There’s no denying it: this year’s way to make the holidays merry and bright is gold, gold, and more gold.

Luckily, we’ve got tricks to make your shindig sparkle without spending too much of your own precious metal. These sixteen beautiful gold DIY projects look like they took forever and cost a million, but they can all be done in less than a day–and for under $25!

Deck the halls with these gleaming golden decorations to make your party sparkle and your guests shine!

1. Golden Invitations

Start the party before guests even arrive by sending out gorgeous golden invitations. Guests will feel special, and you’ll save a bundle. Cheers all around!

Damask Love - Gold EnvelopesPhoto courtesy of Damask Love

2. Gleaming Wreath

Set the tone for merrymaking by decorating your doorway with a glimmering wreath. The party will start before you even open the door!

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3. Gold-Dipped Wine Glasses

Transform ordinary, inexpensive wine glasses into gorgeous golden vessels with this easy DIY. You get to decide whether to tell guests how easy it was to make them!

Momtastic - Gold Dipped Wine GlassesPhoto courtesy of Momtastic

4. Glamorous Gold Coasters

Protect your surfaces in style with these glitzy geometric coasters. They’re so cute, you’ll want to keep them out well after the holiday season is over.

Homey Oh My - DIY-Gold-Vinyl-CoastersPhoto courtesy of Homey Oh My!

5. Shiny Chevron Napkins

Ordinary white napkins become stylish when patterned with gold chevrons. Layer them with other metallic settings for a truly glamorous tablescape.

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6. Luxe Napkin Rings

You’ll never believe what these elegant gold napkin rings are made of–and neither will your guests!

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7. Fourteen Karat Flatware

Elevate your flatware and warm up your holiday decorations with this simple project. The whole thing takes less than an hour–including the trip to the store!

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8. Brilliant Table Runner

Complete your table with a glitzy gold runner as shiny and bubbly as champagne. Layer on glassware and finger food for an instant party spot.

Oh Joy! - Gold Confetti Table RunnerPhoto courtesy of Oh Joy!

9. Shining String Lights

An ordinary strand of holiday lights gets the star treatment with this twenty-minute DIY. Go the extra mile with a spritz of glitz, and you’ll have a truly sparkling occasion.

Bright & Bold - DIY Gold Christmas String LightsPhoto courtesy of Bright & Bold

10. Sparkly Streamer

These beautiful garlands take holiday sparkle into the darkest corners. Grab some ribbon and some glue, and you’re already halfway done!

Anastasia Marie - Gold Ribbon GarlandPhoto courtesy of Anastasia Marie

11. Merry Marquee

Make no mistake: the party is here! Deck your mantel with bright marquee letters for a shining statement that makes the whole room merry.

Homey Oh My - DIY-Merry-SignPhoto courtesy of Homey Oh My!

12. Gilt Nutcrackers

Set these gilded nutcrackers on side tables, mantels, and bar carts for a light-reflecting touch of holiday cheer wherever you need a bit of decoration.

The Sweetest Occasion - Gold NutcrackersPhoto courtesy of The Sweetest Occasion

13. Golden Glittered Pears

These luxe glittered pears look like something from a fairytale, and would look equally fab scattered across a table or in a bowl on the mantel.

A Night Owl - Gilded PearsPhoto courtesy of A Night Owl

14. Gold-Dipped Coffee Cups

Serve your after-dinner coffee or cocoa in these magical gold-dipped cups to keep the mood festive late into the night.

Poppytalk- Gold dipped coffee cupPhoto courtesy of Poppytalk

15. Pretty Party Favor Bags

Send your guests home in style with these easy gold-adorned party favor bags. Fill them with confetti, chocolates, mints, or whatever your heart desires.


Martha Stewart Living - Gold Party Favor BagsPhoto courtesy of Martha Stewart Living

Top Image Credit: Homey Oh My!

Which glam gold DIY are you bringing to your party?