10 Easy DIY Holiday Projects Under $10

November 04, 2014

So a few weeks ago I posted about easy and cheap DIY projects from Mchael's. Here are a few more for Christmas! Remember Michaels always has a coupon in their flyer for 40% off any item that is regular price or you can print it online here. If you want to use more than one coupon then you'll have to do separate transactions or bring more people or just go every day for that week. :-) And here goes the list!

Nature Inspired Snap Ornaments

Snap together your very own nature inspired Christmas ornaments with our Celebrate It® Plastic Snap-Together Ball Ornaments and holiday floral pieces.
Time Required :About 30 Minutes
Difficulty Level :Beginner
What You'll Need:

  • Craft Smart™ Bent Scissors
  • Ashland™ Natural Jute Twine
  • Celebrate It® Plastic Snap-Together Ball Ornament (3 1/8" diameter)
  • Celebrate It® Plastic Snap-Together Ball Ornament (2 3/4" diameter)
  • Celebrate It® Plastic Snap-Together Ball Ornament (3 7/8" diameter)
  • Pinecone Pick
  • Christmas Pick
  • Random things you want to put in them

Project Instructions:

  1. Pull apart several holiday nature picks and set pieces aside.
  2. Cut several pieces of jute of different lengths and set aside.
  3. Open the plastic ornaments and begin to fill them with random pick pieces and jute. Close plastic snap ornament once filled.
  4. Tie a piece of jute about 8" long to the top of each ornament as a hanger.

Yarn Wrapped Bucket

Get creative with your holiday packaging and present your holiday gifts in a bright and fun yarn wrapped bucket.
Time Required :About 30 Minutes
Difficulty Level :Beginner
What You'll Need:

  • Craft Smart™ Yarn, Ombre
  • Ashland® Metal Bucket With Handle
  • White Glue
  • Scissors

Project Instructions:

  1. Apply glue to the galvanized bucket, starting at the bottom. Apply only enough to cover the area you plan to wrap first. 
  2. Begin to wrap the yarn around the container, keeping it tight and dense as you wrap. 
  3. Re-apply glue as you continue to wrap up the container. Stop when you are about two inches from the top. 

Polka Dot Burlap Gift Sack

Give your gifts in fun, unique packaging this Christmas with these adorable holiday colored burlap bags painted with white polka dots.

Time Required :15 Minutes Or Less
Difficulty Level :Beginner
What You'll Need:

  • FolkArt® Accessories Spouncer™ Stenciling Sponges, Variety
  • Craft Smart® Acrylic Paint
  • Wax Paper
  • Wood Laser Cut Tag, Assorted 
  • Burlap Bags, Red, 6" X 8" 

Project Instructions

  1. Cut wax paper to fit inside the burlap gift bag and place inside bag. 
  2. Lightly dab the Spouncer™ into the paint and then dab onto the burlap bag. Let dry. Once dry, repeat on other side and let dry. 
  3. Take out the wax paper once all the paint is dry and throw the wax paper away. 
  4. Fill the bag with a gift and pull the drawstrings to close it. 
  5. Place the drawstrings through the hole of the wooden tag and tie in a bow to secure the tag. 

Mason Jar Snowy Scene Lid Ornament

Put those leftover Mason jar lids to good use this Christmas with these easy Snowy Scene Lid Ornaments. These adorable DIY ornaments are sure to be a hit on your Christmas tre...

Time Required :15 Minutes Or Less
Difficulty Level :Beginner
What You'll Need:

  • Scotch® Multi-Purpose Scissors, 8"
  • Kerr® Wide-Mouth Mason Quart Jar
  • ArtMinds® Mini Dual Temp Glue Gun
  • ArtMinds® Mini All Temp Glue Sticks
  • Creatology™ Glitter, Crystal Clear
  • Ashland™ Natural Jute Twine
  • Pen
  • Copy Paper
  • Mini Snowmen, 3pc.
  • Mini Itty Bitty Christmas Trees

Project Instructions

  1. Remove the lid and set the jar aside to create another Mason jar project (go to michaels.com and type “Mason Jar Festive LED Luminary” in the search box for project details).
  2. Trace the round disc piece of the lid onto a piece of copy paper. Cut out and glue to the inside of the disc.
  3. Glue the round disc piece of the lid to the outer rim piece of the lid.
  4. Add a thick layer of hot glue to cover the entire piece of white copy paper that is inside the lid.
  5. Immediately, while glue is still wet, sprinkle a thick layer of glitter.
  6. As the glue cools, gently press glitter into the glue. Shake out excess glitter and return to container for future use.
  7. Hot glue the snowman and two trees to the bottom rim of the lid. The glitter should now be the background of the snowy scene.
  8. Cut a piece of twine approximately 7". Fold in half and glue ends to the back of the lid to create the hanger.

Mason Jar Curling Ribbon Dispenser

Keep your holiday ribbon nice and organized with these simple Mason Jar Curling Ribbon Dispensers. They'll help avoid the frustration of never-ending tangles!
Time Required :About 30 Minutes
Difficulty Level :Beginner
What You'll Need:

  • Celebrate It™ Curling Ribbon Keg, Lacquered Red
  • Celebrate It™ Curling Ribbon Keg, Lacquered Apple Green
  • Scotch® Multi-Purpose Scissors, 8"
  • Ashland® Mini Wire Cutter
  • Kerr® Mason Pint Jar
  • DMC® Embroidery Floss, 310 (Black)
  • ArtMinds® Mini All Temp Glue Sticks
  • Craft Smart® Acrylic Paint
  • Lara's Crafts® Wood Spools, 3/4" X 1"
  • Craft Smart® Mini Glue Gun, Low Temp
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Paintbrush
  • Dowel 36" X 3/16" 

Project Instructions

  1. Paint the Mason jar band white, using the paintbrush. Let dry.
  2. Make two holes in the Mason jar lid using the hammer and a large nail. Holes should at least 3/16" so the dowel can get through. Make sure that you have one of the holes in the center of the lid and then place the other about an inch apart.
  3. Wrap about one yard of the black floss around the wooden spool and use hot glue to seal the end to the spool.
  4. Cut a piece of the dowel to about 5½" long. Place a small dab of hot glue into the bottom hole of the wooden spool and then push the 5½" dowel into the bottom of the wooden spool.
  5. Add a dab of hot glue to the bottom of the wooden spool and then push through the center hole of the Mason jar lid.
  6. Put the Mason jar lid dowel through the center of the curling ribbon and then thread the loose end of the curling ribbon through the bottom of the Mason jar lid open hole.
  7. Place the Mason jar lid on top of the jar and then screw the Mason jar band to the jar.

*Tip: Fill your Mason jar with curling ribbon or twine as desired.*

Festive Painted Pinecones

Give your Christmas decor a pop of bright color with these nature inspired painted pinecones.
Time Required :About An Hour
Difficulty Level :Beginner
What You'll Need:

  • Craft Smart® Acrylic Paint (Bright Pink)
  • Craft Smart® Acrylic Paint (Turquoise)
  • Craft Smart® Acrylic Paint (Apple Tart)
  • Craft Smart® Craft & Stencil Brush Set, 8 Pieces
  • Ashland® Christmas Scented Pinecones, Cinnamon

Project Instructions

  1. Using a paintbrush, paint the pinecone tips.
  2. Let pinecones dry, and display in a bowl or scatter across a mantle or tablescape.

Festive Led Mason Jar Luminary

Brighten up your home with these gorgeous holiday Mason Jar Luminaries. Make just one, or a few and add them to your holiday decor.
Time Required :About 30 Minutes
Difficulty Level :Beginner
What You'll Need:

  • Ashland® LED Tea Light
  • Scotch® Multi-Purpose Scissors, 8"
  • Ashland® Mini Wire Cutter
  • Kerr® Wide-Mouth Mason Quart Jar
  • Celebrate It® Tempo™ Iridescent White Ribbon 1/4" x 5yd
  • Creatology™ Glitter, Crystal Clear
  • Floral Berries Pick

Project Instructions
*Please Note: Use LED tea lights ONLY in this project.*

  • Remove the lid and set aside to create a Mason jar ornament (go to michaels.com and type “Mason Jar Snowy Scene Lid Ornament” in the search box for project details).
  • Fill jar with glitter to desired height.
  • Insert the LED tea light into jar.
  • Cut floral pick into smaller pieces and place around the LED tea light.
  • Wrap ribbon around the rim of the jar and tie a knot.
  • Tie a bow with the ribbon and place a piece of the pick within the bow as shown. Trim ribbon ends.

Gold Porcelain Ornaments

Transform plain porcelain ornaments into gorgeously gilded beauties using Martha Stewart Crafts® Liquid Gilding.
Time Required :15 Minutes Or Less
Difficulty Level :Beginner
What You'll Need:

  • Martha Stewart Crafts® Liquid Gilding (Gold, 0.75 oz)
  • Artminds™ Porcelain Ornament Onion 
  • Paintbrush
  • Artminds™ Porcelain Ornament Star 

Project Instructions

  1. Paint design on porcelain ornaments as desired using the Gold Liquid Gilding.
  2. Let dry.

Twine & Ribbon Wrapped Ornaments

Turn simple styrofoam balls into gorgeous Christmas ornaments by wrapping with some festive twine and ribbon.
Time Required :15 Minutes Or Less
Difficulty Level :Beginner
What You'll Need:

  • Scotch® Multi-Purpose Scissors, 8"
  • ArtMinds® Mini Dual Temp Glue Gun
  • Smoothfoam™ Balls Multipack
  • ArtMinds® Mini All Temp Glue Sticks
  • Twine, Red/White
  • Christmas Ribbon, Green With Red And White Polka Dots 

Project Instructions
Please Note: You will use about 5 yds. of twine per Smoothfoam™ ball.
  1. Continually wrap the twine from top to bottom and continue until the whole Smoothfoam™ ball is covered.
  2. Cut the end and then hot glue the end to the wrapped Smoothfoam™ ball.
  3. Cut ribbon into two strips that will wrap around the twine-wrapped ball, using the image as your guide.
  4. Hot glue one of the ribbons as seen in the image and continue with the other.
  5. Cut ribbon to desired size to make the ribbon hanger. Hot glue the ribbon, overlapping the bottom of the hanger, and trim the ends to an angle.
  6. Hang ornament onto tree.

Felt Embellished Wood Crate Package

Forget traditional gift packaging and give this Felt Embellished Wood Crate Package a try. This adorable little crate is the perfect way to present your Christmas gifts this y...
Time Required :About An Hour
Difficulty Level :Intermediate 
What You'll Need:

  • Aleene's® Quick Dry Tacky Glue™
  • Loops & Threads™ Left-Handed Bent Scissors
  • ArtMinds® Small Wood Crate With Cutout Handles
  • Pencil

Project Instructions
  1. Trace sides of crate onto red felt with a pencil. Cut felt out and glue to sides.
  2. Trace the first slat with a pencil onto the red felt. Cut out and glue onto crate. Use image as a guide.
  3. Trace the middle slat onto the white felt. Cut out and glue on.
  4. Trace the bottom slat onto the grey felt. Cut out felt and glue on.
  5. Cut out a grey felt square that will fit into the crate to line the bottom.

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