Save money and get creative this holiday season with over 101 DIY Christmas decoration ideas! From faux fireplaces to quirky tree ornaments, there’s something for everyone.
As a DIY blogger (and just who I am as a human), Christmas is my jam. As in, I started writing my Christmas content in August – and, by September 1st, the bare bones of my first DIY advent calendar was complete!
Nothing makes me happier than 3 things:
- Giving gifts (making gifts especially – I look forward to it every year)
- Cute home decor
Naturally, you can see how the holiday season just ticks all my boxes. Were Santa a man, Tinder would hold no value to me. So today I wanted to kick off the season by sharing over 100 fabulous DIY Christmas décor ideas. Let’s jump straight in!
Much like my mammoth post of over 101 DIY gift ideas for her, this bad boy is long. Feel free to use the table of contents below to find what you need – or take the scenic route for major inspiration!
Table of contents
- 10 DIY Advent Calendars
- 10 DIY Christmas Trees
- 24 DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments
- 20 Stunning DIY Holiday Wreaths
- 44 Mind-Blowing Festive DIY Home Decor Projects
10 DIY Advent Calendars
First up, we’re going to tackle some of the internet’s finest handmade advent calendars. My friends, let me tell you, I am beyond obsessed with making advent calendars each year! They’re such a fun way to really ramp up the festive spirit – and you get to pick the fillings depending on who you’re crafting for.
Last year, I made my boyfriend an advent calendar and filled it with festive LEGO, Christmassy activities, and little gifts leading up to the big day! Super fun and will be doing again this year.
My Favorite DIY Advent Calendars Are A Retro Hand-Painted Christmas Village and A Printable Advent Christmas Village
Homemade Advent Ideas #3 & #4 are A Printable House Advent & An Adorable mini Jar Calendar
DIY Advent calendars #5 & #6 are a surprisingly easy envelope board & An upcycled Dollhouse Calendar
Calendars #7 & #8 are A fun paper advent calendar and A Clever Upcycled Ladder Advent Calendar
#9 & #10 are an ornament advent calendar & A Mini Tea advent Calendar
10 DIY Christmas Trees (Great Alternative Xmas Tree Ideas For Small Spaces!)
I’m warning you guys right now – this is the year I try out an alternative Christmas tree. Our apartment is honestly too small for a big one and some of these ideas are beyond impressive. Whether you don’t want the hassle of a big tree, or you simply want to save space, check out these 10 DIY Christmas tree ideas for inspiration!
Idea #1 and #2 are Upcycled Cardboard Trees and Sparkly Sequin Trees
#7 & #8 are a space-saving flat xmas tree and a super quirky and fun faux cactus tree
24 DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments
Next up, we have the quintessential holiday classic: tree ornaments! I love spending a little time making tree ornaments because you can save them to whip out year after year – and eventually you’ll end up with a fabulously festive collection.
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My Fave DIY Tree Ornaments are retro toy-car decorations and Quirky Vintage Photo Ornaments With Hand embroidery
DIY Tree Ornament #1 – Retro Car Wreath: I’m obsessed with this! Like actually obsessed – and I will be recreating a version with a pink car.
DIY Tree Ornament #2 – Hand-Embroidered Vintage Photo Ornaments: Potentially an odd choice but I love it! These vintage-chic ornaments are so whimsical and fun – plus they’re pretty inexpensive to make at home.
Ornaments #3 & 4 Are DIY junk food tree ornaments and Rustic Twig Tree Ornaments
Homemade Ornament Idea #3 – Junk Food Ornaments Using Clay: Anyone who follows this blog or my TikTok will know full well how much I love clay. It’s a super cheap crafting material and – let me tell you – a little goes a long way. If you want to add some quirky fun to your Christmas tree, these junk food ornaments are a must-try! You can pick up a large pack of colored polymer clay for under $8 on Amazon.
Idea #4 – Use Twigs To Create Rustic Stars For Your Tree: I’m always a big fan of upcycling – especially during the holiday season when it can be tempting to buy a ton of new items. These gorgeous star ornaments are a must-try!
Tree Decor Ideas #5 & #6 are Pine Cone Swans & Snow Globe Polaroid Ornaments
DIY Ornament #5 – Pine Cone Swans: Another fun way to use natural elements in your Christmas decor is to upcycle some pine cones into elegant swans.
DIY Ornament #6 – Snow Globe Polaroid Decorations: Not only are these cute but you could build a collection of festive family photographs over the years. How cute would that be?
Ideas #7 & #8 are utterly adorable mushroom ornaments & Cottagecore-esque Mushroom terrariums
Ornament Idea #7 – Funky Mushrooms: We all know the cottagecore trend has been absolutely dominating 2022 – so why not extend the vibes to Christmas?
Ornament Idea #8 – Hanging Terrarium: Again, these are the most adorable little cottagecore decorations!
#9 & #10 are Adorable stamped clay ornaments and Rustic handpainted wood Slices
Ornament #9 – Hand-Stamped Clay Ornaments: Isn’t this totally adorable? This is another great idea that you can keep year after year – and you can completely customize it to make DIY gifts.
Ornament #10 – Hand-painted Wood Slices: I’d love to try painting wood slices this year! Amazon sells convenient multi-packs of wood slices for under $10 so this is a great cheap decoration idea.
#11 & #12 are super easy acrylic pouring paint baubles & Pipe Cleaner Angels
Ornaments #11 – Fun Marble Ornaments With Festive Puns: Readers of my old blog will likely know of my love for acrylic pour paints. They’re inexpensive, easy to use and you can create the cutest things! Use fillable ornaments and some pour paints to
#13 & #14 are quirky gumball machine ornaments & Glittery Cotton Sweet treats
projects #15 & #16 are chic brass silhouettes and A Cardboard Gingerbread House Garland
Ideas #17 & #18 are a Salt dough gingerbread man garland and Quirky Christmas Jumpers
#19 & #20 are surprisingly easy salt dough ornaments and Some Fun Takes On Fillable Baubles
#21 & #22 are fun blue marble ornaments & Dreamy Festive scenes In Baubles
#23 & # 24 are vintage-chic hymn sheet dIY tree ornaments and Cutesy a-frame putz house ornaments
3 DIY Macrame Ornaments For The Boho Babes
Personally, I’m a big fan of boho Christmas! Plus, a lot of the elements like dried flowers and macrame can be worked into your home decor year round. If you want to spend an afternoon getting creative, macrame is a wonderful DIY ornament option.
Not only is it cheap – you can pick up a 120pc kit with macrame cord, beads, wooden dowels and more for under $15 on Amazon – but macrame is super beginner friendly! Here are some of my top festive macrame creations . . .
DIYS #1 & #2 are easy macrame tree-shaped ornaments and a 3-in-1 special that shares how to macrame around baubles
Handmade Macrame Ornament Idea #3 Is The cutest no ring stars!
10 Fun Disney-Themed DIY Ornaments
Don’t shoot the messenger here but I am not the biggest Disney girly . . . other than at Christmas. There’s something so nostalgic and cozy about Disney decor! Is it just the rampant exposure we’ve all been fed since childhood? Maybe. But who cares?
Now, I love me some cute Disney ornaments . . . but, if you’re buying the real thing, they can get pretty expensive.
Here are some adorable – and affordable – DIY Disney ornaments to try out.
Ideas #1 and #2 are traditional mickie and minnie paper tree ornaments and A Festive mickey mouse wreath
#3 & #4 are A Super easy felt garland and A creative up house tree topper
#5 & #6 Are adorable mini disney snowglobe ornaments and the cleverest tiktok hack to turn cheap target toys into ornaments!
#7-10 is a trick shot with multiple festive disney ornaments in one handy video!
I am utterly obsessed with much any DIYs from Karen Kavett – and her compilation of 20 Harry Potter themed DIY tree ornaments is an absolute must-see. Not only are all of these decorations genuinely cute but look at the detail. So stunning! You can check out the video tutorial for these below:
10 Upcycled Popsicle-Stick Tree Ornaments
I couldn’t tell you why but I have a deep, deep love of popsicle crafts. They’re just so creative – and inexpensive. Checking out some of the creations crafty people out there manage to whip up from popsicles honestly blows my mind – so make sure you check out these 10 popsicle stick tree ornaments. (And share them if you’re equally as impressed!)
#1 is an adorable xmas window ornament & #2 Shares a fun tutorial for making gingerbread ornaments with popsicle sticks!
Ideas #3 & #4 are Adorable Pastel Festive Scenes and Rustic Popsicle Sleighs
#5 & #6 are a super cute photo lollipop ornaments and Shimmery Popsicle Snowflakes
#7 & #8 are scenic popsicle fireplace ornaments and Quirky popsicle characters
#9 & #10 are festive Christmas trees and personalized sleigh decorations
20 DIY Christmas Wreaths To Spruce Up Your Door
Does anyone else think that there’s just something so classy about festive wreaths? They’re such a subtle but stunning way to add some holiday cheer to the exterior of your home – and, as these 10 projects will show you, they really can be customized to suit your decor scheme. Let’s jump straight in!
Wreaths #1 & #2 are A Stunning Dried Orange Wreath & A Christmas Village Wreath
#7 & #8 are a retro Xmas wreath and A practical cookie cutter holiday wreath
#9 & #10 are a yummy gingerbread wreath and A wintery rustic dIY wreath
#11 & #12 Are a practical chalkboard wreath and a snowy pom-pom option
#13 & #14 are a fun candy-cane wreath using gift bows and an edible candy-cane wreath
#15 & #16 are a modern bell wreath and a rustic wreath featuring forest faves
#17 & #18 are the cutest little vintage truck wreath and a giant photo-worthy wreath
#19 & #20 are a fun yarn wreath and a giant joy wreath
44 Mind-Blowing Festive DIY Home Decor Projects
Next up, let’s take a look at some fun festive home decor projects! Honestly, guys, prepare to be impressed – from faux fireplaces to gingerbread Christmas villages, the ideas I’ve curated for you are actually stunning. Some of them have me wanting to bust out the Xmas decor 3 months early!
10 DIY Christmas Village Ideas
Let’s take a look at the beloved Christmas village! I don’t know about you guys but little festive villages are honestly one of my favourite DIY Christmas decorations to make – and they’re pretty timeless so you can store them for use year after year.
These 10 options vary in price, time taken and effort so there’s an option for everyone!
Ideas #1 and #2 are a stunning (and edible!) gingerbread house tablescape & a cardboard box christmas village
Ideas #3 & #4 are mid-century putz houses and Upcycled Milk Carton christmas homes
#5 & #6 are a candy igloo and Festive Painted Birdhouses
#7 & #8 are a pastel row of christmas houses and a wood slice christmas village
10 Fun Ways To Add DIY Xmas Decor Outdoors
We’ve been talking a lot about adorable indoor festive home decor options – but how about outside? These next 10 decorations are perfect for sprucing up your porch, your front lawn and your front door!