I have a confession to make: I hate Christmas music. I’ll endure it with good grace from Thanksgiving onward, but I don’t enjoy it.
What I DO love is Christmas decor. I’ll make wreaths, cover my house in garlands, put something glittery on every flat surface, string lights up like a Christmas wonderland, and generally go totally overboard because it makes me happy.
That being said, I thought that since we all have a little extra time on our hands this year, I’d share some easy (I promise they’re easy!) and fun DIY holiday decorating ideas to help you get into the holiday spirit!
If you celebrate something other than Christmas, you can always modify the colors or style to fit your own holiday festivities.
1. Tiny Themed Trees
One of my biggest decorating problems is deciding what to put on my tree. I don’t have the space in my current house to put up multiple trees, but I wish I did!
I’ve always loved the idea of having several small trees throughout the house, all decorated differently. If you have kids or roommates, this could be an extra fun project!
Craft stores and bigger stores like Walmart, Costco, and Target all have tons of ornament options, and you can find so many cute tree decorations on Etsy, too. All of your trees can follow a similar theme (12 days of Christmas, favorite novels, favorite snacks—literally anything that sounds fun), or each tree can have a totally unrelated theme based on who decorates it.
The sky is the limit, so go crazy with it!
2. Festive Winter Vases
I won’t lie—I love a good dollar store DIY project. I also love having pretty vases all over my house (much to the dismay of everyone else in my house).
For these festive vases, you just need any dollar store vase that strikes your fancy and some Christmas-y decorations like ornaments, berry sprigs, pine cones, glittery fake flowers, tinsel, or fake snow.
If you want to go an extra step, you can use painter’s tape (the blue kind) and either acrylic paint or Snow-tex (a fun crafting paint that gives glass a snowy texture) to add some designs to your vase. This tutorial will walk you through how to paint your vases, and she has some pretty filler ideas, too!
Pro tip: You can even fill extra-large bowls or pitchers with decorations and use them as centerpieces for your tables.
3. Wine Glass Snow Globes
Okay, so I know that sounds complicated, and I promised easy. This one does involve a little bit more work, but it’s simple enough that kids can do it too (as long as you’re nearby to help).
All you need are dollar store wine glasses (any size or shape), some cheap holiday figurines (yes, glittery dinosaurs do count), some sugar, a little cardboard, and some glue.
Basically, you’re making a cute, festive diorama that will fit inside of the upside-down wine glass. You fill the glass with a bit of the sugar (mix in some glitter for extra fun), glue the finished diorama into the glass, and voila! Once you flip the glass upside-down, you have a finished DIY snow globe, and the base of the glass can be used as a candle holder. You can peep the full tutorial for these adorable snow globes here.
Quick note! In the tutorial, she mentions using a cut plastic bottle instead of wine glasses if you’re doing this craft with kids. However, I think it’s worth noting that I’ve seen sturdy plastic wine glasses at my local dollar stores, so you could check that out as an alternative.
4. Chunky Ornament Garlands
This one truly could not be easier than it is. In fact, you could let little ones do the whole thing with hardly any help at all.
For this, you just need some thin, sturdy ribbon (any color works) and a ton of ornaments. Ball ornaments work best, but you can get creative with the shapes if you want!
All you’re doing here is threading the length of ribbon through the holes of the ornaments to create a full, chunky, festive garland to hang in your house. I’d recommend starting with three to four feet of ribbon and leaving about six inches of bare ribbon on either side for easier hanging.
To start, just make a large enough knot in one end of the ribbon so that your ornaments won’t go sliding off the other side. Thread on as many ornaments as you’d like (it will vary depending on how full you want the garland to be and how big the ornaments are), and then knot the other end of the ribbon. You can adjust and arrange the ornaments around until you get the look you’re going for.
After you’re done, just make sure that everything looks even, and then you can pin your garland wherever you want!
Get Crafty With Me!
My head is already buzzing with all of the potential DIY craft projects I can do this year to decorate my house this holiday season. I love all of the ones I mentioned above, but I’m always looking for other fun suggestions!
Do you have a favorite DIY holiday decorating project? Share with me in the comments!