14 DIY Christmas Decorations You'll Have Fun Making

Dress up your home for the holidays with these DIY Christmas decorations. Not only are seasonal Christmas crafts a unique way to add holiday spirit to your home, but they're just as easy as they are festive. Try one (or all) of our DIY Christmas decorations this holiday season.

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  • Christmas DIY for the Tree: Salt Dough Ornaments

    Salt dough is a popular Christmas DIY project that's both festive and kid-friendly.

    Make the Christmas decoration:
    Start by making the dough: Mix 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup flour, and 1/2 cup water until sticky. Roll it to 1/4 inch thick and cut out snowflake shapes with cookie cutters. Use a straw to punch a hole for hanging. Bake for 4 hours in a 200 degree F oven. When cool, let kids draw hearts, squiggles, and dots on these DIY Christmas decorations with a marking pen.

  • Christmas DIY for the Walls: Fringe Christmas Tree

    Festive homemade artwork add a classic, vintage feel to your Christmas decor.

    Make the Christmas decoration:
    Decoupage a canvas with old book pages and glue on crushed velvet fringe in a tree shape. Vintage buttons and beads glued to the fringe become ornaments; an old brooch makes a pretty tree topper.

  • Christmas DIY for Gifts: Photo Gift Tags

    Old and new family snapshots add a meaningful flourish to holiday decor, making them easy DIY Christmas decorations to craft each year.

    Make the Christmas decoration:
    Print digital photos onto plain white cardstock; cut into decorative shapes and sizes. Punch a hole in the top of the tag and thread cotton twine or ribbon through to attach.

  • Christmas DIY for Gifts: Clay Ornaments

    Get the kids together to help make these DIY Christmas ornaments (Tip: They work just as well as gift decorations!).

    Make the Christmas decoration:
    Use soft modeling clay and let kids cut out with cookie cutters, just as you would with real cookie dough. Poke a hanging hole using a straw; bake according to package directions. When cool and dry, paint and add crafts embellishments as desired. 

  • Christmas DIY for the Table: Simple Pear Centerpiece

    Get step-by-step instructions for creating this easy Christmas centerpiece.

  • Christmas DIY for the Walls: Snowflake Wreath

    Perfect for a cold-weather afternoon, this snowflake is made from an inexpensive material: paint sticks.

    Make the Christmas decoration:
    Simply paint the wood pieces, glue together in a snowflake pattern, and secure a few pine branches for contrast. Hang with a pretty ribbon in a complementary color.

  • Christmas DIY for the Table: Snowflake Decor

    Kids will love cutting out the graphic snowflake shapes of this simple DIY Christmas table decoration made from colored paper napkins.

    Make the Christmas decoration:
    Download our free pattern, place at the napkin's folded corner, trace, and cut out.

  • Christmas DIY for the Mantel: Felted Owls

    Snuggly and lovable, these owls make pretty mantel decorations as well as sweet gifts for kids. Made from wool roving, they are easily accented with different eye-ring colors and body dots.

  • Christmas DIY for the Mantel: Wooden Garland

    Remake simple wooden disks into a snowflake-inspired Christmas garland.

    Make the Christmas decoration:
    Punch snowflakes from colored cardstock and adhere to round wooden disks using crafts glue. Kids will have fun stringing 3/4-inch wooden beads onto perle cotton thread (bigger kids can use a tapestry needle).

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    Christmas DIY for the Tree: Painted Ornaments

    Elegant and artful, these ornaments are simply glass globes dressed up with freehand paint patterns.

    Make the Christmas decoration:
    Use a white paint pen to add swirls, teardrops, and tiny dots to store-bought glass ornaments for a wintry-covered, colorful landscape.

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    Christmas DIY for the Tree: Homemade Ornaments

    Watch our video to learn quick and easy ways to make DIY ornaments to decorate your tree or give to friends and family.

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    Christmas DIY for the Tree: Sweet Gnome Ornaments

    Felted caps and wool roving made into beards are all you need to easily transform nature-walk pinecone finds into quirky Christmas gnomes.

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    Christmas DIY for the Tree: Scandinavian Ornaments

    A collection of pretty, folk-inspired ornaments are striking enough to stand on their own yet simple enough to complement a traditional Christmas tree and your other DIY Christmas decorations

    Make the Christmas decoration:
    Cut out three or more layers of felt (matching colors for front and back, complementary hues for visual depth). Hot-glue together if desired, or simply attach with a variety of straight stitches and curlicues. Hot-glue a long ribbon to the top of each ornament for hanging.

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