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DIY Christmas Gifts- When You’re On A Budget, But Still Want To Make It Personal

Christmas is  happening on a serious budget this year.  I’m surviving on my student loans for the time being, so when it came time for me to think Christmas, I decided to focus on my nieces and immediate family and come up with some alternatives for my grandparents and Aunt and Uncle.

So what do you buy for the people you don’t know what to buy for?  Nothing. You make something!

My original plan was to attempt the picture frame wreath idea that’s all over pinterest, and accent them with a big wooden letter with their last initial. The idea sort of evolved into what I personally think turned out to be a great gift idea- I used their street numbers!  It’s the PERFECT idea for personalizing a gift without getting too personal!

Here’s what I came up with, and a breakdown of what I spent on each:


For this one, I couldn’t find a frame that worked for me, but I had a piece of beadboard lying around, and I think it turned out great!  I picked the colors because the blue matches the trim color on their house, and my grandmother’s favorite color is red.

  • Beadboard: free
  • Wooden numbers: $1.49 each at my local craft store, although if I had felt like driving to another one, they would have been 30% off that same price
  • Silk poppies: free (I had some in my craft room stash)
  • Paint: free (also part of my craft room stash)
  • Jute rope to hand it with: free (once again, part of my stash)
  • TOTAL COST: $5.96 plus tax!

The other one I’m absolutely in love with!  If it was my address, I would quite possibly keep it 🙂


  • Picture frame: $4.50 from Goodwill
  • Wooden numbers: $1.49 each
  • Ribbon and lace to make bow: Free from my stash
  • Paint, silk floral, tiny pot: Free from my stash
  • TOTAL COST: $10.46 plus tax

I think they’re both great for displaying next to the front door!

I even made sure I painted the letters to be visible from the street.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out!

QOTD: What creative ideas have you come up with when you have to do Christmas on a budget?


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