Whether you want to add color or create something more traditional, use these DIY holiday projects to channel the Christmas spirit.
The frigid weather outside gives us the perfect excuse to stay indoors and work on the holiday decor. Invite the most wonderful time of the year into your home with these crafty DIY Christmas decor projects. These easy DIY ideas include traditional ornaments and wreaths, as well as projects like citrus garlands and a fun advent calendar.
These wintery decorations are so easy to make that the kids can help while you complete the party preparations. Simply paint craft sticks the shades of blue you want, then glue them into star or snowflake shapes. The best thing about this DIY Christmas decoration? There’s no wrong pattern when it comes to designing your snowflakes. When they’re done, hang them up with fishing line or use them as decorations on your Christmas tree.
Dried Citrus Garland
Making dried citrus slices is easy and you can use them for so many fun nature-inspired projects. Use blood oranges, grapefruit, lemons and clementines to make this garland. You will also need cloves, bay leaves, greens, a hole punch, wooden beads, paint, a cookie cutter, and string.
Preheat the oven to 200°F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper. Cut the fruit into 1/4-inch slices. Arrange on the baking tray. Bake 2 to 3 hours or until fruit is almost dried, turning once or twice if necessary. Small fruits, such as lemons and clementines, will dry faster (2 to 2-1/2 hours) than larger oranges. Cool completely.
Press cloves into the fruit near the edges. Prick small holes in bay leaves with a punch. Wrap one end of string, cord, or ribbon with tape (any kind will do). It gives you a stiff end for easier threading.
Use a cookie cutter to punch stars out of lemon and orange peels, or paint wooden beads with acrylic paint. Thread the beads, stars, bay leaves and dried citrus slices onto twine.
DIY Christmas Wreath
Give a traditional evergreen a vintage twist with retro-inspired ornaments. Glue colorful pastel ornaments to light reflectors to form fake flowers. Attach the accents to a wreath with floral wire. Hang your DIY holiday wreath with velvet ribbon in an unexpected hue, like this dusty pink.
Festive bar cart
This DIY Christmas decoration idea is perfect for the entertainer. Decorate your bar cart with skeins of garland and ready-to-drink seasonal cocktails to prep your house guests. Make an ice mold for chilling wine by freezing water with orange slices and cranberries. This bar cart is sure to be the talking point at your holiday party.
How beautiful are the branches when you turn collected twigs into charming mini trees? Make these DIY Christmas decorations using budget-friendly craft supplies and a few sticks from your garden. Start by gluing two 4 to 6 inch twigs to make the trunk. Cut extra twigs into graduated lengths and hot glue them to the trunk. Lightly spray them with gold paint and decorate with a gold thread garland. Make a loop of the same rope and hot glue it to the top of the tree for hanging.
Hanging Poinsettia Planters
Replace the succulents in your macramé hanging planters with a more seasonal plant: poinsettias. Fill a glass planter with a few inches of water, then snip a bract from the plant. Place it in the planter for a floating effect. Be sure to change the water regularly to keep the poinsettias fresh.
Christmas tree advent calendar
This is not your average advent calendar. Make artificial trees in different sizes using fun green paper. Just roll the paper into a cone shape and use double sided tape or glue to close. Cut out paper circles and write the date on each circle, 1 through 25, then attach one to each paper tree. Arrange each tree by date on a mantelpiece or coffee table and place small treats or phrases under each so the whole family can enjoy counting down the days until Christmas.
Monochrome Holiday Cloak
Show off your gift wrapping skills by placing decorative boxes on your mantelpiece for all to see. Choose wrapping paper and ribbon in a holiday hue like red or green for a uniform, monochromatic effect. Finish off the display with a beautiful garland made from DIY paper poinsettias.
Colorful Pine Cone Decorations
These fun pinecone crafts make for good, easy holiday decor, gift toppers, or gifts for the kids to give to teachers or grandparents. Take a nature walk to find the perfect pine cones and glue colorful pom-poms on them. Tuck them into an evergreen garland on your mantel, along with a few candle holders for a colorful Christmas display.
Painted glass ornaments
Transform your Christmas tree with an array of vibrant ornaments. Simply remove the tops of glass ornaments and drip the craft paint directly into them. Swirl it around until you get the desired coverage. Turn the ornament upside down in a plastic cup and let the excess paint drip out until it dries. Reattach the top to the ornament and cover your tree!