Decorating on a Budget- 5 DIY Christmas Decorations

There’s no season like the Holiday season! With Christmas coming before we know it, I’ve noticed more decorations going up around town. Driving around downtown and neighborhoods in Montrose, Colorado seeing all the lights and seasonal decorations makes me feel warm and excited for the holiday.There’s just something about the beauty and twinkle of the decorations that puts me in the holiday spirit. Although decorating for the Holiday’s is beautiful, it can be pricey! There are so many different things you can do to decorate for the holidays and I’ve found 5 DIY projects that will make your home or office look and feel magical without breaking the bank.

#1- Frosty the Snowman Shade

This snowman will brighten up your room and mood at the same time. All you will need is; a clear glass hurricane shade, window cleaner, paper towel, sponge, white, orange, and black acrylic paint, paintbrush, pencil, fabric, scissors, a tea candle and a measuring tape. Once you’ve got your supplies gathered you are ready to begin! Using the following steps create your very own frosty.

  1. Thoroughly clean the outside of the shade using window cleaner and a paper towel.
  2. Wet a sea sponge and wring it out so that it’s damp, but not dripping. Pour white acrylic enamel paint onto a paper plate. Place the hurricane shade over your arm. With the other hand, dip the sponge into the paint and dab it on the glass. Repeat until the entire outer surface of the shade has been painted. Carefully stand the shade on your work surface to dry.
  3. Using a paintbrush, paint two large cheeks on the center-front of the shade.
  4. Lay the shade on a bath towel to prevent the shade from rolling. Dip a paintbrush in orange acrylic paint. Pointing it to one side, paint a 2-inch triangle with a 3/4-inch base between the cheeks for the carrot nose.
  5. Dip the eraser end of a new pencil in black acrylic paint. Dot two eyes spaced 1/4 inch apart and 1/2 inch above the nose.
  6. Draw a smile using a black paint pen. Allow the face paint to dry.
  7. Rip a 2-inch wide by 36-inch long strip from Christmas fabric. Stand the shade right side up on your work surface. Wrap the fabric strip around the bottom of the shade. Bring the ends together and tie into a bow on the front of the snowman. Trim the ends of the strip as desired.
  8. Light a tea candle in a glass votive holder. Place the snowman hurricane shade over the candle. The candlelight will shine through the snowman head.
    Rip a 2-inch wide by 36-inch long strip from Christmas fabric. Stand the shade right side up on your work surface. Wrap the fabric strip around the bottom of the shade. Bring the ends together and tie into a bow on the front of the snowman. Trim the ends of the strip as desired.

#2-  Over-sized Ornament

This easy five step project will bring some excitement to your home. For this you will need; large plastic balls, deli container, wire or coat hanger, glue, spray paint, glitter, or other desired decorate, pliers, and an art knife. Using the following steps create your over sized ornament decorations.

  1. Prepare Deli Container: Make holes on each side.
  2. Insert wire and bend inside making a loop outside.
  3. Spray paint the deli container.
  4. Glue container rim and attach to the plastic ball, let dry for 24 hours.
  5. 5.Decorate ball to desired look using glitter, paint, and other decorations.

#3- Snow-globe Snowman

This simple project is elegant and easy to make. You will need; 3 different sized fish bowls, Christmas decoration pieces of your choice, fake snow or mini cotton balls, 2 sheets of black craft foam, Christmas ribbon, scissors, and a hot glue gun. Use the steps below to create your beautiful snow globe snowman.

  1. Put some fake snow or mini cotton balls and the bottom of each bowl.
  2. Arrange your various Christmas pieces to make a special scene within each bowl.
  3. To make the snowman’s top hat: trace a circle in the black craft foam that is slightly larger than the opening of your smallest fish bowl on top. You can use a round Tupperware lid as a guide. Use a bowl or anything around your house to do this. Next, determine how tall the hat needs to be on top of the circle base you cut. Using the black craft foam, cut a rectangle that rolls into a cylinder. Hot glue the edges of the rectangle together to make a cylinder. Next, cut a small circle out and glue it to the top of the hat. Finally, embellish the top hat with some Christmas ribbon.

#4- Vibrant Christmas Balls

This eye catching decoration only requires a few supplies and steps. First you will need; chicken wire, small wire cutters, a measuring tape, gloves, and led mini lights. Follow the steps below to get your vibrant Christmas balls ready for the holiday.

  1. Roll out the chicken wire and measure out the dimensions. To create a spherical shape, the chicken wire must be twice as long as it is wide. We are creating a 2′ Christmas light ball, so 2′ x 4′ will work.
  2. Cut the chicken wire at the measured area. Because chicken wire can be sharp and hard to handle, gloves come in handy when manipulating the wiring. Place the two cut sides together and connect by twisting the wires around each other.
  3. Begin pushing the cylinder’s sides together and twisting the wire together. Pleating as one would cloth, or folding the circle into each other, begins to create the round shape. Snip the wire with the wire cutters and twist it together to make sure it will hold. Sculpt the wire to make it as round as possible.
  4. Once the ball is completely spherical, it’s time to wrap with lights. Take your first string and wrap so that the male plug is exposed. This allows for the chicken wire ball to be plugged in and to power it. Wrap the lights around the ball, in and out of the wire, to secure it. When one string has gone as far as it can go, plug the next string in to create end-to-end runs. Once the ball is covered it is ready to be plugged in and used where you desire.

#5- Brilliant Berry Wreath

This festive wreath is very inexpensive and easy to make. You will need; A wreath form, berry springs, and a hot glue gun. Follow these simple steps to create your own brilliant wreath.

  1. Disassemble your berry springs (about 7 springs will work, 2 dark, 3 red, and 2 white ones).
  2. Hot glue some of the leaves on the wreath form as a base.
  3. Arrange the berry springs into the wreath securing them with hot glue.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to comment with how these Do-It-Yourself Holiday Projects worked for you or email me pictures of your project.