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With the travel, food, entertaining and gifts we have to budget for this holiday season, we’re lucky if there are any funds left over. Skip out on purchasing expensive decorations for the home by making them yourself. Most of the tools and supplies can be found around the home, at your local hardware store or a craft store. They can be easy and quite rewarding once you set your eyes on the final product.

Here are five ideas we found on Pinterest that look expensive, but little will your guests know that you made it yourself for a portion of the cost.


Mercury glass ornaments

Mercury glass ornaments

Mercury glass goes well with just about any interior. Mercury glass accessories can get fairly pricey, however. The same goes for beautiful ornaments. They are nice to look at but can become very costly. Stephanie Lynn of Under the Table and Dreaming shows you how to make your very own mercury glass ornaments. (Original pin)


Boudoir tulle tree

Tulle tree

This boudoir tulle tree looks like something you would find at a high-end holiday event. Why not make a few of these for your entryway or along the side of a wide staircase? You can select custom tulle and paint colors to match your decor color scheme. Thanks to Wag Doll, this boudoir tulle tree is frilly and fun. (Original pin)


Metallic wreath

ornament wreath

No need to blow your entire wallet on a wreath from the likes of Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware. Collect metallic and white ornaments for a classic and eye-catching wreath. Even if you choose to splurge on fancy ornaments, the total cost will still save you money over purchasing a wreath at an expensive house store. Hang it wherever it can be admired the most. Visit Living Artfully to see how to make this gorgeous wreath. (Original pin)


Snowflake charger

Snowflake chargers

Don’t forget the dining table needs a decorative touch as well. Some stunning snowflake chargers would coordinate with a wide array of china. They are sturdy, yet the snowflakes create a delicate touch. Make them look aged and worn around the edges for a shabby vintage effect. Too bad diners will have no clue you did it yourself. Sisters Whitney and Ashley of Shanty 2 Chic expertly show you how to create these holiday chargers. (Original pin)


Handmade Christmas trees

Handmade Christmas trees

These handmade Christmas trees are so chic that it’s hard to believe that you can find the materials from an arts and craft store or around your home. Some materials are even in your own backyard or pantry! Let friends believe they were purchased at Anthropologie. So clever and creative, thanks to blogger Shauna Mailloux. (Original pin)


Sweater vases

Sweater vases

Another goodie by Under the Table and Dreaming is the tutorial for sweater vases. Cable knit is all the rage lately, so match your pillows and throw with these cozy accessories. You also get to make good use of old sweaters no longer needed. If you don’t have any sweaters, visit the Salvation Army for some cheap ones. (Original pin)

More on holiday entertaining

Fun color schemes for holiday dining
Tips and tricks for holiday food presentation
Must-try holiday cookies


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Comments on "Holiday Pinterest decor: Our favorite budget crafts that look expensive"

Tina December 05, 2012 | 3:07 PM

Pinterest is awesome during the holidays. These are some great ideas! I love the boudier tulle tree! So pretty and fancy.

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