We absolutely love Christmas in our household and decorating the house for the holidays is a major event. If we can do it with our own DIY Christmas decorations then it becomes even more fun!
It can get very expensive to prepare for Christmas, and the little ones become more and more expectant. Trying to fill a home with a Christmassy feel can be a drain on your bank balance. But if you can make a good portion of your Christmas decorations yourself then you could save a lot of money.
This big list of DIY Christmas decorations aims to help you create a stunning holiday environment on a budget. You’ll find all of our favourite ideas and inspiration to DIY your Christmas this year.
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Let’s dive into these Christmas decoration ideas!
‘Truck in a Mason Jar’ Snow Globe Decoration
This gorgeous little mason jar project from It All Started With Paint evokes some strong memories of picking up the Christmas tree in the family car.
Burlap Country Style Ornaments
We the love the simplicity and rustic charm of these burlap ornaments from Trinkets In Bloom.
You don’t have to be good at sewing, but there are lots of great things you can do with some red wool. You can paint on the burlap if you don’t want to sew though.
DIY Salt Dough Ornaments
Salt dough is a fantastic way to create something quickly, easily and cheaply. These salt dough ornaments from Countryliving are a great example of what is possible.
Don’t forget to poke a hole so you can string them up with some red and white bakers twine!
This is a great DIY Christmas decoration project to do with the kids.
DIY Christmas Snow Globe Soap Pump
If you’re obsessed with having absolutely everything in your home decorated for Christmas then why not turn your soap dispenser into a snow globe with this great tutorial from Creative Green Living.
This might just make washing hands fun for the kids!?
Holiday Log Table Centerpiece Decoration
We think it’s very important to have a really impressive table centerpiece for the Christmas meal. You only do it once a year, so why not go all out!
This woodland inspired log centerpiece from Jenna Burger is one of our favorites. You can either make it fresh or if you want it to last for every Christmas you can go for artificial red berries and pine branches.
Find a good looking log from a local sawmill or tree surgeon if you don’t have a source in your own garden!
DIY Cupcake Tree Ornaments
This is one of our favorite DIY Christmas decorations ever! It looks good enough to eat, but it’s all handmade and a great little project to get the kids involved with.
Scrabble Tile and Yard Stick Decorations
Scrabble tiles are a really stylish and easy way to add wording to your decorations. These yard stick and scrabble letter decorations from Adirondack Girl At Heart are adorable and can be personalized in any way you like.
DIY Brown Paper Christmas Garland
Garlands are a great way to add significant impact to your Christmas decoration scheme. This brown and white paper garland from Country living is so simple to make, cheap and gives just the instant impact you are looking for.
Snowflake Mason Jar Christmas Decoration
Mason jars are such a wonderful way to get creative with your Christmas decorations. These DIY painted snowflake mason jars by Mom Dot are so gorgeous and provide a lovely candle holder.
These would look great on a mantel or as part of a table centerpiece.
There are so many different styles of mason jar too, we love these faceted ones.
DIY Felt and Button Christmas Tree Decoration
Felt is such a versatile craft material and the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating Christmas decorations. These cute felt and button ornaments from Cutesy Crafts are adorable.
DIY Twine Ball Lantern Decoration
Twine can be used in so many ways and creating DIY 3 dimensional shapes, such as these lantern spheres from Splash of Something, is one of our favorites.
The process simply involves soaking twine in watered down craft glue and then wrapping around a mould in the shape you want. Once it sets the twine stays in that shape and you can then use then as you wish.
These lanterns give such a gorgeous lighting effect and you can use them to create just the right Christmas atmosphere in your home.
Glittery Pasta Bow Garland
You don’t get much more simple and crafty than a pasta garland! This amazing idea from The Gold Jelly Bean creates a delicate and stylish garland with just pasta, glitter and twine!
You probably don’t even need a tutorial it’s so simple, but they’ve got it all mapped out for you anyway.
Don’t forget your glitter!
DIY Wrapped Yarn Christmas Ornaments
Another great way to use glue-soaked twine or yarn is to wrap them into simple shapes, such as these Christmas decorations from One Little Project.
You simply place pins into a styrofoam tray in the shape you desire and then wind the glue-soaked yarn around the pins.
The final result is a gorgeous little hand crafted ornament which you can paint any color you want!
Snowy Town Scene Mason Jar Decoration
We love a winter scene in miniature and this great little craft project from Shabby Art Boutique gives you a really easy way to achieve it.
They have used a mason jar and sprayed it with spray on snow, then added a paper cut town scene around the outside to create a silhouette when a candle is placed inside.
A gorgeous winter townscape in seconds!
Origami Christmas Tree Garland
This awesome origami Christmas tree garland is available from Etsy, but you could also DIY it if you’re good with the paper folding craft!
Simple Cranberry and Pine Table Centerpiece
We love the simplicity of this Christmas table centerpiece from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs. The burlap table runner is the perfect background for a rustic and casual pine and cranberry display that just doesn’t try too hard.
Perfect for those who just don’t have the time for anything more elaborate!
Reindeer String Art Christmas Decoration
Reindeer art is always appreciated in our household and this project from Clean and Scentsible is really creative.
Once again it is all about wrapping yarn around pins, but this is more permanent and intricate. This is one DIY decoration you will be pulling out year upon year to show off to your guests!
Rustic DIY Christmas Stocking Holders
If you don’t want to nail anything directly into your mantel (and why would you!?) you can make use of a stocking holder that sits on top of the mantel and acts as a counterbalance.
Winter Scene Christmas Terrariums
As mentioned, we love a minature winter scene and these terrarium ideas from Pink Pistachio are truly awesome!
You can really go to town with your modelling skills or just keep it simple with a few toys and trinkets laid on cotton wool. The string lights really compliment the scenes and make them stand out.
Rather than spending tons of money of those miniature winter scenes like Department 56, why not create your own!
Wood Slice Christmas Decorations
These wood slice ornaments by Mountain Modern Life are quite simple stunning! The varnished wood against the green of the tree is the perfect combination, along with the vintage style lettering.
This project is also not as difficult as it may first seem. Firstly, you can get the wood slices pre-made if you can’t get hold of your own wood and bandsaw! Also, the lettering can be transferred onto the wood with a special technique described in the tutorial. You can even put photos onto them!
You’ll be so proud of these once you’ve created them and so will everyone else!
No Sew Christmas Tree Cushion
It may seem a little extreme to create Christmas cushions, but if you’re careful in your choice of design, such as the tree design by On Sutton Place, then it can be a year-round cushion.
You can make this ‘no-sew’ using Wonder Under fusable webbing, or if you’re happy to sew then go ahead!
Either way, it’s another great way to add more ‘Christmas’ to your home!
DIY Mini Yarn Hat Ornaments
Aren’t these cute!? This easy to follow tutorial from Easy Peasy and Fun runs you through making these adorable mini yarn beanies for something a little bit different on your Christmas tree.
I guess they’d also be great as Barbie beanies too!
Scrap Wood Lanterns
If you have a selection of scrap wood available then why not turn it all into something really useful and decorative like these lanterns from Diva of DIY?
With a chop saw and a nail gun you could probably knock these out in about 10 mins, but even doing everything by hand would be pretty easy and quick. They are ‘rustic’ after all!
These would be great either indoors or outdoors, although probably not usable for candles, you could put string lights or battery tea lights in them.
Santa and Reindeer Paper Garland
It wouldn’t be right not to have a Santa’s sleigh and reindeer garland up somewhere would it? This simple idea from The Proper Blog makes it very easy and cheap to make your own DIY Christmas sleigh and reindeer decoration with paper and bakers twine.
They provide the template for all the shapes, all you need are some colored paper, scissors and a bit of time on your hands!
Frosted Pine Cone Candle Holder Decorations
These frosted pine cone mason jars from Crafts by Amanda are another of our favorite craft projects. The combination of mason jar, lace and snowy pine cones is gorgeous and so simple to achieve.
There are so many ways you can use pine cones at Christmas so why not just get a bundle of them (either bought or scavenged!)
Reindeer Pom Pom Christmas Garland
You can sometimes get a bit carried away making all your Christmas decorations stylish and perfect, but really it should all be about the kids! These amazing little reindeer pom pom garlands from Designs by Miss Mandee are perfect for crafting with your kids as well as being a great addition to your Christmas decorations.
We love how they all have little name tags too!
Balloon and Paper Festoon Light Garlands
Another DIY Christmas decoration that is a little bit different, these balloon garlands with paper festoon lights by Studio DIY are a really colorful and fun way to decorate your home.
They are also really cheap to make, so that’s a bonus! They are great to make with kids too so you can get stuck in to some family Christmas crafting!
There are loads of great ideas here to inspire you, we know that! That’s what we set out to do! But seriously, we hope you like at least something here and go on to make your own DIY Christmas decorations.
These ideas will be a really good way to keep the cost of Christmas down, have a bit of fun with the family and amaze your guests all in one go.
Happy Christmas crafting guys!