DIY: Crafty Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

Blog | December 1st, 2023

What better way to usher in the festive cheer of the holiday season than with some creative and budget-friendly DIY projects? Say goodbye to expensive decorations and hello to the charm of handmade gifts crafted from affordable dollar-store supplies.

Let’s check out some unique ideas that will not only add a personal touch to your holiday decor but also make incredibly delightful gifts. With these unique projects, you can add one-of-a-kind additions to your holiday celebrations without breaking the bank. Whether you’re crafting decor for your home or creating heartfelt gifts for loved ones, get ready to impress your guests and spread the joy of handmade charm!

Homemade Snow Globe 

Transform simple dollar store glass jars into enchanting snowy and plant-filled landscapes captured in a globe. Fill the jars with tiny festive figurines, faux snow, and a dash of glitter. Seal the lid tight, and add a ribbon there you have a magical winter wonderland that will never melt!

Candy Cane Wreath

This sweet and simple wreath is made entirely of store-bought candy canes. Arrange them in a circular pattern, secure with hot glue, and add a festive red felt bow for an eye-catching door or window decoration.

Ornament Centerpiece

Create a stunning centerpiece using low-priced ornaments of various sizes and colors. Hot glue them onto a foam ball or styrofoam cone for a Christmas tree to form a festive bouquet of Christmas colors. Add some options from years past to add sentimental memories. Place it on top of a decorative vase or pedestal for an elegant and budget-friendly showstopper on your table!

Holiday-Themed Coasters

Transform plain coasters into festive works of art by using holiday-themed scrapbook paper and Mod Podge. Cut the paper to fit the coasters, adhere with Mod Podge, and seal with a top coat. These personalized coasters make great stocking stuffers, impressive teacher gifts, and surprises fitting for just about anyone! They can also be themed to make a personalized, well-thought-out gift that shows the recipient they were created especially for them!

Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments

Craft adorable Christmas tree ornaments using felt and simple stitching techniques. Choose festive shapes using cookie cutters as a template. Stitch around the edges and add a ribbon for hanging. Handmade ornaments are always perfect for gifting and will become a constant, yearly reminder of the giver when trimming the tree. They can also be presented by subbing them for the traditional bow on a gift…making them serve as a “two for one” surprise that won’t be used once, then tossed.

Gift Wrap Station

Take the dread out of wrapping with a gift that keeps on giving. Create a stylish and organized gift wrap station using a dollar store over-the-door shoe organizer. Keep your wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, and tape in the pockets for easy access. Hang it on the back of a door for a space-saving solution that will make gift wrapping fun.

Pinecone Place Card Holders

Add a rustic touch to your holiday table with pinecone place card holders. Gather pine cones from your yard, use white paint then dip in glitter for snowy tips. Attach small cards with guests’ names. They can be reused, guests can keep them as a remembrance or you can return them to nature when your table is cleared.

Peppermint Plates 

Turn peppermints into more than a candy treat. Instead, use a little melting magic to make them a festive serving option. Preheat the oven to 325. Add parchment paper to a baking sheet and arrange the peppermints in a solid circular shape. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let set for two minutes. Use a butter knife to re-shape the melted candies into your perfect shape. Cool, then peel off the parchment paper. Attach to Dollar Tree candlesticks with hot glue. After the holidays, use a blow dryer to heat up the glue and remove the peppermint plate from the candlesticks.