It’s time to decorate our home for the festive season but if you’re not careful, it can get pricey really quickly. Luckily, it doesn’t always have to be expensive.
From the tacky to the downright gorgeous, there are so many Christmas DIY ideas online. We’ve searched high and low for the best, easy DIY Christmas decor ideas, with a mix of traditional to contemporary, subtle and over-the-top. So keep scrolling to see them all! Happy festive DIYing!
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1. Pinecone tree
Starting out this list of Christmas DIY ideas is this super easy pinecone DIY. Liz from @lizfenwickdiy used store bought pinecones for this Christmas DIY, but if you’re like us and have a few pine trees nearby, why not make an adventure out of it with the kids?
Natural pinecones smell amazing and can also be scented with essential oils, so stock up on your Christmas essential oils to make your home smell like Christmas.
2. DIY paper bag snowflake
Add some festive cheer to your home decor with this simple and cheap snowflake paper bag DIY. This affordable DIY is loads of fun to make and the best part is, you can try endless patterns and combinations!
3. DIY wooden Christmas village
This decorative Christmas village looks so fab on this vignette. If you’ve got a Cricut machine, this Collective Gen Christmas decor DIY will be a breeze!
No Cricut? No worries! It would also work using cardboard and a trusty stanley knife.
4. Rustic Christmas centrepiece
If you’re interested in adding that more rustic touch to your home this festive season, why not try this Christmas centrepiece DIY by Lily Ardor? Easy to replicate, save up some of your leftover cans and give this DIY a go!
5. Scandi Christmas garland
Scandi styling always has a place in our hearts. Simple, classic, pared back, and forever stylish, why not bring some Scandi styling into your Christmas decor too?
These black Christmas tree garlands are easy to create, budget friendly (just string and black paper is required) and look stunning. Love it!
6. Bamboo screen Christmas tree
Alternative Christmas trees are an excellent idea for those looking to do something different this Christmas. This bamboo screen Christmas tree by Collective Gen is just one fab example of what you can do.
The design of this tree is quite straight forward so it could make for a fun DIY project!
7. Pine sprig garland
Another of our fave Christmas DIY ideas is this pine sprig garland. Pared back simplicity done beautifully. Simple to make — you can find the how to here — and guaranteed to make your home smell wonderful and Christmassy.
Can’t find real pine? You could also use an old faux Christmas tree! Upcycling at its best.
8. Snow-inspired Christmas scene in a vase
Create your own snow-inspired scene with this vase Christmas hack from Gina. Easily customisable, all you need is a large vase, salt, fairy lights and tree decor to make a fun little Christmas scene.
9. House Christmas wreath
A perfect copy of a gorgeous Anthropologie wreath, Mary (@decoratewith_mary) shows us how to replicate the look for less. Featuring a variety of fake fauna, miniature Christmas trees and house decor, this is a beautiful Christmas wreath you should definitely DIY!
10. Long timber candlestick holder
We’ve seen many versions of these DIY candlestick centrepieces popping up and we’re big fans! In our opinion, candles are always a good idea and this extra long version is certain to elevate your Christmas table setting.
11. DIY Christmas countdown calendar
The countdown to Christmas is one of the most exciting parts about Christmas, don’t you think?! The excitement. The anticipation! So we loved this Christmas countdown calendar that you can DIY. Bring on 1 December!
12. DIY ornament
Do ornaments count as home decor? It may only really be limited to tree styling, but we couldn’t continue without showing you this lovely snow globe-inspired Christmas ornament DIY. Liz from @hiphiphoorayhome shares how she DIY’d this ornament here.
13. Paper bag advent calendar
Another of our fave ways to countdown to Christmas is with an advent calendar. This paper bag Christmas tree advent calendar from Smor Home is super sweet, cost effective (always a big win!) and looks great. You can find the how to instructions here.
14. Twinkly Christmas vase
Okay, although not technically a DIY, we still think this deserves a spot in our Christmas DIY ideas list. Anything with sparkly lights gets our attention and this is a quick and easy decor idea you can replicate in your home.
Simply take a string of fairylights and bundle them into a glass jar or vase. You could also add some pinecones, faux greenery or baubles for another sprinkle of Christmas spirit.
15. Cozy minimalist Christmas village
16. Make your own spiral candles… or any candles for that matter!
Can’t find the perfect candles to suit your colour palette or Christmas theme? Why not make your own?! Erin from francois_et_moi shows us just how easy it is with her how to tutorial below.
17. DIY garland mirror
Add some festive cheer to your mirror with this idea by Amy from Homey Oh My. She took a faux pine garland and simply tucked it behind the mirror.
Yep, that’s it! It’s one of the easiest — and prettiest — Christmas DIY ideas we’ve spotted!
18. Paper Christmas trees
Paper Christmas trees have become a bit of a staple in Christmas styling, so it’s great to see a DIY! Sam from Dove Cottage shares her paper Christmas tree DIY on her blog, even including some templates to help you get started.
19. Winter wonderland decor
Living in Australia, we don’t get a white Christmas. So why not DIY your own with this this snow garland DIY by Eryn Whalen Online? Using cotton balls, string, a needle and a glue gun, this DIY can be used again and again, whatever the winter theme.
So if you’re hosting a Christmas party or just looking to add an extra festive touch, this may be the perfect addition to your home styling.
20. DIY fireplace
OK, we’ll admit… this one isn’t technically a Christmas DIY but it could be! Because nothing screams Christmas more than a crackling fireplace!
But what if you don’t have one? No worries — Suzy Jean from Sweet Bungalow shows how she made this DIY fireplace… that actually works! You probably won’t be stoking the fire for Christmas in the middle of the Aussie summer, but it would be a total dream to decorate in all its Christmassy glory!
21. Bauble wreath
It’s just not Christmas without a wreath. And while we have an entire article dedicated to Christmas wreaths you can DIY, we still felt the need to add this one to our list of Christmas DIY ideas.
For a non-traditional Christmas wreath, this bauble wreath is actually gorgeous! More often than not, bauble wreaths are gaudy and… well, tacky. This one made by Jaharn of Smor Home is a total Christmas vibe. Find the how to instructions here.
22. Christmas clay ornaments
Our DIY Christmas clay ornament tutorial is quick, easy and fun to make. Plus, it’s a great activity to involve the kids.
Choose whatever shape you like, using cookie cutters as your mould. From stars to gingerbread people, the world is your Christmas ornament oyster.
23. Tassel Christmas tree
We spied these yarn tassel Christmas trees while scrolling on Pintrest and thought they were the sweetest Christmas decor idea. They look simple enough to DIY yourself, however if you want to cheat, they’re also available on Etsy. It’s ok, we won’t tell if you buy instead of DIY!
24. Christmas village hoop wreath
Among all the beautiful Christmas wreaths you can DIY, we have to highlight this Christmas village hoop version by the girls at My Sister’s Suitcase. A creative twist on the classic wreath, it’s a wonderful holiday decoration that will definitely make a statement in your home!
25. Table canopy
If you can’t tell by now, we absolutely love Collective Gen’s Christmas DIYs. The same can absolutely be said about this easy Christmas table canopy DIY, which uses only four materials! So pretty and easy to dress up with some greenery, it really sets the mood at this Christmas table.
26. Minimalist wooden Christmas trees
If tinsel and tacky Christmas gives you the ick, these minimalist wooden Christmas tree decorations might be more your vibe.
Elegant and pared back, they’re a super sweet DIY you can whip up following the how to instructions from Homey Oh My.
27. Flat pack Christmas tree
If you only have space for a table-top Christmas tree, and something that’s easy to store, this little flat pack Christmas tree might be just the ticket.
The DIY is in Norwegian, but it looks simple enough! Cut out 2 Christmas trees from MDF or balsa wood, add a slit into one piece and then slot together.
28. DIY Christmas stockings
Decorating your fireplace, or even fake fireplace, is a fun and unique part of Christmas styling. There is such a variety of Christmas stockings available on the market, but this DIY pom pom Christmas stocking by A Beautiful Mess is truly something different. You only need five materials to make this colourful keepsake!
29. Dried orange slices
With so many different ways to use dried orange slices, it’s no wonder our dried orange slice DIY tutorial is trending again! You can make your own slices to use in whatever way you want, whether a garland or ornament. The opportunities are endless.
For example, we love how The Merry Thought have styled theirs across a floating shelf. They also show how to style a dried orange garland down a staircase, and even into a wreath!
30. DIY scrap wood Christmas trees
For a sustainable Christmas DIY, Zoe from pine + poplar created a whole forest of these DIY Christmas trees using scrap wood and it looks so good! Definitely a great rustic decor piece you can add to your home.
31. Painted ornaments
If you’re tired of your old Christmas ornaments and want to change up your Christmas tree this year, take a cue from Brittni from Paper & Stitch and simply paint them! She added pops of on-trend colours in gorgeous earthy tones to these timber ornaments.
But you can also paint over any type of bauble or ornament you have. We’ve seen some clever DIYers use the baking powder paint trick to give old ornaments a colourful raw clay effect.
Pro tip: Grab some ornaments in the post-Christmas sales. They’re usually dirt cheap, and it doesn’t matter what they look like, cause they’ll look fab once you paint them!
32. Dowel Christmas tree and eucalyptus garland
For a bit more of a pared back Aussie style tree, we love the idea of this dowel Christmas tree with eucalyptus garland from North South Home Collective. Another alternative Christmas tree idea that’s a winner in our books.
33. Festive candle holder
This next one on our Christmas DIY ideas list couldn’t be more simple. Some pine (fake it if you can’t get the real deal), a glass bottle, water, a candle, done. And yet… it looks absolutely gorgeous, don’t you think?!
34. Rosemary napkin rings
This Christmas DIY is simple, easy (our favourite kind!) and is guaranteed to make your Christmas table smell divine!
Using sprigs of rosemary and some ribbon to suit your tablescape, you can find the video on how to create them on Jacqueline’s Christmas DIY Instagram highlights.
35. Kmart bamboo caddy candle holder
Ah, good old Kmart never lets us down, even when it comes to Christmas DIY ideas! Using the Kmart bamboo storage box, Emily added some foraged foliage and candles to create a gorgeous Christmas table centrepiece.
Maybe just don’t light the candles if you do this one!
36. Wreath gallery wall
We love a gallery wall so seeing as it’s the most wonderful time of the year, why not make a Christmas themed gallery wall?! We love this wreath gallery wall made by Lauren.
She even shares how to make some of the wreaths pictured below in her Instagram Christmas highlights.
37. Lush mantle garland
This asymmetrical garland looks so beautiful and makes us want a fireplace so bad! Erin shares how she made it on her blog, if you’re keen to give it a go. It would look just as beautiful up a staircase, or a slightly pared back version as a table centrepiece.
38. Twine wrapped trees
Using twine and bits of scrap wood, Regina shows how she made these cute twine trees. We love the idea of using scrap pieces and offcuts to create something so gorgeous. Find the DIY how to here.
We hope you liked these 38 Christmas DIY ideas! Do you think you’ll try any of these Christmas hacks and DIYs? Do you have a favourite? We’d love to hear all your thoughts in the comment section below!