Believe it or not, you don’t need to burn holes in your wallet just to decorate your home for the holidays. With a bit of creativity and patience, you’ll be able to make really beautiful Christmas decors. You might even beat store-bought decors with your imagination!
If you don’t believe that, here are 60 really adorable craft ideas you can make for the holidays.
1. Miniature village houses
If you want your home to have that Christmas vibes without spending a lot, you should try making your own miniature village houses. The project only requires small birdhouses, garland, LCD lights, and a glue gun. It also requires basic drilling skills. To see the step-by-step guide, you can check out this link.
2. Modern Christmas tree
These modern Christmas trees are simple and easy to make. They are also easy to store right after the holidays. Check them out here.
3. A Christmas tree made with pasta
If geometric designs don’t impress you, this pasta Christmas tree might. It looks cute and it’s really cheap to make. You probably have all the materials ready at home. Click this link to see the full list of materials.
4. Tissue paper Christmas tree
Tissue papers aren’t just for wiping and cleaning things. With a bit of creativity, you can actually use them as material for your next Christmas tree. See the full instructions here.
5. Place cards
Getting ready for a party? Complete your table setup with these DIY place cards. All you need are some leftover alphabet pasta and cardboards. You can see how it’s done here.
6. A different Santa
Don’t be afraid to be different. If most of your neighbors have the same Santa in their yard, you can create yours using logs. You will also need ribbons and red paint for the hat. Check out how to do the project here.
7. Cupcake ornaments
These cute but lovely cupcakes make an excellent project for the entire family. You can make a few dozens for your Christmas tree using the instructions you can find here.
8. Colorful birdhouse ornaments
Don’t throw away your empty tissue paper rolls yet. You can still turn them into adorable birdhouse ornaments which you can hang on your balcony or patio. You can find more details here.
9. A Christmas-themed plant box
If you already have a plant box at home, you won’t have a hard time making this project. You just need to add a couple of small Christmas figurines and you’re done. If you want to take it to another level, come up with a theme or you can just copy this one.
10. Hearts made from old sweaters
The best thing about DIY Christmas decorations is being able to reuse old things. If you have sweaters you no longer use, you can cut out heart-shaped pieces which can hang on your tree or even your entire living room. You can go as big or as small as you like. See the rest of the details here.
11. Making snow globes from old mason jars
These mason jar globes are great as decorations for your home or as gifts to family and friends. They are quite fun to make, as you can see here.
12. Felt ball wreaths
This is surely an entertaining project for the entire family. You can get the kids to make the felt balls while you assemble them into a wreath. Click here to find out how.
13. Watercolor tags
With watercolor and some thick paper, you can make your own tags which you can use to decorate your gifts or even your table. These tags aren’t fancy but they can surely make your gifts a lot more stylish. You can find out more here.
14. Christmas tree made of strings
There are so many things you can do with this string art Christmas tree. You can use it as an Advent calendar by hanging numbered envelopes on it or you can use it as a display area for your Christmas cards. It’s an excellent decor because it doesn’t require nail holes. Here’s the full list of materials you’ll need.
15. A barn star
Put a large barn star in your home this Christmas and see how it can dramatically change the overall feel of your home. I’m pretty sure it’ll feel a lot more like Christmas. To find out how you can make one, click here.
Candles are cheap which makes them a good material for a DIY project. For Christmas, use white candles and put some greenery around them. A wreath made of leaves, like this one, will do.
17. Christmas cookie cutters
Adding Christmas themed cookie cutters can make your table look more festive. You can just scatter them or place them next to your candles like this.
18. Silver bells
Put a couple of silver bells in your front door and tie them with a red ribbon. For sure, your visitors will have a lot of fun ringing them instead of your doorbell. Here’s how it would look.
19. Candy cane candles
You’d miss a lot of fun if you don’t make a couple of these candy cane-inspired candles for your home. Tying a red ribbon around white candles is an easy way to recreate one of the most popular Christmas treats. To see how you can make them, click here.
20. Candy cane decors
Here’s another idea if you’re aiming for a candy cane theme for your decors: grab a couple of candy canes and stick them into potted plants or a special vase. You can get more ideas here.
21. Cake stand with greenery
There’s just so many things you have to do for the holidays. If your schedule didn’t allow you to make a really nice cake, you can still make use of your cake stand. Grab a few ornaments and greenery and you’ll have a really nice decor for Christmas. You can see how it’s done here.
22. Fun garland with gift bows
Skip the green garland and do something more stylish and fun this year. Get a couple of gift bows and stick them to a string and you’ll have a unique garland. You can hang them in your living room or even your kids’ bedrooms. You can see the full details here.
23. Pine cone garland
In case you want something that’s nature-inspired, try out this one. The pine cone garland is an easy project for you and your kids. Just pick a couple of pieces and tie their ends with a yarn. You can add more drama by covering them with spray adhesive and glitter before hanging it on your wall. If you want something simple, you can do something like this.
24. Peppermint candies
Peppermint candies are already pretty so you won’t need to do a lot if you want to use them as decors. In fact, you can just put them in a tray to serve as accent pieces to your plain candles. Here is an example.
Pick candies that match the colors of your Christmas decors and place them in glass jars. They can add drama to your home, just like this.
26. Snow ornaments
When it comes to decorating your home for the holidays, you can’t go wrong with snow-inspired pieces. You can make one by putting regular polyester fill in clear plastic ornaments. See the instructions here.
27. Extra ornaments
Got some extra ornaments left? Instead of packing them away, put them in clear vases. Trust me, they are going to make your home a lot more happy. Check this out if you don’t believe me.
28. Faux mantel
If you don’t have a mantel for your stockings, you can create one using a drop cloth, chalkboard paint, and a couple of other items you can find here. The process is easy so don’t worry. You can even use it as an activity with the kids.
29. Berry wreath
The supplies you need to make your own berry wreath aren’t complicated. If you already have a wreath form from last year, then you’ll just need a couple of berry springs, hot glue, and glue gun. Youy can find the full instructions here.
30. Tea towels
Just like the rest of your house, your kitchen also needs to have that Christmas spirit. You can easily achieve that by making these gorgeous Christmas tea towels. Here’s the link that explains how.
31. Sweater pillows
You don’t really need a lot of money just to decorate your home. If you have existing sweaters at home, you can use them to decorate your pillows. Just remember to pick sweaters with colors that match your home’s decors. Check out this guide to know more.
32. Pompom Garland
Skip the classic bristles of green and go for something more colorfun and fun. This popmpom garland doesn’t take a lot of time to do. It’s quite cheap, too. In fact, if you already have yarns at home, you won’t need to spend anything for this project.
33. Free printables
If you do a quick search online, you’ll find tons of free printables. Pick the best ones that relate to the overall theme of your house and frame them. If you are feeling creative, you can actually do your own art, just like this one.
34. A centerpiece for the holiday table
Put your old ornaments on a cake stand and you’ll have a wonderful centerpiece for your holiday table. Pick really colorful ornaments to make the centerpiece as charming as possible. Take a look at this piece, for example.
35. Christmas lights in mason jars
Mason jars aren’t just great for storing things. By putting LED fairy lights in them, you can use the jars as decors this Christmas. And once the holiday is over, you can return those mason jars in your kitchen. Know how you can set up yours here.
36. Extra gift wrappers
Don’t just use wrapping papers for gifst. Use them to line trays or cover books you already have on display at your home. They’ll surely help create that festive ambiance. Click here to know more.
37. Ice cream ornaments
With just tissue paper and brown paper bags, you can have additional ornaments for your Christmas tree. Use colored tissue papers to make your tree as colorful as possible. See the complete instructions here.
38. Plastic toys as place cards
Get some of your kids’ plastic toys and use them as place cards. Animal figurines work best for this project because they are stable and likely to have slots for the cards. Learn how to do it here.
39. Handpainted Christmas stockings
It’s nice to have different Christmas stockings this year and you can make that happen by painting the ones you have at home. You can see the full instructions here.
40. Snowflake ornaments
Believe it or not, these snowflake ornaments are made from pipe cleaners. They’ll look lovely on your Christmas tree or your gifts! You can see how they’re done here.