DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas

 November 30, 2015
Posted by jenn

Nothing beats making your own decorations, especially for the holidays. Check out these fun and eccentric DIY decoration ideas. These are are great for the family or maybe invite your friends over for some creative cheer. Enjoy!

Fake a Roaring Fireplace

Apartment dwellers and urbanites: this project’s for you. Get creative to craft a spot to hang your stockings and lend a little Christmas cheer to any room. Our step-by-step instructions show you how to turn a canvas drop cloth, drapery hardware and chalkboard paint into this clever faux mantel wall hanging that you can simply roll up and store when the holidays are over.

(FROM Brian Patrick Flynn)

Turn an Old Quilt Into Christmas Stockings

Upcycle a past-its-prime family quilt that’s hidden away in a closet or trunk into charming Christmas stockings you’ll be proud to display year-after-year. Get sewing with our step-by-step instructions.

(FROM Marian Parsons)

Craft Playful Button and Yarn Trees

Here’s a fun holiday decoration the kids will love helping you craft. Just glue yarn to inexpensive foam topiary forms then add buttons in assorted colors and sizes. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions and check out 40 more holiday kids’ crafts.

Takeout Box Advent Calendar

Everyone loves participating in a holiday Advent calendar, and this one is especially fun and easy to make. All you need are 25 white takeout boxes, red and green construction paper, white number stickers and gift filler. Fill each box with gift filler and small toys and treats, then use tape to seal the box shut until it’s time to be opened. Design by Layla Palmer. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Craft Pretty Paper Ornaments

Turn patterned card stock into three-dimensional ornaments in just 7 steps. Match the papers’ colors and patterns to your home’s decor or choose holiday-specific patterns and use the paper ornaments, instead of a traditional bow, to top wrapped gifts.

Deck the Windows

It may not be snowing in your neck of the woods when Christmas rolls around, but you can certainly bring that traditional wintry feel into your home. Layla Palmer uses plain white copy paper and printable snowflake templates to string together cut-out snowflakes, creating a chilly curtain for any size window inside your home. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Modern Wooden Tree

We all love decor we can keep from year to year, especially artificial trees that look like the real thing. Unfortunately, artificial trees don’t hold their form forever, but here’s a tree that will. Using thin wooden rails, a small saw, a glue gun and white paint, Paul Lowe forms a modern miniature holiday tree that’s perfect for any sparkling vignette. For a topper, he hot-glues a glitter star on top. For complete step-by-step instructions, go to Sweet Paul.

Gift Box Mantel Decor

Give your holiday mantel a beautiful and unique twist. Simply use a variety of empty food boxes and wrap them in three or four different kinds of fabric that all coordinate with one another. Then finish off each package with decorative ribbon — like fabric, satin or twine — and hair flowers for embellishments. Arrange the wrapped “gifts” among ornaments, pinecones, candles and other glittery holiday decor for a fun and festive vignette. Design by Layla Palmer. Get step-by-step instructions.

Musical Trees

Use sheet music to create miniature Christmas trees, perfect for any whimsical holiday vignette. Using Styrofoam cones in varying sizes, glue the cut-and-curled sheet music around the cone. Continue to glue and cover the tree by overlapping the row before to achieve a thicker look. For the best look, use three trees at varying heights in your arrangement. Design by Marian Parsons. Get step-by-step instructions.

(FROM Marian Parsons)