How to Make 5 Easy Christmas Table Decor DIY Ideas

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Looking to make your table extra special this holiday?  Check out these 5 simple, beautiful, and budget-friendly Christmas table decor DIY Ideas!

Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re like me, there are a lot of fun things you still want to try and fit in!  We are filling our days from now until Christmas with family day trips, making Christmas treats, hosting family and friends, wrapping the last minute gifts, and doing the last-minute shopping!

Big DIY projects are not in the cards for Christmas break!  If you are planning your Christmas table and are looking for some quick and simple things you can do to make it unique and special this year, this blog post can help you out!

I’ve been playing around with using some different things around my house, budget-friendly or thrifted finds, and easy little crafts.  I’ll share them here and hopefully it will help you with your Christmas tablescape planning too!

If you have kids that are a little bit older, this is a fun way to get them involved too.  After all, aren’t most of us moms looking for some things to keep the kiddos occupied during Christmas break?!

So, let’s get started!  I’ll keep it short and simple since you probably don’t have time at this point in the season to read a long post either!  Am I right?!?!

Vintage Music Christmas Table Decor

If you follow along with our family, you know that music is a big part of our lives!  And there is something extra nostalgic about music at Christmas time too!

One of my favorite ways to decorate my Christmas tables is by using old music!

Thrift stores and flea markets are the perfect place to look for old music.  I found a large music book that was really falling apart for only $2 at a flea market.  I pulled out some of the pages and they make perfect placemats!

This is also a great option if you’re entertaining a large group.  You can get a lot of music out of one book without spending very much money!

Using old sheet music is also a great time-saver for AFTER Christmas dinner!  No washing or ironing of placemats.  You can simply toss any soiled placemats and pick up more thrifted sheet music!

Sheet music can also make a beautiful and unique table runner!  For the best results, overlap the sheet music, slightly turning it in different directions down the center of the table.

For a dramatic look, you could even glue pieces together and let it cascade down the ends of the table!

Limitless possibilities with only a few dollars spent!

Easy DIY Ornament Place Card Holders

There are lots of ways that you could create ornament place card holders and this is a perfect way to bring in a Christmas theme of some kind!  I took the most simple and easy route by picking up a box of shatter-proof ornaments.

I love these neutral colors because guests can take them home as a little party favor and the neutral color can go with everyone’s Christmas themes!

You can find inexpensive ornaments at any craft store or big-box store.  You may even find thrifted ones if you look around!

I am lucky to have a daughter that has spent a lot of time practicing her calligraphy skills!  This was a fun way to involve her (and save myself some time too!).

This calligraphy book is where she started learning!  It would make a great gift for that creative person on your list!

I had Payton write everyone’s names on ornaments and then simply placed them at each place setting.  To add an extra little layer, I took a tiny spring of evergreen to lay under each ornament.

I picked up some branches for free at the Christmas tree stand!  They are usually happy for you to help them with clean up by picking up branches from the ground.  (And this is another way to let the kids help out!)

DIY Napkin Rings for Christmas Table Decor

I love using a variety of different napkin rings, no matter the season.  They are a perfect (and easy!) way to make tablescapes look different from one another, even when using the same dishes and napkins!

I’m often asked where I store all of my tablescape items and my answer is simple: I don’t have nearly as much “extra” stuff as you’d think!  I just mix and match A LOT!

I do have a lot of napkin rings, but they are small and don’t take a lot of space!

For this tablescape, I wanted to create a more eclectic look.  I pulled a few ornaments off of our family tree and used them for napkin rings!  Another FREE decorating idea that still looks pretty and ties in with my decor!

Even though I mixed and matched the ornaments, I kept to only white ornaments.  This keeps an overall cohesive look to the table, with each place setting have it’s own unique look!

I added a small piece of twine through each ornament and simply tied it around my napkin!  Easy breezy and didn’t cost a dime!  A simple ribbon or yarn would be beautiful also!

This would be really fun for a party too!  You could raid the ornament aisle and choose an ornament for each specific guest!  This would make a fun party favor as well as add a thoughtful touch to each place setting!

You could even make a game by having the guests figure out their seat, based on the ornament you chose!

Again, so many possibilities by simply using inexpensive ornaments!  (And keep an eye for these on after-Christmas clearance sales too!)

Rustic DIY Christmas Table Decor

When trying to think about simple DIY Christmas table decor…and especially FREE decor...I couldn’t overlook all the pinecones that fall around our house!  The kids helped me gather up some pinecones and we made little rustic bouquets for each place setting!

I added a cinnamon stick and single sprig of evergreen to each bouquet.  This made the whole dining room smell so inviting and gave all the cozy Christmas vibes!  Using a simple piece of twine, the kids helped me tie together the pinecones, cinnamon stick, and evergreen sprig.

If you want to add some color, you could use a ribbon that matches your theme!

My only cost for these fragrant bouquets was the cinnamon sticks, which I found at my grocery store.  If you’re not making a run soon, you can order them here for quick delivery!

If you don’t have pinecones for free around your house, you can get them very inexpensively HERE!  

These are a little more expensive, but I love the variety of shape and the frosted look!  There are also lots of them, so you could make all kinds of crafts or sprinkle them throughout your centerpiece to tie it all together!

DIY Bell Napkin Rings

Of all the DIY’s I tried for my Christmas table decor this year, this might be my favorite!  I love the simplicity, elegance, fragrance, and how easy it was to do!

These DIY bell napkin rings tie in so beautifully to my Christmas theme of “Good Tidings”.  I also already had these large jingle bells on hand.  I love the matte finish and extra large size!

You can also pick up a pack of 12 smaller jingle bells at the dollar store and they would work just as well!

To create these napkin rings, I picked up a pack of fresh rosemary sprigs from my grocery store’s produce section.  I simple wrapped them around the napkin, slid the bell on, and added a dot of hot glue to secure it tightly.

They smell so good too!

I also love that you could use this idea past Christmas and throughout the winter, since it isn’t really a Christmas theme.  Sleigh bells are used all throughout the winter!

I hope this helps inspire you to pull of an amazing Christmas tablescape with ease!  A simple little DIY, budget-friendly supplies (or free!), and a few extra minutes is all it takes!

I’d love for you to follow me on social media!  You can find my home decor inspiration on Instagram, Pinterestand Facebook!  

Blessings,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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