I know the stores started showing off their Christmas cheer back before Halloween, but this family is still stuck on the idea of celebrating each holiday in order. No Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving in our household. However, once that last piece of pie has been eaten, we immediately launch into Christmas mode. We bust out the Bing Crosby Christmas songs, bring forth the boxes, and get to work on spreading holiday magic throughout the house.
There is also something about this time of year that gets my inner craftster going. While I always enjoy projects and crafts, I really start to crank things up for Christmas. There are so many opportunities to be inspired, and the kids and I become like little elves, creating new things each year to add to our growing seasonal decor. So, here is our list of the top 10 DIY Christmas decorations that we love:
Wreaths run the gamut, ranging from the simple to the extreme. This is also one way to declare your holiday style immediately. Are you a traditional pine and cranberry kind of family, or are you into the new, brightly colored yarn wreaths? Whatever your personal taste, you can easily find a wreath to fit. Just check Pinterest for a multitude of tutorials.
Ornaments are also incredibly easy to make, and can be made from variety of materials. We have a few cloth ones from my childhood, and updated versions from the year I decided to use the same pattern to make new ones using more modern fabric. They turned out so cute that we also made extras for gifts that year. This year, we painted ours at a paint-your-own pottery studio. You can use bottle caps, shells, and almost anything you can think of to make an ornament! Just tie a string on and voila!
Okay, so you may not be able to make your own lights (not even Clark W. Griswold managed that feat of craftivity), but throw them in a jar, or wrap them on just about anything, and you have instant holiday cheer. Twinkling lights are a must when it comes to Christmas decorations in our house. One of our favorite things is to take a strand of white lights and string them in the dining area – it instantly makes us feel cozy, warm and festive. We found round globe lights that give a slightly retro feel this year.
Just like the wreath, the Advent calendar can be as complicated or simple as you desire and a reflection of your own personal style. The one pictured above is so easy and sweet. Check out this one and other fantastic options via Lolly Jane here.
We have used twine, paper,popcorn, and ribbon to create our versions of garland. One of the easiest, and least expensive options, is the most classic: gather as many evergreen trimmings as you can find and overlap them for beautiful, natural garland that can be used anywhere.
Snow globes are a huge hit with the kids and can be easy to make inexpensively. For a full tutorial, checkout this post from Make & Do Girl. (Don’t be afraid to get a little cheeky with them – some of the best ones I’ve seen are also pretty funny!).
With just a tiny bit of sewing involved, you can whip up a pair of wonderful stockings. Some people are talented enough to knit their own, and if you’re a knitter this is right up your alley. The best part about stockings around the house is that while the large ones look good on the mantle, little mini stockings can be used all over the house in a variety of ways – from magnets to garland to ornaments.
Branches can be painted, sprinkled in glitter, left plain, wrapped, or hung from the ceiling and adorned with ornaments. All are ways to create a big impact with minimal money. A new favorite this year: use fishing wire to dangle paper snowflakes from a branch hanging in a window.
No, no – not the big one…little mini trees on the table, the mantle or part of vignettes anywhere are HUGE statement. While I love using potted rosemary plants in the kitchen and on my dining room table, I can’t wait to try out some new versions this year like this one I found at Centsational Girl.
Obviously we’ll be pretty busy this weekend with lots of DIY crafting going on, complete with hot cocoa and a toasty fire. Come Monday our Christmas decorations will be up, and we’ll be exhausted — in a great way!
Your Favorite Christmas Decorations
If you have any suggestions to add to my list, please let me know. We are always looking for new ideas and new ways to show our Christmas spirit!