When it comes to Christmas and the Holiday season, in general, there are a couple of memories that always come to mind:
- No school
- Hearing the same 10 songs on repeat
- Good food
The day after Thanksgiving my mom would get the giant boxes of Christmas decorations out and make sure our home was a Winter Wonderland.
I loved it.
Some of the stuff was homemade and others was store bought. It didn’t matter. Every decoration had a specific memory attached to it and so I always valued those moments.
When it came time to owning my own home I knew I needed to carry on the Winter Wonderland tradition of decorating my house for the holidays but I didn’t want to hop onto Amazon and buy everything.
Some things you just need to make so I went around looking for some fun decorations that could be made.
10 Dollar Store DIY Christmas Decorations
These decorations are not only easy to make but they are fun to make as well. Truly a great activity to gather people around and celebrate the holidays together.
1. Mason Jar Globes
When I first saw these Mason Jar snowglobes I didn’t even think they were real.
As a kid, I loved to play with snowglobes. They didn’t do much but I didn’t need much to entertain me. I loved the idea of being in a different world where it snowed. I grew up in Florida so the closest I got to snow was Jimmy McGreaves dandruff in the 4th grade.
What’s great about these snowglobes is that they use a lot of natural ingredients. They may not last as long as the giftshop versions but that’s okay.
If you’re looking to get some Mason Jars you can always order them off of Amazon at a pretty good price. Mason Jars can be used for anything!
Image credit goes to make+haus.
2. DIY Embossed Foil Leaf Wreath
This truly looks like one of those things that you would buy at the store. n fact, when I read about how to make this foil wreath I wasn’t sure the folks were pulling my chain.
But it’s legit and you can make it yourself if you want to put the time into it.
Items you’ll need to make this:
- Foil baking sheet or foil oven liner
- Cutting mat, foam board or magazine
- Gold spray paint
- Hot glue gun
- Wooden embroidery hoop or wreath form
Image credit goes to eHow.
3. Gem Icicle Ornaments
If you’re going to have a tree you need ornaments. Every year my Grandma would buy me a new ornament. Those were always cool.
Every year in elementary school we would make an ornament. Those were always ugly.
Now? Now I have the chance to make the ornaments that I want in the style I want and I love me some gems so these gem icicle ornaments are up my alley.
You must be careful though and not get caught up in the fact that these gems can look like real diamonds. Last think you need is Aunt Sally coming around everyday casing the place.
What you’ll need to make these fun ornaments:
- dollar store gems
- floral wire
- floral snips
- craft glue
Image credit goes to Mad in Crafts.
4. Duster Christmas Wreath
This is one of those ideas that you look at and say:
This is so crazy it just might work!
And it does work!
I could never imagine getting a couple of dusters and putting together a wreath out of them but that’s why we have other brilliant people to do the thinking for us.
Image credit goes to Craftberry Bush.
5. DIY Botanical Ornament
I try not to play favorites but this one is my favorite of the bunch.
Unfortunately, if you want to go all natural with it, then it will totally depend on where you live. Seeing as how I live in the desert, I don’t think I can get pine needles and cranberries in mine. It really just depends on what your mood is but the only thing holding you back is your imagination.
You can grab the clear ornaments right off of Amazon.
Image credit goes to The Crafted Life.
6. Snowy Pinecone Candle Jars
Once you start to get into DIY crafts and decorations you quickly see how useful Mason Jars become. They have so many uses it’s out of this world!
These snowy pinecone candle jars are another great use of them and don’t take much time at all to make.
Here is what you need:
- glass jar
- 2 pinecones
- Twine and/or baker’s twine
- Hot glue gun
- Epsom salt
Image credit goes to Crafts by Amanda.
7. Iced Branches
Image credit goes to Make Them Wonder.
Manzanita branches also have a ton of different uses. Besides weddings they make for great holiday decorations that you can really do cool things with.
These iced branches is just one example.
8. Mini Stocking Silverware Holders
Unfortunately I can’t remember where I found these at. I saved the image and then completely didn’t take note of the site! However, even though I can’t make them I’m still going to put them on this list and maybe one of you awesome people can figure out what needs to be done.
9. Christmas Tree Napkins
Image credit goes to Publux.
Leave it to Public (whaaaaaa?) to come through big time with these awesome Christmas napkins.
10. Paper Evergreens
Image credit goes to Martha Stewart.
We end with the Queen of Home decorations, Martha Stewart. These are pretty cool and if you wanted to you could go crazy and build a whole forest of them.
In the middle, put in a gingerbread house and you are good to go!
DIY Decorations Have Memories
One of the best things about DIY decorations is that they come with memories attached. Whether it’s making them with your kids or getting a little tipsy off of too much egg nog, it’s great to have stuff around your home that means something during the holidays.
I’d love to hear what your favorite decoration to make is so that I can continue to expand my own Winter Wonderland.