14 DIY Christmas Decorations You'll Have Fun Making

White floral wreath
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.

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. 

Simple Centerpieces from Nature

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).

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.

Cover your tree with easy Christmas ornaments -- these homemade crafts won't disappoint.

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.

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.

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.

FREE DIY Download!

Learn how to make this wreath and 14 other great DIY decorations, plus get free patterns and complete how-tos for all the projects. It's free!

Share the gallery

Better Homes & Gardens may receive compensation when you click through and purchase from links contained on this website.