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30 Super Simple DIY Christmas Decorations You Should Try

Tap into your inner creative side this Christmas season. These 30 DIY crafts should lift up your Christmas spirit.

The holidays are here, which means one thing: it’s time to spend all your money on festive decor. Well, not really. Families spend 60% of their income on holiday decor and produce 30% more waste during the holiday season. Think about those broken Christmas lights you replace yearly, ribbons, bows, shopping bags, and food waste we produce during the holidays.

Christmas decoration is one area where you can significantly cut down on holiday waste. Deck your halls with glowing lights, sparkling ornaments, and colorful Christmas bows — all homemade. This is a great way to save a ton of money. Plus, you can involve your family, so DIY Christmas ornaments can become a new favorite family tradition.

I’ve tracked 30 homemade Christmas decoration ideas that will transform your home into a holiday wonderland and benefit our environment. 

DIY Christmas Decoration Ideas That Anyone Can Make

1. Giant Cardboard Christmas Tree

Giant Cardboard Christmas Tree DIY Christmas Decorations

Image: Lovely Indeed

Idea Credit: Lovely Indeed

A giant cardboard Christmas tree is affordable, easy to make, and upcycled. This is a great idea to reuse those holiday delivery boxes. Add some string lights and make your cardboard Christmas tree extra festive. Or, get your kids to draw some ornaments to make it even more special.

2. Felt Reindeer Candy Cane Cozies

Felt Reindeer Candy Cane Cozies

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Idea Credit: Dream A Little Bigger

Imagine these felt reindeer candy cane cozies on your desk at work or around your home. It’s a perfect way to add Christmas spirit to any room. Plus, you can stick the felt reindeer to candy canes, which makes a great Christmas gift for the young ones.

3. Ribbon Christmas Tree Craft

Ribbon Christmas Tree Craft DIY Christmas Decorations

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Idea Credit: Somewhat Simple

A ribbon Christmas tree is a perfect way to reuse ribbons instated of throwing them out, and it’s one of the most versatile Christmas decorating ideas. You can make the ribbon tree as small or as big as you like by using different ribbons and choose colors that match the rest of your decor.

4. Snowflake Decorations

Snowflake DIY Christmas Decorations

Image: Lovely Indeed

Idea Credit: Lovely Indeed

One of my core childhood memories is cutting snowflakes with my mom and hanging them on the windows. If you live in an area without snow or want a winter wonderland inside, this is the perfect Christmas decor DIY.

5. Rustic Twig Christmas Ornaments

Rustic Twig Christmas Ornaments

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Idea Credit: Simple As That Blog

A rustic twig ornament is the best way to bring a touch of the outdoors inside. It’s extremely versatile — you can add ribbons, sparkles, or any decor you like on the twigs to make them festive. Or, go a step further and have an outdoor-themed Christmas tree.

6. Christmas Village Stocking Hanger Box

Christmas Village Stocking Hanger Box

Image: Jen Woodhouse

Idea Credit: Jen Woodhouse

A Christmas village stocking hanger box is a perfect way to draw attention to your stockings. You can color the village homes any color you like and add some battery-powdered Christmas lights to make it extra festive.

7. Wooden Christmas Tree Forest!

Wooden Christmas Tree Forest DIY Christmas Decorations

Image: Studio DIY

Idea Credit: Studio DIY

All you need are wooden odds and ends, paint, glitter, and you’ll have a magical wooden Christmas tree forest. This is a great Christmas decor to make with your family. You’ll be creating memories together and won’t throw out the forest for years to come. 

8. DIY Custom Christmas Stockings

DIY Custom Christmas Stockings

Image: The House That Lars Built

Idea Credit: The House That Lars Built

Stop postponing making your own stockings and use these custom Christmas stockings as an inspiration. Get some fun graphic fabrics, punchy patterns, and a customized ribbon to personalize each stocking, and you’ll cherish them for years to come.

9. DIY Pom-Pom Christmas Stocking

DIY Pom-Pom Christmas Stocking

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Idea Credit: A Beautiful Mess

Your family will love the fun texture of these pom-pom Christmas stockings. They are colorful and fluffy, and you can personalize them to any holiday color scheme. These stockings will be mementos you’ll reuse every holiday season.

10. Christmas Tree Mason Jar Votive

Christmas Tree Mason Jar Votive DIY Christmas Decoarions

Image: Mason Jar Crafts Love

Idea Credit: Mason Jar Crafts Love

A Christmas tree mason jar votive is a great way to bring together a group of kids, friends, or family. You can make them any color you like or any motive (snowflakes, Santa, and others). You can exchange jars, so everyone has a keepsake of a special time spent together. This will go perfectly with your living Christmas tree

11. Christmas Village Hoop Wreath

DIY Christmas Decorations Village Hoop Wreath

Image: Sister Suitcase Blog

Idea Credit: Sister Suitcase Blog

No Christmas is complete without a wreath, and a Christmas village wreath is guaranteed to make your door the best looking in the entire neighborhood. Find a hoop, and attach some shelves for your village, and you can add as many homes as you like. You can even create a replica of your neighborhood. 

12. Christmas Tree Napkin Fold 

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

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Idea Credit: Origami Tree

A Christmas tree napkin fold is a great way to surprise your friends and family if you’re hosting a dinner this holiday season and add some holiday decor to your table setup.

13. Christmas Centerpiece

DIY Christmas Centerpiece

Image: 33 Shades of Green

Idea Credit: 33 Shades of Green

This is a great idea for an upcycled centerpiece. Gather old vases or glasses you don’t need, and fill them with berries or branches. You can add water to make your branches last longer and a floating candle for some extra sparkle.

14. Cinnamon Stick Candles

Cinnamon Stick Candles DIY Christmas Decorations

Image: Louise Roe

Idea Credit: Louise Roe

Cinnamon stick candles are easy, scented candles that will add holiday spirit to your home. Plus, what smells more like holidays than cinnamon? You can use twine or a ribbon to bind the cinnamon and add extra holiday cheer.

15. Mason Jar Christmas Centerpiece

Mason Jar Christmas Centerpiece

Image: A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Idea Credit: A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Mason jars, evergreens, ribbons, and cranberries, are all things we associate with Christmas, so why not use them to make a centerpiece? You probably already have most of these lying around. Just add some cranberries to jars, a floating candle, tie a ribbon around the jar, and you’re all set. 

16. Christmas Jars with Christmas Village

Christmas Jars with Christmas Village

Image: The Idea Room

Idea Credit: The Idea Room

Gather the glass jars around your home and turn them into a Christmas village. You can use Epson Salts for snow, make cardboard trees, houses, a snowman, and more. Get your family involved by having them paint the village, and you’ll have inexpensive Christmas decorations you can reuse. This will surely make your sustainable Christmas parties livelier. 

17. Pinecone Ornaments

Pinecone Ornaments DIY Christmas Decoarions

Image: Make-It Love-It

Idea Credit: Make-It Love-It

Pinecone ornaments are some of the best cheap Christmas decorations you can make. Go for a walk and gather some pinecones, or buy cinnamon-scented ones. Add a bow on top, tie some jute, and hang the ornament on your tree.

18. Scrap Ribbon Christmas Tree Ornament 

Scrap Ribbon Christmas Tree Ornament

Image: Fireflies and Mudpies

Idea Credit: Fireflies and Mudpies

Gather some sticks outside or use cinnamon ones, and tie shades of green and brown scrap ribbon around it. This will emulate the branches of a Christmas tree. You’ll have a lovely ornament you can keep or gift this holiday season.

19. Wooden Slice Rudolph Ornament

Wooden Slice Rudolph Ornament

Image: Sugar Spice and Glitter

Idea Credit: Sugar Spice and Glitter

No Christmas holiday decor is complete without at least one Rudolph. This Rudolph ornament has a rustic charm. Plus, you can decorate it however you want. Give your Rudolph a glittery red pom-pom to make it pop. Make a stand-alone ornament or all nine of Santa’s Reindeer.

20. DIY Honeycomb Christmas Bulbs

DIY Honeycomb Christmas Bulbs

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Idea Credit: Studio DIY

Honeycomb Christmas bulbs are a nice twist on standard Christmas bulbs. These bulbs are Christmas decor ideas that are easy to make and budget-friendly. You’ll feel like Martha Stewart and wow the guests with your decor. 

21. DIY Copper Pipe Centerpiece 

DIY Copper Pipe Centerpiece

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Idea Credit: Pretty Handy Girl

If you’re tired of traditional centerpieces and want something unique, you’ll love this copper pipe centerpiece that doubles as a candelabra. It can also be used as a vase to hold the flowers. You can alter the design as needed and use it all year long.

22. DIY Rustic Wood Candle Holders

DIY Rustic Wood Candle Holders

Image: Marty’s Musings

Idea Credit: Marty’s Musings

These rustic wood candle holders are an excellent way to add some rustic decor to your home. After all, nature is the best free home decor. Use some sprigs of evergreen and berries to make it pop. You can keep the wood candle holders as a table centerpiece or on a window table for some atmosphere. 

23. Wood Holiday Houses

Wood Holiday Houses

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Idea Credit: HGTV

If you want to add a touch of Scandinavia to your home, these wood holiday houses are a great idea. This is a good way to reuse scrap wood leftovers. You can paint the wood and create a wooden house holiday mantel or a tablescape.

24. DIY Wooden Christmas Tree

DIY Wooden Christmas Tree

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Idea Credit: Sugar and Cloth

If you’re looking for an alternative to a traditional Christmas tree or want more Christmas trees in your home (why settle for only one?), these little wooden Christmas trees are a great idea. You can make as many or as few as you like, in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and place them all around your home.

25. Branch Christmas Tree

Branch Christmas Tree DIY Christmas Decorations

Image: The Lovely Drawer

Idea Credit: The Lovely Drawer

Are you tired of all the traditional red and green decor? Check out the simplicity of these metalics for the holiday season. Get a branch with a few twigs, and hang Christmas bulbs on it. You can go for bulbs of any color and tie some sprigs of rosemary for a holiday scent.

26. Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

Image: A Girl And A Glue Gun

Idea Credit: A Girl And A Glue Gun

You’ll need a few packs of popsicle sticks. Ask your family to lay the design of each snowflake and glue the sticks together. Everyone will have their own personal snowflake. Paint the snowflakes and glue them to the wall for a magical wintery design.

27. Natural Holiday Centerpiece

Natural Holiday Centerpiece

Image: The Sweet Escape Creative Studio

Idea Credit: The Sweet Escape Creative Studio

Who thought birch pieces could be used as a glamorous centerpiece? But, if you add some candles, little shiny Christmas trees, and reindeer, you’ll have a show-stopping piece for your holiday dinner.

28. Washi Tree

Washi Tree DIY Christmas Decorations

Image: Thyme Is Honey

Idea Credit: Thyme Is Honey

Save a tree this year, and go for a washi tree. Use washi tape and some strings to create a tree on your wall. Add tinsel garlands, make washi tape ornaments, and glue Christmas cards as they arrive in the post. You’ll feel the holiday spirit every time you look at your tree.

29. Deer Head String Art

Deer Head String Art

Image: Clean And Sensible

Idea Credit: Clean And Sensible

String art is a one-of-a-kind homemade Christmas decoration. It’ll give your home a rustic glam feel. Plus, you can add glittery garlands to make it even more festive.

30. Winter Table Setting

Winter Table Setting

Image: Stager Linda

Idea Credit: Stager Linda

Instead of a centerpiece (which everyone does), make a snowman winter table setting using your plates. You’ll need a set of bigger and smaller plates, napkins for scarves and hats, and cutlery for arms. Both kids and grown-ups will love this table setting.

Should You Try Christmas Decorating Ideas

Christmas decoration ideas DIY are the best way to make your decor stand out this year, spend as little as possible, and not create a ton of holiday waste.

You can reuse things around your home or get some twigs and sprigs from nature. Enlist the whole family to help you, and you’ll create memories to last a lifetime. You can make homemade Christmas decorations a new holiday tradition.

Use as many of the ideas I listed above, transform your home into a holiday wonderland, and keep our planet safe this holiday season.


Marina is passionate about sustainability and works to help ensure our planet stays as our home for a long time. She takes part in environmental conservation by recycling and not buying single-use plastic. When not writing, she can be found with her nose stuck in a book or trying out new baking recipes.


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