Simple and Beautiful DIY Christmas Decorations

Christmas time is here! It’s my favorite time of year. How I wish it could last year-round. We love giving you some help during the most wonderful time of year and today we are doing so in the form of DIY Christmas decorations! I have already given you some easy Christmas tree ornament ideas and some easy table centerpiece ideas, and now here are some simple and beautiful DI Christmas decor ideas for your home that will last for years to come.

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This one is extremely easy. If you are dorky like me, then you love tissue paper, especially Christmas tissue paper. If you want to do more with than simply wrap gifts with it, use it to make your candles a little bit more beautiful. Choose your favorite tissue paper and with a clear adhesive, glue it onto a candle. It is a perfect accent for your table candles on Christmas eve or just to dress them up for decoration during the season. There are two more candle tutorials that can be found here that are also very neat.

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Create Christmas pillows with your very own art using just a pillow of your choosing and some paint or even a sharpie. Acrylic fabric paint is the preferred way to decorate a pillow, but this crafter used just plain old sharpie. Either way you do it is up to you. Acrylic paint requires more time, as you need to allow it to dry for 12 hours. You also need to wait at least 3 days before washing the pillow for the first time. Sharpies have less rules. Just allow them to dry for an hour and then you can use them! Just wait at least 24 hours before washing.

DIY Christmas decor with jar

These candle vases are simple to make and pretty to look at. These DIY Christmas decorations brings together the festive colors of the season in a natural and homey manner. Just tie some red ribbon of your choosing around the neck of a jar and be sure to have a sprig included in there as well. If you want to create a few, use various jar sizes and designs to enhance the shabby look. These also make for great and inexpensive gifts for neighbors and friends.

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Add a whimsical touch of the north pole with an old lantern filled with peppermint ribbons and ornaments. Tossing in peppermints themselves helps as well. Or, make it a lovely mix of everything red and green and top it all off with some jingle bells. It is quintessentially Christmas and the kids will think of Santa every time they see it.

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This is one of my favorites. Make a simple chandelier out of a hula-hoop and a few strings of lights. Icicle lights generally work the best, because of the way they dangle. Spray paint the it to the color of your choosing. White or gold usually work best. Wrap the hula-hoop in the lights and then tie some fishing line around 3 or 4 sections of it. Then, hang it up. Best of all, this works not only for Christmas, but for any time of the year.

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Christmas is the time of wreaths. Most involve nature in some way. This one, however, stands out due to its unnatural quality. And, for those who aren’t craft-inclined,  it is very simple to create . Stretch a metal hanger into a circle and then unwind the top wrapped portion. Slide the ornaments onto the wire until it is filled out. The best part is that you can make this wreath into any design you want.

Christmas is the time for the greatest celebration of the entire year. This includes the biggest and best feasts. No expense is spared in finding the best delicacies and freshest food, which in winter, means fruit.This has been customary for centuries. My mom has always put a piece of fruit in my stocking (and still does), but fruit is meant for more than just a treat during the Christmas season. Dark red apples, bright pomegranates and soft green pears make for lovely, natural DIY Christmas decorations. Add some fruit, pinecones, pine branches and even a bird’s nest to your mantle for lovely, natural decor. Or, surround a candle holder on a coffee table. Personally, I always think of the Ghost of Christmas Present from A Christmas Carol when I see fruit decor, and I always love it.

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Gussy up your garland with some fabric. Just cut up some fabric into strips and tie them onto a string of lights. That is as all you need to do. You can form the fabric into pretty bows or simple knots. Fabric adds wonderful extra color to indoor lights and it also makes it safer for kids to touch the lights.

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This may not be decor for your home, but it is still beautiful. For all the baking you are certain to be doing for you friends, family and neighbors, make it look beautiful with some simple wrapping. After you wrap the dessert in plastic, wrap a few coffee filters around it and tie it closed with some ribbon. Use any ribbon of your choice, but the more it matches the coffee filter color, the better. Top it off with a branch of berries or pine and you’ve got a lovely gift (complete with wrapping)!

If you have any ideas for your own DIY Christmas decorations, let us know below!

  • Cat - January 30, 2013 - 4:52 am

    For the hula hoop chandelier, how would you plug in the lights without an unsightly cord?ReplyCancel

  • Claire - January 30, 2013 - 10:33 am

    @Cat you need a string of battery-powered Christmas lightsReplyCancel

  • kristyn penn - December 14, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    Love the idea for wrapping holiday breads with the coffee filter and ribbon. Where did you find the large natural colored coffee filters though? Looked everywhere with no luck.ReplyCancel

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