Christmas is right around the corner, and what better way to transform your home into a winter wonderland than by gathering your friends and family to create your very own Christmas decorations! Store-bought decorations can put a dent in your wallet, and there’s no need to spend lots of money, time, or energy decking your halls. That’s why we think creating your own Christmas decorations is a fun, inexpensive, and creative route to take this holiday. These thoughtful holiday crafts are quick and simple, are great for spending holiday time with those you cherish, and create lasting memories. They’re also affordable, leaving you a little extra money to get Christmas presents for your family and friends, and stocking stuffers for the little ones. From DIY ornaments to simple centerpieces and beautiful holiday wreaths, there’s inspiring ideas here for just about everyone. And you don’t have to relegate your creativity to the inside of your house either. These simple DIY Christmas craft decorations will have your home looking ready for the holiday season in no time.
Let’s get crafting!
DIY Layered Garland
Making your own garland is a great way to get creative with family and friends. Christmas garlands are beautiful and produce a fresh and delightful aroma that fills your home with Christmas joy! Follow our simple steps to creating your very own garland, and maybe try to put your own individual spin to it.
- 12 inch lengths of fresh cedar and grapevine twigs
- Metal wire (preferably green)
- Additional gatherings to adorn with (such as pinecones and berries)
Bundle 12-inch lengths of fresh cedar and grapevine twigs. Use green metal wire to hold them together (we recommend green wire because it will blend in). Repeat until you have enough to go around the object you will be placing the garland onto, for example; the doorframe or around the fireplace. Affix bundles together in an overlapping pattern with green wire. Use nails or hooks to hang the garland in the desired location. Add berries, pine cones, lights, and anything else you’d like!
DIY Wine Cork Christmas Tree
If you enjoy your fair share of wine, this unique Christmas craft is for you! Start saving your wine corks until you have enough (about 45) to assemble an adorable pom pom covered tree. There are so many projects you can create with wine corks, but this has to be one of our absolute favorites.
- Natural Corks
- Styrofoam cone (preferably 7” tall with a 3” bottom diameter)
- Brown paper bag
- Wax paper
- Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
- A small wood star
- Metallic gold acrylic paint
Unwrap or open the brown paper grocery bag and set onto a flat surface. Lay your foam cone onto the paper bag and wrap it around the cone. Trim the bag to cover just the foam. Use hot glue to affix the bag to the cone. Fold the ends in for the top and bottom and secure with hot glue. Place wax paper onto a flat surface. Place your cone onto the wax paper. Begin to apply the corks to the cone. Apply a strip of hot glue to the side of a cork and place it onto the cone at the bottom. Repeat all the way around the cone. Keep the cone on a flat surface, so the base remains flat and solid. Continue to add corks, angling them as you move from the bottom to the top of the cone and affix with hot glue. When finished, fill some of the larger gaps with pom poms, attaching with hot glue. Paint a wood star with gold metallic paint. Let dry completely and attach to the top of the tree with hot glue. You can display it in your home or give it as a homemade Christmas gift.
DIY Tree Ornaments
You may find it hard to part with your tried-and-true store-bought ornaments that have been on your Christmas tree almost every year. While they’re a surefire way to spruce up your tree, we think DIY Christmas ornaments can be a more fun and meaningful way to decorate your tree. Especially if you can turn decorating ornaments into a family Christmas activity and create memories together! There are many different ways you can go about decorating ornaments, but if you want to add sparkle to your Christmas tree, then grab some glitter and keep reading!
- Plain glass ornaments
Gather your materials and start by painting a layer of Mod Podge onto the glass ornament about 3/4th of the way up, leaving the top 1/4 plain (you can also paint the entire ball if desired). You’ll want to paint a decent coat, not too thin. Once painted, immediately roll in glitter and set aside to dry. If you are making more than one, repeat that process again with the other ornaments and let them all start to dry. If you want to get real fancy, you can take a small paint brush and draw some reindeer, trees, or even Santa onto your ornament.
DIY Christmas Wreath
Christmas is known for bright lights, tree ornaments, and, of course, Santa-themed everything. However, there is nothing more warm and welcoming than a gorgeous wreath on someone’s front door. Since it is no secret that store-bought wreaths are nowhere near cheap, we think it’s always fun to create your own holiday wreath that will save you money and still look amazing!
- 18” embroidery hoop
- Faux greenery
- Small ornaments
- Thin green wire
- Hot glue gun/hot glue stick (optional)
Secure faux greenery, berries, and ornaments onto the hoop with thin green wire. Add anything else you’d like, such as pine cones, poinsettias, or ribbons with hot glue.
DIY Christmas Centerpiece
Planning on having a Christmas dinner for your friends and family? Get festive by creating your own Christmas centerpiece for the table. This is an easy and exciting way to give your table a festive makeover. There are so many different ways to achieve a centerpiece that fits any style or budget. Keep reading to see how we like to spice up our tables for the holidays!
- Decor (pine twigs, berries, pinecones, etc…)
Directions: Start off by grabbing a platter (any color you’d like) to be the base of your decorations. Gather anything that brings you Christmas joy, such as pine needles, berries, pinecones, and lights. Place a candle or multiple onto the platter, decorate everything you’ve gathered around the candles. This arrangement is quick, easy, and most importantly, festive!
Christmas is one of the few occasions that welcomes glitter and twinkle lights with open arms. Out with the old and in with the new! Refresh your kitchen, living room, or other areas in your house for the season by taking inspiration straight from these Christmas decoration ideas, ranging in style, price, and DIY skills. Please tag us on instagram, @oliverluxuryrealestate, if you decide to give any of these a try!