9 Easy and Elegant Homemade Christmas Decorations
As much as we love the kiddos’ popsicle stick crafts (and we really do!), we think it’s high time for the adults to show ‘em what we’re made of. We’ll put up a fight any day for the fact that everything is better when it’s homemade, and these homemade Christmas decorations are no exception. This holiday season, we’re decking our halls in true Pinterest fashion from floor to ceiling and everywhere in between. We’ve got a few ideas up our sleeves that are easy as can be, but still reflect the sophistication of your home’s surroundings. Don’t get us wrong – we’ll always welcome a hand from our mini’s, but mama’s taking the reigns on this one.
Burlap Stamped Ornaments
We're guilty of bringing farmhouse-chic into every corner of our holiday decor. The more burlap, the better. Get the details on this D.I.Y. from Bliss Bloom Blog
Cranberry Candle Centerpieces
This simple centerpiece smells just as lovely as it looks! Get the details on this D.I.Y. from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Mason Jar Snowglobes
Who said Mason jar crafts are just for summer? This tiny winter wonderland is the simple statement your side table needs. Get the details on this D.I.Y. from Simple Craves and Olive Oil
Rustic Jingle Bell Pinecone Ornament
We couldn't find a simpler, more elegant ornament craft if we tried! Put your elves to work collecting pinecones from outdoors and get to crafting. Get the details on this D.I.Y. from Fox Hollow Cottage
Rustic Wood Candle Holders
This rustic craft adds instant warmth to any room. Get the details on this D.I.Y. from Marty’s Musings
Glittering D.I.Y. Figurines
Before you toss those figurines into the garage sale, consider giving them a glittering makeover for a centerpiece that only looks expensive. Get the details on this D.I.Y. from HGTV
Small Space Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas
Being short on space doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice any Christmas cheer around your home. These small-space Christmas tree decorating ideas from our friends at Real Simple will have your home looking festive in no time. A tabletop tree is just what you've been looking for! Plus, many of these ideas can be an inexpensive way to get your home ready for the season. Instead of the traditional tall evergreen, opt for something a little different. Here, we have three tabletop versions to suit a variety of small-space décor styles and personal tastes.
The most traditional of the bunch features strands of popcorn and cranberry garland, as well as clusters of silver tinsel. The real show stoppers, though, are the multi-dimensional origami paper stars, in varying sizes, which create a beautiful warm shadow around the classic white string lights.
Those who prefer a refined color palette—silver, gold, and other neutrals—might prefer the second option. To create the elegant, deconstructed look, we put sturdy evergreen branches (anchor the branches with a green foam block covered with a thin layer of gray rock) in a gilded vessel. Once the branches were arranged to our liking, we adorned each one with clusters of ornaments, metallic (both gold and silver) pinecones, and sprinkles of tinsel.
But maybe you really hate vacuuming up all of those needles as the days go by and the tree branches dry? Skip a live tree (of any sort) altogether, and opt for a wooden one instead. Minimalists and small-apartment dwellers can appreciate the tiered balsa wood version, decked out with white and clear ornaments that have been decorated with neon accents. Clear an entryway or side table, then place this version on the surface to preserve floor space.
Beachy Mini Christmas Tree
Finally! Something to do with all of the shells collected from this year's family beach vacation. This elegant D.I.Y. is ready to showcase your family memories with a little personality. Get the details on this D.I.Y. from Beachcomber
Personalized Gold Ornaments
Partner up with the kiddos to come up with fun sayings for this personalized craft. Hint: this also makes a great personal gift! Get the details on this D.I.Y. from Pizzazzerie
Book Page Christmas Tree
We love the idea of recycling an old book into this elegant craft. However, if you just can't part ways with an old favorite, newspaper will do just fine as well. Get the details on this D.I.Y. from Love of Family and Home