These Easy Homemade Christmas Decorations Will Make Your Home Merry and Bright
Buffalo Check Artwork
Polar Bear Door Decoration
Gingerbread House Village
Dress up your holiday mantel with a sweet gingerbread house village. A few simple royal icing embellishments turn this DIY indoor Christmas decoration into a wintery forest of trees, cottages, and animals. To prop up cookies for display, bake scraps and cut into small triangles. Let cool. Attach the "kickstands" to the backs of cookies using icing.
Christmas Mantel Village
DIY Ornament Wreath
Recycled Holly Garland
This DIY holly garland comes together with recycled materials and a few coats of paint. Start saving your egg cartons now, because you'll need several to make a long garland.
DIY Poinsettia Wreath
Who says your Christmas decor has to be bright reds and greens? We're loving the non-traditional tones in this gorgeous DIY poinsettia wreath that's made with gold hoops, dried greenery, and fresh flowers. Simply wire the cut blooms to a gold macrame hoop.
You don't have to buy a cartload of new materials to decorate your home for Christmas. Grab a few essentials (like buffalo check ribbon and Christmas bows) and get to crafting. We transformed an ordinary mailbox into a pretty vase for some fresh greenery in just a few minutes.
Evergreen Swag Wreath
Chalkboard Christmas Sign
It's the most wonderful time of the year! A carol-theme chalkboard lets you display your favorite holiday lyrics with pride. You can find chalkboard paint at your home improvement store, paint a board of your choosing, and dress it up with a rustic frame.
Editor's Tip: Once you've decided how to decorate a chalkboard for Christmas, put the extra paint to good use with these easy chalkboard projects.
Snowflake Window Cling
To create a unique snowflake window cling, lay plastic wrap over our free pattern and trace with white dimensional paint. For extra sparkle, add clear glitter to the design. These snowflakes stick to any glass surface, and they're a classic all winter long.
Embellish Your Wreath
Seasonal crafting can be as simple as exploring your pantry. To enhance a moss-covered wreath, glue almonds and cranberries into a star shape, then attach them to a wreath. This creative Christmas wreath adds character to your decor without breaking the bank!
DIY Reindeer Forest Scene
Display a herd of reindeer among a forest of handcrafted bottle-brush trees. Pull apart short strands of sisal rope, twist them with wire, then use spray paint to create bushy tall-trunk trees. Paint a herd of miniature plastic reindeer, add glitter and beaded details, then use a cribbage board to display the trees and Christmas creatures.
Pine and Felt-Ball Garlands
Christmas garlands aren't just for the mantel anymore—use branches around the house for a cohesive Christmas atmosphere. Drape a felt-ball garland alongside the pine over a full-length mirror to add playful texture to existing decor.
Poinsettia Christmas Decoration
This homemade Christmas decoration is as easy as assembling some seasonal plants! To create the display, place a colorful poinsettia and a tabletop Christmas tree in a wooden box. Decorate the tree and the box with a simple cream garland and finish with bright ornaments.
DIY Advent Calendar
Personalized Advent calendars make the countdown to Christmas even more meaningful. Start your own Advent board by wrapping foam core with linen and framing the board. Dress up plain gift tags by printing numbers and adding a small bauble or gift to each tag.
Silver Cording and Pine Display
Spell out a seasonal greeting by pinning silver cording to a linen-wrapped piece of foam core. Miniature cedar pine dresses up your antiques with extra holiday cheer.
Monogram Christmas Ornament
Decorate a homemade Christmas ornament for every member of the family! Wooden letters can be customized to fit your family members' personalities or used to bring a little matching sparkle to your twinkling tree. Just brush on a layer of decoupage medium, add glitter to the surface, seal, and hang using holiday ribbon.
Framed Christmas Decoration
Metallic Magnolia Wreath
Metallic spray paint takes a DIY magnolia wreath to glamorous new heights. Place the wreath in a protected, well-ventilated area, then go over it with light strokes of silver spray paint. Consider pulling out a few leaves and flipping them over to the unpainted side to expose a different color and add dimension to the finished wreath.
Stacked Nesting Boxes
Holiday boxes can be a decorating gift of their own. Stack nesting boxes on each other, then secure them with ribbon. To make your own, cover a variety of boxes in papier-mache. This decor can easily be dismantled and stored when the season ends.
Editor's Tip: If displaying these outside, ensure the display is in a covered space or plan to bring inside if a white Christmas is in store.
Removable pillow covers let you effortlessly transition your throw pillows from season to season. For the Christmas edition, cut scraps of assorted fabric into ornament shapes, and use iron-on medium weight interfacing to secure them to the pillow front, stitching on ribbon.