Christmas is a time like no other. The festive season brings with it a magic that is unparalleled by anything else in the year.
Depending on the hemisphere you live in, our ideas of Christmas might be very different! However, whether you have snow or beautiful sunshine, I think we can all agree that Christmas just feels special (see also “How To Find Pinterest Inspiration For Christmas“).
When November rolls around, many of us will start feeling that giddiness. Christmas will be just around the corner, and it’s time to start preparing!
If you love Christmas as much as I do, then you’re going to want to turn your home into a winter wonderland (or the summer equivalent).
How can you do that? By decorating! You can’t expect to feel the Christmas spirit if your house looks like it does every other time of year. No, you need trees, garlands, lights, and everything else you can think of.
If you’re looking for some fun festive Christmas (see also “15 Festive Dishes You Can Serve For Christmas“) idea that you can make at home, I’ve got you. No need to spend loads of money – you probably have plenty of things already.
10 Festive Christmas Ideas You Can Make From Home
1. Homemade Snowflake Ornaments
One of the most notable Christmas decorations are ornaments. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they can be anything you want.
Since snow is often associated with Christmas, it only makes sense to have an option to make snowflake ornaments in the comfort of your own home.
To make these ornaments, you will need the following items:
- White acrylic paint
- Craft glue
- White glitter
- Foam paint brush
- Red string
You can find the full instructions here, but the general guidelines are as follows:
- Remove the metal from the clothespins.
- Use glue to stick the flat sides of two clothespins together, and repeat for the other eight pairs.
- Arrange the glued pairs, so they form a snowflake, and glue them together at the base.
- Once the glue has dried, use the white paint and coat the clothespins gently. You may need more than one layer.
- Sprinkle the white glitter over the wet paint.
- Allow to dry, and do the same to the other side.
- Once dry and glittered, thread the red string through a hole or opening in the snowflake, and use it as a decoration.
2. DIY Door Bells
You need Christmassy door bells for visitors to use! These bells are made by using mini bundt pans to create the classic bell shape.
Epoxy can be used to fix them together, and you can use a hot glue gun to glue an ornament to the inside.
Finally, you just need some ribbon (see also “How To Make Pink Ribbon Quilt (For Breast Cancer Awareness)“) to glue to the base of the bell, and you can hang it up!
You could make your bells out of anything else that will work, too, but bundt pans are a cool idea. Feel free to add more decorations to them when you’re done, even if it’s some paint or leaves.
It will help bring everything together.
3. Ornament Christmas Trees
If you have plenty of ornaments and baubles lying around, why not put them to good use and make your own mini Christmas tree with them?
This ornament Christmas tree is so cute, and it can fit in anywhere. You just need a lot of ornaments and a lot of glue, and you’re basically good to go! If you don’t have enough ornaments, you can even make your own!
To make this cute Christmas tree, a foam cone would be useful – just to have a guide and some extra help.
You can glue some fairy lights directly onto the foam, then your ornaments – that way you will have a beautiful glowing tree at the end!
4. Gold Paper Fern Wreath
Looking for a stunning wreath to take center stage? This gold paper fern wreath is exactly that, and it’s easy to make!
Okay, it isn’t as easy as some of the other things on this list, but I absolutely love the final result, so the work is worth it!
You will need the following tools and materials:
- Detail scissors
- Curling tool
- Cutting machine
- High-temperature hot glue gun
- Needle-nose pliers or wire cutters
- Brown bind wire
- Grapevine wreath
- Frosted gold paper pack
You can follow the video tutorial provided on this page to make this stunning wreath. It really is a showstopper, and will look beautiful if you have a lot of darker decor and colors in the house.
5. Felt Acorns
Okay, these acorns are absolutely adorable, and will look amazing anywhere in the house. You don’t even need to wait until Christmas to make these!
You can buy a holiday felted acorn kit on Etsy to make these little delights at home with the family.
Felt is such an underappreciated material, but it can be used for so many things! These little felt acorns are just the beginning.
You can use felt to make a felt wreath, too! In fact, felt can be used for just about anything as long as flames aren’t involved.
6. Coffee Filter Garland
I’ve got a question… how much do you love coffee? If the answer is a lot, then this could be the perfect DIY Christmas decor for you (see also “DIY Canvas Photos: Crafts For The Holidays“)!
A garland made from coffee filters! For this, you need ruffled coffee filters, or else it won’t look quite right.
You can pick any colors you want, or stick to the plain ones if you like. Use the coffee filters by stapling stacks together until you have a garland as long as you need.
It’s always nice to reuse things instead of immediately throwing them away. The more we can reuse things, even if it’s just one, the more we can help our planet.
You can still be environmentally friendly, even if it’s Christmas.
7. Pine-Scented Candles
I bet you can already smell these pine-scented candles. The good news is, these are stupid easy to make, and so much fun, too.
Of course, you don’t have to make your candles pine scented, either!
Just remember that some scents aren’t suitable to be used in any capacity if you have children or pets in the house. A few essential oils are toxic and dangerous to young children and cats, dogs, and birds.
So, if you’re thinking of making an essential oil candle, please do your research to find out if it’s safe for everyone in the house!
8. DIY Pine Citrus Tree
This DIY citrus ornament creation is one of the best on the list, in my option. It’s stunning, and very easy to make if you choose to buy the dried citrus to use (which you can do right here).
These decorations can be used on trees of any size, and will transform it into something special.
All you need are the dried citrus slices, some nylon or wire, and some scissors! There isn’t a lot to it at all – you just need to thread the citrus so that you can tie it to the tree.
This will add a hint of color to the room, and also make the house smell amazing. Just look at it!
9. Painted Pine Cone Wreath
Words can’t really describe how much I love this painted pine cone wreath.
It’s up there with the gold fern wreath, and just feels special. It’s iconic and classy, without being too much. Depending on the colors you choose to use, the beautiful wreath can fit into any home.
To make this stunning decoration, you will need the following tools and materials:
- Hot Glue Gun
- Spray paint in your chosen colors
- Twig Wreath Frame
- Pine Boughs
- Pine cones
- Work gloves (you’ll need these, believe me)
- Sturdy Hand Clippers (make sure they are sturdy)
- Gold Leaf Kit
Check out this page for the instructions on how to make this beautiful Christmas decoration.
10. Mason Jar Lanterns
Last on the list are these beautiful mason jar lanterns. Christmas isn’t Christmas without some beautiful lights, and these can be your go-to!
You only need a few simple materials and tools to get the job done, and you will be done within the hour!
You will need the following:
- Mason jars or any other similar jar (different sizes)
- Heavy-duty yarn
- Spray paint
- ¾ and 1-inch circular stickers
- Battery-powered LED lights (string lights)
Instructions are simple: stick the stickers on the jars where you want the light to show, and spray paint the whole thing!
Once dried, peel the stickers off, then use the yarn and tie it around the neck of the jar. Place your battery-powered string lights in the jars, and you’re ready to go!
For some added beauty, you can add some of your favorite leafy decorations to the jar, too. Simply attack them to the neck of the jar with the yarn. The results will be stunning!
There you have it! Hopefully, you now have a few ideas of some great DIY festive decoration ideas that you can make at home. These are all pretty easy, and anyone can do them.
If one of them catches your attention, be sure to try it out the next time Christmas rolls around!