10 DIY Christmas decorations to bring the holiday spirit to your home


Whether you’re looking to add some color or create something more traditional, use these DIY holiday projects to channel the Christmas spirit.

Greg Scheidemann

The freezing weather outside gives us the perfect excuse to stay indoors and work on decorating for the holiday season. Invite the prettiest time of the year into your home with these clever Christmas decorating projects. These simple DIY ideas include traditional ornaments and wreaths, but also projects like a citrus garland and a fun advent calendar.

window snowflakes

Carson Downing

Carson Downing

These winter decorations are so easy to make, the kids can help out while you finish planning the party. Simply paint craft sticks in your favorite shades of blue, then glue them in a star or snowflake shape. The best part about this DIY Christmas decoration? There is no wrong pattern when it comes to designing your snowflakes. When finished, hang them with fishing line or display them as decorations on your Christmas tree.

Garland of dried citrus fruits

Brie Passano

Brie Passano

Making dried citrus slices is easy and you can use them for many fun nature-inspired projects. Use blood oranges, grapefruits, lemons and clementines to make this garland. You will also need cloves, bay leaves, greenery, a hole punch, wooden beads, paint, a cookie cutter and string.

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut fruit into 1/4 inch slices. Arrange on the baking sheet. Bake 2 to 3 hours or until fruit is almost dry, turning once or twice if necessary. Small fruits, such as lemons and clementines, dry faster (2 to 2 1/2 hours) than large oranges. Cool completely.

  2. Press the cloves into the fruit near the edges. Punch small holes in the bay leaves using a hole punch. Wrap one end of the string, cord, or ribbon with tape (any type will do). It will give you a stiff end for easier stringing.

  3. Use a cookie cutter to punch stars in lemon and orange peel, or paint wooden beads with acrylic paint. String beads, stars, bay leaves and dried citrus slices on string.


DIY Christmas wreath

Greg Scheidemann

Greg Scheidemann

Put a vintage spin on a traditional evergreen with retro-inspired ornaments. Glue colorful pastel ornaments to light reflectors to form faux flowers. Attach the accents to a wreath using floral wire. Hang your DIY holiday wreath using velvet ribbon in an unexpected hue, like this dusty pink.


Festive bar cart

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This DIY Christmas decoration idea is perfect for the artist. Decorate your bar cart with garland sprigs and ready-to-drink seasonal cocktail to prepare your guests at home. Create an ice mold to chill wine by freezing water with orange slices and cranberries. This bar cart is sure to be the talking point at your holiday party.

Small Tannenbaums

Kritsada Panitchgul

Kritsada Panitchgul

How beautiful are the branches when you turn picked twigs into charming mini trees? Make these DIY Christmas ornaments with budget-friendly craft supplies and a few sticks from your yard. Start by gluing together two 4-6 inch twigs to create the trunk. Cut additional twigs to graduated lengths and hot glue them to the trunk. Spray them lightly with gold paint and embellish them with a garland of gold twine. Form a loop from the same string and hot glue it to the top of the tree for hanging.

Poinsettia Hanging Planters

Marty Baudouin

Marty Baudouin

Replace the succulents in your macrame hanging planters with a more seasonal plant: poinsettias. Fill a glass planter with a few inches of water, then cut a bract from the plant. Place it in the planter for a floating effect. Be sure to replace the water often to keep the poinsettias fresh.

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

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This is no ordinary advent calendar. Make fake trees of different sizes using fun green paper. Simply roll the paper into a cone shape and use double-sided tape or glue to close. Cut out paper circles and write the date on each, from 1 to 25, then attach one to each paper tree. Arrange each tree by date on a mantel or coffee table, and place small treats or phrases under each day for the whole family to have fun counting down the days until Christmas.


Monochromatic Vacation Coat

Adam Albright

Adam Albright

Show off your gift wrapping skills by displaying decorative boxes on your mantel for all to see. Choose wrapping paper and ribbon in a Christmas hue like red or green for a uniform, monochromatic effect. Finish the display with a stunning garland in DIY Paper Poinsettias.

Colorful pinecone decorations

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These fun crafts with pine cones make a great easy holiday decor, party favor decorations or gifts for kids to give to teachers or grandparents. Go on a nature walk to find the perfect pine cones and hot glue colorful pom poms to each one. Arrange them in an evergreen garland on your mantel with a few candlesticks for a colorful Christmas display.

Painted glass ornaments

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Transform your Christmas tree with a range of vibrant ornaments. Simply remove the top of the glass ornaments and drip directly off the craft paint. Swirl it around until you have the desired coverage. Invert the ornament into a plastic cup and allow excess paint to drip off until dry. Attach the top to the ornament and decorate your tree!


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