Decorate Your First Christmas DIY Fabulous

Your first holiday in your new home? You might be short on seasonal decorations and spare cash to create the holiday spirit. Never fear: we’ve got DIY ideas that make the season sparkle without breaking your budget.


A recent trip to the grocery store revealed holiday wreaths selling for $20 or more. Why not make your own then? Yes, you can forage for pieces of pine branch and cones and weave them into a wire circle, but you can also be very creative with this concept.

DIY wreath

How do you DIY? Visit a dollar store for ornaments, harvest a gum tree for natural embellishment, and wrap some yarn around Styrofoam balls.  You can buy wreath forms at any craft store- wrap it in burlap and then your decorations. Thanks to Two Junk Chix Blog for inspiration and photo).

Christmas Trees

These festive staples can be not only pricey, but also messy. Why not assemble a tree from stuff you have on hand, like this picture book tree from Mystery Reader, Inc.

DIY book tree


You can make ornaments out of everything from tin foil to popcorn balls. We like these pine cone elves quite a lot. Check out how easy they are to assemble at Love Grows Wild Blog.

DIY ornaments

Menorahs and Kinaras

Want a modern (and eco!) take on the menorah? Check out this upcycled wine bottle version, via You could do a similar project for Kwanzaa as well by using the bottles to make a kinara.

DIY menorah

To all homeowners past, present, and future: Whether it’s your first year in your home, your 20th, or you’re hoping 2013 is the year you own, we wish you the happiest, most sparkley, of holiday seasons.

Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert