As we head into the second and third weeks of December, those old boxes with Christmas ornaments that were tucked away for a good year or so start to come out. It is often a trip to the attic, basement, that over-crowded closet that holds everything you never need or the garage corner. But each year, you also think about adding something new and special to the Christmas decorating scheme; a fabulous decorative piece that is unique and exceptional. Sure, a trip to your nearest store might just about help out. But for the absolutely perfect Christmas decorations that exactly fit into the decorating theme, it is DIY ideas that work the best. And as always, we are here to bring you the easiest and most affordable DIY Christmas decorations around.
DIY Christmas decorating ideas cut back on cost, make it a lot more affordable and putting all those pieces together does bring the whole family together over the holidays. It also gives you more control over the exact look that you want and the style and color scheme you are aiming to create. Today, we flip through an extensive guide that includes pretty much everything – from DIY wreaths and garlands to Christmas trees, shiny ornaments and fabulous Holiday table crafts. Step in and check out the 30 easiest Christmas DIY decorations out there.
DIY Christmas Trees and Ornaments
Let us start off with the most important piece of the Christmas decorating jigsaw of them all – the Christmas tree and its decoration. If you do not have the space or the time for the traditional Christmas tree, then it is time to think about smart modern alternatives. Pineapples decorated with sparkling lights and Christmas ornaments are a hot trend this season and they apparently can replace your Christmas tree as well! Of course, for many us, the traditional Christmas tree is simply irreplaceable and you can start with something as simple as the Felt Christmas tree skirt to create a niche for it next to the window.
Crafting a No-sew and easy Christmas tree skirt is not hard at all and takes absolutely no time to craft whatsoever. It gives you a perfect place to place all those gifts under the tree and makes the entire area seem more organized and refined. And right next to your lovely Christmas tree can be a pedestal with Yarn and Button DIY Holiday Topiaries that complement it elegantly. Those searching for alternative Christmas tree ideas beyond the pineapple craze can try out the plastic spoon tree idea or even the more elaborate Upholstered trees.
Homemade Christmas Signs
It is time to make things big and bright as the festive season rolls ahead and custom Christmas-themed signs are a great way to do it in style. They can be crafted mostly using stuff that you already have and they take actually far less work than one would imagine. Whether it is a bold sign that spells out JOY or one that wishes a very merry Christmas to friends and family, adding these lovely and seemingly vintage signs is perfect way to enliven your home. (or even the entryway).
Taking rustic wooden signs in a different direction is the gorgeous Chevron-striped wooden board with a Christmas tree crafted using glittering baubles and shiny ornaments. It sure beats a boring sign and combines sparkle with plenty of traditional, rustic charm. DIY clay words offer an even simpler alternative for those looking to say it out loud while a festive holiday cards display doubles as a great addition that steals the spotlight despite its modern and understated appeal.
Easy Holiday Wreath and Garlands
We love a good wreath as the colors outside change and early fall takes over. Of course, those orange-centric wreaths start to make way for festive designs in green and wreath as December arrives. There are plenty of ways in which you can create a lovely Holiday wreath. But few are as chic, understated and yet captivating as the DIY Mini Window Wreaths that you will see below. You can alter its design ever so slightly; add a tinge of gold or red to paint a merrier picture.
The same thing can be said for the Magnolia & Gilded Pinecone Christmas Garland – a lovely creation that would be even more impressive if you couple it with a few shiny Christmas ornaments! Then there is the scintillating French Macaron DIY Garland – a super simple creation that will captivate your guests and leave a lasting impression.
Getting the Kids Involved
Ever tried decorating the house during the Holidays, preparing for a big family dinner even while handling two or three kids running around all the time? Yup, if you have a look of fear on your face, you probably been through it all! The best way to handle this situation – just let the little ones be your special helpers with some easy Christmas DIY decorations. They might not get it right at the first go,; they could create bit of a mess while crafting the decorations and the final product is surely not picture-perfect. But your guests will understand it; even love it! Start off with something as simple as the Tin can snowman or an easy jar snowman ornament.
Once your kids are up to speed, give them something a bit more challenging. Maybe they can create a chalkboard wall fireplace mantel, decorate the stairway using a garland you already crafted, a few sparkling stockings and some candy canes (well, at least some should make the wall!) Filling a transparent jar with Christmas ornaments is also a super-easy idea, but do make sure they do not have to move it around too much.
Easy DIY Crafts for the Holiday Table
So the rest of your home is ready for Christmas, but it is the large dinner table that seems a bit lonely and not yet festive enough? Not to fret, as we have some cool DIY ideas that will bring the season’s joy to your dashing dining space. The DIY balloon ornament holiday centerpiece is one of the best ways to add color and cheerful allure to the holiday table without breaking a sweat. It feels whimsical and yet perfect for a fun party with friends and family. Crochet snowflake coasters are bound to make plenty of visual impact while a centerpiece like Santa on Sleigh is a great conversation starter.
Homemade Christmas Decorations, Simple Projects Anyone Can Do
Making your own Christmas decorations can be a time-honored tradition, and it can save you money, too. Once you get your creative juices flowing, you’ll be personalizing all of your decor and having a blast doing it. Here are a few simple DIY project ideas to get you started:
Pine Cone Wreath
This classic decoration never goes out of style. This is one of those projects that looks more complicated than it actually is. Once you get the basic system done, the construction will be quite easy.
You’ll need craft pinecones and a pre-made grapevine wreath. You can buy both at a craft store, or if you live in an area with a lot of pine trees, you can find your own in nature. You’ll need about 35 to 50 pinecones, depending on their size.
After you’ve gathered your supplies, simply begin hot-gluing the ends of the pinecone to the wreath. Start out on one side and work your way around to the other. For best results, try to be as symmetrical as possible with your placement of the different sizes of pinecones.
Christmas Throw Pillows
Even if you don’t know how to sew, making slipcovers for your throw pillows is easy. Throw pillows can give your living room or sitting room a whole new look with just a simple change. Select your fabric based on the colors you are using for decorations in the room. Red, green, gold and silver are all traditional Christmas colors that can be used on Christmas throw pillows.
A visit to the fabric store will open your eyes to how many different options you have for this project. You can make suede pillows, satin pillows or cotton pillows. The fabric in the store will give you tons of ideas for how to want to go about finishing this project.
You can do this project in several ways: You can measure your existing throw pillows and just make slipcovers for the pillows. You can make your own pillows using pillow forms to use year after year. Or you can use a no-sew technique to simply wrap the pillows or pillow forms in new fabric.
Bring the Outdoors In
Go on a nature hike with your family and gather supplies from the natural world, including pinecones and tree cuttings. Place them in a bowl. Leave them looking plain and rustic or spray paint a few in festive and glittery holiday colors. Tie a ribbon around the bowl and you have a low cost piece of holiday decor that reflects the are in which you live.
Make a simple yet elegant Christmas centerpiece by using a dish and a few floating candles. You’ll need a shallow bowl, some floating candles and a Christmas placemat. Lay the placemat in the center of the table and then place the bowl on top. Fill the bowl with clean water and then add your candles. If you don’t have a Christmas placemat, you can use a charger or decorative plate to place the bowl. Once the bowl is in place, surround it with greenery and some Christmas ornaments.
Let the Kids Help
While you are getting creative with your holiday decorations, there are lots of things the kids can do to help, depending on their ages and skills. Kids can make snowflakes with a pair of scissors and some white or silver papers (or turn them loose with last year’s holiday cards). Younger kids always have fun with glitter. And older kids love to string popcorn with a needle and thread as well as to find creative ways to display the year’s holiday cards as they arrive. Ask your children to help you come up with more creative ideas for homemade Christmas decorations. They might have some wonderful ideas of their own.
Do not worry if you have still not started on your Christmas decorating. There is plenty of time ahead with all the uber-simple DIYs that we shared with you today. You can also rest assured that we will inspire you with more such ideas in the days ahead. Happy Crafting!