It's easy to ignore your budget when it comes to holiday shopping. Yes, there are the presents that you end up buying for everyone (along with those sale finds for yourself), but there are the other big and little things that add up: Shipping gifts, travel costs, groceries for parties, etc. So really, it's safe to say that most of us go beyond our budgets. When that's the case, it can be hard trying to justify loading up on decorations. After all, they are seasonal. You have to store them. And there are lots of tacky things out there.
The DIY route is usually a happy medium. You can create the decor you want, usually for much cheaper than buying those random Christmas-themed napkin rings that will annoy you whenever you open your junk drawer 364 days a year. If you're not normally the "crafty" type, don't glare at your screen. These simple DIY decor ideas are really, really, really hard to screw up. Like, you'd have to try to mess up. Or be about 3 egg nogs into your evening.
Filled Glass Ornaments
Pick up plain glass ornaments, which usually can be found for under $5 at craft stores, then fill with rosemary. Or really, anything. You just pull off the top of the ornament, pop in the filler, then place the top back on. It's done in minutes.
sprinkles101 on Pinterest.
The old-school craft looks a little less kindergarten when done in a fancy paper.