10 DIY Holiday Decor Ideas for the Poor and Creative

There is a certain allure to a department store holiday décor setup — but the seamless finesse (and cost!) of store-bought trimmings can often lack the coziness that the holidays are all about. As we pull out our rolling pins and cookie tins to prepare our homemade holiday treats this December, let’s let that spirit of DIY buoy us into The Craft Zone. Here we have chalkboard advent calendars, living succulent wreaths, and a handful of whimsical holiday garland ideas. We even have a hula wreath hack. And if a snowy winter window is what you’re dreaming of this year, we can help you out there as well — regardless of your local weather forecast. So go ahead and plug in your hot glue gun, and let’s get started. Keep reading for 10 of the best holiday décor ideas for the poor and creative.

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Paper Bag and Chalkboard Advent Calendar

This DIY advent calendar from Most Lovely Things is a creative way to count down the days of this merry month. The best part? The chalkboard can be repurposed after the holidays, offering your home a personalized touch all year long.

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Winter Window

Do you have dreams of a white Christmas this year? Make those dreams come true with this winter window DIY hack from Brit+ Co. All you need is Velcro tape, a 2x4, some paper, twinkle lights, a few basic tools, and a bit of imagination.

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Burlap Banner Kit

Feeling crafty, but not exactly sure where to start? This DIY burlap banner kit will be your idea man. The kit comes complete with materials and instructions — but that does not mean that you can’t still take all the credit.

Burlap Banner Kit , $18, TheBurlapBanner

Hula Hoop Wreath

Sure, an evergreen wreath is the golden standard of all Christmas decorations — but you’re more fun than that. Grab a hula hoop and go to town on this crafty, colorful wreath from The Handmade Home.

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Four Homemade Holiday Garlands

This how-to from Freutcake features four different homemade holiday garlands, including a popcorn garland, a sugared cranberry garland, a pinecone garland, and a sugar cookie garland. For maximum charm and homemade allure, trim your tree in a long strand of each.

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Giant Glass Ornament

This fun how-to from Brit+Co transforms a glass light cover into a giant, hand-decorated ornament. This piece looks great on a bookshelf or as part of a seasonal décor vignette. You know, in case you don’t have the space for a 50 foot Christmas tree.

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Living Succulent Wreath

Searching for a clean, nature-inspired look for your home this holiday season? This succulent wreath from Love Maegan might be right up your alley. This look spreads holiday cheer without all of the glitz and kitsch.

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Handmade Christmas Letters

Looking to spread good tidings in a BIG way? Check out this sparkly message of joy from The Handmade Home — because you can never have enough joy (or glitter) at Christmastime.

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Pennant Flag Banners

Pretty printable templates make this Brit+Co pennant flag banner simple and chic. Just download and print the pennants, cut them out, and attach them to a string. What’s the sweetest thing about this sweet banner? It won’t cost you a penny.

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Twig Votive Holders

We love the festive woodland feel of these twig votive holders from Freutcake. They’ll add a little warmth and a little winter wonderland to your holiday table.

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