4 Simple Crafts for a Budget New Year’s Eve

IMG_3643 (1)-001I don’t know what happened to me, but within the span of 48 hours, I got in the New Year’s Eve spirit in a big way. I got ready for the shindig I’m hosting tomorrow night by swapping out Christmas decor for festive New Year’s Eve cheer! If you’re on a budget or short on time like me, these super simple, but delightful crafts are just the ticket! $20 or less* will yield lots of shiny New Year’s Eve eye candy!

IMG_3611Craft No.1: Ceiling stars. Lots and lots of stars.

  • Mini Star Cutouts (thin cardboard stars in white, silver and gold) – $1.65/pkt – these came in packs of 12 and I used 5 packets in all to create a full and glittery effect
  • paper hole punch
  • baker’s twine (preferably the black and white variety)


Punch a hole in the tip of a star and tie on a piece of baker’s twine. Attach to a long piece of twine strung over a doorway.

IMG_3608Alternatively, hang clusters of stars in groups of 2 or 3 from the ceiling using a thumb tack that will blend into the ceiling.

IMG_3585Craft No.2: Glitter Star Garland


  • Wood star cutouts (found at most craft stores)
  • Gold and silver glitter
  • Drill with a small drill bit
  • Jute twine


Pour glitter, silver and gold separately, onto a plate. Lightly paint one side of a star with craft glue and place down into the glitter until well coated. Gently shake off the excess. When dry, drill a small hole into the top point of each star. String jute twine through the hole of the stars to form a garland chain. Hint: If your stars are pesky like mine were and won’t lay flat, use a small piece of clear fishing line or baker’s twine to attach each star to the jute twine.

IMG_3636Craft No.3: Cheers bunting


  • One piece (or two if you want both silver and gold) or metallic poster board – $2.95/piece (well worth the cost – one piece would be plenty for all these crafts)
  • X-acto knife
  • Baker’s Twine


Sketch out your letters onto the poster board. Cut out the letters and put two hole punches in the top of each letter. Thread the twine through each hole and space the letters as you see fit. Hang where all can see!

IMG_3631Craft No. 4: Photo Props on Sticks


  • Metallic poster board (from the Cheers Bunting craft)
  • Card stock, various colors
  • Thin dowel rods, stir sticks or skewers
  • Glue gun and scissors
  • Bonus item: self-adhesive gems for beadazzling!


I suppose you could find templates online for these beauties, but I just free-handed my designs and wasn’t too perfectionistic about the whole thing. Have fun with it! I had a transparent ruler on hand, which I used to measure parts of my face to get an idea of the scale for certain items. For example, I found that 6 inches across was about the right length for my 2013 head bling and the crown. Five and half inches was about right for eyewear and bow ties. For mustaches, I just made a trial one and adjusted the others from there. I learned quickly to fold the card stock in half and cut out the mustaches though both pieces of paper for symmetry, leaving a little piece of the fold to keep both sides connected. To finish each prop, I used the glue gun to attach a dowel to the back. Then, of course, I had to test them out.

In just a few hours, you’ll have lots of goodies to make your party brighter and more time (and money in your pocket) to spend with your friends! I hope your New Year’s Eve is merry and bright! Cheers!

crownFor more NYE fun, check out the hair bling I made last year in this post!

*Cost disclaimer: $20 is what I paid for the specific supplies and star bling I needed for these crafts. That total does NOT include all of the materials, such as the colorful cardstock for photo props, glitter, X-acto knife and twine that I already had since I am a craft maven.

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