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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 crafts 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.


DIY Dollar Tree Christmas Crafts & Holiday Decoration Deals

Dollar tree christmas decorations

Listen, Dollar Tree is already cheap, but it gets even better — especially when you pair coupons with name-brand items commonly found there!

Check KCL’s Dollar Tree deals for items on your holiday shopping list. Things like batteries for toys and stocking stuffer candies, lip balm, and body care items have coupons and rebate app offers often. Check the coupon fine print for size limits, and use coupons to score holiday gifts and essentials for pennies — or even free!

For example, look for coupons for the following brands and these Dollar Tree items you should never buy anywhere else:

The dollar store Christmas crafts below can be created by items you’re likely to find at your Dollar Tree, but keep in mind that every store’s inventory varies. I’ve linked to good prices for items that may be difficult to find at your local store.

If you need Christmas decorations beyond the homemade kind, check out KCL’s Christmas decorations deals and be sure to download the free KCL app for all your holiday shopping needs.


1. Make Santa-themed Christmas tree lights.

someone holding up lights attached to small red solo cups with belts on them

First, round up your supplies, then get ready to make these easy Dollar Tree Christmas decorations.

Dollar Tree supplies you’ll need:

  • Christmas lights
  • mini red cups
  • black glitter ribbon
  • gold “rhinestone” adhesive sheet
  • craft knife
  • hot glue and hot glue gun
someone cutting out rhinstones to make belts and gluing them on small red solo cups

What you’ll do:

  1. Using a craft knife, cut square buckles from an adhesive sheet of gold “rhinestones” found in the Dollar Tree craft section.
  2. Cut pieces of black glitter ribbon so they wrap completely around each cup and then secure them in place with hot glue.
  3. With a craft knife, carefully cut a small “x” into the bottom of each cup and insert a light into each hole.
someone cutting out the bottom of small red solo cups and putting lights in them

Use them as Christmas tree lights, for a holiday party, or put them above your kids’ beds for a festive night-light.

Need more lights? Use one of these deals on Christmas lights.


2. Make a DIY Dollar Tree snow globe decoration.

a snowglobe with trees in it

You’ll never have to worry about your kids breaking this snow globe!

Dollar Tree supplies you’ll need:

  • faux snow
  • plastic snow globe
  • bottle brush trees
  • ribbon
  • hot glue and hot glue gun
someone putting hot glue on the bottom of fake trees and putting them in a glass globe

What you’ll do:

  • 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.

someone drawing a face on a fake candle and hanging snowman fake candles on a tree

Dollar Tree supplies you’ll need:

  • flameless tea light candle
  • pom-pom balls
  • pipe cleaners
  • googly eyes
  • ribbon
  • black permanent marker
  • string
  • hot glue and a hot glue gun

What you’ll do:

  1. Use hot glue to attach pipe cleaner and pom-poms to a tea light to make tiny earmuffs.
  2. Add googly eyes and then draw on your snowman’s mouth with a Sharpie.
  3. Wrap a piece of thin ribbon around the bottom to make a scarf.
  4. Attach a string for hanging your snowman ornament.


4. Create Dollar Tree Christmas decorations with old mason jars to decorate your holiday table.

mason jars with fake snow on them on a table

Dollar Tree supplies you’ll need:

  • Mason jars or repurposed jars
  • Mod Podge
  • foam brush
  • Epsom salt
  • glitter
  • greenery
  • twine
  • flameless tea light
  • hot glue gun and glue
someone painting mason jar with modge podge and pouring epsom salt on it

What you’ll do:

  1. In a disposable bowl or cup, mix Epsom salt and glitter.
  2. Apply an even layer of Mod Podge on the exterior of your jar. Be careful not to layer it on too thick to avoid it dripping once the Epsom salt glitter mixture is applied.
  3. Sprinkle the Epsom salt glitter on the mason jar until 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Insert a flameless tea light into the jar, and use this Dollar Tree Christmas decoration on your table as a holiday centerpiece, on your mantel, or on your front porch.



5. Make light bulb Christmas ornaments out of burned-out light bulbs.

glitter covered bulbs hanging on a Christmas tree

Never let another burned out Christmas light bulb go to waste. Reuse them or find them for cheap at Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree supplies you’ll need:

someone painting a lightbulb with modge podge and pouring glitter on it

What you’ll do:

  1. Use a paintbrush to apply an even layer of Mod Podge to the exterior of your bulb.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Once it’s 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.

small white houses on a table

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!

Dollar Tree supplies you’ll need:

  • Dollar Tree village pieces
  • white spray paint
  • paintbrush
  • Mod Podge
  • glitter
  • flameless tea light candles
dollar tree village piece and someone spray painting them

What you’ll do:

  1. Following the directions on your spray paint can, apply several even coats of spray paint to your plastic Christmas village pieces.
  2. 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.
  3. Put a flameless tea light candle beneath each building and display your new village pieces for everyone to enjoy.
someone painting the village pieces with modge podge and pouring glitter on it


7. Transform a regular Christmas ball ornament into a Santa ornament.

red ornament with a belt on a tree

Dollar Tree supplies you’ll need:

  • Large red Christmas ball ornament
  • black and gold glitter paper or felt
  • craft knife
  • ruler
  • hot glue and glue gun
someone cutting out a black ribbon and gluing it on a red ornament to make a belt

What you’ll do:

  1. Use a craft knife and ruler to cut a strip of black glitter paper 1.5″ thick to make your belt.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

someone putting bells on a string and a napking with the bells around it

Dollar Tree Supplies you’ll need:

  • wire
  • needle-nose pliers
  • 2 sizes of bells in desired colors
  • dinner napkins

What you’ll do:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 decoration that can hang on your tree.

someone putting target gift card in small mailbox

Dollar Tree supplies you’ll need:

  • small Christmas gift box or tin
  • ribbon
  • ornament hook
  • tissue paper
  • gift card or small gift
  • hot glue and glue gun
someone tying a ribbon on a small mailbox and small mailbox in a tree

What you’ll do:

  • 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.

Check out these gift card deals while you’re here!


10. Make easy snowman candles.

someone gluing a ribbon on a white candle that looks like a snowman

Dollar Tree supplies you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  • 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 Christmas craft out of wooden dowels and twine.

wooden star with string wrapped on it on a tree

Dollar Tree supplies you’ll need:

  • Wooden dowels
  • string or twine
  • hot glue and glue gun
someone gluing wood together to make a star and putting string on it

What you’ll do:

  • 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.
small glass with toy truck and tree in it

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.

Dollar Tree supplies you’ll need:

  • Glass bowls
  • toy car
  • bottle brush trees
  • twine
  • faux snow
  • hot glue and glue gun
someone gluing fake tree to inside of a glass and pouring styrofoam beads in it



13. Transform Dollar Tree animal toys into easy Christmas ornaments.

someone hanging a toy tiger painted red on a tree

What kid wouldn’t want a red T-Rex on their Christmas tree?

Dollar Tree supplies you’ll need:

  • Plastic animal kids’ toys
  • a drill with bits
  • eye hooks
  • ornament hooks
  • spray paint in desired colors
someone putting a screw into the back of a toy lion and spray painting it red

What you’ll do:

  1. Use a drill to create a small hole in the back of each toy.
  2. Find an eye hook in Dollar Tree’s hardware section and screw it into the plastic for a simple way to hang the ornament.
  3. Spray paint the toys with several even coats, rotating each toy between coats.
  4. Add an ornament hook to the eye hook and fill your tree with wildlife!


14. Make DIY Christmas ornaments that look like vintage sleds.

sled ornaments hanging on a tree

Dollar Tree supplies you’ll need:

  • Craft sticks (5 short and 2 long for each sled)
  • wood glue
  • faux greenery
  • bells
  • twine
  • paint
  • foam brush
  • hot glue gun and glue
someone gluing popsicle sticks together and painting it red

What you’ll do:

  1. Use wood glue to attach four of the short craft sticks together to make the seat of the sled.
  2. Once the glue is dry, paint or stain two long craft sticks brown for the runners.
  3. Next, paint all five of the short sticks red or white — including those glued together.
  4. Use your wood glue again in order to attach the seat and crossbar of the sled runners.
  5. 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.
someone gluing popsicle sticks together and a sled ornament


15. Make your own jingle bell noisemakers with craft sticks and ribbons.

someone putting bells on a ribbon and wrapping it around a popsicle stick

Dollar Tree supplies you’ll need:

  • Craft sticks
  • jingle bells
  • ribbon
  • paint brush
  • paint

What you’ll do:

  1. Paint craft sticks in Christmas colors and string bells on a ribbon.
  2. Tightly wrap the ribbon around the stick and tie the end securely.

Bonus: Not only are these great Dollar Tree Christmas decorations and crafts, they double as New Year’s Eve noisemakers, too!


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