3 Easy DIY Christmas Projects Using Spray Paint


Don’t spend a fortune decorating for the holidays!

Create something unique for your home and save money by making things yourself.

1. DIY Christmas Ornaments
(made from thrift store cookie cutters)

These DIY ornaments are so cute and bring a warm feeling of nostalgia with an antique rusty kind of look.

YOU WILL NEED: metal cookie cutters, textured spray paint, ribbon of your choice. You can find metal cookie cutters at Walmart or on-line (I got mine at a thrift store) 

  1. Lay the cookie cutters flat on a piece of cardboard in a well-
    ventilated area. 
  2. Spray paint with the textured spray paint. 
  3. Once the first layer is dry, flip them over and paint the other side. 
  4. Cut a thin piece of ribbon about 8-10 inches long. 
  5. Tie around the cookie cutter to use to hang it on the tree. 

You can also use these on gifts as cute gift tags by adding the recipients name with a marker. 

2. Wooden Bead Garland

These wooden bead garlands can be customized to match your holiday color scheme. 

YOU WILL NEED: small wooden beads, twine to string them together and a can of spray paint. You can pick these up at any craft store.

  1. Spread the beads out flat on cardboard in a well-ventilated area and paint with the spray paint.
  2. Once the first layer is dry, flip them over to do the other side. 
  3. Once the beads are thoroughly dry, string them together with twine.  Tie a knot on each end to secure together. 

You can string these on your tree, across your mantel or on your staircase to name a few. 

3. DIY Christms Tins 

This is a great way to upcycle those old popcorn tins and create cute Christmas décor.

You will need: old tins (popcorn, oatmeal, crackers etc.), metallic spray paint, stencils, craft paint and twine if the tins have handles. 

  1. Place the tin upside down on cardboard in a well-ventilated area. 
  2. Spray until completely covered with the metal spray paint.
  3. Once dry, turn it over to spray the top edge.
  4. When completely dry, use your stencil and craft paint to spell out whatever you want on the front. I did MISTLETOE on one and HOLIDAY GREENS on the other. 
  5. I wanted the letters to appear more worn, so I added a bit of black around the edges of the letters.  

I filled each with faux greens and there you go. You could even go a step further and wrap some pretty ribbon around it or you could use the word “Kindling” and put small pieces of wood in one near your fireplace. 

Easy DIY Christmas decorations! I love doing small projects like these because they are inexpensive and add so much character to your space – enjoy!


Colleen Pausley is the writer behind the blog; Life on Kaydeross Creek where she shares unique ideas to decorate your home on a budget, DIY projects, furniture makeovers and thrift store up-cycles. She and her husband have been do-it-yourselfers for 25 years and she believes that creating a warm, inviting home that you LOVE and that reflects who you are can be done on any budget. 

“I LOVE the feeling of getting my hands dirty working on a project and the satisfaction of saying ‘I did that!’
I hope by sharing our projects on the blog you feel inspired to do it, too.” 

Life on Kaydeross Creek has been featured in Country Sampler Farmhouse Magazine, HGTV.com,
The Huffington Post and HouseBeautiful.com.  

You can find Colleen at

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