DIY Christmas Decorations Using Items on Hand {Sam’s Club DIY Gift Basket Giveaway}

Christmas!  It is finally December and oh boy are we excited around the Carter family!  I adore Christmas and everything that goes with it.  I love the lights, glittery decorations, the giving mentality and the time spent with family.  One of our traditions starts on Thanksgiving day when we drive about 2 hours away to select and cut the best Christmas tree.  The next day I start decorating the house to make everything merry and bright.  Here’s the deal, I don’t like to spend a ton on decorations and I also like to add a few new things each year.  So, I like to rely upon things I have around the house in order to create new decorations or make old ones “improved”.  Check out a few of the things I did this year by adding a couple of cheap new items to old!

DIY Christmas Mantel

Our mantel was in serious need of updating.  I’ve had the same old wedding pictures adorning the top of it since we moved into this house almost 10 years ago.  So, change was welcomed!  I’ve decided I would like to try some sort of seasonal mantel so watch out readers!

DIY Christmas Mantel

DIY Yarn Wreath with Felt Flowers

I wanted to make one of those yarn wreaths you keep seeing all over the place.  I’ve not read an actual tutorial, but I think the concept I used worked well!  All you need is a foam wreath, yarn, felt, a large ribbon and any trimmings you may want to add.  In order to create the yarn wreath I simply choose a place to start, hot glued down a piece of yarn and started wrapping.  Mind you, this was a tedious process that took no less than FOREVER!  I suggest getting a good Christmas movie going {White Christmas would be my pick} and start your project.  I would stop after about an inch and hot glue again just to keep the yarn tight and in place.  The goal is to wrap the yarn as close to each other as possible and keep your hot glue thin.  In the end you will hot glue the last piece of string down and you are ready to decorate it.

wrapping yarn wreath

I used this awesome felt flower tutorial from Mom Advice in order to create my flowers.  I also used her idea of creating a seasonal wreath and used bobby pins to attach all of my items so that I can use this same wreath as the seasons change.  Smart thinking!  I tied a favorite ribbon to the top in order to finish the look.

DIY Yarn Wreath

DIY Sparkle Candles

We have several pillar candles laying around this house that have been collected over the years.  While I was browsing Pinterest one night I ran across this fantastic idea from It’s The Little Things That Make a House a Home that was so simple and cute!  All you need is Epsom salt, Mod Podge, a pillar candle, twine and an embellishment of some sort.  Not only do these make excellent home decor ideas, but they would also be fantastic teacher gifts!  Simply use a sponge paint brush to paint on a layer of Mod Podge, roll the candle in the Epsom salt, hot glue the twine around and attach the embellishment.  I used a few scrap book stickers and pressed them onto the twine.  Done in about 5 minutes!

DIY Sparkle Candle

Mason Jars, Bead Garland, Pine Cones and Flameless LED Tea Lights

To finish the look of the mantel I just used what we had around the house and added some new Flameless LED Tea Lights I picked up from Sam’s Club.  I love these lights because they have a slight flicker to them and I got 24 of them for a steal {only $14.98}!  I simply added the mason jars to the ends of the mantel and added a few pine cones to some of them.  I draped the gold bead garland over the mirror we were using over the mantel and added the extra ends to the mason jars on the side.  The flameless LED tea lights were placed on top of the beads that gathered in the jars.  I love the glow created with the mirror, beads and candles.

DIY Mason Jar Candles

Straw and Ribbon Wreath

I found this super cute idea over at Tatertots and Jello a few weeks ago and remembered the green straws in the pantry leftover from Davis’s birthday party.  I was ecstatic because all I had to purchase was a little ribbon and a small wreath to add to what I already had.  I found a large roll of decorative holiday trim at Sam’s Club that was more than enough for this particular project.  Make sure to check out the original idea because hers is definitely more dynamic.  I was running out of “creating steam” by this point!  I also recommend that you use ribbon rather than trim because the project would be a lot quicker {but probably not as sparkly}!


Just take your ribbon or trim and hot glue a starting point on your wreath.  I used a small floral wreath for mine {only $.99}.  Wrap the trim around as tight as possible making sure to hot glue every inch or so.  Cut a few of your straws in half and hot glue them to the back in a pattern of your choosing.  Such a modern looking wreath that is perfect for your front door!  I added a little extra trim to the back in order to hang.

straw wreath

All in all, I think everything turned out great and I hardly spent any extra money.  It was nice to have the savings I found at Sam’s Club as well.  It is a great place to check out for all in one shopping for sure.  My suggestion if you are trying to save on decorations this Christmas is to take an inventory of what you have laying around the house, browse Pinterest for ideas and then head out to pick up the little extras.

Now in honor of all things Merry and Bright and DIY, Sam’s Club would like to offer one lucky Go Graham Go reader a fun DIY Gift Basket!  Hopefully this will be an inspiration for you to get creating.  Here’s How to Win:


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About Felicia

Felicia Carter is founder and managing editor of Go Grow Go. Her philosophy is to simplify, save, grow and go! Her home is generally full of DIY projects, crafts, yummy baked goods and lots of love. Felicia is also a wife, mom of 2 boys and nationally certified counselor. You can always find her near the chocolate or the coffee pot.

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  1. This year we did a lot of arts ‘n crafts ornaments…it’s a great way for my kids to express their creativity & they are also great keepsakes…plus they look nice on the tree!

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