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9 Easy DIY Holiday Decorations

someone placing a small red and gold ornament on a wreath they are making. the wreath contains holly, pinecones, and red gold ornaments.

You know what's truly magical about the holiday season? It's the perfect time to cozy up and bring that heartwarming touch of yesteryears into our homes.

These DIY projects are a fantastic way to bond with family and friends, relive cherished memories, and create new traditions during this joyful season! So, gather your materials, get everyone involved, and let the creativity flow for a holiday filled with handmade wonders!

 

1. Festive Wreaths

Remember the joy of crafting wreaths together? Let's bring that back! Start with a wreath frame (available at craft stores) and gather natural materials like pinecones, holly branches, and twigs.

Use hot glue to attach these elements to the frame, creating a rustic, woodland-inspired wreath. Personalize it further with ribbons, ornaments, or miniature Christmas lights for that extra sparkle!

 

2. Handcrafted Ornaments

Revive the tradition of making ornaments with loved ones! Create salt dough by mixing 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 1 cup of water. Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to create various shapes. After baking them at 200°F until hardened, let the fun begin!

Paint the ornaments using acrylic paints, add glitter, and seal with varnish for a shiny finish. For old light bulbs, clean and paint them with acrylics to craft adorable snowmen or reindeer ornaments.

 

3. Mason Jar Luminaries

Time to put those mason jars to magical use! Clean and dry the jars thoroughly. Then, use acrylic paint to create holiday-themed designs directly on the jars or stick adhesive paper stencils for guidance. Once dry, place battery-operated tea lights or fairy lights inside for that cozy, warm glow.

 

4. Personalized Stockings

Transform plain stockings into cherished keepsakes! Purchase or use plain stockings as a base. Get fabric paint, embroidery materials, or even iron-on patches. Personalize by hand-painting names, stitching holiday motifs, or adding heartfelt messages to make them unique to your family's style and personalities.

 

Brighten your holiday spirits with Outback. red background. red and green Christmas lights on the top and bottom of the banner.

 

5. Advent Calendar

Craft a countdown to Christmas! Use colorful paper or fabric to create small envelopes or pockets. Number them for each day leading up to Christmas and fill them with tiny surprises, quotes, or family activities. Hang them on a string, ribbon, or decorative branch as a delightful decoration that doubles as a countdown!

 

6. Paper Snowflakes

Fold white paper and start cutting intricate snowflake designs. Unfold to reveal unique patterns. Hang them from the ceiling or tape them to windows for a touch of winter wonderland indoors.

 

7. Hand-Painted Glassware

Elevate your table setting with personalized glassware! Choose wine glasses, mugs, or stemless tumblers. Use enamel or glass paint to hand-paint holiday designs like snowflakes, ornaments, or winter scenes. Follow the paint's instructions for baking or sealing to ensure durability.

 

8. Pinecone Decor

Gather pinecones and get creative! Paint them using acrylic paints in various colors, sprinkle glitter while the paint is wet, or leave them in their natural state. Display them in bowls, glue them onto wreaths, or use them as unique place card holders for a rustic touch.

 

9. Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

Unleash creativity with popsicle sticks! Glue sticks together in a star or snowflake shape. Paint them white, add glitter or rhinestones for that frosty sparkle, then hang them around your home for a touch of winter magic.

 

Did you try any of these? Share your pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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