You may not want to believe it, but 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. I especially love using pine cones from the backyard or fruit and oranges from the kitchen. It makes me think of simpler times.
The end of October ushers in the official start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving making its appearance less than four weeks later. This time of year usually means more family and friends get-togethers and the doors of our homes open in hospitality.
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 holiday space is by making handmade Christmas decorations.
This doesn’t have to be incredibly complicated or involve a thousand items from Michaels 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.
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?
DIY Christmas Decor Ideas
- 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.
- DIY Magnolia Wreath– Magnolia leaves are a beautiful glossy green all year long, so they are perfect for a homemade holiday wreath. Get the full instructions on my DIY Magnolia Wreath post.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
Other DIY Christmas 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 Thankgsiving, too!)
- Dried fruit wreath
- Greenery Ball (doesn’t have to be mistletoe!)
- Topiary Crafts
- Twig Christmas Trees
- Rolled Beeswax Candles (Your guests will be amazed!)
- Sugared Fruit
Also check out Hearth and Vine’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 Etsy!