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24 DIY Christmas Decorations Anyone Can Handle

Skip the expensive store-bought decorations with the help of these easy DIY options.

Create an Advent calendar

Stephanie Lynn

An advent calendar is one of the classic Christmas decorating ideas. Start by spraying an old frame with a metallic base, says By Stephanie Lynn. Create tags using an online template (see link) for these DIY Christmas decorations. Mix in gold, silver, and neutral ornaments to tie the whole calendar together.

Go for a bow wreath

Haeley Giambalvo

Creating this simple, festive wreath from Design Improvised is easy and won’t drain your wallet! Get this look by simply hot gluing bows of various colors to a Styrofoam wreath. It only takes about 20 minutes to complete. Check out these 3 other cute, easy Christmas wreath ideas.

Craft a candy cane vase

Ruth Soukup

Christmas decorating ideas plus edible details make a perfect pair. Put some simple odds and ends to good use for this easy craft from Living Well, Spending Less. Glue the candy canes to the can, tie with a red ribbon, and fill with artificial (or real) poinsettias. Did you know that candy canes were originally all white?

Make your own mistletoe

Kacey Kendrick Wagner

Felt, a fabric pencil, pearl embellishments, red ribbon, and a hot glue gun are all you need for these cute DIY Christmas decorations from Stay At Home Artist! Cut out your felt mistletoe using a template provided and arrange pearls how you like. Tie with ribbon and hang. Here’s why we kiss under the mistletoe, plus the truth behind 9 other Christmas traditions.

Try formal finishing touches

Wrap bows around your dining room chairs (you can even tie on Christmas ornaments for extra sparkle), says Better Homes & Gardens. Secure on the underside with tape as needed.

Redo your wreath

Mary N.

Stack wreaths and give classic winter door decor a pick-me-up. Purchase three wreaths in different sizes, hang on top of each other and add accessories, according to Sweet Little Bluebird. The best part is, these Christmas decorating ideas cost only $20! Here’s the surprising history behind all of your favorite Christmas carols.

Place pretty pinecones

To turn pinecones into pretty DIY Christmas decorations, dip them in gold paint (either partially or all of the way) or use a mixture of water, glue, and glitter for a sparkling effect. Place on side tables or use to fill baskets and bowls.

Get a galaxy ornament

Alexa Westerfield

These baubles are sure to catch your eye, thanks to Swell Designer. Take a clear ornament, add clear floor wax inside, pour in the glitter of your choice, shake and enjoy! These are the 9 most festive events around the country that will get you in the holiday spirit.

Check out a chalk ornament

Michelle DuPuis

These DIY Christmas decorations are great gifts that you can decorate differently each time. Paint your plastic bulbs with chalkboard paint, let dry, then start drawing your holiday decorations on, says Rust Sunshine. Here are 8 clever ways to store your ornaments and other Christmas decorations.

Sit in Santa chairs

Ashley Johnston

These chair toppers are simple to make, washable, and charming! Watch and learn as Make It-Love It shows you how to add some color to your dining room with these felt Santa Claus Hats. While you’re making these, share some of our favorite Santa jokes.

Paint a snowman ornament

Amber Price

Check these materials off of your list: Black, white and orange acrylic paint, a paintbrush, baby food jar, and ribbon. Crazy Little Projects suggests that you paint your jar and decorate with a snowman face. Add ribbon to hang your ornament.

Have a hot chocolate jar

How Does She blog

Grab your favorite hot chocolate brand and toppings, a clear mug or mason jar, and start layering, according to How Does She. Keep a few of these DIY Christmas decorations stashed in the guest room for visitors who stay with you during the holidays. All they need to do is add hot water and enjoy! Here are 10 grocery store sales you didn’t know to look for between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Turn pillows into presents

This is one of a few Christmas decorating ideas that utilize things you already have—pillows! Tie a bow around your throw pillows with holiday-colored ribbons, and they’ll look just like Christmas gifts. Add a rhinestone pin for an extra decorating kick. Make sure you’re not making these 18 common holiday decorating mistakes.

DIY decorative loops

Make festive paper chains with strips of wrapping paper—simply glue a loop together, and then string another paper strip through and repeat the process. Here are 11 ways to wrap gifts without wrapping paper.

Show your cards

Do you hang onto Christmas cards that are too pretty to throw out? Turn them into works of art. Attach a card front to matboard using Spray Mount, double-sided tape, or rubber cement. Trim to fit just a single card, or cover a large piece of matboard with multiple cards, and then decorate a doorway or tree. This hack takes almost all of the work out of coming up with Christmas decorating ideas. Source: Mary Ellen Turner, vice president of seasonal merchandise for Party City

‘Reader’s Digest’ Christmas trees

By folding your Reader’s Digest magazine page over page, you can turn it into a cute, cheap Christmas magazine craft. Trim with tinsel and ornaments left over from your holiday decorating, or spray gold or silver.

Add paper angels

All you need for these DIY Christmas decorations are paper plates or white cardstock, and you can make a full chorus of angelic little statues, a great decoration for a centerpiece or tree. Get the directions here. Here 17 easy DIY Christmas gifts everyone will love.

Light the driveway

Line a driveway, mantle, staircase, or the middle of your dining room table with homemade luminarias for a warm, Christmas decoration, says Good Housekeeping. Check out these other pretty winter decorations that you don’t have to take down right after the holidays.