Keep holiday spending under control with these innovative and easy Christmas crafts that spread holiday cheer. We have tons of Christmas projects for you to try, including holiday door decorations and festive table toppers -- all available on a budget!
Green-Theme Christmas Crafts
Bring the winter hues inside with crafts decked in rustic evergreens and snowy whites. Spray-paint pinecones gathered from your backyard, then nestle them in mini ceramic pots. (Coffee mugs also make cheap, cute vases.) Set them next to a frame showcasing your favorite felt reindeer on a backdrop of green fabric. Budget project price: $6
Family Photo Garland
Take a trip down memory lane with a homemade photo garland. Drape the nostalgic garland across a mantel or shelf by clipping old snapshots to a piece of festive ribbon. Start with the great-great grandparents at one end of the garland and progress to the youngest generation. Budget project price: $2
String Tree Craft
Forget the fridge! Spotlighting sweet holiday cards on a festive board gives them the "tree-t-ment" they deserve. Just staple neutral fabric to the back of an old corkboard then, using colorful string and a couple dozen gold pins, create a tree shape suitable for showing off. Budget project price: $4
Cardboard Christmas Trees
Have Santa-ready kiddos? Spare the expensive breakables and try these classic cardboard trees on for size. With a so-easy template and only two materials required, these pretty satin-edged trees are just the touch your sprightly home needs. Budget project price: $4
Golden Memo Frame
Cheer up your entryway with a dazzling "dipped" frame. Start by spray-painting the bottom of an old white frame ritzy gold, using painters tape to keep lines fresh and clean. Staple colorful strings of pom-poms to the back of the frame, including one or two happy memos made of simple felt paper and puff paint. Budget project price: $8
Present Place Setting
From tree to fireplace to dining room table, holiday cheer should be spread around every corner of the home. These pretty little gift boxes -- wrapped in paper and tied with a bow -- make fabulously festive place settings and can be displayed all month long. Keep them looking fresh with a sprig of fragrant baby`s breath. Budget project price: $8
Hanging Countdown Christmas Calendar
Can`t wait for Christmas? Neither can we! Count down the days with a homemade calendar. Fallen birch branches tied with number-stamped muslin bags help create this fresh outdoor spin. Use strong yarn or skinny rope to assemble and hang. Budget project price: $15
Chalkboard Phrase Decoration
Bring festive cheer to your home with a playful message written in chalk. Just paint the back of an antique picture frame with black chalkboard paint, then write your favorite phrase. Budget project price: $3
Open Air Snow Globe
Create a mini winter wonderland in your own home with this open-air snow globe. Crafts store staples easily turn a clear glass hurricane (this one is about 15 inches tall) into your own personalized Christmas landscape. Arrange moss, faux berries, and paper flowers inside. Add a faux bird, then spray with faux snow. For extra shimmer, add a touch of frosted-glass spray on the outside. Budget project price: $11
Add a natural vibe to this year`s Christmas tree with vintage postcards. Here we picture botanical prints, but any you find will do the trick. Use a hole punch to create a hole at the top, thread a ribbon through, and hang. Budget project price: $1
Make an Ombre Glittered Vase
Transform a plain glass cylinder into a sparkling centerpiece with just a couple of supplies. Simply pick your favorite holiday color scheme and get started! Budget project price: $9
Candy-Jar Mantel Decor
Turn your mantelpiece into a festive display of sweet treats. Choose your holiday color scheme and fill clear glass containers with color-coordinated candies. If you don`t have a mantel, set the display on a tabletop or anywhere you want an added dose of color. Budget project price: $10
Of course, if making your own decor isn`t your thing and you would rather just buy some decor then head on over to Winderland Inc.
, an online holiday decor retailer. I find they are about average priced, some things a bit more expensive, but with a decent selection of stuff - particularly lights and outdoor decor. I chose to check out a branch with some purple lights on it as well as a purple accent piece that matched the branch. Total I spent $25 for the two pieces and the shipping was free. While they look lovely together, I would honestly say it`s not worth $25. The branch is beautiful, don`t get me wrong. It plugs in and looks absolutely gorgeous, but for that, I would estimate it`s worth to be between $10-$15 and the accent piece was around $1.88; which I agree is a fair price for that. As I said, some things are fairly priced and others are a bit overpriced. Just shop around and trust your own judgment. The quality of the items is nice, not flimsy or cheap. As far as shipping goes, they were delivered perfectly fine, but the packaging was rather thin and cheap. If any weather would get to it it would not have held up.
Overall I`m on the fence about Winterland Inc. They have some nice things, but I believe they should watch their prices for a lot of their items. I could see being more pricey for exclusive items, but for something I could pick up at other local stores for a cheaper price I wouldn`t want to buy from them. I do like the free shipping though and the quality of the items I got. So from a product perspective - awesome stuff. From a customer shopping around perspective, I`d possibly look elsewhere for a better bargain.