It’s that time of year again – the time when I bring you loads and loads of DIY Christmas projects. I absolutely adore making my own decorations not to mention the baking and candy making. The holiday season is seriously my favorite time of year.
Whether you’re planning a downhome family celebration and want some vintage or rustic decor, or you just want to spruce up your old decorations, these 40 Dollar Store decoration projects are perfect for putting the finishing touches on your holiday decorating. They’re easy of course, and because you make them with items from the Dollar Store, they’re also really inexpensive.
I collected so many great projects with this one. There are wreaths, snow globes, and even a few things the kids can help with, so you can make it a family affair. Get out the hot cocoa and let’s get started making a few DIY Christmas decorations.
Whether you want some new decor to set around your Elf on the Shelf, or you just really like tinkering with all those red berries and gold garlands, we’re going to create some seriously gorgeous décor for the upcoming season. So, grab your pen and paper and let’s make a list of all the things you can pick up the next time you visit the Dollar Store or Dollar Tree. You’ll find everything you need to make all the decorations on this list, and again, it will all be so cheap you may just want to make everything. I can’t wait to get started!
1. DIY Candlestick Holders
2. Berry Wreath
The Dollar Store always has these amazing red berries (not the real kind, mind you) that you can use to add a splash of color to flower arrangements. You can also use them to create this amazing Christmas wreath. The berry sprigs are about $1 each, and you use as many as you want to make the wreath as thick as you want. You’ll also need a wreath form and some hot glue.
3. Winter Vases
Those cylindrical clear vases look beautiful when you add snow effects and turn them into these winter vases. These are so easy to make with Snow Tex by DecoArt and a brush. Just create the snowy effect in whatever pattern you want and then fill them with ornaments, pine cones, whatever. These would also make wonderful gifts and cost around $2 each to make.
4. Framed Reindeer Silhouettes
Take those red and gold sparkly reindeer that you get at the Dollar Store – they’re normally 2 in a pack for $1, and turn them into gorgeous hanging prints when you frame them. Really, this is the easiest thing and it’s so cheap to make. It turns out so elegant and perfect for hanging near the tree, over the mantel, or giving away as a gift.
5. Glitter Candlesticks
Those inexpensive candlesticks can look like you bought them at a high end department store when you add just a bit of glitter. Just coat them in gold or silver, or even red, glitter and they’ll be the perfect complement to your Christmas décor. This is a project the kids will love to help with, and it’s really easy. You just paint them with glue and add your glitter.
6. Handwritten Christmas Plates
Take some inexpensive white plates and add your own holiday message, turning them into gorgeous accents for the dinner table. These would also make a wonderful gift for friends and family, and they’re really cheap and easy to create. Use paint markers or Sharpies to create your message. Kids will also love this one as they can create Christmas pictures and give them to parents or grandparents as gifts.
7. Mini Stocking Table Décor
You don’t really even have to do anything for this project. Just pick up a few of those smaller stockings from the Dollar Store, they’re normally around 50 cents each, and use them for utensil holders at your dinner table. You can decorate the stockings if you wish, but they’re lovely just the way they are, and they are the perfect accent for your Christmas dinner.
8. Snowflake Wreath
So, Dollar Store has these really cute snowflakes that you can use for decorating the tree. You can also use them to create this amazing wreath. Just later them in a wreath shape and glue them all together. Top them off with decorations or leave them plain and just add a nice bow or ribbon. You can get several in a pack for around $1, so this is a really inexpensive wreath but it looks really elegant.
9. Dollar Store Angel
This adorable little angel is made from Styrofoam and other supplies that you can pick up at your local Dollar Store. I love this project! It’s so easy to do and the angel is such a sweet addition to your Christmas decorating. You can use her as a tree topper or just place her on the mantel.
10. Snowman Mason Jar Lotion
This is a really cute idea, and one that won’t cost you much time or money. You can turn an ordinary mason jar into this adorable snowman lotion jar. Imagine giving these out as gifts. You can even fill them with lotion that you get from the Dollar Store and one large lotion jar will fill a couple of snowmen. Or, fill it with homemade lotion and make it extra-special.
11. Paper Cube String Lights
Add a special element to your Christmas lights with these easy to make origami cubes. The lights are a couple dollars at the Dollar Store and you just add the origami cubes in plain white or if you really want to be creative, draw on them or color the paper before you make the cubes.
12. DIY Snow Village
Take those really inexpensive village pieces from the Dollar Store and add a snowy effect to create this gorgeous snow village. A little Mod Podge and white glitter, and you’ve got a gorgeous snow village that will perfectly accent any table, mantel, or bar. Add some white or silver trees and fake snow and you’re all set.
13. Star Wire Ornaments
These wire star ornaments are a bit more complicated than many of the DIY Christmas projects on the list, but they’re definitely worth the extra time. You’ll need the wire of course, and a template to create them. Once they’re done, they’re gorgeous and you can customize them in so many different ways.
14. Mason Jar Snow Globe
This mason jar globe is such a cute little project and so very easy. You can add whatever you want inside it, but I really like the little Christmas wreath hanging from the center. Mason jars are so inexpensive when it comes to crafting, and you can get an entire case at the Dollar Store for less than $10. Imagine creating a case of these to give as gifts! Each one will cost you less than $3 to make.
15. Gem Icicle Ornaments
I love how elegant these DIY gem icicle ornaments are. You just take the gems and create an “icicle” using wire and tacky glue to hold them all together. This is such a neat idea and really makes your tree look sophisticated. You could use different colored gems but I love the look of the all clear ones.
16. Chalkboard Countdown Plate
Kids will love this countdown plate that you can make with an inexpensive plate from the Dollar Store. Just cover the plate on the inside with chalkboard paint, which you can get at any home improvement store, and write “Days Til Christmas” with white paint pen. You can add decorations like a bow or just leave it plain. Kids can count down the days until Santa comes!
17. Sequin Sparkles Ornaments
If you like your tree to be decorated with unique ornaments, this one is definitely for you. Just add sequins to a foam ball and embellish however you want. These are great for decorating trees indoors and out, and they leave you so much room to be creative.
18. Wooden Snowman Spoons
Cheap wooden spoons from the Dollar Store make wonderful snowman decorations. If you’re making a baking basket for someone special as a gift, these are a must to add in. You just paint the spoons, which you can get for around $1 for 2, and draw the faces on with Sharpies. Add a ribbon, too to make them extra-special.
19. Giant Glitter Ornaments
I really love these giant ornaments! Decorate the porch or windows with ornaments that you make from giant Styrofoam balls and glitter. Do them in a range of colors or stick with one color if you want something a bit more elegant. You can find Styrofoam balls of different sizes and create loads of them for decorating.
20. Glitter Fruits
Glitter just screams Christmas and these glittered fruits scream easy and inexpensive Christmas décor. You just take some cheap fruit from the Dollar Store, cover each with glue and add your glitter. Use them to decorate the tree or place them in a bowl on the dinner table. They’re also great for creating wreaths.