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40+ DIY Christmas Decor Ideas for a Festive Holiday

As winter ushers in colder temperatures and snowy days, you may find yourself looking for things to keep you—or your kids!—occupied inside. What better way to pass the time and form special memories together than to make some crafts that double as homemade Christmas decorations? To get you started, we’ve compiled some of the very best DIY Christmas decor ideas for you to explore.

From candles and hand-lettered signs to wreaths and ornaments, you’ll find tons of Christmas decorating ideas that you can create on your own or with family and friends. Once you’re finished, you can use your creations as decor in your own home or put them in a personalized Christmas stocking to gift to loved ones. Start scrolling to discover everything from budget-friendly and kid-friendly projects to those that will challenge you to create a masterpiece you can enjoy for years to come! And once you’re finished, make sure to check out our DIY holiday cards.

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Peppermint Candle Sticks

Red and white paint is all you need to add a festive touch to basic candle sticks by mimicking peppermint's classic colors or striped design.

Source: Simply Kierste Design

Photo By: Simply Kierste Design

Rustic Light Up Christmas Sign

Take your handpainted season's greetings to the next level by decorating a wooden pallet with twinkling Christmas lights.

Source: The American Patriette

Photo By: The American Patriette

Glitter Candles

This DIY Christmas decor is both classy and fun. Dip white candles in red glitter paint to add some extra sparkle to your centerpiece.

Source: Two Sisters Crafting

Photo By: Two Sisters Crafting

Ombre Holiday Wreath

A DIY Christmas wreath doesn't have to be complicated. For a simple spin on this classic decor, wrap ribbon in an ombre pattern around a circular frame before adding a few felt flowers.

Source: Homemade Ginger

Photo By: Homemade Ginger

Rusic Wood Tealight Candleholders

These rustic tealight candleholders will remind guests of strolling through Christmas tree farms or roasting chestnuts over an open fire. Carve out space for a candle in a small piece of log to recreate the look.

Source: Marty's Musings

Photo By: Marty's Musings

Holiday Log Snowmen

Save the bottoms of your Christmas trees to DIY these adorable wooden snowmen. All you'll need is a small scarf and winter hat to finish the craft.

Source: The Creative Life in Between

Photo By: Jodi McKinney

Christmas Tree Cut Out Mason Jars

Here's a fun DIY Christmas decor idea you can do with your kids. Have them paint mason jars in red and green before you cut out Christmas shapes and drop tea candles inside.

Source: Mason Jar Crafts Love

Photo By: Mason Jar Crafts Love

Mason Jar Snow Globes

Snowglobes are always a delightful part of Christmas decor, so why not make your own in a mason jar? An adorable scene of a car carrying a Christmas tree is one fun approach to this DIY project.

Source: Mason Jar Crafts Love

Photo By: Mason Jar Crafts Love

Foam Core Marquee Angel

Here's a budget-friendly Christmas craft-all it takes is foam core board, white poster board and a strand of Christmas lights to recreate this beautiful angel.

Source: My Love 2 Create

Photo By: My Love 2 Create

Reindeer Parking Sign

As you look forward to a visit from Santa, don't forget his reindeer! This DIY reindeer parking sign is a fun project to hang inside or outside your home.

Source: The DIY Dreamer

Photo By: TheDIYDreamer.com

Faux Fur Christmas Pom Pom Ornaments

The best Christmas ornaments are ones that remind you of the joys of the season. These faux fur pom poms, for example, will remind all who see them of bundling up in coats, scarves and mittens on a cold, snowy day.

Source: The DIY Dreamer

Photo By: TheDIYDreamer.com

Chandelier Dressed with Fresh Greens

If you've only ever used greenery for wreaths and garland, you'll love this elegant twist on a classic Christmas material. Dress up your dining room chandelier to get this beautiful effect.

Source: Miss Mustard Seed

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Minature Gingerbread Ornament

Gather doll-sized Christmas accessories-like these cute gingerbread baking supplies-to create an adorable ornament everyone will love.

Source: Tikkido

Photo By: Tikkido

Gold Dipped Ornaments

There's more to Christmas than red and green! Dip a clear ornament in gold paint, then fill it with strips of gold and white wrapping paper for an elegant DIY Christmas craft.

Source: Homemade by Carmona

Photo By: Homemade by Carmona

Storybook Paper Tree

Don't toss out your children's Christmas books as they grow up. Instead, use them to create this DIY Christmas tree and treasure the memories you shared forever.

Source: Please Note

Photo By: Please Note

Paper Stars

Use a variety of paper to create stars for a unique collection of Christmas ornaments. Old books, maps and children's books are all great resources for this idea.

Source: Craft and Creativity

Photo By: Craft and Creativity

Merry & Bright Doormat

Brighten your doorstep with this simple DIY Christmas craft. A touch of paint can turn even the most basic doormat into a cheery decor piece that welcomes visitors into your home.

Source: A Pretty Cool Life

Photo By: A Pretty Cool Life

Birch Bark Angel Wings

Everyone knows that firs and greenery make for great Christmas decor, but don't be afraid to think outside the box. These angel wings made of birch bark are a beautiful and creative project.

Source: Chic California

Photo By: Chic California

Paper Bottle Brush Trees

These precious DIY trees are made of paper and can be used for all sorts of Christmas decor-village scenes, ornaments, centerpieces and more!

Source: Design Mom

Photo By: Design Mom

Copper and Twig Wreaths

For a modern spin on a DIY Christmas wreath, experiment with unusual shapes and materials, like this triangular wreath made of copper and twigs.

Source: Erika Rax

Photo By: Erika Rax

Paint Splattered Christmas Trees

Clear some space and break out your painting smock! These DIY paint-splattered trees are a messy but fun twist on Christmas decor.

Source: Fall for DIY

Photo By: Fall for DIY

Sleigh Rides Vintage Sign

If you've never hand lettered before, don't be afraid to attempt this vintage DIY Christmas sign. All you need is a stencil to create decor you'll be proud to display above the stockings on your mantel.

Source: Kerri Bradford

Photo By: Kerri Bradford

Sheet Music Hanging Stars

These stars made of sheet music will inspire you and your guests to break out singing your favorite Christmas carols. Hang the final product on your tree or around your house.

Source: Crafty Nest

Photo By: Crafty Nest

Metallic Hand Lettered Christmas Wreath

This DIY Christmas wreath is elegant and beautiful. Create your own masterpiece with metallic ribbons and ornaments, then place a hand lettered sign in the middle.

Source: One Artsy Mama

Photo By: One Artsy Mama

Reindeer Glitter Sled

Delight your guests and neighbors alike with this Christmas decor idea. Use glitter and paint to decorate a small sleigh, then prop it against your steps or beside your front door.

Source: Occasionally Crafty

Photo By: Occasionally Crafty

Wood Bead Christmas Garland

Once your stockings are hung by the chimney with care, create a strand of garland from white wooden beads to complete your mantle decor.

Source: Love and Renovations

Photo By: Love and Renovations

Holiday Light Globe

Use a strand of white Christmas lights to dress up the lawn decor you already have or purchase a hanging metal globe to recreate this dazzling look.

Source: The Garden Glove

Photo By: The Garden Glove

Christmas Clipboards

Break open the scrapbooking kit! Printed paper and seasonal stickers are the perfect materials for turning a clipboard into a fun Christmas decor idea.

Source: Nataleme.com

Photo By: Natalie Wright

Alternative Christmas Wreath

Start with a simple metal circle, then experiment with different textures and materials to create a completely unique spin on the traditional wreath.

Source: The Pretty Blog

Photo By: The Pretty Blog

Washi Tape Trees

Get your kids in on the DIY Christmas decor fun. All you need is washi tape, card stock, twine and a hole puncher to create these bright and cheery Christmas ornaments.

Source: Mama Miss

Photo By: Mama Miss

Gemstone Garland

Think outside of the greenery box. Unique materials-like these wintry blue gemstones-can make for an awesome garland that everyone will love but no one else will have!

Source: Centsational Style

Photo By: Centsational Style

Northern Lights Votives

All you need is some glitter and glue to give your glass votives a frosted look that will remind you of the beauty of the Northern Lights.

Source: For The Makers

Photo By: For The Makers

Modern Air Plant Garland

This red and green air plant makes for a stunning modern garland. The best part of all? The plant is still alive!

Source: Idle Hands Awake

Photo By: Idle Hands Awake

Painted Geometric Christmas Tree

All you need for this idea is a canvas and some paint. Sketch an outline of a Christmas tree or other seasonal shape, then fill it in with bright colors and geometric designs.

Source: Lovely Indeed

Photo By: Lovely Indeed

Plastic Spoon Christmas Trees

Who knew plasticware could make for such beautiful Christmas decor? Paint plastic spoons with metallic glitter before building a small Christmas tree that you can enjoy year after year.

Source: One Project Closer

Photo By: One Project Closer

Iced Branches

Using tacky glue and diamond vase filler, turn bare branches into unique decor that's inspired by the beauty of a tree draped in icicles.

Source: Make Them Wonder

Photo By: Save on Crafts

Anthropologie Knock Off Wreath

This DIY Christmas wreath uses thick white yarn for an effect that's cozy and inviting-perfect for hanging inside your home!

Source: Between You and Me

Photo By: Between You and Me

Bowtie Pasta Garland

Your mama may have told you not to play with your food, but that rule was meant to be broken. This DIY garland, which features bowtie pasta and glitter, is sparkly and simple to recreate.

Source: The Gold Jelly Bean

Photo By: The Gold Jelly Bean

Geometric Paint Chip Christmas Tree

Here's a DIY Christmas project that's absolutely free! Stop by your local paint supply store and pick up some paint chip samples to create your own geometric Christmas tree.

Source: We Are Scout

Photo By: We Are Scout

Paper Mistletoe Ball

Celebrate the romance of the holidays with this DIY mistletoe made of paper. While real mistletoe only lasts for a season, this sweet craft will bring joy to you and your loved one for years to come.

Source: Lia Griffith

Photo By: Lia Griffith

Golden Nutcrackers

Are your nutcrackers starting to chip or fade? Don't toss them out! Instead, use gold paint to give them a fresh look that will make them the star of your Christmas decor.

Source: The Sweetest Occasion

Photo By: The Sweetest Occasion

Ribbon Candy Wreath

Guests will be delighted by this ribbon candy-inspired Christmas wreath. All you need is ribbon, hot glue and wire to recreate this classic craft.

Source: Petal and Ply

Photo By: Dear Emmeline

Pom Pom Christmas Baubles

Let the kids join you for this family-friendly DIY Christmas craft. Simple pom pom-filled ornaments are bright and fun and can keep your kids entertained for hours.

Source: Let's Do Something Crafty

Photo By: Let's Do Something Crafty