Christmas is the perfect time to get creative and create some of your own decorations. Buying them from stores can be expensive, and they are not always the best quality for your money. Constructing your own designs adds that personal touch and creates activities you can do with the whole family. Even some of these ideas would make amazing gifts!
Chalk board paper bag advent calendar
This DIY advent had to be first on my list of favourite Christmas DIY’s. Using a large chalk board to create your own advent design is a wonderful idea. Write on the advent days and a Christmas message at the top using chalk board pens, then use small brown paper bags hanging from twine and miniature pegs, to fill with all your lovely treats. Finishing with some pretty bows of your choice as a finishing touch. I absolutely will be creating this DIY this year!
Pink Christmas crackers
Creating your own Christmas crackers can be a lovely addition to add to your Christmas table. Not only that, but you can fill them with great surprises! At least better than what comes in standard store bought crackers. I’ve had some pretty awful ones over the years. Here is a tutorial on how to create your own lovely Christmas crackers!
Pretty Christmas pine cone tree candle holders
Start by taking a couple of large jam jars, around the top of the jar tie a piece of twine into a bow. For detailing, add frosted pine cones, cut some real or synthetic fir and apply this to the jar with some pretty lace ribbon. Fill the jars with fir pieces and artificial snow, then to finish add your tealight (using a LED tealight will be safer). You could also use other decorative pieces such as red berries and pretty bells to achieve that Christmas look.
Hessian star tree ornaments
Another lovely simple DIY perfect for you to hang on your tree, using hessian fabric, adorable small red bows and wooden star beads. Cut the hessian into star shapes (would recommend using a template) and sew two sides together, filling them slightly with fibre stuffing to give them a 3D effect. Add the bow, star bead and some string so they can be hung up on the tree.
Lantern snow globe
This is one of my favourite decorations I have found, and I will definitely be trying this DIY myself this year. Using a large candle lantern, stick to the bottom a few ornaments (the car, trees and streetlight). They can be anything you like, maybe a snowman or a little house! Fill the bottom with artificial snow, and to give the effect of falling snow draw tiny white dots onto the glass with a white marker. To finish add a small warm LED light to the top of the lantern to make your lantern snow globe glow!
Christmas Fir, cinnamon & rope napkins
I’m one who loves to decorate the table for Christmas dinner, it adds an extra touch of Christmas spirit. Using cinnamon sticks, fir twigs and some twine string, wrap them around your napkins creating these pleasant decorations for your table.
Lovely handmade Christmas cards
There’s nothing more special than a personalised card for Christmas (and I don’t mean from moonpig). Creating a personal card for your friends and family can be more thoughtful than ones you purchase from stores. Each one can be different to add that personalised touch. Not only will they look good in your friends and families’ homes, but you can make them to decorate around your home too. All you need is some plain cards and you can let your imagination go wild.
Music paper Christmas trees
Using old Christmas song sheet music you can create these spectacular tree ornaments. Wrapping a cone of the paper around an old metal stand, adding tinsel and shredded paper, you can create this lovely decoration for your own home. And of course, don’t forget to finish with a beautiful shining star on top!
Sage & ribbon festive candles
For these delightful Christmas candles, around your white candle tie matching white ribbon (leave some leeway), then take your sage and fill the space between the candle and ribbon. You can get creative with this one, use fern or different coloured ribbon, candles and decorations.
Festive picture frame decoration
A stunning red, green and white decorated shabby chic picture frame. Perfect for a lovely decoration this Christmas. Using an old white photo frame, remove the back (although you could put a picture in this frame if you want). Create your own festive word with wooden letters. Use a piece of a Christmas garland with artificial fir, red berries and pine cones. To tie it all together finish with a lovely big red bow. Of course you can create your own design with this, it doesn’t have to be the same as the picture.
Wooden shabby chic Christmas trees
If you like to get hands on with the crafts this is a perfect DIY to do this holiday season. Using old wooden planks and arranging them in a tree shape, nailing them together. Then to give them decorative features, print patterns onto the planks, add large wooden buttons, and as a finishing touch add a wooden star to the top of the tree.
*All images where sourced from Pinterest*