Whether you’re tired of the dated Christmas decorations that you bring down from the loft year after year, fancy a new look for the festive season, or simply want to decorate your home for less during the Christmas period, homemade Christmas decorations are a fantastic way to go.
Make sure you get the perfect look, in the colour, theme and style that you love without trudging through store after store. What’s more, making your own homemade Christmas decorations really gets you in the Christmas spirit. So, if you want to get started with DIY Christmas decorations, read on for inspiration and easy to make Christmas ornaments.
1. Sparkling stars
With a container of cocktail sticks, a polystyrene or Ping-Pong ball, you can create a stunning star decoration. Paint the cocktail sticks and the ball with silver paint, or cover the ball with foil for texture, and then poke the sticks in the ball to form a star shape. Add glue and sprinkle with glitter and you’ll have a fantastic spiky star decoration.
2. Snowman socks
With a hair bobble and white socks, this is one of the easiest homemade Christmas decorations to make. Cut the sock to the required size and fill the fluffy white sock with rice and add festive fragrance such as cinnamon, orange or rosemary. Then, tie the top and separate the head and body with a hair bobble. Decorate the snowman with pins for facial features, a scarf to separate the head from the body and a little hat to cover the tied sock.
3. Holly trail
For DIY Christmas decorations, a holly trail can be used almost anywhere from the bannister to the dining table. Use green card to cut holly leaves and use a skewer to indent the veins into the leaves. Glue the leaves in a trail along a piece of string while threading in red jingle bells intermittently.
4. Cut cookie ornaments
These really are good enough to eat. Bake a batch of seasonally shaped biscuits with a hole at the top for a ribbon. After baking, decorate the cookies with icing, thread a ribbon through the hole at the top and add to the tree. Don’t forget to sample a biscuit or two while you do it!
5. Frosty branches
For a simple yet effective handmade Christmas decoration, collect bare willow branches and ensure they are thoroughly dry. Then glue glass glitter along the length of the branches. Leave to dry and then place the branches in a decorative vase. If the branches are sturdy, add a string of fairy lights to drape around the branches.
6. Paper snowflakes
Remember the paper snowflakes you made as a child? While intricate designs have made paper snowflakes an incredibly sophisticated DIY Christmas decoration. For the best patterns and styles, check out Pinterest for inspiration.
7. Cones of treats
Using leftover wrapping paper and a piece of card for stability, create a cone shape, sticking with double-sided tape. Decorate the cone in your favourite style and add a ribbon for hanging. Fill the cone with tissue paper and your favourite foil-wrapped chocolate truffles for a stylish Christmas tree party favour.
8. Delicate doves
White doves are the perfect DIY Christmas decorations to nestle in your Christmas tree. Start with a step-by-step guide for origami peace doves and expand your styles and designs from there!
9. Orange candles
Carefully score an orange into two hemispheres, then carefully scoop the orange peel away from the flesh of the orange, keeping both hemispheres intact. Pierce a decorative pattern into the orange using cloves. Cut a star-shaped hole in the top of the orange then put the two hemispheres back together with a tealight in the base. Voila, a beautifully scented home.
10. Leftover lightbulbs
11. Feed the birds
Place a Christmas-shaped cookie cutter on top of non-stick baking parchment. Melt two tablespoons of coconut oil and add birdseed and nuts. Press the seed mix into the cookie cutter with a small hole so you can hang it up. After hardening at room temperature, pop the shape out and hang on the trees outside for the birds to enjoy.
12. Christmas card tree
When you’ve collected enough Christmas cards, start to shape them on the wall to form a Christmas tree shape. Add a bucket filled with presents at the bottom of the tree for a fun way to display your Christmas cards.
13. Pasta garlands
14. Dried oranges
Preheat the over to 150 degrees Celsius. Slice oranges and dry with paper towels. Then lay onto lined baking sheets and bake until dry, turning over halfway through (it should take about three hours). Then tie a ribbon through the oranges to make a garland or hang individually on the tree.
15. Homemade baubles
Blow up a balloon to the shape and size of the bauble you want to create. Then, wrap the balloon in white twine and cover in glue until it is a sturdy bauble shape that will hold itself. Add glitter and leave to dry. Then pop and remove the balloon and hang your beautiful DIY Christmas decorations.
16. Christmas music stars
Print off the sheet music to your favourite Christmas songs, then get to work cutting out festive shapes from the music. Add to a backing (textured card works well) and finish with a rustic bow around the middle and ribbon to hang.
17. Felt shapes
Felt is a fantastic material and cheap to work with, which is great for DIY Christmas decorations. You don’t have to make the same traditional Christmas shapes, although you can if you like! But how about making shapes that sum up Christmas to you? Perhaps you can craft your favourite red takeaway coffee cup for Christmas or maybe a pair of ice skates?
18. Boiled sweet shapes
Using your favourite cookie cutter shapes, add crushed boiled sweets in your favourite colours to the shape on a lined baking tray, bake until melted and then leave to dry. The effect should be a stunning stained-glass effect decoration. Tip: Use striped sweets for a more interesting pattern!
19. Mason jar trees
Add festive decorations such as baubles and tinsel to your mason jars and then stack into a pyramid shape. Top with a star you’ve made yourself and wrap in a garland for a cool, contemporary DIY Christmas decoration.
20. Salt shaker surprise
With old salt and pepper shakes you have lying around, fill them with white table salt. Add small Christmas cake decorations such as toy fir trees or reindeer and you have a beautiful snow scene, with your tiny wonderland caught in a snowdrift.
21. Cake case trees
22. Mini wreaths
With a long stem of rosemary, bend the stem and tie the ends together to form a circle. Stick on tiny beads for decoration. These mini wreaths can be used as place cards, with names attached. You can also use them as a napkin ring or as a unique gift tag for presents.
If your theme is red, not green, make the mini wreaths by threading cranberries on a wire and bending into a circle.
23. Fir cone bows
24. Cinnamon stick trees
Using small cinnamon sticks as the trunk of the tree, add branches to the tree from a fir tree with the smallest branch stuck horizontally at the top and get bigger as you go down the tree. Add buttons for baubles and hang. The smell will instantly make your home more festive.
25. Plant pot bells
Using tiny plant pots, paint them in your favourite festive colours, turn the pots upside down then hang a small bell so it is just visible at the bottom and you have tiny bell DIY decorations for your Christmas tree.
There you have it, 25 cheap and different ways to make fun and festive DIY Christmas decorations this festive season!