21 DIY Christmas Decoration Ideas

You are here: Our definitive guide to the best Christmas decorating ideas! Decorate the hallways (and all the rooms in your house) with our best Christmas decorations. From Christmas tree decorations to outdoor Christmas decorations and even Christmas door decorations, our tips and tricks will have you spreading joy during the holidays. In our view, vacation home décor doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming to have a big impact; in fact, it shouldn’t be. Instead, each of the ideas we feature here makes use of small, affordable accessories, decorations, and furniture changes so you can build the winter wonderland you’ve always dreamed of, without having to empty your wallet. When it comes to color combinations, don’t be afraid to switch from red and green!

Whether it’s a blue Christmas decoration or something more majestic like rose gold Christmas decorations, there are Christmas decorations for every palette. And when it comes to accessories, an antique toy train that has been in your attic all year, for example, can work wonderfully as an under-tree decoration, while a simple vintage Christmas candy box looks gorgeous sitting under a tree. mini tree. . Dollar store finds, like Santa Claus figurines, can work wonders when placed together on a Christmas mantel, and DIY dried citrus and gingerbread ornaments look positively luxurious hanging from your family tree. . There is no limit to what you can do with a little effort, a few nifty finds, and a healthy dose of Christmas spirit. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s decorate!

1. Go Big Outdoors

Go Big Outdoors
Go Big Outdoors

For a truly show-stopping display swap traditional string lights for jumbo wooden versions strung on a lush holiday garland.

Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth.

2. Add a Quirky Vignette to Your Bookshelf

Christmas Decoration Ideas 2

The silly cousin of your favorite succulent-filled vessels make for a fun afternoon project and a bold, unexpected filler piece on a mantle or bookshelf.

Get the tutorial at Design Improvised.

3. Opt for a Pegboard Tree in Your Office

Opt for a Pegboard Tree in Your Office
Opt for a Pegboard Tree in Your Office

Have a cat that wreaks havoc on your fir? Or toddlers determined to pull at all the sparkly baubles? Skip the live variety this year. A geometric pegboard covered in a washi tape garland makes a perfectly suitable stand-in. Or, keep the traditional tree and put one of these in your office.

Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth.

4. Or, Festoon a Big Ballon Tree

Or, Festoon a Big Ballon Tree
Or, Festoon a Big Ballon Tree

If you’re hosting a party, this whimsical version of the classic Christmas tree makes a particularly fun statement. And if you want it to blend in just a little bit more, use silver and white balloons.

Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth.

5. Upcycle Old Mason Jars

Christmas Decoration Ideas 5
Christmas Decoration Ideas

Turn any stray Mason jars into cheap decorations worthy of your holiday table with a little something you can find in your medicine cabinet: epsom salt. The unsuspecting item turns the glass vessels into what looks like sparkling, snow-covered vases.

Get the tutorial at A Pumpkin and a Princess.

6. Revisit Old Family Photos

Revisit Old Family Photos
Revisit Old Family Photos

Add a sentimental touch to your mantle this year: Scour old family photo albums for some of the best snapshots of all your loved ones on Christmases past, then arrange them into a heartfelt display.

See more at A Beautiful Mess.

7. Make Your Own Mistletoe

Make Your Own Mistletoe
Make Your Own Mistletoe\

This bundle of greenery, also known as a kissing ball, is a classic Christmas decoration fashioned with faux greenery, red berries, and a red velvet bow.

Get the tutorial at A Pumpkin and a Princess.

8. Sew Your Own Tree Skirt

Sew Your Own Tree Skirt
Sew Your Own Tree Skirt

If you have the sewing chops, fashion your own tree skirt. You’ll not only get exactly what you want, but you’ll be creating what’s sure to become a family heirloom.

Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.

9. Or, Create a DIY Tree Collar Instead

Or, Create a DIY Tree Collar Instead
Or, Create a DIY Tree Collar Instead

Don’t know how to sew? Prefer something a little more sculptural? Either way, a tree collar may be a good option for you. This one comes together with just some thick rope, glue, and a little bit of paint.

Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.

10. Trade a Traditional Runner for Garland

This year, skip that fabric table runner in favor of something that adds a bit more color and texture to your table—a white garland adorned with string lights and colorful ornaments.

See more at Squirrelly Minds.

11. Make a Personalized Welcome Sign

Create a unique piece of art by decoupaging this printable onto a piece of stained wood and hanging it in your entryway. For something even easier, simply slip the sign into an existing frame for the season.

Get the printable at Happy Go Lucky Blog.

12. Use Paper in Unexpected Ways

A few simple folds can transform scrapbook paper into mantle decor that lends a pop of color to the more traditional decor elements you likely already have.

Get the tutorial at Alice and Lois.

13. Lean on Buffalo Check

Lean on Buffalo Check
Lean on Buffalo Check

A little buffalo check ribbon can go a long way in lending a rustic chic vibe to your holiday decor. Use it as a garland around your tree, as wreath embellishments, or to fasten presents.

See more at A Pumpkin and a Princess.

14. Have Fun With Bells

Have Fun With Bells
Have Fun With Bells

For a little holiday cheer every time your front door opens, craft a wreath out of jingle bells. They come in a variety of colors, from more muted silver and gold to vibrant reds and blues, to suit any style.

Get the tutorial at Girl Inspired.

15. Experiment With Gold Leaf

Experiment With Gold Leaf
Experiment With Gold Leaf

The gilded craft supply is easier to work with than you might think, and quickly transforms a wide range of everyday objects—DIY ornaments, chargers, or vases—into extraordinary decor pieces.

See more at Delineate Your Dwelling.

16. Decorate the Fridge

There are some spots that are a given—your mantle or your entryway, for example—but you can add festive flair to lesser-tackled spots, like the fridge, too. Kids will get a kick out of this magnetic tree. And—bonus—it may just be the thing you need to keep them busy long enough to cook your holiday meal.

Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.

17. Make Your Own Stockings

Make Your Own Stockings
Make Your Own Stockings

Looking for a fun holiday craft to involve the whole family? Pick out a bunch of supplies—pom-pom, trim, ribbon, and bells—in a cohesive color palette, then let each member of your crew create their very own stocking.

Get the tutorial at Alice and Lois.

18. Hang Vintage Holiday Signs

Turn old pallets into Christmas treasures with a coat of paint and some stencils of cut vinyl.

Get the tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger.

19. Use Berries for Pretty Pops of Red

Use Berries for Pretty Pops of Red
Use Berries for Pretty Pops of Red

To achieve that deep red hue so closely associated with the Christmas season, fashion a wreath out of cranberries or fill apothecary jars with the fruit and place them on a shelf or mantle.

See more at Girl Inspired.

20. Display Something Sweet

Christmas Decoration Ideas
Christmas Decoration Ideas

If you’re looking for a project, you could take on a from-scratch gingerbread house, but a couple of 3D gingerbread trees makes an equally sweet centerpiece for your kitchen island.

Get the tutorial at Lovely Indeed.

21. Add DIY Flair to Your Holiday Table

Add DIY Flair to Your Holiday Table
Add DIY Flair to Your Holiday Table

You don’t have to invest in expensive seasonal napkins you’ll use once a year. Instead, purchase some cheap white linen or cotton napkins and simply iron on this free printable.

Get the printable at A Beautiful Mess.

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