15 Easy and Elegant Homemade Christmas Decorations

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As much as we love the kids' 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 (gifts included!), 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 minis, but mama's taking the reins on this one. From snow globes to pomanders, these one-of-a-kind DIYs are sure to bring the wow-factor to any space and make your holiday guests marvel. We wouldn’t be surprised if they ask you to help decorate their homes for the holidays next year with these delightful DIY creations that would make even Santa’s elves envious.

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Mason Jar Snowglobes

Make a Mason Jar Snow Globe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Who said Mason jars were just made for summer canning? This tiny winter wonderland is the simple statement your side table needs, and putting it together is simpler than you might think. Use glue to adhere a trinket or two to the inside of the jar lid. Let that dry about 24 hours. Fill the jar with enough water to fully submerge the trinket, and add three to five drops of glycerin and your desired amount of glitter. Use glue to adhere lid to the jar's metal screw band. Let that dry. Apply glue to the lid's inner edge, and screw it onto the jar. Let your Mason jar dry completely and you'll be ready to place this side-table stunner in its rightful place.

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Sparkling Cranberries

Sparkling Cranberries
Melina Hammer; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Holiday decor can sometimes be delicious, too. While these sugared cranberries are slightly different than our usual adornments, they're sure to dazzle at your seasonal celebrations. You can make this sweet addition up to two days before your holiday party and you can use them to decorate cakes, cookies or place them next to your baked brie. Regardless of what you do with these shining gems, they're sure to dazzle your guests.

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Dried Orange Ornaments

Natural Wonder
Hector Manuel Sanchez; styling: Taylor Colson Horton

There is nothing more beautiful than embracing the bounty of the season and turning it into a treasured tradition. Dried oranges have become all of the rage in recent years, as Southerners decorate their presents and cocktails with the colorful winter fruit. We'd invite you to embrace the combination of fresh pine and sweet citrus on your Christmas tree. To made these ornaments, dry slices of orange in an oven and then pierce the oranges with an ornament hook.

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Pinecone Julep

Tiny Christmas Arrangement with Pinecone and Holly Berries
Robbie Caponetto; Design: Kathleen Varner

We love a good mint julep during horse racing season, but you can use your cups year-round. Simply go to your yard and pick up a few pinecones and other clippings and place them in your polished vessels. Here, we added holly berries and magnolia leaves to create a uniquely Southern centerpiece that will shine on any bar cart or table.

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Christmas Trifle Arrangement

Christmas Decorating Idea: Hurricane Arrangement
Photo by Robbie Caponetto

You might have fond memories of your grandmother transforming her beloved trifle or hurricane dish into an arrangement, and now it's time for you to take on the tradition. Add layers of limes, oranges, holly berries and fresh greenery to make the easiest DIY on this list.

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Ornament Clusters

Christmas Decorating Ideas: Bell Ornaments
Photo by Monica Buck

Tie your smaller ornaments together with fishing wire or thread for a simple trick that creates a big impact. Place this new, larger ornament on your tree or make it a part of a new centerpiece.

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Pomander Tree

Winter Gems Trim A Mini Tree

Hector Manuel Sanchez Styling: Christina Brockman

Nothing makes a space feel more elegant, than a fresh citrusy fragrance. If you are looking for a great DIY with fabulous payoff, you will love these homemade pomanders. Once used to help keep clothes and linens smelling fresh, these decorations are a welcome addition of holiday cheer. Use a toothpick to poke holes into each orange in the shape of your design (you can either draw it on or freehand it); then push in the whole cloves. Set them aside to dry, and then let your imagination go wild. Trim a mini tree by gluing the base of a plastic foam cone (you can find these at a local crafts store or on Amazon) to a cardboard circle that’s 2 inches wider than the cone. Slide each pomander halfway onto a toothpick; then insert the pick into the tree, starting at the bottom. Apply hot glue to reinforce the connection between each orange and the foam.

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Fresh Lemon Garland

Fresh Lemon Garland Hanging Over Fireplace Mantel
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas and Buffy Hargett Miller

Add some bright pops of citrus to the greenery on your mantel this year. It's a simple DIY that will freshen up your display and surprise your holiday guests.

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By The Book Christmas Tree

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Robbie Caponetto

We love the idea of recycling an old book into a new, elegant craft. Use those paperbacks that you read ages ago to make something your whole family will love. Add this tree to a sturdy setting in your favorite reading nook.

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Tie A Bow Around Your Coffee Table

Christmas Decorating Ideas: Coffee Table

Laurey W. Glenn

Why keep your Christmas wrapping just to your presents? Get a spool of your favorite ribbon and cross the strands across the sides and top of your coffee table. We used muted tones here for a festive finish that doesn't overwhelm, but take this trick to a new level with different textures and surprising colors.

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Snowy Pinecone Wreath

Snowy Pinecone Wreath
Laurey W. Glenn

A Snowy Pincecone Wreath is a DIY project you and yours will love for decades to come. To make this wreath, you will need a snowy imagination and some strong glue. You might also want to follow our step-by-step guide.

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A Blue-And-White Display

Blue Tabletop Christmas Tree
Hector Manuel Sanchez; styling: Taylor Colson Horton

Your ginger jar-inspired decor can make the most stunning base for a smaller Christmas tree. Place a blue spruce in a chinoiserie cachepot and get a pack of battery operated lights for a charming display that will dazzle any grandmillennial.

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Ribbon Decorated Tree

Christmas Decorating Ideas: Tree Ribbons
Photo by Robbie Caponetto

There is something so lovely about brilliantly colored ribbon on a backdrop of greenery. This easy DIY turns just basic Christmas tree into an eye-catching statement piece. Simply tie your ribbon around an embroidery hoop and place it at the top of your tree.

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Magnify With Magnolia

Magnolia Leaves in Bucket Outdoors
Laurey W. Glenn

You know it's not a secret that we have a soft spot for magnolias, and this is a unique way to incorporate fallen leaves into our Christmas traditions. These trees can be a shining part of your indoor and outdoor decor.

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Petite Wreaths

Mini Herb Wreath for Christmas
Robbie Caponetto; Design: Kathleen Varner

When it comes to the holidays, we want every nook and cranny to be filled with the spirit of the season. These petit wreaths will add a touch of greenery to place settings, coffee tables and side tables this season. To make one of these personal treasures, create a circle with florists wire (making sure to bend the wire back around itself to secure), add sprigs of rosemary, pine, or cypress with the needles all facing the same way. Next, attach the greenery with florist tape and top off your miniature masterpiece with a bow.

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