These days, it’s easy to find just about any type of Christmas decoration at your local retailer, but it’s so much more fun to inject your personality and design style into your home. One of the best ways to do this is with DIY Christmas crafts. You can create your own front door wreath to make a good first impression, arrange gift-toppers for your presents, or even assemble your own ornaments to enhance your tree. The options are endless if you’re just ready to be inspired—and put your hot glue gun to work.
And because DIY means affordable, many of the Christmas crafts we suggest make use of common household items you already own. Everything from fabric scraps to basic cardboard boxes can become statement pieces of holiday decor. Get inspired by this roundup of creative DIY Christmas craft projects, ranging from a striking garland card holder to a playful fabric wreath.
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Ice Skates Wreath
Ditch the traditional wreath for one featuring fur-lined ice skates filled with greenery. Dress them up with pom-poms and silver ornaments to make even more of an impact.
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Christmas Light Napkin Rings
Rather than toss your old Christmas bulbs, repurpose them into festive napkin rings. Simply place a loop of red and white baker’s twine at the bottom of the bulb using hot glue. Tie your new creations around your favorite rolled napkins.
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Who doesn’t love a good holiday shaker? Show off your creativity by turning basic salt and pepper shakers into eye-catching holiday decor. Place everything from deer to evergreens inside your shakers for a cheery holiday look.
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DIY Citrus Garland
For a fun and unexpected twist, use twine, nylon thread, or wire to add dried citrus to your garland.
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Holiday Card Tree
Go for a mix of vintage and current holiday cards to make a creative Christmas wall tree. It can also serve as the perfect photo opp for family and friends.
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Pretty red and white striped straws are just begging to be topped with die-cut holly leaves and berries.
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Festive Throw Pillow
Turn a basic red throw pillow into a statement piece by adding a white bow and a touch of greenery.
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Plaid Shirt Ribbons
To experiment with a country-inspired gift-wrapping look, cut strips out of your unwanted plaid shirts (make sure the pattern appears inside and out). Next, create a fringe effect by pulling the loose threads. You can even sew multiple pieces together to lengthen the stripes if necessary. Tie your plaid strips around your presents and spruce them up with doilies, candy canes, and ornaments.
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Garland Card Holder
Enhance garland with your favorite holiday cards and decorative acorns for a festive look.
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Yarn Gift Toppers
Take advantage of all the extra boxes you have lying around the house and use them for gift-giving. Wrap them in kraft paper and add a tree motif on top out of green and red yarn.
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Thread Spool Wreath
Up for a simply DIY wreath? Grab your stash of empty spools and wrap them in ribbon. Hang your new wreath with wire, and you’re ready to welcome holiday guests!
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Button Gift Toppers
Yes, you can hot glue buttons right on top of gift-wrapping for an impressive presentation.
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Leaf Paper Garland
Snag construction paper in two complementary green shades and cut out leaf patterns to make your own Instagram-worthy garland for your mantel.
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Who would have thought that styrofoam balls could look so good? They’re just what you need to make a crafty-looking wreath. All you have to do is apply the styrofoam balls to a wreath form with hot glue, allow them to dry, and top it off with a bow and wire for hanging.
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Ladder Advent Calendar
Decorative ladders are versatile, especially for the holiday season. Let yours function as an advent calendar this year. Tie ribbon across each rung of the ladder, and then use them to hang numbered burlap bags.
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Let your kids join in on the holiday fun with a DIY ornament project. All you have to do is paint a wood ornament or papier-mâché with glitter paint and then wrap it with vibrant yarn.
Get the tutorial at Design Improvised >>
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You don’t need to be a crafting pro to make something truly breathtaking. Even beginners can have fun cross-stitching this ornament with our easy-to-follow pattern.
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Embroidery Hoop Ornaments
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Bring a little bit of the outdoors to your front door. Start by laying out the pinecones in the shape that you want. Then, hot glue all of the pinecones to a wire wreath form, starting with the main circle. Continue to glue the pinecones into five-pointed-star shapes. You may need to use a little wire and extra hot glue to secure a few pinecone tips that are hard to line up.
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This one is for serious crafters, since you’ll need a Cricut machine. Use machine to cut out the tree design template on white vinyl. Then, you can just peel off the design and stick it onto the bottom of a hurricane candle holder.
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Filled Glass Ornaments
There are a million ways to fill a glass ornament for a one-of-a-kind decoration for your tree. You can use bottle-brush trees, jingle bells, sprigs of pine branches, colorful feathers — whatever strikes your fancy. You can also coat the inside with white glue (you have to shake it around to get it even), then fill it with colored glitter — which will stay on the inside, and not rub off on your hands year after year.
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Reindeer Place Cards
Rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t you find my seat tonight? These deer place cards are extra festive when you glue gold or silver glitter onto the antlers.
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Woven Ribbon Gift Topper
Sharpen up your old summer-camp lanyard skills, and get ready to make this creative ribbon gift topper. Here’s what you do: Start out with 12 strands of ribbon. Lay half of them down on the top of a gift (alternating colors), and use double-stick tape to secure them on the bottom of the box, trimming any excess. Go back to the top of the box, grab one of the remaining strands, and weave it over and under each of the ribbons that are already attached. Repeat the process using the other five ribbons. Then have fun watching your friends try to open it!
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Christmas Tree Drink Picks
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The most thoughtful gift — especially for someone who’s just moved — is to DIY an ornament that looks just like their house. To make one, print out a photo of the house, and cut it so that there is no extra paper around the edges. Trace the shape and cut out a thin piece of cardboard that’s the same size, and attach the photo using double-stick tape. Add glue around the base of the house, on the roof, and on any awnings, then and sprinkle glitter or fake snow on top. Then you’ve got a home for the holidays.
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Orange Gift Topper
Or, if you want an alternative to the woodland scene, string some dehydrated oranges onto a ribbon for a gift topper that looks like it came straight out of Little Women. Use the ribbon to hang the slices on a tree or garland afterward.
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