It’s that time of year again–the one that sneaks up on you even though you swear it won’t: it’s Christmas!

I’m not much of a seasonal decorator, but I  L O  V E  to decorate for Christmas. Over the years, I’ve come across several simple, yet elegant, DIY decorations that are fairly simple to make AND easy on the wallet. Because let’s face it: you’d rather spend the extra cash on that Power Wheels Jeep your 3-year-old has been eyeing for the last 6 months.

Now, get out the eggnog, put on your favorite Christmas music, and get crafting with these 10 Christmas DIY projects on a budget.


Source: Lowe’s

1. Twine Star

Balance elaborate decorations with this simple twine star. It adds an elegant touch and more importantly, it’ll prevent your decorations from “going Griswold” (Christmas Vacation, anyone?) .

Check out the how-to on this star and other DIY projects at Lowe’


Source: Practically Functional

2. Ice Luminaries

This Christmas DIY is seriously genius. All you need is some water, a couple of aluminum cans, a few sprigs of holiday swag, and a tea light, and you’re in business. The result is a beautiful luminary that you can use to line the path to your house, or scatter them around your porch–a great way to welcome guests during the holidays.

Check out the simple tutorial at Practically Functional, your one-stop blog for DIY, cleaning tips, and seasonal ideas.


Source: Design Dining + Diapers

3. Sweater Wreath

Have an old sweater that you just can’t find the time to donate? Upcycle it, instead. While you’re at it, check out our own Life As Mama post on putting your sweaters to good use right here.

Check out the tutorial for this simple, yet elegant, sweater wreath at Design Dining + Diapers, a blog that specializes in thrift store up cycling projects.

Julie Davis
Julie Davis has an eye for design and a way with words that landed her in the world of social media + blogging. She freelances as a social media specialist, but in her spare time, she likes to take family bike rides, listen to live music, throw parties, and sneak away with her husband for dinner out. She blogs occasionally at On Neutral Ground Follow her on Twitter at @onneutralgrnd .
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