You should never pay full retail price for Christmas decorations or holiday storage when you can use these cheap and easy Christmas hacks instead. Plus, I’ve got some tips and tricks for saving money on the stuff you’ll need for these holiday shortcuts.

 

How to save money on supplies for these Christmas hacks.

You can pick up cheap materials for any DIY project at Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or Amazon. Here are some quick and dirty tips for saving at these stores:

  • Shop Hobby Lobby! Hobby Lobby Christmas sale prices reach 65% off the week before Christmas, so grab any last-minute decor and DIY materials then!
  • Stack coupons in store. Dollar Tree is a great place to use coupons. If an item only costs a dollar, you can use a $0.50 off coupon to get the item for half price. Use a dollar-off coupon and the item is yours for free!
  • Use Michaels’ 10% price match policy. Find something on sale at Hobby Lobby and Michaels sells it too? Ask Michaels for a price match and you’ll get an extra 10% off the competitor’s price.
  • Choose no-rush shipping to get free Amazon digital credits. If you’re not in a hurry, you can rack up credit to later spend on movie rentals, Kindle, and Audible purchases. I’ve seen up to $4 offered for delaying a shipment!
  • Turn to the great outdoors. Paying for pine cones? No thanks! When it comes to DIY Christmas projects, look for materials like pine cones, pebbles, branches, and greenery in your own city.

Here at The Krazy Coupon Lady, our shopping experts hunt down the latest deals on holiday decorations to bring you the best possible savings. Bookmark these pages to deck your halls for a lot less:

 

1. Use chalkboard tape to turn plain dishes into Christmas party dishes.

Adhere chalkboard tape to plain dishes, then use a chalk pen to write your merry message or let guests know what you’re serving. Remove the tape easily when you’re done.

 

2. Decorate your tree with two different size bulbs for a more magical effect.

 

3. Spray paint Christmas lights to make them more festive.

Before spray painting, unscrew the bulbs and stuff the light sockets with paper to avoid getting paint inside the fixture. You’ll also want to use painter’s tape to cover the prongs on the plug end.

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Place the cord on a drop cloth outside or somewhere well ventilated.
  2. Remove bulbs and stuff insides with paper to avoid messes when you screw the bulbs in again.
  3. Evenly spray the cord and fixtures.
  4. Allow the cord to dry and then put the bulbs back in.

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4. Hang mirror ornaments to make it appear like you have more lights than you actually do.

The miniature mirror ornaments will reflect light and create a stunning “light” display.

 

 

5. Use mason jars to make festive Christmas candles.

First, place greenery (I took mine off a bush from outside) followed by fresh cranberries in a mason jar. Fill the jar with water allowing the cranberries to float. Add a floating candle to the top, and voila — you have a simple and inexpensive centerpiece to add color and light to your holiday table.

 

6. Turn a paper towel holder into a ribbon organizer.

Either borrow the one from your kitchen temporarily, or buy a cheap paper towel holder on Amazon to make this easy ribbon organizer

When ribbons aren’t being used, just remember to tape them to the roll to prevent unwanted unraveling.

 

7. Use toilet paper rolls to make DIY gift boxes.

Flatten a clean tube by creating two creases, then fold and tuck the ends inward to keep your gift from sliding out.

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Decorate your DIY gift box with ribbon, paper, and twine, and you’re done!

 

8. Use candy canes as Christmas place card holders.

Hot glue three unwrapped candy canes, starting with two canes first, then attaching the third.

Add decorative ribbon, and slip a place card into two of the hooks.

 

 

9. Make holiday ice with cranberries frozen in water.

 

10. Turn a sock into a coffee cozy.

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Cut off the top portion of a sock above the heel. Depending on the size of your cup, make the length longer or shorter.
  2. Hem the edge inward with a needle and thread.
  3. Slip the sock onto your cup and enjoy!

NOTE: You can try hot gluing the sock instead of hemming the cut edge with a needle and thread. However, when we tried it, the hem was really bumpy and ended up turning outward.

 

11. Create snowflakes in your whipped cream.

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Spread whipped topping onto the lined baking sheet.
  3. Place in your freezer for two hours.
  4. Once frozen, use a cookie cutter to cut a Christmas shape out of the frozen cream.
  5. Slide the cut-out whipped cream off the edge of the tin foil.
  6. Add your “snowflake” to hot cocoa and enjoy immediately.

 

12. Attach Christmas lights to brick with hot glue.

 

13. You can also use hot glue to make snowflake window clings.

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Find snowflake printables to use as stencils.
  2. Place your snowflake stencils under a sheet of parchment paper.
  3. Use a hot glue gun to trace the design.
  4. Once it’s dry, peel the glue snowflakes off the parchment paper.
  5. Add dabs of hot glue to the back of the snowflakes and stick them onto your window. The snowflake will easily pop off when it’s time to take the decorations down.

NOTE: Don’t touch the hot glue gun directly to the window, especially if your window is cold. The heat can break the glass!

 

 

14. Use painter’s tape and hot glue to make no-damage Christmas card hangers.

Place strips of painter’s tape on the wall first, then use hot glue to attach paper, cards, or anything else that isn’t worth damaging a wall for. Just peel the tape off when you’re ready for it to come down. This works especially well on brick walls.

 

15. Boil cinnamon sticks, apple peels, orange rinds, and whole cloves in water to make your home smell like the holidays.

 

16. Use upside down command hooks to create a wreath hanger.

Or, if you’d rather buy a new wreath hanger on Amazon, that’s an option too!

 

17. Repurpose a piece of cardboard or a hanger to make a Christmas light organizer.

 

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