upcycled materials.


The holiday season is coming, and tons of Christmas DIY ideas are circulating on the internet already! I love crats and love to save money.

Why not create your Christmas room decor or a centerpiece from cheap materials this year?ย 

There are a couple of reasons why I make my holiday and Christmas decorations every year, and I’m sure you’ll find yourself nodding and agreeing with me when you read them.

  1. I don’t like to spend money on something most likely I will throw away later.
  2. A lot of “junk” can be upcycled and repurposed for Christmas DIY crafts.
  3. I always have leftover fabric, foam, pieces of wood, etc. from other home decor projects, and they are perfect to create a Christmas tree ornament or dress up a candle holder for the holidays.
  4. You can find a lot of “goodies” while walking in the woods or on the beach.
  5. I don’t like long lines in the malls around Christmas time.
  6. I love DIY.
  7. Probably I don’t have the money or chance to buy anything new. It happened 2 years ago after Hurricane Maria, when no electricity, no shopping was available.

Whatever your reason is, you will find adorable and easy Christmas DIY craft ideas in this post.ย 

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Let’s get to it!

Santa sleigh table decoration

Santa Sleigh Christmas center piece DIY

So, this DIY Santa sleigh idea was born when I was walking with the dogs, and I found a dry palm tree leaf. Curled up already like you can see it on the picture.

I thought it would be the perfect base for a Christmas center table decor, and I used it as a sleigh for my little Santa figurine.


Christmas table centerpiece

farmhouse christmas centerpiece

I make few Christmas table decorations every year, keep 1 and give away the rest as a gift to my family and friends.

I usually have enough FREE material to make 3-4 because I collect them while walking.ย  “Cheap Christmas material” is whatever I find on the beach or in the forest and bring them home.

I don’t want to bore you with instructions to make Christmas table decorations, but here is the short story. :

What you are going to need:

  1. Plate or a base of your choice
  2. Dollar store candles
  3. Spray paint. (really every kind of paint works you might have at home.)
  4. Glitter
  5. Old ornaments you were going to throw away
  6. Glue
  7. Floral foam block
  8. Pinecone, pine tree leaf, chestnut, cinnamon, acorn. (Or any “stuff” you find interesting while you are walking.)

First, paint some of the pieces and let them dry. Place the floral foam in the base of your choice and glue them together. (I like to use hot glue).

If you like to make your centerpiece long, as my pictures show above, start placing the leaves and long accessories first into the foam. This will create a beautiful “bed” for the rest of the decoration.

Now you are ready to glue the chestnuts, cinnamon, candles, and the rest of your accessories on the top.

Orange clove decoration with Christmas candles

Orange Clove Christmas candle DIY

Another one I make every year. I love the smell of orange, cinnamon, and clove.

Christmas orange decoration is probably the easiest to make, and the whole house will smell very good.

I like to add cinnamon sticks to the orange and clove decor, too, for an extra aroma.

What you are going to need:

  1. Orange
  2. Cinnamon sticks
  3. Whole cloves
  4. Dollar store candles (if you go for the ultimate cozy Christmas feeling :))

There is not much to say here. No serious instructions needed.

Make your own Christmas orange decoration design, poke the cloves in the orange, and enjoy the perfect Christmas smell these cuties provide.

If you want to have the ultimate orange and clove decoration, you can carve a little whole for a tea candle in one of the oranges too.

Styrofoam and fabric Christmas ornaments

Oh man, I was looking for some good instructions for these Styrofoam fabric ornaments.

I have no pictures because the last time I made them, I didn’t take any.

Anywaaaay if +you want to DIY a unique farmhouse Christmas decor I found a good youtube video. Check it out here.

What you are going to need:

  1. Styrofoam
  2. Leftover fabric
  3. Ribbon or rope
  4. Knife
  5. Scissor

First, you will draw your design on the foam ball. It could be as many sections as many you can handle. Just remember, you will push some fabric in those sections. You’ll see it in the video…

With the knife, follow your drawing and cut into the foam around 1/4 of an inch deep.

Put your fabric on the foam and start pushing it into the cuts. Cut the edges of the material and force them into the cut.

Repeat and repeat with all the sections. When you finish, you can make your design cuter with a ribbon or decorative rope.


Christmas tree ornaments from upcycled old sweaters

DIY old sweater Christmas ornament


Let’s be honest. If you look into your closet you’ll find a couple of shrunken unshaped sweaters. You can upcycle them into a beautiful Christmas tree ornament.

Now it’s Christmas time and these old sweater ornaments are FREE!

Stephanie from has a brilliant quick tutorial on how to upcycle a sweater into a Christmas ornament.


Decorative Shell Christmas Tree

Christmas tree DIY from shells

If you love coastal and beach themed home decor you’ll love this idea.

I have a lot of shells since I was a divemaster for many years and collected shells. You can collect them at your next summer vacation.

What you are going to need:

  1. Plastic or styrofoam cone-shaped base
  2. Shells of different shapes and sizes
  3. Seastar
  4. Silver spray paint if the shells are not like on my picture.
  5. Hot glue gun

Start at the bottom of the styrofoam base. Glue the short top edge of the shells row by row to the base.

You can use small shells stones and beads to decorate the “Christmas tree” and the finishing touch glue the seastar on the top.


Christmas wooden snowman couple from driftwood

My all-time favorite Christmas DIY outdoor decoration.

So I was very sad after hurricane Maria destroyed everything in PR. We were still in the survival mode without electricity and sometimes a good quality of food and water.

I couldn’t even think about Christmas DIY, and I thought I wouldn’t have materials for any decorating crafts either.

BUT nature keeps providing!ย I didn’t give up on walking, and we found 2 trunks on our walkabout in the urbanization. That’s how my wooden snowman couple was born.

What you gonna need:

  1. Trunks
  2. White paint. (Any kind is good. We had leftover from painting the walls.)
  3. Orange and black paint for the face, nose, buttons. (use your kids’ paint ๐Ÿ™‚ )
  4. Old hats and scarfs

How to paint a snowman on wood?

Clean the trunk first. I didn’t even bother to sand it, cleaned it with a cloth, and painted it twice for full coverage.

Let it dry. If you want, you can draw your design with a pencil first and then paint.

If you have small wood pieces, you can create a snowman centerpiece for a corner table or Christmas dinner table too.

Snowman couple from ceiling fan blades

reclaimed wood painted snowman

I made this cute couple from leftover ceiling fan blades. They can be used as a Christmas decoration outdoors on your porch or indoors on the wall.

What you gonna need:

  1. I used ceiling fan blades, but any kind of reclaimed wood is fine.
  2. White paint.
  3. Orange, pink, and black paint for the face, nose, buttons. (use your kids’ paint ๐Ÿ™‚ )
  4. Any kind of fabric. I repurposed some old curtains to create hats and scarfs.

Clean the reclaimed wood first.

I sanded it slightly to make sure the new white paint won’t chip off after drying.

Clean it with a cloth and paint twice for full coverage.

Let it dry. If you want, you can draw your design with a pencil first and then paint.

Christmas outdoor decors DIY from pallets

I was browsing Pinterest for Christmas pallet ideas, and one day, I saw this cute pallet snowman.

I must make it this year! The same way I painted the snowman couple on fan blades.

If you feel like not making it, I found this original photo above in this cute Etsy shop. She creates some great designs.

What you are going to need:

  1. Leftover wood from a pallet or previous project
  2. Sanding paper
  3. Wood stain
  4. Paint of your choice.
  5. Accessories of your choice.

Sand and clean the wood.

If you go for the fall colors, you want to stain them. If you go for the snowman, you’ll use white paint.

Drawย your design with a pencil first and then paint.

When all is dry, you can glue the scarfs and ribbons.


Homemade Christmas corner table decorations

Christmas Advent DIY Decoration

One of my childhood friends just created these beautiful Christmas corner decorations with her daughter, and she allowed me to use these pictures.

I love the fact that it is a little unusual peachy color, and it blends very nicely with the farmhouse Christmas decor theme they chose this year.

Christmas corner table DIY decoration

What you are going to need:

  1. 4 candles (color of your choice)
  2. Old Christmas ornaments
  3. A nice gift box
  4. Farmhouse inspired Christmas decor

Window and corner decor with lights, driftwood, and candles


These last 2 creations are the results of hurricane Maria. Since we had no electricity and Christmas decoration was definitely not our priority, I invented a little coziness.

Our family sent some battery and solar-powered lights.

Also, we found driftwood on the beach. I had some candles, cinnamon, pine cones around the house.

I used an old “silver” plate as a base for my homemade Christmas table centerpieces and glued everything together.

Annnd, that’s how they were born and gave us a much needed Christmas spirit.


Christmas DIY Decorations from upcycled materials

are fun to make and cheap. YOu can find FREE Christmas accessories while walking or in the Dollar Tree. There is no need to break the bank.

I hope you’ll walk away from this post with useful and super budget-friendly tips in your pocket, and you’ll enjoy creating them with your family.

Rather travel this year? Are you looking for budget-friendly tips? Read on and learn more about the Hungarian Christmas traditionย andย Las Vegas Christmas Spirit.

Please share and comment below. I’m always on the hunt for new creative ideas to decorate our home.

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  1. Lauren

    I love the wooden snowman couple and the driftwood corner decoration! I think I’ll have a go at making something similar this year, great post ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Andrea

      Thanks Lauren. When you are done and if you want…send me some pix. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Mandy

    I love to craft, but at Christmas, I really seem to want to craft even more!!! Great ideas!

    • Andrea

      I agree with you 100%, Mandy. I hope this post gave you some fun DIY ideas for this Christmas season.

  3. Teresa

    These are very cute ideas! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Alexandra

    I love these ideas – they are great! I am going to share this post with my friend who has kids – they’ll all enjoy it!

    • Andrea

      Thanks! I hope the kids will have some fun around Christmas with these ideas.

  5. Adriana

    These are such cuuuuute ideas, Iโ€™ll definitly be doing the snowman lol! ๐Ÿ˜ thank you!

    • Andrea

      Thanks Adriana. I had a lot of fun making the snowman couple. Actually I have fun with all Christmas DIY.

    • Andrea

      Oh yeah, they smell perfect. I make them every year.

  6. Susan

    OMG, you are so incredibly creative! If I thought my attempts would turn out anywhere near as pretty as yours I’d give it a go ๐Ÿ™‚ Love how you make all of this from easy to find odds and ends.

    • Andrea

      Thank you Susan! My attempts donโ€™t always turn out great, but I just keep trying. ๐Ÿ˜‰ DIY and especially Christmas decor DIY is so much fun, and when it turs out pretty I feel very proud. Hopefully youโ€™ll try some of the ideas in this holiday season. Good luck if you do!

  7. Imee | The Aging Millennial

    These are all very cute! Iโ€™ve never been crafty but I think I can pull off doing that centerpiece! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Andrea

      Definitely, Imee! These Christmas centerpieces are very easy to make. You can do it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Chocoviv

    Thank you for these great tips!



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