Deck the halls with these easy and fun Christmas craft ideas! Save some money on holiday decorations and try these budget-friendly Christmas DIY ideas that you can do in less than a day.

‘Tis the season to be crafty! Christmas is just around the corner, and there’s no better time to get creative and make your own holiday decorations.

Not only does DIY Christmas decor add a personal touch to your home, but it’s also budget-friendly and allows for unique, one-of-a-kind creations.

In this article, we’ll explore some quick and easy Christmas craft ideas and discuss when is the best time to start making these unique Christmas decorations.

Wait until you see these clever holiday crafts that will level up your home with a cozy, welcoming, and festive vibe.

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Why DIY Christmas Decor?

Even if you don’t consider yourself very crafty, it’s a great idea to make your own Christmas DIY decor. Here’s why.

Holiday Crafts Are Budget-Friendly

Let’s face it, the holiday season can be expensive. Am I right? Between gifts, parties, and travel expenses, it’s easy to bust your budget.

But you can make cute Christmas decorations that look like they came directly from Pottery Barn or Anthropologie. Because there are so many Christmas craft ideas that are dupes of products you’d buy at high-end retailers for a fraction of the price.

So crafting your own DIY Christmas decor is very cost-effective and worth your time. And in a lot of cases, you don’t need to be super artistic to make something really cool for the holidays.

You can save a lot of money by using materials you already have, thrifting, or purchasing affordable supplies. Plus, handmade decorations can be reused year after year, making them a sustainable, smart investment of time and materials.

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Making Christmas Craft Ideas Is Fun and Rewarding

When you make your own unique Christmas decorations, it’s fun and feels rewarding because you made something really cool for you home.

The process of designing, creating, and seeing your handcrafted decorations come to life brings a sense of accomplishment and joy that can’t be matched by store-bought items.

Whether you’re painting a fun Christmas ornament, crafting wreaths, or making paper snowflakes, the journey of DIY decorating is filled with fun and the satisfaction of knowing you’ve added a personal touch to your holiday celebrations.

Unique and Personalized Christmas Craft Ideas

Store-bought decorations may be beautiful, but they lack the personal touch that DIY creations provide. Crafting your own decor allows you to infuse your personality, style, and creativity into every piece.

It’s an opportunity to tap into your creativity, express your personal style, and infuse your home with a warm, festive spirit that’s all your own.

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When You Should Start Making Your Christmas Craft Ideas

The best time to start making your unique Christmas decorations is early to mid-November. This gives you plenty of time to complete your projects without feeling rushed.

Starting early also allows you to enjoy the process, savoring the holiday spirit and making your home feel festive well before Christmas arrives.

And keep in mind, just because you made them in November, doesn’t mean you have to put them up right away. You can easily set it aside until you are ready to decorate your home for the holidays.

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Easy Christmas Crafts to Make This Year

From tree toppers to ornaments and wreaths to outdoor planters, the focus is on quick and accessible projects that anyone can enjoy without busting the budget.

Wait until you see how easy these do-it-yourself Christmas idea are to make!

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Skip the mistletoe and hang a beautiful Christmas kissing ball that you made on a budget using fresh greens and some holiday decor. Learn how to make a Christmas kissing ball in a few easy steps!

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How to Make Snowflakes with Paper Bags Without Making the Same Mistake I Did

Looking for budget-friendly ways to decorate for the holidays? Here’s an easy step-by-step tutorial explaining how to make snowflakes with paper bags and how to avoid the mistake I made!

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DIY Wood Pallet Star Tree Topper

Looking for a rustic topper for your Christmas tree? Make this unique and budget-friendly wood pallet star tree topper in just a few hours. It looks so pretty and was very easy to make using things we already had on hand.

Winter Snowflake Wall Art

My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill made this Pottery Barn-inspired winter project using an unfinished wood sign and small branches to create a snowflake. Learn how to make this incredibly beautiful winter decor in a few easy steps.

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How To Make A Footed Tray

Looking for a great centerpiece for your kitchen table? Check out how simple it is to make this large DIY footed tray by my good friend Kim from Cottage in the Mitten.

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Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

My good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse shared how to make these cute Angel and Cross Christmas Ornaments that are made using hot glue and hand-painted with gold and white accents. They can be made in various sizes and used for gift tags as well as tree ornaments. Learn how to make them in a few easy steps.

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How to Make 5 Easy Christmas DIY Table Decor Ideas

Looking to make your table extra special this holiday? My good friend Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest shared 5 simple, beautiful, and budget-friendly Christmas table decor DIY Ideas. Learn how to make them to set a gorgeous table here.

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A DIY Christmas Tradition Revisited: Gingerbread Houses

My good friend Brendt from She Gave It a Go began decorating gingerbread houses as a Christmas tradition at a young age, and now her husband and she host a DIY gingerbread house party every December for their children and nieces/nephews. This tradition continues but with a new version of houses this year! Wait until you see how to make them.

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Easy Homemade Christmas Soaps for Kids

My good friend Kelly from the Tattered Pew shared these easy homemade Christmas soaps for kids are the perfect gift if you want thoughtful and fun gifts for your friends and family this holiday season. A family-friendly project that will have you making soap like a pro in no time! Learn how to make them here.

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Pallet Wood Christmas Tree DIY

My good friend Karianne from Thistlewood Farms thinks this it is such a fun and creative idea to repurpose and reuse pallet wood. Don’t toss those pallet wood pieces—make this Christmas tree instead.

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Burlap Fringe Christmas Trees

My good friends Anne and AnnMarie from Simply 2 Moms say you’ll love how easy and inexpensive it is to create this pretty DIY Burlap Christmas Tree to decorate your home for the holidays! Not only are these trees easy to make, they look great throughout your home. Grab some burlap, felt, T-pins, tree form, and some hot glue, and let’s get started!

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How to Make Easy Foraged DIY Christmas Topiaries

Looking for cheap and sustainable Christmas Craft Ideas? You will love Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse‘s idea for using easily-foraged twigs and dried oranges to make Christmas Topiaries that are perfect for holiday decorating.

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How to Make a Bottle Brush Tree Wreath

My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill shared this bottle brush tree wreath that is an easy and affordable winter DIY project. It costs about $20 to make but looks much more expensive…and it only takes about 15 minutes to make!

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How to Make Easy Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Do you like an old-fashioned Christmas? If so, Kim from Cottage in the Mitten shares how to make easy vintage ornaments that will have multiple purposes this Christmas season!

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How to Make an Easy DIY Advent Calender Gift Idea

Do you want to be more intentional about how you celebrate Christmas? Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest shares how her family looks forward to their easy DIY Advent boxes every Christmas to make it extra special! Try these simple Advent boxes for a way to personalize the Christmas holiday with your family. Robyn shares easy ways to make Advent special and memorable for all ages!

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3 Easy Steps to Make a Simple Christmas Card Display Frame

This holiday season, display your Christmas cards with a festive and handmade frame. In just 3 easy steps, you can create a beautiful and unique way to decoratively showcase your holiday greetings. Wait until you see how my good friends Anne and AnnMarie from Simply 2 Moms make these adorable frames!

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How to Make an Advent Wreath DIY

Celebrate the spirit and meaning of Christmas with this easy tutorial to make a beautiful advent wreath DIY using fresh or faux winter greens. Learn how to make one with these simple tips.

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Fabulous Name Tag DIY for Your Christmas Table Settings

My good friend Brendt from She Gave It a Go wanted to make something different for the holidays and thought of a fun idea – DIY name tags! They look so cute on top of a Christmas napkin; everyone can take one home as a party favor.

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Winter Gardening with Outdoor Planters for the Front Porch

Looking for budget-friendly ways to decorate the front porch for the holidays? Start winter gardening by potting up some fresh evergreens and making outdoor planters that will last throughout the season. Here’s how to make them.

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Budget-Friendly Winter Outdoor Planters

Looking for budget-friendly winter outdoor planters inspiration? Learn how to design these simple outdoor planters for winter. And the best part? It costs little to nothing.

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Easy Outdoor Planters for Winter

Looking for easy outdoor planters for winter ideas for the holidays and beyond? Learn how to design budget-friendly container gardens with Christmas greenery using these simple tips.

Expert Tips for Using Fresh Christmas Greenery

When you make do-it-yourself Christmas decorations, you may or may not want to use fresh Christmas greenery. If you plan to use fresh greens, I’ve got some great tips that will help you stop the needle drop. Get my free guide and keep your greens looking fresher longer with my tips and tricks here.

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More About These Christmas Craft Ideas

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From porch styling to cozy centerpiece and tablescape inspiration, wait until you try these budget-friendly holiday decorating ideas using fresh greens for every room in your home.

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Looking For More Christmas Decorating Ideas?

Wait until you see these holiday decorating, entertaining, and food ideas to create a cozy home for Christmas.

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9 clever christmas diy ideas you need to try this year

Welcome to the first day of the 10 Days of Christmas where some friends and I are sharing our best holiday decorating, entertaining, food, and all other things for the holidays to get you inspired for Christmas.

The lineup includes:

The 10 Days of Christmas

I’m super excited to share each day with some of my favorite holiday ideas as part of the 10 Days of Christmas.

The ladies I’m sharing with are some of the best in the home decor niche and I feel very blessed to be a part of something so fun with so many talented bloggers.

If you are new here, I’m Stacy, a self-taught master gardener who lives and gardens in northern New Jersey, zone 6a.

We recently moved to a beautiful 1850 Farmhouse with 10 acres of gardens, sculptures and statues.

I’ve been gardening for over 20 years and enjoy helping beginner gardeners find their inner green thumb, as well as discover a love for all things plants and flowers. I love to bring the outdoors inside my home too.

I hope you enjoy visiting my home today and hope you come back so we can grow stuff and create beautiful spaces together.

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My Vintage Farmhouse

Since we just moved to our vintage farmhouse less than a year ago, I’m still trying to figure out how to decorate here for the holidays. I’m not totally sure what’s going where or how I’m decorating yet, so I need all of the Christmas inspiration I can get!

My former home leaned more rustic farmhouse but here? I’m moving more towards a boho vintage farmhouse vibe. For the last year, we’ve been updating rooms because most of them were pretty dark and full of faux finishes. You can see all of the transformations here:

Aside from renovating rooms, we’ve been really busy shopping and thrifting to furnish the house too on a budget. And now, I’m looking for some Christmas decorating deals for the season too. Have you found any good bargains yet? If so let me know in the comments below.

But aside from shopping around, I also want to make some unique Christmas DIY ideas too. And now’s the time to make them before the holidays get into full swing and we get too busy to even think about making things.

So don’t wait if you want to make some stuff!

I already started making these paperbag snowflakes. They are super easy to do and look so pretty with any style of Christmas decor, don’t they? I want to add them to our front entry hall with my new, never before seen King of Christmas tree.

Making More Room at the Christmas Table

Oh and if you are racking your brain thinking about how to fit everyone around the holiday table this year, you should try this DIY dining table top for extra seating. We made ours a few years ago in a weekend and it’s the next best thing to sliced bread! It’s much easier than using those wobbly folding tables, so be sure to check it out.

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  1. Stacy,
    What great ideas! I’d love to make them all. Such a great group and it’s going to be a great 10 days.

  2. It will be fun watching you decorate this Christmas now that you have had time to settle in…last Christmas was a whirlwind for you guys!

    1. Thank you! I really did too – It will probs look similar this year although I def want to do something different with the piano. *thinking*