Gnomes have long been a part of northern European lore. Make an adorable felt companion of your own, complete with a characteristic long beard. Then hang the mischievous fellow on your tree and hope he doesn't run off to steal some Christmas cookies!
We let the beauty of natural wood shine through with this variation on wood bead ornaments, but included a cute tassel for extra flair. Make them out of embroidery thread in classic Christmas colors, then trim the tree or give them as gift toppers.
Stay cozy this winter with these simple folk-art inspired felt ornaments. They’ll add a touch of softness to your tree. To make them, layer several pieces of felt (stick with neutral colors for a true Scandinavian feel) and sew together with curly stitches. Hot glue a ribbon to the top for hanging. Choose nature motifs, such as the leaves, pears, and partridges shown here.
Snow is plentiful in northern Europe, so it's no surprise that snowflake imagery abounds in Scandinavian holiday decor. A nod to Swedish straw ornaments, these wood snowflakes come together with a little hot glue. Use clothespins, craft sticks, and wooden circles for a variety of shapes.
Reminiscent of Old World art, these simple trees will add a pop of color to your decor. We’ve included a pattern to help you make it and instructions on how to get the perfectly curled wire hook.
Scandinavian decor is known for its emphasis on neutral color schemes—typically white with one accent color. Thus red and white are a no-brainer for holiday decorations. Use this simple-yet-sophisticated color scheme to repurpose old cookie cutters. Just wrap each in gingham ribbon and tie with bakers twine!
Continue a red-and-white color scheme with these easy salt dough ornaments—you only need three ingredients!
To make them, preheat your oven to 200 degrees F. Mix 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup flour, and 1/2 cup water until sticky. Roll the dough 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 and let cool. If desired, draw on designs with permanent markers.
An icon of Sweden, traditional Dala horses are meticulously hand-carved and hand-painted from wood blocks. Invite a herd of these brightly colored steeds into your holiday home—no wood carving required!
These snowflakes might look complicated, but all you have to do is thread beads on wire in a repeating pattern. We used unvarnished wood beads to get the IKEA aesthetic in ornament form.
This appliqued heart ornament sports a traditional Dutch-style design in contrasting red and white. (You can choose which color will be the base and which one will outline the design.) They’re Christmasy enough for your tree and you don’t even have to put them away; they make pretty door hangers when Valentine’s Day rolls around, too!
An appreciation for nature is embedded in Scandinavian culture. Highlight the elements with small pinecones and evergreen sprigs inside plain glass orbs. To mimic snow, sprinkle a little salt or sugar inside, too.