Having Christmas decorations around the home puts you in the holiday spirit, but no one wants to spend a lot of money on something that’s only decorating the house for a few weeks. Instead of hitting the home décor shops, hit up the craft store. Even if you don’t have a strong artistic bone in your body, there are plenty of DIY Christmas decoration ideas you can put together in just an afternoon.
Mason Jar Christmas Tree
Mason jars are generally inexpensive and this craft couldn’t be easier. Simply take six mason jars and fill them with ornaments, then stack them into a pyramid. With a star on top and an extra garland draped around the jars, it starts to look like a tiny Christmas tree. It’s perfect for a fireplace mantle. With six jars, the “tree” will be fairly stable, but if you want to use more jars to create a bigger pyramid, consider using a glue gun to glue the jars together.
Happy Christmas Garland
Hang your own message of Christmas cheer by stringing some letters together. Most craft stores sell large, lightweight letters that won’t drag the string down. You can decorate these letters however you like. Try adding a bit of sparkly gold and silver paint to give them a classy look, or cover them with colourful wrapping paper. Kids can get in on the action by painting them.
Candy Cane Wreath
Traditional wreaths might be made from evergreen branches, but you’ll earn a lot of smiles with this delicious take on the classic wreath. Glue several pairs of candy canes into heart shapes, then glue these together to form a circle. A flat ornament like a sparkly snowflake or a Santa face covers up the centre area, and you can hang it using a ribbon in a matching colour.
If you’re looking for something a little more elegant, you might like this DIY framing idea. Take some large branches and cover them with white or silver glitter paint. Place them in containers framing something like a mirror, picture, or doorway. Around the branches, use candles or other lights to make the branches sparkle.
An Ornamental Window
Add some festive flair to your windows by stringing up ornaments and hanging them from a garland at the top. If you don’t have a lot of extra ornaments around, you can purchase ornament “starter kits” intended for people getting their first Christmas tree. These packages typically have 20 or more colour-coordinated ornaments. Vary the length of the string to make this decoration more interesting.
When it comes to holiday decorating, the kitchen is one room that often lacks some love. Since you spend so much time in the kitchen, you should enjoy sprucing it up a bit. Use thick ribbon to “wrap” the cupboard doors to look like giant packages. If you have space above the cupboards, you can add some garlands and lights. Incorporating lights is also a great way to create ambiance in the kitchen for those long winter nights.
Christmas Card Tree
If you send and receive many Christmas cards during the season, you’ll want to have a classy place to display all of the cards you receive. Do it in style with a “washi tape” tree. Use this decorative tape to create the shape of a Christmas tree on a large wall, then hang up the cards as they come in. Extra details like a star at the top and a garland can make it really stand out. The best part? Washi tape won’t pull the paint off your walls when it’s time to take the tree down.
Recycled Wood Signs
There’s so much you can do with a bit of used wood! Whether you have planks lying around from an old project or go out looking for some wooden pallets, you can take the wood and create a Christmas sign that suits your taste. Simply stain the wood to the shade that you like, then paint your design or message. You could write “Merry Christmas,” “Let It Snow,” or even paint some snowmen. If you’re worried about an unsteady hand, use stencils to get the look you want.
Sledding Down the Stairs
No, you don’t really want the kids to sled down the stairs, but you can set up a cute Christmas scene on that elegant banister. Cover the railing with quilt batting or another type of cotton material to act as “snow.” Then place tiny figures with sleds along the “hill” to look like they’re having fun in the snow. Ornaments are often the perfect size for the figures, but you can also have your kids make sleds with craft sticks and use some of their favourite stuffed animals to decorate.
Pine Cone Love
Pine cones are a sometimes overlooked sign of the season, but if you can find them in your backyard or along your favourite walking trail, you can create some inexpensive pine-cone themed decorations. Rolling the pine cones in white paint gives them a snow-kissed look, and you can then place these pine cones in a bowl or string them together to make a garland. If you collect your pine cones outdoors, be aware of the possibility of bringing bugs inside. Baking them at around 200 degrees Celsius for around 20 minutes or washing them with vinegar should remove any pests.
As you’ve seen, there are plenty of ways you can make your home look festive for the holidays. Christmas craft projects make it fun and easy to decorate your home to suit your personal style.