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43 DIY Christmas Decorations That Will Add Cheer to Your Home By Womansday.com Staff

Holiday Window Display

A grouping of indoor wreaths adds a festive touch.
Classic Colors: Paint select leaves of a magnolia wreath red, white, and green. Once dry, brush glue onto the tops of the white leaves and dust on glitter for added sparkle.
Snowcapped Village: To embellish a feathery wreath, make a couple of card stock houses and use pins to secure in the middle.
Bells and Bows: Update a boxwood wreath with a few jolly add-ons: Knot two 6" pieces of red ribbon, then wire a jingle bell to the center. Hot-glue a skewer to the back and use to push into place.

 

Woodland Stockings

Hang these felt and fabric stockings by your doorway for added Christmas cheer.
To make the stockings, print templates and cut all shapes out of corresponding felt and fabric. Sew the front and back of the stocking shapes together with a ¼" seam; turn inside out. For the cuff, cut an 8" x 16" rectangle from matching felt, sew ends together with ¼" seam, then turn inside out and slide over the top of the stocking. Tuck 3 inches of the cuff inside the top of the stocking; hot-glue in place. Glue together a ¾" x 10" strip of matching felt to form a loop and hot-glue to the stocking. From cotton batting, cut out a head shape slightly smaller than the felt pieces. Sandwich the batting piece between the head shapes and hot-glue the layers together. For the scarf, cut a 6" x 48" rectangle and stitch together on long sides; turn inside out (use selvage as edge on short ends to avoid fraying). After attaching the body features (see below), wrap cotton scarf twice and tie.
Deer: Arrange facial features in this order: ears, antlers, cheeks, nose. Then, for the eyes, layer the eyelashes behind the white eye shape and use ¾" buttons for the pupils. Hot-glue everything in place.
Fox: First, hot-glue the outer ear shapes to the back of the head. Next hot-glue the cheeks, nose, and eyes, including ½" buttons for pupils. Finish by attaching the belly and inner ear fabric shapes with hot glue.
Owl: Start by hot-gluing the ears in place. Then layer the eye shapes (including ¾" buttons for the pupils) and beak and hot-glue in place along with the belly. Crease wings with an iron and glue to sides under cuff.

 

Pretty Presents

Craft a pretty topper, then arrange boxes at the foot of the bed so you'll wake up to a display every morning.
Sweet Medallions: Flatten a few printed cupcake liners, then cut them to create concentric circles; attach with double-sided tape. Finish with a round piece of glittery paper in the center. 
Easy Evergreens: Make green card stock cones with the template; hot-glue each onto a straw. Make small X's on the top of the box and push in trunks.
Balls of Tinsel: Snip a 6" section from a festive garland and knot it into a ball shape. Secure at the bottom with hot glue, then stick it on the top of your package with extra-large glue dots.
Shiny Shapes: Use needle-nose pliers to bend colorful 12-gauge aluminum wire into a tree or star, then slip onto ribbon or yarn instead of a bow.

 

Anywhere Ornaments

Make extra-special decorations a focal point by hanging them front and center on a staircase banister, or drape your favorites on doorknobs or chair backs.
Spread Joy: Paint wooden letters J and Y with red acrylic paint. Wrap a wooden letter O with green yarn; use hot glue to secure ends and attach a small bow and gems. To attach letters, arrange them facedown, then hot-glue small card stock strips from one letter to the next. To hang, hot-glue a loop of baker's twine to the back of the O.
Old St. Nick: Use our free template to cut a hat from felt; hot-glue to a 4" wood circle and add a pompom on top. Hot-glue two black-bead eyes, a 1/2" wooden circle nose, and wooden teardrop ears. From white faux craft fur, cut and hot-glue semicircle beard and two teardrops as a mustache. To hang, hot-glue a loop of ribbon to the back.
Festive Llama: Use our templates to make a green saddle, brown eyes, white hair, and a white nose from felt. Cut the body, back legs, and snout from white felt, then again from card stock. Mount each felt piece on top of a card stock piece for structure. Hot-glue the back legs behind the body, then glue the snout, hair, and eyes in place. Add white felt dots as eye highlights. Hot-glue on saddle and red pompom trim, followed by more pompom trim around the neck and ankles. To hang, hot-glue a loop of ribbon to the back.

 

Wood Clock Christmas

Countdown the days until Christmas with this one-of-a-kind DIY timepiece. 
Get the tutorial at Thrifty & Chic. 
What you'll need: Wood glue ($6; amazon.com); Wood stain ($8; amazon.com); Color stain ($11, amazon.com)

 

Christmas Tree Mason Jar Votive

These colorful jars will light up your home on those cold winter nights. 
Get the tutorial at Mason Jar Crafts Love. 
What you'll need: Mason jars ($22; amazon.com); Red chalk paint ($9; amazon.com); Green chalk paint ($6, amazon.com)

 

A Merry Mantel

Handcrafted from artificial greenery and bright berries, this garland will last season after season.
1. Use needle-nose pliers to bend ?" armature wire into the 8" letters that spell out your chosen word or phrase. Cover the letters with green floral tape. 
2. For each letter, cut a 3" piece of wire and wrap it with floral tape. Then, bend one end into a small loop (1" or less in diameter) and secure it with floral tape to the back of the letter toward the top. (For letters like J, T and Y, you'll need a loop on each end at the top.)
3. Pull the small sprigs off an Artificial Juniper Pine Garland and, working bottom to top, use floral tape to secure them at the stem to the front of each letter form to create a base. Then, use hot glue to fill in the front and sides of each letter with more greenery. (The sprigs should overlap slightly.)
4. Hot-glue faux or dried berries (available at craft stores) to each letter. Once completely dry, thread a length of 2" to 3" red ribbon through the loops to hang.
What you'll need: Green floral tape ($5; amazon.com); Pine garland ($43, amazon.com)

 

Gift Bow Wreath

To turn store-bought bows into a jolly wreath, first attach a loop of floral wire (for hanging) around a 16" Styrofoam wreath form. Then, hot glue gift bows to the front and sides of the form. Keep it festive with a classic red-and white combo or mix in powder blue for a wintry look.
What you'll need: Styrofoam wreath ($12; amazon.com); Gift bows ($11; amazon.com)

 

Words with friends

Got an old Scrabble game you never play? Upcycle the pieces into word ornaments with wire, beads, a drill and scrapbook paper. 
Get the tutorial at Things That Are Pretty. 
What you'll need: Scrabble tiles ($6; amazon.com); Jewelry wire ($6, amazon.com)

 

Peppermint Twist Wreath

Set a sprightly tone indoors with this high-impact wreath crafted from a sweet seasonal favorite: peppermint candies.
Get the tutorial.
What you'll need: Styrofoam wreath ($12; amazon.com); 

 

Joy and Love Pillow Covers

Washable burlap sewn into covers and stamped with paint-covered wooden letters will send the right holiday message.
Get the tutorial.
What you'll need: Burlap ($15; amazon.com); 

 

Tree Skirt

Disguise an unsightly tree stand with adorned felt.
Get the tutorial.
What you'll need: Red felt ($32; amazon.com)

 

Window Swag

Cut freehand stars out of cardboard and poke cloves through one star for a natural air freshener. 
What you'll need: Cardboard ($12; amazon.com)

 

Merry Garland

 From sheets of 8 1?2 x 11-inch faux-bois paper, cut letters freehand (or use a stencil). Glue onto 2 1?2-inch ribbon and hang with cloth tape. Dress up your table with votive holders wrapped in 1-inch satin ribbon (secured with hot glue) or an added touch.

 

Table Runners

 Lay wide burlap strips across the table, letting them hang about 6 inches over the sides. Pull out six strands of burlap about 2 inches from each edge, then thread 1?4-inch satin ribbon through every 3?4 inch.

 

Scarf Wreath

It doesn't get any easier than this: A colorful scarf, wire wreath frame and 10 minutes of your time is all it takes. Plus, the scarf is still usable (no gluing or cutting required!) 
Get the tutorial at Tried & True.

 

Keepsake Ornament

Keep a tally of your kids' changing interests by making these easy DIY "wish list" ornaments each year.
 Get the tutorial (from Honeybear Lane) at Craft Snob.

 

Personalized Mini Tree

A humble tag-sale table painted leafy green becomes a nifty staging area. Wrap a crock with ribbon to fashion a stand for an adorable tree personalized with family photos. Concoct miniature frames using circles of stiff felt and ribbon.

A humble tag-sale table painted leafy green becomes a nifty staging area. Wrap a crock with ribbon to fashion a stand for an adorable tree personalized with family photos. Concoct miniature frames using circles of stiff felt and ribbon.

 

Paper Christmas Lights Garland

Easily create your own Christmas garland, for any room, with strips of colored stock paper in primary hues.
Get the tutorial at Stubbornly Crafty.

 

Custom Vintage Christmas Lights

Update plain Christmas lights with festive colored paint and metallic garland to string around your home.

Update plain Christmas lights with festive colored paint and metallic garland to string around your home.
Get the tutorial at My Sister's Suitcase.

 

Peppermint Mason Jar Candles

Make good use of excess Mason jars by turning them into Christmas candles with a refreshing peppermint scent.

Make good use of excess Mason jars by turning them into Christmas candles with a refreshing peppermint scent.
Get the tutorial at A Pumpkin & A Princess.

 

Snow Globe Terrariums

In 10 minutes, create beautiful jars evoking picture-perfect holiday scenes, filled with snow and twinkling lights.

In 10 minutes, create beautiful jars evoking picture-perfect holiday scenes, filled with snow and twinkling lights.
Get the tutorial at Pink Pistachio.

 

Mason Jar Christmas Tree

This is a cute and easy way to dress up your mantel or entryway.

This is a cute and easy way to dress up your mantel or entryway.
Get the tutorial at Country Living.

 

Ribbon Candy Wreath

Medium gauge wire, striped ribbon and a hot glue gun are the keys to this festive door ornament.

Medium gauge wire, striped ribbon and a hot glue gun are the keys to this festive door ornament. 
Get the tutorial at Dear Emmeline.

 

Keepsake Capsule

Make this adorable memento using a round plastic ornament, faux pearl beads, foam board and a photo.

Make this adorable memento using a round plastic ornament, faux pearl beads, foam board and a photo. 
Get the  tutorial at House of Smiths.

 

Sweet Skates

All you need to create this fun ornament are yarn and jumbo paper clips, which double as bright blades.

All you need to create this fun ornament are yarn and jumbo paper clips, which double as bright blades.
[link href="http://wdy.h-cdn.co/assets/cm/15/09/54ebf9ec8c2ab_-_ice_skate_pattern.pdf" target="_blank" link_updater_label="external"]Get the tutorial.

 

Copper Dove

Adorn your Christmas tree with this gilded symbol of peace. The best part: It's easier to make than it looks.

Adorn your Christmas tree with this gilded symbol of peace. The best part: It's easier to make than it looks.
Get the tutorial.

 

Fabric Wreath and String Snowballs

These whimsical decorations instantly add holiday cheer to your home. Hang the colorful wreath on a wall, and bring a side table to life by placing a bowl of these snowballs atop it.

These whimsical decorations instantly add holiday cheer to your home. Hang the colorful wreath on a wall, and bring a side table to life by placing a bowl of these snowballs atop it.
Get the fabric wreath tutorial and the string snowball tutorial.

 

DIY Tree

Make your own festive garland by tying 3-inch cowbells ($16.80 for 12; WindyCityNovelties.com) onto rope every 15 inches.

Make your own festive garland by tying 3-inch cowbells ($16.80 for 12; WindyCityNovelties.com) onto rope every 15 inches.

 

Owl Ornament

What a hoot! You can easily whip up this winged creature—made from burlap, felt and twine—using this templateand instructions.

What a hoot! You can easily whip up this winged creature—made from burlap, felt and twine—using this template and instructions.

 

Star Ornament

It may look like wood, but this heavenly body can be cut from faux-bois scrapbooking paper and folded.

It may look like wood, but this heavenly body can be cut from faux-bois scrapbooking paper and folded.
Get the tutorial.

 

Gnome Ornament

All you need to make this garden-dweller is a pinecone from your yard, felt, a pompom, string and a pipe cleaner.

All you need to make this garden-dweller is a pinecone from your yard, felt, a pompom, string and a pipe cleaner.
Get the tutorial.

 

Felt Stockings

After creating these from a few shades of felt, hang them with care.

After creating these from a few shades of felt, hang them with care.
Get the tutorial.

 

Napkin Ring

Gather hemstitched linen napkins, tie them with twine, and tuck a few sprigs of artificial cranberry in the middle.

Gather hemstitched linen napkins, tie them with twine, and tuck a few sprigs of artificial cranberry in the middle.

 

Christmas Tier

Candies, dazzling greens and keepsakes are irresistible layered on an old-fashioned tiered cake stand. Mix and match shapes and sizes, sticking with colors that mimic those of other kitchen adornments.

Candies, dazzling greens and keepsakes are irresistible layered on an old-fashioned tiered cake stand. Mix and match shapes and sizes, sticking with colors that mimic those of other kitchen adornments.

 

Gift Wrapping

Pour spiced nuts into clear bags and finish off with ribbon, twine and a tree-shaped tag cut from kraft paper. Cover a jar of peanut brittle with red burlap, add twine and glue on pinecones. Buy gingersnaps with precut holes, string with ribbon.

 Pour spiced nuts into clear bags and finish off with ribbon, twine and a tree-shaped tag cut from kraft paper. Cover a jar of peanut brittle with red burlap, add twine and glue on pinecones. Buy gingersnaps with precut holes, string with ribbon.

 

Poinsettia Ornament

Use two shades of vibrant felt to concoct a whimsical ornament.

Use two shades of vibrant felt to concoct a whimsical ornament.
Get the tutorial.

 

Festive Napkin Ring

Make your holiday table complete by adding a touch of sparkle at each place setting.

Make your holiday table complete by adding a touch of sparkle at each place setting.
Get the tutorial.

 

Topiary Ball

This beautiful centerpiece can be created with pistachios, making it one inexpensive but impressive addition to your Christmas dinner table.

This beautiful centerpiece can be created with pistachios, making it one inexpensive but impressive addition to your Christmas dinner table.
Get the tutorial.

 

Merry Christmas Garland

Use scrapbook paper and letters to create an easy and festive sign for a plain wall.

Use scrapbook paper and letters to create an easy and festive sign for a plain wall.
Get the tutorial at Vicky Barone.

 

DIY Christmas Sign

Make use of plaid fabric by framing it as a background for a metallic reindeer or any other holiday icon.

Make use of plaid fabric by framing it as a background for a metallic reindeer or any other holiday icon.
Get the tutorial at The 36th Avenue.

 

"Merry" Burlap DIY Christmas Art

Create this merry sign in just two easy steps—drape festive string across a canvas board to get flowing letters.

Create this merry sign in just two easy steps—drape festive string across a canvas board to get flowing letters.

Get the tutorial at Crafts Unleashed.

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