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10 Easy Handmade Christmas Decorations

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The holidays are just around the corner! And while I do love bright glass ornaments and other intricate Christmas decor, there is a certain rustic charm to handmade Christmas decorations. So snag some of these ideas for DIY Christmas decorations using natural elements from your garden or yard as well as a handy hot glue gun and other easy to find tools!

And what better way to spread holiday cheer than with lovely holiday decor that brings warmth and joy? (Raise your hand if you immediately thought of holiday cheer= singing loudly for all to hear.) One way to create an inviting space full of holiday spirit is by making handmade Christmas decorations. Making these easy Christmas crafts also adds a personal touch to your home no matter your skill level.

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This doesn’t have to be incredibly complicated or involve a thousand items from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. In fact, you can take a step back and decorate as your great grandparents might have… with natural elements like pine cones, fruit, berries, and other items nature gives us this time of year. Homemade Christmas decorations don’t have to be complicated. Keep it simple and close to nature. 

Handmade Christmas Decorations

Last year, my family and I visited Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC. It was the colonial capital of North Carolina, and they decorate the palace each holiday season in the same way it would have been done in the 1800’s.

There are lots of greenery boughs, fruit, and conifers. These handmade Christmas decorations are truly beautiful. Why not take a page out of the colonial holiday decor guide and craft some of your own handmade Christmas decorations this year?

See the ideas below for both holiday home decor and ornaments that can be made at home!

Handmade Christmas Decor Ideas

Here are some easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas for you to use in your home this year!

  • DIY Tomato Cage Christmas Tree– For the past several years, I have used tree trimmings to create miniature Christmas trees with upside down tomato cages. They’ve been a huge hit with visitors, who all think they’re a real tree.

These trees only take about 30 minutes to assemble, and they’re free since I use tree trimmings from a local lot, and tomato cages from my summer garden.

Most handmade Christmas decorations use what you have available in your own yard, so it’s a perfect way to use what you already have on hand to create something beautiful.

mini Christmas Tree
  • DIY Magnolia Wreath– Magnolia leaves are a beautiful glossy green all year long, so they are perfect for a homemade holiday wreath. The leaves will actually maintain their color for months, so this lasts much longer than you’d expect. Get the full instructions on my DIY Magnolia Wreath post. 
green magnolia wreath red bow
  • DIY Cabinet Mini Wreaths (DIY With My Guy)-Simple DIY mini-wreaths for kitchen cabinets. Adding a dry orange slice gives these mini-wreaths a Scandinavian touch.
DIY cabinet mini wreaths
DIY cabinet mini wreaths
  • DIY Fruit Garland (Chatfield Court)- Now you can make DIY dried fruit garland with dried oranges and cranberries for the Christmas tree. A fun and easy way to make your own Christmas decorations!
DIY fruit garland
dried fruit garland
  • Rustic Christmas Card Display (A Princess and Her Pirates)- Displaying this year’s Christmas cards definitely counts as DIY decor. Add your favorite Christmas pictures and cards to this beautiful, farmhouse style display!
rustic Christmas card display with cards hanging on twine
rustic Christmas card display

DIY Christmas Ornaments

What if you’d like to extend your DIY projects to your Christmas tree by making homemade ornaments? Here is some Christmas inspiration in the form of homemade Christmas ornaments from some other talented content creators! From classic salt dough ornaments to using natural elements from the yard, there’s something for every tree. 

  • String Star Ornaments (Ey to Zee Creatives)- This string star ornament is a budget-friendly, and easy DIY project. It is great especially if you are looking for natural decorations.
string star ornaments
  • Simple Pinecone Ornaments (The DIY Dreamer)- Transform pine cones into lovely Christmas ornaments. This is a beautiful rustic Christmas decoration for any tree or garland.
rustic pine cone ornaments
  • Easy Salt Dough Ornaments (Creative Nourish)- Fun for the whole family – create Salt dough Christmas ornaments by mixing the dough, decorating and cutting out the shapes, baking it and then painting them. Make stand alone ones or Christmas tree decorations.
easy salt dough ornaments
  • Wooden Reindeer Ornaments (Homemade Heather)- My Granny was always the queen of handmade Christmas ornaments, so when I saw this reindeer ornament from Homemade Heather, I knew I had to share! I love the woodslice base!
wooden reindeer ornaments
wooden reindeer ornaments
  • Gingerbread Cinnamon Ornaments (Noshing with the Nolands)- These non-edible applesauce and cinnamon ornaments are easy for the whole family to make. They are a simple craft that can then adorn your Christmas tree beautifully, be given as a gift, or decorate the outside of a gift perfectly.
gingerbread cinnamon ornaments
homemade gingerbread ornaments

Other DIY Christmas Decor Ideas:

Still looking for more handmade Christmas decor? Check out these ideas on how to create some holiday cheer in your home using what you may already have in your backyard or craft closet.

  • Pinecone Centerpiece ideas (perfect for the Thankgsiving dining room table, too!)
  • Dried fruit wreath- Use my recipe for How to Dry Oranges to create the fruit you’ll need for this lovely wreath. 
  • Greenery Ball (doesn’t have to be mistletoe!)- Extra greenery and a foam ball from the dollar tree can easily become a fun feature in your holiday decor.
  • Topiary Crafts
  • Twig Christmas Trees- Christmas trees made from twigs. IT really doesn’t get much more simple than that! And if stored properly, these can easily be saved for the next year. 
  • Rolled Beeswax Candles (Your guests will be amazed!)
  • Sugared Fruit

Also check out Taste of Home’s book Handmade for the Holidays if you’d like a guide on how to make handmade Christmas decorations for your home this season. It’s available on Amazon!

freakdujour (@freakdujour)

Friday 2nd of November 2018

I love little gnomes


Friday 2nd of November 2018

I live homemade decorations! So much easier on the wallet and environment. I think my favorites are the handmade snowflakes my family tapes to our windows. It’s so fun seeing how everyone makes such unique designs.


Friday 2nd of November 2018

I love homemade snowflakes! And I completely agree about homemade decorations being easier on the wallet and the environment. :)