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15 Cheap and Easy Christmas Crafts

Christmas can be so draining on the pocketbook, so I decided to look around the net for some easy and inexpensive Christmas craft tutorials. It am so glad that I did because I found some amazing, cheap and easy crafts that anyone can do especially those of us on a tight budget! Many of these crafts are made out of things that may completely surprise you. Things that other people usually just throw away. It keeps amazing me the talented people who are out there and the fact they are so considerate to share their beautiful creations with us! Many of these completed projects are home decorations. Some are decorative and functional and any of them can be given as sweet handmade gifts.


Frugal with a Flourish has the tutorial on how to make this beautiful Noel sign. It's similar to a more expensive metal version at Pottery Barn. The tutorial is beautifully illustrated with easy instructions. The letters are wooden and were purchased at Hobby Lobby for only 1.99 each. This is a easy, money saving Christmas decoration that you will be able to use for years to come.


I found this super thrifty tutorial at Choose To Thrive. Can you believe this beautiful rustic red star is made from disposable aluminum baking pans!? This is a good tutorial with lots of photos showing how this star was made complete with a link to the star template she used. I am amazed at how nice this turned out and I'm super excited to make some of my own.


How Did I Do It? has a tutorial for this cute snowman/snowlady couple. These are super easy to make and inexpensive too. You could also change the size of them if you wanted. Just make sure the head is in proportion to the size pot you are using. You can put your own personal touches on these. You could decorate your home with them or even give them as gifts.


Kindred Spirit Mommy shares how she made this felt Christmas garland. Felt is really inexpensive so you can buy a lot of it and cut out shapes to make this garland. You are really in luck if you have a sewing machine. Think about how quick you can make this! If you don't have a sewing machine I'm sure there is some way you can hand stitch it. It may just take a bit longer. Either way, this is a super easy and inexpensive craft you can do. Her tutorial is easy to understand with lots of pictures too.


Isn't this Christmas Advent calender so cute? Learn how to make this advent calender with a cheap cookie sheet, chip board shapes and magnets from Holiday Kids Crafts. See the tutorial where she explains everything she did in full detail. As cute as it is, it's hard to imagine it's so inexpensive to make!

**Tip** To save even more money, save your old cereal boxes and cut them into flat pieces for use. These are pretty much the same as chipboard. To increase the thickness, glue two pieces together.


Creative Chaos has the tutorial on how to make these beautiful Christmas trees out of crepe paper!! Did you ever imagine crepe paper could be so pretty? I love the ruffled and fluffy look of these. Also, crepe paper comes in lots of different colors. She has several photos in the tutorial showing how to make these trees. It's a big plus if you have a sewing machine as she ruffles the crepe paper by stitching on the side and then gathering but you could easily sew by hand and get the same effect. Be sure to see all the photos at the link. She has a few different color trees and also a few already decorated.


At See Jane Blog I found these creative Christmas candy dishes. I am so impressed at how cute and functional these are. All you have to have is a terracotta clay pot with the bottom drainage piece and a round fish bowl. Fish bowls can be found at thrift stores and places like that and terracotta pots are generally inexpensive. Just paint your pot and saucer, turn upside down, stick the fish bowl on and add the lid!! You can be as creative as you want with these!

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Maple and Vine has a easy tutorial on how to make these cute Post It Note holders. You could make a bunch of these and give them out to friends as little Christmas gifts or use as stocking stuffers. The tutorial is easy to understand and has nice photos. This could be a way to get rid of some of those pretty paper scraps you were saving.


These have to be the cutest darned snowmen I've ever seen!!! I love them. These are made from socks, little pom poms, etc. This is a good way to use those socks that you can't find the matches to. Learn how to make these cute snowmen at Write. Click. Scrapbook.


Another cute snowman and easy to make too. See the tutorial for this pom pom snowman at Homemade Gifts Made Easy. Make sure to have a look at her other photos.. she has a few other snowmen she made that are just as cute as this one! All of them were made from inexpensive materials.


I found this easy craft at Pattie Wack. She gives great instructions in her tutorial on how to make these Christmas greeting card/photo holders. Single coffee cups are inexpensive and can even be found at Dollar Stores and thrift shops. Make one of a few of these for your home or give as a gift to loved ones during Christmas time.


Weeping Cherries has a tutorial for these Mason jar snowmen but if you don't have Mason jars, any jar will do as long as the round head will sit on top. Aren't these cute? The instructions are easy and of course you can add your own personal touches to yours. You can fill them with Christmas candy after they are finished too.


I found this easy and cute stocking tutorial made with felt and contrasting fabric at Sew Retro. The tutorial comes complete with illustrative photos and downloadable pattern piece templates.


Family Fun has the instructions on how to make these red nosed reindeer lollipops. They are super easy to make and can be used as stocking stuffers, gift package embellishments, Christmas party treats etc.


I love this Christmas banner/garland I found at Scrappergirl! It is made from paper plates, green paper and sticker letters. Of course, you can print or draw your own letters or whatever else you wanted to do. You can be creative and personalize these however you want including having it say something different such as Let It Snow or Happy Holidays! This is a cheap and easy project that will give your home a nice pop of color during the holiday season.

I hope you enjoyed my list of 15 cheap and easy crafts! A big thank you to all who shared these wonderful tutorials on the net... Happy Holidays Everyone!


Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on September 15, 2018:

This are the best collection of craft ideas I have seen in a long time. Each one is cuter than the next. I can't wait to get started on crafting a few of them. The only problem will be choosing which ones to do.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 06, 2014:

prasetio30- Thank you so much for dropping by! I hope you are doing well :)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 04, 2014:

Cute and I love all of them. Thanks for sharing!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 04, 2014:

velzipmur- Thank you so much for your visits to my hubs and for the votes up.. I really appreciate it!

Shelly Wyatt from Maryland on November 30, 2014:

Love this hub! voted up

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

peachpurple- Thanks for dropping by! Have fun making your snowman!!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on October 10, 2014:

i love the how did i do it christmas snow man, gonna make them

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 24, 2013:

TopTenChristmas- You are welcome! A craft party at church... how fun! Yeah, the wooden letters sound perfect for that :)

Brandon Hart on August 22, 2013:

My church does a craft party in November so thanks for all of these great ideas. I think I'm going to contribute wooden letters.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 16, 2012:

Mom on a Budget- Thank you! I appreciate you stopping by :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 16, 2012:

missionfashion1- You are welcome! I'm always trying to find easy, inexpensive ways to decorate :) Glad you enjoyed the hub.. thank you for dropping by!

Tonya Keith from Tampa, FL on October 15, 2012:

Cute ideas.

L. from Toronto on October 15, 2012:

Such good ideas, and it's so wonderful to be able to find decorations and knick-knacks for the holidays that you can have fun making yourself and don't have to drop a lot of money on! Thank you :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 14, 2012:

henderson0683- Yes, I know what you mean.... kids can be very creative indeed! Thank you for dropping by :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 14, 2012:

Ruth Pieterse- Thank you for dropping by and for the vote up! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub:)

henderson0683 on October 14, 2012:

I love doing crafts with my kids it passes away the time and some of the creativness that comes from my kids is umbelievable

Ruth Pieterse on October 14, 2012:

Such interesting and useful ideas! Voted up.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 12, 2012:

wizardofodds- Thank you, I'm glad you found these useful! I love that you can have pretty decorations just by using things around the house or by purchasing inexpensive things at thrift stores... Thank you so much for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 12, 2012:

Thank you Kimberlie, I'm glad you enjoyed these. What I really love about most of these is how inexpensive they are to make.. and so cute!

Kayla Brown from Wichita, Kansas on October 12, 2012:

Excellent ideas, and affordable as well! Great tips for the coming season. Thanks for sharing!

Kimberlie Kacan from Brooklyn, NY on October 12, 2012:

Really cute ideas. I'll be trying some of them out this season.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 11, 2012:

WebsiteConfetti- Thank you for dropping by! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub :)

Ness from Australia on October 10, 2012:

So adorable- I love the snowman paper cups. A very inexpensive but cute idea!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 10, 2012:

shai77- You are welcome and you are completely right! It doesn't take a lot of money to have beautiful and festive Christmas décor.. Thank you so much for dropping by!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 10, 2012:

anupma- It's great to hear that this hub has inspired you... Hope you have lots of fun making some of these :) Thanks so much for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 10, 2012:

Liz-reviews- Thank you for the votes up! I'm glad you found this hub useful.. I can't believe Christmas is already just around the corner. Thank you for stopping by!

Chen on October 10, 2012:

These ideas & tips are so great! Something so many people are going to really appreciate this holiday season... just because the economy is bad doesn't mean you can't get festive. It all comes down to using a little imagination. Thanks for the informative hub!

Dr Anupma Srivastava from India on October 10, 2012:

Great and inspiring ideas. All must be tried. I will do too certainly.

Eunice Elizabeth from Vancouver, BC on October 09, 2012:

Hi Jamie

Fabulous Craft ideas, great ideas and info!!Well done and thanks for sharing.

Voted awesome, useful & up


Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on September 15, 2012:

ElleBee- So happy you enjoyed the hub and that it has helped you with some new ideas for Christmas crafts! I fell in love with those cute candy dishes too... I can't get over how creative some people are :)

ElleBee on September 14, 2012:

I'm starting to plan for some Christmas crafting - I have some new ideas now :). I LOVE those candy dishes, so cute!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 10, 2012:

MsQuestion- Thank you, I'm happy to hear that my hub has inspired you! Hey, I don't see why you couldn't make them right now, it's never to late to start getting ready for Christmas! It really will be here before you know it... Thank you so much for stopping by and for the super nice comment :)

MsQuestion from New Jersey on July 10, 2012:

This is such an inspiring hub! I LOVE the snowman crafts...I feel inspired to make them RIGHT NOW, and it's the middle of summer!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 18, 2011:

Moonmaiden: Thank you! Glad you like them :)

Fayme Zelena Harper from Lucerne Valley, CA on December 17, 2011:

Thanks for the ideas. Keep 'em coming.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 08, 2011:

MarriageOnABudget: I'm so glad that you liked these! Thank you for stopping by :0)

MarriageOnABudget from Greenville, South Carolina on December 07, 2011:

Love these! What fun ideas!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 06, 2011:

billips: Thank you for stopping by and commenting! I am glad you liked these :0)

billips from Central Texas on December 05, 2011:

I'm always looking for new ideas for things to make for holidays - you definitely have some good ones - great hub - B.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 04, 2011:

htodd: I so agree.. I argued with myself about whether or not I should have given the hub that name. Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

htodd from United States on December 04, 2011:

No gifts are cheap if given by heart

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 02, 2011:

lyns: Thank you! I'm glad I was able to get it done in time to hopefully inspire some people. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Lynn Jones from USA on December 01, 2011:

Timely and needful hub, thanks for sharing such good information, which is much needed during this season, right on time. lyns

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 24, 2011:

homesteadbound: Thanks for reading and for the vote and bookmark! I am glad you liked these. The felt garland is one my favorites too :) Thanks again for the comment and I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 24, 2011:

thewahm: Thanks for stopping by.. glad you liked these! Happy Thanksgiving :0)

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on November 23, 2011:

I loved all your ideas. And you're right, some of them were "sew" creative. Take the garland of felt strips sewn together. I would have never thought of that and it was such a great ideas. The flower pot snowmen made me smile and I have seen them before. I just might have to make me some. Thanks for all the great ideas and now I have them all in one easy place. Bookmarking and voting up!

Tara on November 23, 2011:

Thanks for the great links. I love the Christmas candy dishes and the snowman/snowlady couple. The snowman would be an easy project for the younger kids to enjoy.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 23, 2011:

random: Thank you :) I loved these too! Especially the tin stars that are made from disposable baking pans! These are my favorite kind of crafts- super cute and super cheap to make.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 22, 2011:

Awesome round of tutorials! I especially love the advent calendar. Off to check it out.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 22, 2011:

The Dirt Farmer: Thank you so much I am glad that you like them. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment and appreciate the votes too! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours :)

Jill Spencer from United States on November 22, 2011:

Jamie, thanks so much for putting this hub together. Love the ideas you've gathered and how well you've organized them. Voted up & awesome.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 22, 2011:

Tia Maria: Thanks for stopping by! I totally agree with you about the snowman and snowlady.. so cute and simple to make too and getting to put all your own personal touches on them would be the best part about making them. That's the fun part!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 22, 2011:

Au fait: Thanks so much for stopping by and voting up and useful! I really appreciate you taking the time to do that. I think the ruffled trees may be my favorite. I just can't get over how pretty those are to be made from crepe paper.

Tia Maria on November 22, 2011:

The snowman/snow-lady couple are super cute, creative, and easy to make.

C E Clark from North Texas on November 21, 2011:

Some great ideas here for very little cost or time. Love the snow people, the birds, and the ruffled trees especially.

Voting you UP and useful!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 21, 2011:

TToombs08: Thank you for reading :o) I'm glad that you like these and appreciate the vote!!

DeborahNeyens: The annual Christmas craft day sounds like lots of fun!! I might need to get something like that started in my family. I'm glad that this hub has come in useful for some new ideas! I LOVE those candy dishes...aren't they the best?! I was thinking how cute they would be decorated for Valentine's Day with some candy hearts inside.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on November 21, 2011:

Very timely! I have my annual Christmas craft day coming up with my sister and sisters-in-law and was all out of ideas (this will be our 18th year doing it). May have to try those cute candy dishes!