‘Tis the season to gather and celebrate with family and friends. These fun and creative DIY ideas will help you make every room look special and as festive as possible without breaking the bank.
Bonus: they’re fun to do in groups, too. Why not host a pre-Christmas crafting party? Just provide snacks and beverages, and give your guests a list of required supplies beforehand. You’ll create treasured memories and keepsake mementos at the same time.
25. For the birds
What could be more fun than making ornaments that are as functional as they are cute? These birdseed ornaments are adorable, and your birdie friends are sure to love them too.
Ingredients: birdseed, raisins, suet, beef fat or coconut oil, cake molds, cake pop sticks and raffia or twine.
Mix two parts bird seed to one part fat, add raisins and birdseed, and form in cake molds. Use cake pop sticks to poke a hole for the twine. Put the ornaments in the fridge to harden them and string with your twine afterward.
Your bird friends will thank you!
24. Upcycle your bottles
You probably have more wine bottles around during the holidays, with all the entertaining you’ve been doing.
Let’s put those empties to good use by painting them (using a mix of shine and glitter) and using as Christmas vases.
23. Sparkle, sparkle all the way
Bring the outdoors inside by coating some branches with glitter paint and arranging in a tall vase.
Krylon’s Glitter Blast spray paint works well on projects like this.
22. Welcome your guests
What better way to greet your guests than with a cheerful Christmas banner on the front door?
These are the supplies you’ll need:
Supplies: -gold ribbon -sheet moss -glue gun -white felt -2 wreath hangers -fabric glue -foam core or cardboard
Head on over to A Beautiful Mess for the full tutorial. What a great idea!
21. Painted Christmas lights
You don’t have to be stuck with those boring green Christmas light wires! Just remove all the bulbs and paint the wires any color you wish. Be sure the paint has dried thoroughly before lighting the strand.
20. Card display tree
Don’t stick all those Christmas cards on the fridge — use them to enhance your home’s holiday style with this clever card display tree made from twigs in the yard. Just arrange the twigs in a vase, and add a small clip to twig ends.
19. Christmas scents
All you need is a selection of dry whole spices such as cinnamon sticks, whole nutmeg berries, cloves, rosemary, or pine needles. Add them to a pot with water and a little oil, and bring to a simmer on a stove top. Ahhhh.Make your home smell as good as it looks with this delightful homemade Christmas fragrance.
18. Mini present garland
What a cute idea. This mini present garland would be perfect for a small Christmas tree.
You’ll need: crepe paper folds, empty cereal box or raisin boxes, scissors, Glue Dots, embroidery thread or thin metallic ribbon, and scissors.
Full directions at Oh Happy Day.
17. No-Sew sunburst Christmas tree skirt
This clever tree skirt tutorial is courtesy of HGTV.
These are the supplies you’ll need to make the skirt.
- 3 yards red felt
- 2 yards white felt
- 2 bottles fabric or felt glue
- rotary cutter
- cutting mat
- clear ruler
- length of string
16. Pet paw ornaments
Don’t leave Fido out of the festivities! These adorable ornaments let your dog get in on all the holiday fun.
Here’s how you make them.
- 1 cupsalt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup water
- Parchment paper oraluminium foil
- Straw/pen for punching a hole
- Mix the salt, flour, and water in a bowl until it becomes firm. Knead the dough for 30 seconds and then cut individual circles with a cup.
- Press your dogs paw into the salt dough and use a straw/pen cap to make a small hole at the top.
- Bake at 200 degrees in the oven for 2-3 hours or until completely dry. Once it is cooled, grab some paint and glitter to decorate. Finish it off with a pretty ribbon for hanging.
15. Let it shine
This easy centerpiece will brighten your Christmas table and add a subtle aroma of cinnamon. Just tie cinnamon sticks around some unscented candles with rustic twine, and voilà.
14. Pinecone garland
What could be easier or more charmingly rustic than a selection of pinecones suspended on a length of twine? This quick DIY project is a great way to make use of your natural resources.
13. Ornamental planter
Hello, easy! Fill your planters with red or green bulb ornaments for instant yuletide cheer.
12. Craft stick snowflakes
This is a DIY project the whole family can have fun with. Just hot glue Popsicle sticks together in your favorite snowflake formations, and paint as desired.
Head over to Crafty Nest for more of their festive snowflake ideas!
11. DIY Advent calendar
Use notebook paper to keep your lines evenly spaced.What a fun way to count down the days until Christmas: by trimming a small section of Santa’s beard each evening.
10. Peppermint striped candlesticks
All you need is a 4×4 post, cut into 3 pieces (10 inches, 8 inches & 6 inches), Frog tape, spray paint, a sander, drill with 1 1/2 inch spade bit,a and twine.If you’re handy with a drill, these red and white striped “candlesticks” will be a cinch to make.
Drill a hole large enough for a tea light at the top of each post. Then paint your posts however you like, and distress with the sander after the paint has dried. Use the twine as an accent as desired.
9. Paper trees
Turn scrap paper into a forest of festive Christmas trees with this simple project.
Just cut and fold whichever paper you choose into cone “trees” of different sizes. Use double-sided tape to secure the seams.
8. Scrabble tile ornaments
What a clever way to use those extra Scrabble pieces! Trace the outline of your desired phrase onto a paper plate. Glue the tiles into place, let dry, and top with a snow texture paint on the tile tops.
7. Christmas in a jar
Simply fill a plain glass hurricane vase with Christmassy items (here: pine needles, pinecones, red baubles and berries with a pillar candle). You can make several of these to spread throughout your home, or just one as a table centerpiece.
6. Holiday holly wall
Perfect for over the mantel, in a stairway, or above the dining room sideboard, this cute wall display just takes some green card stock, honeycomb paper balls, painter’s tape, stapler or glue stick, and scissors.
Download full instructions and template from Snow and Graham, and get to hollying your home!
5. Shadowbox frame
The possibilities with this project are endless. Start with a shadowbox, and fill with ornaments, glitter, and lettering as you like.
This craft would be really cute on a bookshelf!
4. Pencil Christmas wreath
For this colorful wreath, you’ll need a bunch of pencils (the Dollar Store is a great source), a 6″ wood round from the floral department, and a die-cut snowflake.
Here’s how you assemble the wreath:
3. Pinecone Christmas trees
These are the only supplies you’ll need:These pinecone trees can be placed throughout your home for maximum Christmas cheer!
2. Merry and bright
Why stop at the tree? Decorate your chandelier as well, for an extra-special Christmas look. You can use any type of garland or ornaments you like.
1. Recycle old CDs
Do you have an attic full of old CDs and don’t know what to do with them? Why not turn them into sparkly Christmas ornaments?
Simply cut the CDs into small mosaic pieces, and glue to a clear plastic bulb ornament. This is a perfect recycling project for all you crafty people!