Christmas Holidays - Favorite Ideas

Carnation wreaths above mantel
On the hunt for new Christmas decorating ideas? You don't have to stray far from Christmas classics. Try updating your favorite festive motifs with DIY crafts and decor ideas that look so great, you'd never guess how easy they are.

Snowman Place Setting

Bring Christmas cheer to the dinner table with this whimsical place setting. It's an easy touch that will bring a smile to the faces of dinner guests. Simply line up white dinner and dessert plates to form a snowman body. Arrange a fork and spoon to make arms, and top the dessert plate with a knife and napkin to create a hat. Another colorful napkin quickly becomes a scarf. Two gumdrops and a carrot nose bring his face into focus.

Paper and Vellum Leaf Garland

White leaves and bright red berries create an eye-catching garland that will set the tone for your Christmas mantel. This DIY garland is made from paper, so you don't need to worry about the mess from falling pine needles!

Paper Bird Ornament

This DIY ornament is so easy to make, you can have a flock of birds on the tree in no time! Use our downloadable pattern and old book pages to create the pieces, then glue together and finish with a loop of string for hanging.

Winter Branches Centerpiece

Twinkling, silvery ornaments hanging from winter branches give the appearance of falling snowflakes in this elegant Christmas table decoration. Fill a clear vase with miniature white metallic ornaments and use them to prop up branches. Hang remaining ornaments from branches and, if desired, add color to the arrangement with a pomegranate.

Start here for a fresh twist on Christmas decorating. We share great tips for decorating with the traditional colors of Christmas without using the same traditional ideas.

Christmas Decorating Ideas in Red and Green

Red and green are the classic colors of Christmas for a reason! We show you how to utilize them with red berries, fresh greens, red ribbons, and green mercury glass displays.

Floating Candle in Mason Jar

Light up your Christmas table decor with an easy project that brings a touch of nature inside. Gather small trimmings of green leaves and place on the bottom of a glass jar or vase. Fill about two-thirds with water. Carefully drop in cranberries and a floating candle. The warm candlelight will combine with the greenery for an inviting tablescape.

Colorful Ornament Wreath

Take leftover or mismatched ornaments and create a colorful Christmas wreath that will be the focal point of your holiday mantel. Start with a foam wreath form and selected colorful ornaments. Hot-glue largest ornaments on first, arranging evenly. Fill in spaces with smaller ornaments, using bead garland to fill gaps if necessary.

Felt Snowflake Coasters

Protect tabletops from holiday drinks with easy, colorful DIY coasters. Our free download lets you choose from five different snowflake designs to cut from felt and glue to purchased felt coasters.  

Upgrade a ho-hum Christmas wreath with wow-worthy embellishments like pinecones and vintage holiday ornaments. These cheap wreaths are a great budget idea for the holidays.

Beautiful and Budget-Friendly Wreaths

You don't need to spend a lot to hang a pretty wreath. Our door decorating ideas take basic wreath forms from simple to stunning.

Muffin-Pan Advent Calendar

Turn bakeware into a DIY advent calendar. String a ribbon through the holes in the handle of a 24-hole muffin pan. Cut out twenty-four 2-1/4-inch circles from a magnetic sheet. Cut out smaller holes with a 1-inch circle punch and number. Place a small treat or toy in each hole in the muffin pan, and reveal a new surprise each day!

Rustic Christmas Living Room

Keep your Christmas decor merry and bright by adding pops of bright red throughout your home -- we did it on the quick with a red ribbon garland and a felt throw. Finish with fresh greens in the form of a few wreaths for a home that’s both festive and welcoming.

Decorative Paper Trees

Imagine a little forest of these fun paper trees among your Christmas mantel decor or as a dining table centerpiece. Our free patterns make this Christmas crafts simple.

Ribbon Candy Ornaments

Add a splash of color to your Christmas tree decor with a DIY ornament the kids can help with. Thread a needle with embroidery floss and knot at one end. Add one clear bead to the floss, then poke the needle through the end of a 1-inch-wide strip of colorful paper. Continue by alternating two clear beads and a loop of the paper strip. Complete by running the floss through the top bead twice and creating a loop for hanging.

It's not a holiday home until you've hung a Christmas wreath. This quick video offers nifty tricks for damage-free wreath hanging on doors and windows. Get our secrets to success!

Wreath-Hanging Secrets

It's a traditional Christmas craft to include in your home. Here's how to hang it without damaging your door.

Scalloped Felt Wreath

Put a new spin on your traditional Christmas wreath by adding bold colors. Start by cutting scallop-edge lengths from sheets of felt (our wreath uses a design that is 1 inch wide and 2 inches long at the peak of the scallop). Hot-glue the felt sections around a straw wreath form, layering one by one. Finish with glittered branches and a gold bow.

Winter-Theme Votive Candles

Easy and beautiful, these votives add sparkle to a dining table centerpiece. Wrap blue velvet ribbon around clear or silver candleholders, and finish by hot-gluing small frosted pinecones on each votive. It's perfect for adding a splash of unexpected color to your Christmas home decor!

Pallet Christmas Tree

Working with a small space? This wall Christmas tree will give you festive holiday home decor without taking an inch of floor space. Draw a large triangle on a shipping pallet. (Ours is 44 inches tall.) Cut out the triangle with a jigsaw and smooth rough edges with sandpaper. Paint slats with shades of green and let dry. Predrill holes for small cup hooks and drawer pulls. Back with a long length of unpainted slat as shown, adding picture-hanging hardware to the top. After mounting on wall, hang cards, garlands, and decorations from the hooks and pulls.

Cheerful Holiday Word

Pair fun patterned paper with papier-mache letters to spell out holiday wishes. Whether viewed from a windowsill or displayed among mantel decor, they’ll be sure to spread the message of the season.

Small Christmas Touches

Create a cozy holiday atmosphere by dressing up existing elements. Add festive scarves and a small wreath to coat hooks for easy, cheerful decor for Christmas. Colorful winter boots and a bowl collecting same-color ornaments complete the look.

Candy Cane Holder

For cheery holiday decorations outdoors, fill a white planter with oversize purchased candy canes. Complete the look with a ribbon bow for decor that is as easy as it is festive.

No nook too tiny -- these small space Christmas decorating ideas bring holiday spirit to even the tightest corners of your home.

Small Spaces, Decked Out

Don't limit yourself just because you're eyeing a small room: Christmas cheer can be squeezed in nearly anywhere. Tour our easy ideas.

Felt Christmas Tree Ornament

Kids will love this fun and easy Christmas craft. Start by drawing and trimming a Christmas tree from paper to use as a pattern. Trace the tree on felt and cut out. To add snow, glue precut circles to branches and add a sliver of white felt at the base of the tree. To finish, cut a small loop of ribbon and hot-glue it behind a red felt circle.

Tree Candy Holders

Lend a sophisticated spin to candy gifts with geometric tree containers, or opt to use them as Christmas table decorations. Select coordinating scrapbook papers and ribbon, then follow the instructions in our free download to create.

Unexpected Garland

Who says garland is just for mantels and staircases? If you’re already decorating the main areas of your home, it’s very easy to save small portions of your Christmas garland decorations for bedrooms and offices. Details like small green wreaths and boughs of evergreen create lovely motifs in unexpected spaces.

Family Photos Christmas Tree

Christmas is a time of family traditions -- what makes better holiday home decor than family-photo ornaments? Photocopy pictures, glue on a silver paper backing, and add trims. Gather photos from many generations to celebrate your family history.

Glittery Snowflake Wreath

Glitz up your door decorations with purchased snowflake ornaments in this easy Christmas craft. Remove string hangers from the ornaments and arrange on a flat foam wreath. When you’re happy with the arrangement, hot-glue each snowflake in place, and thread a ribbon through the wreath to hang.

Wire Ornament Holder

Display your favorite ornaments in a safe place while creating a new Christmas art project for your wall!

Vase Filled with Greenery

Think outside the norm and opt for a nontraditional Christmas wreath. Gather evergreen branches, berried twigs, and other fresh greenery and place in a basket. Hang the gathering above your fireplace mantel for a look that’s natural and refreshing.

Painted Ornament

Add interest and handmade charm to plain Christmas ball ornaments with this snowy landscape scene. This is a simple DIY craft that gives a touch of elegance to your decor.

Ever-Changing Photo Garland

Recap your year in snapshots with this DIY Christmas garland. Select photos, and mount them on cardstock using photo corners. Add scrapbooking label holders for descriptions. Hang the photos from twine or colored string using clothespins. Accent mantel decor, a window, or entryway with your finished product.

Christmas Carnation Wreaths

Live flowers elevate this look above typical Christmas wreath ideas. A punch of color plus the texture from the carnations make these wreaths showstoppers.

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