This year, skip the expensive ornaments and lighting and make your own Dollar Tree Christmas decorations. Just add a little elbow grease to make these Christmas DIY projects shine.
So, get yourself over to Dollar Tree and you’ll be able to purchase the supplies you need to make Christmas decorations with plenty of cash left over for the rest of your holiday shopping list.
1. Make Santa-themed Christmas tree lights.
First, round up your supplies at Dollar Tree.
Supplies: a strand of Christmas lights, mini red cups, black glitter ribbon, gold “rhinestone” adhesive sheet, craft knife, hot glue gun and glue.
Using a craft knife, cut square buckles from an adhesive sheet of gold “rhinestones” found in the Dollar Tree craft section. Cut pieces of black glitter ribbon so they wrap completely around each cup and then secure them in place with hot glue.
With a craft knife, carefully cut a small “x” into the bottom of each cup and insert a light into each hole.
Use them as Christmas tree lights, for a holiday party or put them above your kids’ beds for a festive night light.
2. Make a DIY Dollar Tree snow globe.
You’ll never have to worry about your kids breaking this snow globe!
Dollar Tree supplies: Faux snow, Dollar Tree plastic snow globe, bottle brush trees, hot glue, a glue gun, ribbon.
Use hot glue to attach several bottle brush trees to the base of the snow globe. Fill the ball with faux snow and insert the base. Screw on the bottom and hot glue ribbon in place to dress it up.
3. Turn flameless tea light candles into snowman ornaments.
Dollar Tree supplies: Flameless tea light candle, pom-pom balls, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, ribbon, black permanent marker, string, hot glue, and a glue gun.
Use hot glue to attach pipe cleaner and pompoms to a tea light to make tiny earmuffs. Add googly eyes and then draw on your snowman’s mouth with a Sharpie. Wrap a piece of thin ribbon around the bottom to make a scarf, and attach a string for hanging your snowman ornament.
4. Create Christmas mason jars to decorate your holiday table.
Dollar Store supplies: Mason jars, Mod Podge, foam brush, Epsom salt, glitter, greenery and twine, flameless tea light, hot glue gun and glue.
In a disposable bowl or cup, mix Epsom salt and glitter. Apply an even layer of Mod Podge on the exterior of your mason jar. Be careful not to layer it on too thick to avoid it dripping once the Epsom salt glitter mixture is applied.
Sprinkle the Epsom salt glitter on the mason jar till it’s completely covered. For easy cleanup do this over a paper plate to catch any excess. Place the jar on wax paper and allow it to dry overnight.
When the glue is completely dry, wrap twine around the mouth of your mason jar and attach faux greenery with a dab of hot glue. Insert a flameless tea light into the jar, and use it on your table as a centerpiece, on your mantel, or on your front porch.
5. Make light bulb Christmas ornaments out of burned-out light bulbs.
Never let another burned out Christmas light bulb go to waste. Reuse them or find them for cheap at Dollar Tree.
Supplies: c7 or c9 light bulbs, Mod Podge, a paint brush, glitter (in all your favorite colors), spray adhesive glue, string, hot glue gun and glue.
Use a paintbrush to apply an even layer of Mod Podge to the exterior of your bulb. Dump glitter, found in the craft section of the Dollar Tree, over the glue, making sure the entire bulb is covered. Allow it to dry for 30 minutes.
To avoid a huge glittery mess (you know the kind I’m talking about) carefully spray each bulb with a spray adhesive. This will prevent all of the glitter coming off when the bulbs are touched!
Once completely dry, attach a string to the neck of the light bulb Christmas ornament and hang it on your tree!
6. Use paint and glitter to make an unbreakable DIY Christmas village.
Actual village pieces are made of ceramic and are not only expensive, but also very fragile. Save money and create a Christmas village your kids won’t break by using plastic village pieces!
Supplies: Dollar Tree village pieces, white spray paint, paintbrush, Mod Podge, glitter, flameless tea light candles.
Following the directions on your spray paint can, apply several even coats of spray paint to your plastic Christmas village pieces.
Once the paint has completely dried, apply Mod Podge where you want it — I applied mine only to the areas that were previously white with snow — and then sprinkle on a layer of white glitter.
Put a flameless tea light candle beneath each building and display your new village pieces for everyone to enjoy.
7. Transform a regular Christmas ball ornament into a Santa ornament.
Dollar Tree supplies: Large red Christmas ball ornament, black and gold glitter paper or felt, craft knife, ruler, hot glue.
Use a craft knife and ruler to cut a strip of black glitter paper 1.5″ thick to make your belt. Create a buckle by cutting a square out of thick gold glitter paper. Carefully cut out the center of the buckle, making sure the belt fills it completely. Assemble the belt with hot glue and attach it to your ball ornament.
8. Make your own jingle bell napkin rings and skip the expense.
Dollar Tree supplies: Wire, needle-nose pliers, 2 sizes of bells in desired colors, dinner napkins.
String jingle bells onto the wire alternating the pattern by size — for example, one large and two small, repeated until there are 10 large and 20 small bells on the wire. Cut the wire and use the pliers to twist ends tightly together, forming the napkin ring.
9. Turn a Christmas tin into a gift card holder that can hang on your tree.
Dollar Tree supplies: A small Christmas gift box or tin, ribbon, hot glue, glue gun, ornament hook, tissue paper, and gift card (or other gift) for inside.
Tie a ribbon around the outside of your tin and secure it in place with hot glue. Place a gift card inside the holder (honestly, you could opt for candy or a piece of fancy jewelry too). Add an ornament hook, and on Christmas Eve when Santa comes, hang it on your tree as an alternative to a boring envelope which is usually how gift cards are presented.
10. Make easy snowman candles.
Dollar Tree supplies: White candle, black and orange paint pens, ribbon, black buttons, brown pipe cleaners, hot glue gun and glue.
Twist together two pipe cleaners and attach them with hot glue to the back of your candle to make twig arms. Tie a ribbon just above the pipe cleaners for a scarf. Use paint pens to draw your snowman’s face, and finish off your snowman candle by hot gluing buttons in place.
11. Make a star ornament out of wooden dowels and twine.
Dollar Tree supplies: Wooden dowels, hot glue, glue gun, string or twine.
Use hot glue to assemble the dowels into a star shape. Once the glue is completely dry, wrap the twine around the star ornament, varying the pattern as you go.
12. Build a winter terrarium globe tree farm.
Dollar Tree supplies: Glass bowls, hot glue, glue gun, toy car, bottle brush trees, twine, faux snow.
Non-plant terrariums are all the rage! Make your own winter terrarium globe tree farm by filling small Dollar Tree fish bowls with bottle brush trees and faux snow.
For something extra fun, take a kid’s toy car or truck and tie a small tree on with twine. Display it as a table centerpiece or on your fireplace mantel.
13. Transform Dollar Tree animal toys into easy Christmas ornaments.
Dollar Tree supplies: Plastic animal kids’ toys, a drill with bits, eye hooks, ornament hooks, and spray paint in desired colors.
What kid wouldn’t want a red T-Rex on their Christmas tree? Use a drill to create a small hole in the back of each toy. Find an eye hook in Dollar Tree’s hardware section and screw it into the plastic for a simple way to hang the ornament.
Spray paint the toys with several even coats, rotating each toy between coats. Add an ornament hook to the eye hook and fill your tree with wildlife!
14. Make DIY Christmas ornaments that look like vintage sleds.
Hit up Dollar Tree for these supplies: Craft sticks (5 short and 2 long for each sled), wood glue, faux greenery, bells, twine, paint, foam brush, hot glue gun and glue.
Use wood glue to attach four of the short craft sticks together to make the seat of the sled. Once the glue is dry, paint or stain two long craft sticks brown for the runners. Next, paint all five of the short sticks red or white — including those glued together.
Use your wood glue again in order to attach the seat and crossbar of the sled runners. Attach faux greenery with hot glue, and string jingle bells to the top before adding a string so you can hang the ornament on your tree.
15. Make your own jingle bell noisemakers with craft sticks and ribbons.
Dollar Tree supplies: Craft sticks, jingle bells, ribbon, paint brush, paint.
Paint craft sticks in Christmas colors and string bells on a ribbon. Tightly wrap the ribbon around the stick and tie the end securely.
Bonus: Not only is it a great Dollar Tree Christmas decoration and craft, it doubles as a New Year’s Eve noisemaker, too!