Today I’m sharing some of my best ideas to try this Christmas that are beautiful and affordable!! My favorite thing to do is recreate expensive looks on a shoestring budget.
My Top 12 Christmas DIY Projects
Here are my top ideas and projects to DIY your way to a beautiful Christmas home. A little something for everyone!
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Christmas Village Houses
Run to your local Michael’s and grab a few of their unfinished birdhouses to make your own Christmas village houses! This is an easy DIY project…all you need is white acrylic craft paint, metallic craft paint, and fine metallic glitter!
Faux Mercury Glass Ornaments
One of my most popular projects on Pinterest this holiday season! I turned a set of clear plastic ornaments into faux mercury glass with paint. You can either hang them on your Christmas tree or display them on your table in a bowl with greenery…both ways look beautiful!
Gingerbread House Doormat
This is a perfect idea for a cute hostess gift for a holiday party or just to dress up your own front door!! Grab a cheap plain coir rug (I’ve seen them at Target, Lowe’s, and Home Depot). You don’t have to be the best artist on the planet either…most of it is straight lines and curves.
Bottlebrush Tree Wreath
Here’s a popular one from this Christmas DIY season! I bought the set of 48 bottle brush trees on Amazon for around $17 and used a wreath that I already had to make this pretty and on-trend wreath.
DIY Gift Wrap
A few beautiful ideas on how to DIY gift wrap using natural touches like dried flowers pinecones, wood slices, and berries. If you are a fan of unique gift-wrapping ideas you will love this one!
Jingle Bell Wreath
My readers love this project! My modern take on the jingle bell wreath. It starts with a few different-sized jingle bells and some spray paint. This is one of my favorites too!
Pine Cone Swag
This pine cone door swag is the #1 all-time most popular project here on Cottage on Bunker Hill!! Grab a bag of pine cones and your favorite roll of holiday ribbon and make one for your own door. I’ve made one with a more neutral ribbon to keep up all winter long too.
Grab a box of big clear ornaments…either plastic or glass…and make a few of these botanical ornaments. Add dried flowers, faux greenery, and fake snow or whatever you have on hand to DIY your own set of ornaments for much less than the expensive catalog stores sell them for.
Vintage Angel Ornaments
These vintage angel ornaments are such a beautiful addition to your Christmas tree or as an addition to the top of one of your packages this holiday season. Using mini grapevine wreaths, free angel printables, and flowing chiffon ribbon.
Winter Gallery Wall
See how I added a few DIY art projects to my living room gallery wall for this winter. This project was inspired by a picture in the Pottery Barn winter lookbook. Oh, and I upcycled old canvases and frames so it cost me nothing to do…just a little time, paint, and a printer!!
Dried Orange Slices
Dried orange slices just look plain pretty for the holidays!! All you need is a bag of oranges and a few hours to let them dry in the oven. I’ve used them in my garlands and trees…plus to add a festive touch throughout my kitchen.
Gingerbread Man Wreath
This is such a popular DIY project here!! Made with cinnamon salt dough gingerbread men and puffy paint. A fun project to make with the kids too.
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Oh my word, Jennifer! I love ALL of your ideas. So much lovely inspiration.
Thanks so much, Mary Beth! Merry Christmas!
You have so many clever ideas and I love them all. So glad we connected and I get all your inspiring ideas in my inbox.
So many great ideas and I love those faux mercury glass ornaments and that painted rug, can not wait to give these a try. Merry Christmas
Such gorgeous holiday projects, Jennifer! I think I love the sweet houses the best of all. Merry, merry Christmas, friend! xoxo, kristi
So many gorgeous ideas Jennifer! I love love the bottle brush tree!
Jennifer, you have so many great projects here. I think my favorite is the mercury glass ornaments. It’s such a cost saving project. The real mercury glass ornaments can run $10-$15 a piece. I know because of buying some of the years. Merry Christmas!
Yes, that has been such a popular project this year!
Jennifer you are the queen of DIY my friend and I am loving all of your ideas. So many pretty ones. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!
Thanks so much!!
Your Christmas ideas are so classy and on trend Jennifer! I love them all! Wishing you a wonderful merry and snowy Christmas! xx
Thanks, my friend!!!
My goodness Jennifer – you would never know that these were thrifty projects as they look so beautiful! Such inspiration and creativity. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!
Thanks so much!!!
What a beautiful holiday crafts. I love the bristle tree wreath.