Make Your Home Merry and Bright with These DIY Christmas Decorations (2022)

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Dylan Chandler

'Tis the season for decking your halls (and trees, walls, doors...you get the picture). Sometimes using store-bought (or even more convenient—ordering them online) decorations is the way to go, but there's something so special and charming about homespun DIY Christmas decorations that money simply cannot buy. Case in point: These thoughtful Christmas craft ideas and projects are impossibly easy, make for hours of family fun and are easy on the wallet (we could all use a little extra dough to spend on gifts for kids and stocking stuffers).

From easy-to-make Christmas ornaments to simple Christmas table decorations and even show-stopping DIY holiday wreaths, there's something here for every taste and skill set. Handmade sweater stockings, a DIY advent calendar made using galvanized pails, loads of ideas made with vintage Shiny Brite ornaments, and boxwood chair markers are just a few of the inspired ideas you'll find on this list. Don't own a hot glue gun? No worries! The most novice crafters will find a suitable (and adorable!) project to enjoy.

Once the inside is all dolled up, take your creativity outside. We've included a few DIY outdoor Christmas decorations that'll have your front porch looking ready for the holiday season in a snap. For example, a wreath made of collected Shiny Brite ornaments gives your door a vintage-inspired feel, while "snow-covered" pine cones lend an organic, natural touch. Now let's get crafting!

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Becky Stayner

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Ornament Trees

So shiny and bright and festive, you will proudly display these sparkling beauties year after year.

To make: Cover Styrofoam cones (we used 12- and 15-inch cones) with ornaments, attaching them with hot-glue. Start with larger ornaments at the bottom, transitioning to smaller ones as you work your way up. Fill in any gaps with mini ornament balls. If desired, wrap the finished trees with vintage tinsel and beaded garland.

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BRIAN WOODCOCK

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DIY Tobacco Basket Wreath

A rustic tobacco basket, fresh greenery, and bright berries speak to tradition, while an oversize checked bow adds a touch of cheerful pattern. Use floral wire to fasten greenery in a neat bunch, and add pine cone accents.

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Becky Stayner

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DIY Door Bells

Hang these "bells," made from mini Bundt pans and molds on the front door or over the mantel.

To make: Stack mini molds and Bundt pans to form bell shapes; affix together using epoxy. Hot-glue small ornaments to the bottom to create the clappers. Glue ribbon loops and a bow to the top for hanging. Add a swag of greenery, if desired.

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BRIAN WOODCOCK

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DIY Mitten Tree

What's the perfect use for mittens that have lost their matches? A triangular wall display that’s right at home in a mudroom or other “bundle up” zone. Pin pom-pom ornaments in pastel shades to the “branches.”

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Becky Stayner

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Shiny Brite Centerpiece

Create a two-tiered table arrangement by placing a footed tureen on a platter and filling both dishes with ornaments.

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BRIAN WOODCOCK

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DIY Jadeite Plates Christmas Tree

Hang dinner plates in a Christmas tree shape—on a kitchen wall, perhaps?—using adhesive plate hangers. If desired, add saucers for dimension. Secure vintage silver demitasse spoons in a starburst using wire and tiny nails.

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Becky Stayner

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Shiny Brite Curtain Tiebacks

Add instant and easy flair to curtains by simply threading ribbons through the loops of a few Shiny Brites and tying them around your curtain tiebacks.

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BRIAN WOODCOCK

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DIY Candy Cane Door Decor

Create your own candyland welcome with these wreath and swag ideas.

To make wreath at left: Arrange candy canes in a circle with the hooks all facing the same direction. Affix together with hot-glue (don’t worry if the ends don’t line up, as they will be covered). Top center with round peppermint candies, overlapping them slightly and holding in place with hot-glue. Thread ribbon through two candy canes at top to hang.

To make wreath at top right: Wrap a 12-inch foam wreath form in white ribbon. Attach candy cane sticks, small candy canes, and peppermint balls with hot-glue to conceal the form. Loop a ribbon around top of wreath to hang.

To make swag:

Attach extra-large ($9 for 3;amazon.com) and regular-size candy canes together, staggering the heights and direction the hooks face, with hot-glue. Tie a bow around the stem, and insert greenery.

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Becky Stayner

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Kitschy Candlesticks

Decorate the mantel or holiday table with a few of these easy to create festive candlesticks.

To make: Hot-glue ornaments in assorted sizes to silver or glass candlesticks.

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Rikki Snyder

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DIY Dried Citrus Christmas Garland

String slices of dried citrus on a pretty plaid ribbon and layer on top of plain greenery. Drape around windows, on staircases, mantels, or a piece of furniture (like this buffet, shown here).

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Caroline Allison

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DIY Chandelier Christmas Decor

Embellish light fixtures and tabletops with greenery and berries. Here, cypress sprigs tuck into the chandelier scrolls, while magnolia trimmings are nestled around pillar candles. Tip: Use unscented candles on a dining table.

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Dylan Chandler

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DIY Vintage Toolbox Centerpiece

Take a chippy wood toolbox (a vintage soda crate would work, too), fill with tree clippings and berries, and tie on a bow or two for an easy centerpiece that's complete in just minutes. Flank with candles or other holiday accessories for a festive tabletop.

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Dylan Chandler

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DIY Staircase Bows

Add an instant upgrade to store-bought bows (or tie your own with wire ribbon) by securing a cluster of shiny red ornaments in the center. Fasten to garland where it attaches to railings.

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BRIAN WOODCOCK

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DIY Jingle Bell Runner Table Decorations

Not only does this runner look incredibly festive, it also sounds like Christmas. (Those "berries" are actually red jingle bells!)

To make: Cut holly leaves from dark and light green card stock. Use a bone folder or wooden skewer to indent veins in leaves, then trace indents with a green colored pencil. Run down the center of the table and lay red jingle bells throughout.

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VIRGINIA MACDONALD

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DIY Layered Garland

This layered garland made with fresh cedar and grapevine twigs looks festive and smells great, too.

To make: Bundle 12-inch lengths of fresh cedar and grapevine twigs and use green metal wire to hold them together. Repeat until you have enough to go around the doorframe. Affix bundles together in an overlapping pattern with green wire. Hang over the doorway using nails or hooks. Add berries and pine cones.

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BRIAN WOODCOCK

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DIY Book Tree

Make bookshelves festive with a color-coordinated “spine” tree. Tuck bottlebrush trees, greenery, and other seasonal trinkets between books.

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BRIAN WOODCOCK

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DIY Dog Bone Wreaths

Want to show your pup some love this "Woof-mas"? Add dog bone "bows" to classic wreaths with hot glue.

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BRIAN WOODCOCK

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DIY Vintage Luggage Tree

Give trunks and suitcases—often found in varying shades of green—new life that’s both jolly and jet-set. Create a garland of old tickets, ski passes, and luggage tags. (The swag also works well on a travel-themed Christmas tree.)

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DAVID A. LAND

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DIY Life Preserver Wreath

Add a splash of nautical flair to your mantel. Here, an antique life preserver adorned with a festive bow makes for quite a statement—with very little elbow grease required.

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BRIAN WOODCOCK

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DIY Wooden Spools Wreath

Sweet vintage wooden spools wrapped with an assortment of thread, baker’s twine, ribbon, and rickrack provide pops of color. They also hint at the crafting and merrymaking happening just beyond the front door.

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DIY Flower Frog Tree

Gather up these floral fixer-uppers for a dash of holiday horticulture. Hang bauble ornaments and accent with sprigs of greenery.

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BRIAN WOODCOCK

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DIY Holiday Card Tree

Corral vintage and new Christmas correspondence into a timely tree-shaped installation. Place a galvanized bucket underneath to collect outgoing gifts, party favors, or more holiday mail.

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BRIAN WOODCOCK

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DIY Candy Cane Trees and Vase

To make the vase: Attach candy canes to a glass vase with hot-glue. Tie a ribbon around the center; fill with flowers.

To make the trees:

Bake 3 candy cane sticks on a parchment paper–lined baking sheet at 225°F until just pliable, 3 to 6 minutes. Starting from bottom, quickly wrap candy around a cone-shaped Styrofoam form, trimming as needed and repeating until covered. Hot-glue red hots to starlight mints; attach to trees. To make a star-shaped mint topper, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Grease parchment and insides of cookie cutters. Set cutters on baking sheet; fill with a single layer of mints in bottom, breaking to fill any gaps. Bake at 350°F just until melted, 5 to 6 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes; remove cutters. Hot-glue star to top of tree.

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VIRGINIA MACDONALD

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DIY Citrus Garland

Homemade ornaments are always more lovely and sentimental than their store-bought counterparts. But a homemade garland? Now, that's the sort of ambition we love to see!

To make: You'll need navel and blood oranges, parchment paper, two cookie sheets, jute or natural twine, a skewer or nail, and decorative hooks.

1. Preheat oven to 250°F.

2. Cut oranges crosswise into 1/4-inch slices (four oranges make a six-foot garland).

3. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Pat orange slices dry with paper towels, and place them on cookie sheets in a single layer.

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4. Bake for approximately 3 hours or until dry. (To ensure the slices dry flat, turn them over at the midway mark.) Remove from oven.

5. Using a skewer or nail, poke two holes into the top of each orange slice.

6. Thread twine through each hole, evenly spacing the oranges on the garland. Tie off each end with a loop, and hang from hooks.

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BRIAN WOODCOCK

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DIY Winter Wonderland Table Decorations

Are you feeling the Scandinavian vibes too? This neutral-toned table is as sophisticated as it is spirited.

To make the wooden bead stars: Draw a five-point star on paper. Make a loop in one end of a piece of silver craft wire. Thread beads on wire, bending wire per drawing as you go. Feed loose end of wire through loop, crimp, and cut.

To make the acorn tree: Paint nuts with white craft paint, leaving caps natural. Attach a loop of twine with hot glue. Hang from a spray-painted branch set inside a spool of twine.

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BRIAN WOODCOCK

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DIY Ice Skates Wreath

How could you not outfit your door with fur-embellished ice skates filled with fresh greenery? A fluffy pom-pom “snowball” and mini silver ornaments round out this sharp door decor.

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BRIAN WOODCOCK

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DIY Dried Citrus Wreath

Magnolia leaves and greenery pair for simple, natural swag, while dried oranges and pine cones add just a little color and texture. Understated burlap ribbon bundles the bunch with a happily humble bow.

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BRIAN WOODCOCK

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DIY Vintage Tart Pan Tree

Round up a collection of vintage tart pans, ranging from 2 to 12 inches, and stack from largest to smallest. Top with a vintage star-shaped baking mold and accent with a charming snow scene!

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Victoria Pearson

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Grapevine Christmas Wreath

We're still not quite over this stunning Christmas wreath from fashion designer Jenni Kayne's family retreat in Lake Tahoe. An oversized grapevine wreath is livened up with some holiday greenery and a few craft pine cones.

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Jane Merritt / The House That Lars Built

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DIY Christmas Stockings

Switch out store-bought stockings for colorful ones made with a few swatches of fabric and ribbon!

Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built.

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FAQs

How can I make my house look Christmassy? ›

Candles are undoubtedly one of the best ways to set the mood over the holiday period. The aromatic scents of cinnamon, pine, and berries invoke the festive spirit into your home. Placing individual candles in your windows and around your home is the perfect way to create a cosy feel.

What are the trends for Christmas 2022? ›

The 2022 Pantone Color of the Year is “Very Peri,” a dusky purple with blue-gray undertones. This opens the door for purple Christmas ornaments in all shades of the spectrum, from romantic lavender to playful plums to deep amethyst and eggplant. Purple ornaments pop on green or flocked trees.

How do you make natural Christmas decorations? ›

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What is the color for Xmas 2022? ›

Christmas decoration trends 2022

The feelings of warmth, security and tranquility are reflected in the colour combination of bright crimson and dark fir green. Dark blue and black add a graceful depth to the theme, which is enhanced by gold and white accents. Traditional Christmas motifs round out the festive mood.

What is the color of the year 2022 Christmas tree? ›

1. Blue and Gold. Christmas tree color trends this season include all shades of blue, but particularly midnight or navy, mixed in with flashes of gold.

What are the Christmas colors for 2023? ›

The forecast for 2023 is the use of lavender color, whether in design or interior design. A purifying, semi-pastel tone will stand out in the next season. TrendBook shows an inspirational Christmas mood board with this color trend.

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How can I decorate my bedroom for Christmas? ›

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How can I decorate my Christmas without a fireplace? ›

Take the focus away from stockings, garlands, Nutcrackers and ornaments. Instead, focus your holiday decor on lights. Christmas decorating without a fireplace is easy if you're just hanging lights all around. You can even arrange them into wreaths or make the outline of a Christmas tree and stockings on the wall.

How can I make my bedroom look warmer? ›

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What is the color of the year for 2022? ›

Pantone, the global authority on colour, has picked “Very Peri” as the colour of the year for 2022. The company describes Very Peri as “a dynamic periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet red undertone blends the faithfulness and constancy of blue with the energy and excitement of red”.

Is purple a Christmas color? ›

This rich shade may not be at the top of your list when you think of Christmas colors, but it is the main color of Advent, the period before Christmas, when Christians fast and repent in anticipation of Christ's birth. Purple symbolizes royalty, luxury, and a sense of magic or whimsy.

What colors are trending for Christmas? ›

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Apparently, Christmas trends follow fashion trends when it comes to decoration. So there is no surprise to see Christmas trees in hot pink, red, gold, green, brown, navy, and in the colours from the Fall Winter 2022 Colour Pallete this year.

Are gnomes still popular 2022? ›

According to new research from Atlas Ceramics garden gnomes are in the top five garden trends for 2022, along with raised garden beds, bird baths, garden benches, and pergolas.

What is the color of the year for 2023? ›

Behr selected Blank Canvas, a warm white shade, as its 2023 Color of the Year. As the name entails, the paint color provides a neutral backdrop for any and all creative expression, but the warm undertone makes it pair especially well with other soft earth tones and nature-inspired shades.

Where can I put a small Christmas tree? ›

Try placing mini trees along your mantel or kitchen counter. You can even put trees in your bedroom to give the space that extra holiday glow—just don't leave them lit while you sleep. And, given their easy-to-work-with size, small trees make for adorable displays and kid-friendly DIY projects.

How do you decorate for the holidays on a budget? ›

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How do you make a greenery Christmas centerpiece? ›

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What can I replace Christmas decorations with? ›

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How do you make outdoor gumdrop decorations? ›

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How do you make fake flower hanging baskets? ›

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When should you start decorating for Christmas? ›

No matter which Christmas decoration ideas you have, the ideal time to decorate for Christmas is the weekend of Thanksgiving. If you're still wondering how early is too early, stick to the rule that putting up Christmas decorations anytime before Halloween is too early.

Which plant looks like Christmas tree? ›

Another Christmas tree alternative is a sheered rosemary tree (Rosmarinus officinalis). Like the European Cypress, these are usually sold in 6 to 8” pots and are sheered to give them that typical Christmas tree shape.

How do you make a fake Christmas tree? ›

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How do I find my Christmas spirit? ›

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  5. Deliver some Christmas treats! ...
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Why do people put up Christmas decorations? ›

According to several psychologists, Christmas decorating spikes dopamine, the feel-good hormone. They said that the colors and lights act as chromotherapy, also known as color therapy. Colors and lights can increase happiness and energy.

Why do people decorate for Christmas early? ›

Putting up Christmas decorations early can improve your mood, according to scientists. Psychoanalyst Steve McKeown explained to Unilad that decorating for Christmas brings up feelings of nostalgia and can evoke strong feelings of childhood. People who decorate the outside of their homes are also seen as more friendly.

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