Getting Creative with Your Christmas Decorations

Happy Saturday, all! While I’m off on my European adventure, I have an awesome guest post for you on one of my favorite topics… Christmas! While I love to buy all kinds of Christmas decor, there’s nothing quite like doing some crafting of your own to get into the Christmas spirit! Geraldine has some great tips of DIY Christmas decorations, check them out below!

So it’s coming up to that time of year again, the minced pies and cookies are in the oven, the mistletoe is going up, and the kids are on hyperdrive. That’s right, it’s the build-up to Christmas, everyone’s favorite holiday season! Decorating your home can be a costly affair so here are 10 DIY Christmas decoration ideas that will keep you and the kids occupied on a cold winter’s night, not to mention make the house look especially festive!

1. Advent Calendars
If you’re looking to make something personal for a loved one why not create a luxury advent calendar? Simply wrap 24 small gifts and attach loops and numbers.

2. Paper Chains
A cheap way to decorate the stairs is paper chains. Recruit your elves into painting sheets of newspaper in festive colors such as gold, green and red. Then you just need to cut the paper into strips and glue it together in loops. Let the glue dry and they’ll be ready to hang up.

3. Christmas card banner
A simple yet meaningful decoration idea is to hang up your Christmas cards on string. It’s a thrifty way to remember the warm wishes your friends and family have sent you during the festive period.

4. Salt dough tree decorations
If you want to make your own custom tree decorations, you can bake them using a basic salt dough recipe. The mixture is fairly easy to mold and you and the kids can even paint them once they have set.

5. Light bulb directions
This activity will require some adult supervision if you want to involve the little ones. If you would like to add a bit of sparkle to your tree this year, all you need to do is dip the light bulbs in PVA glue and roll them in the glitter of your choice.

6. Personalized gift tags
Why not make opening those presents extra special this Christmas by creating customized gift tags. Start with plain tags or make your own with colored cardboard, then cut a simple design like a snowflake into a potato, before dipping in paint and stamping on the tag.

7. Window stencils
Any easy way to quickly spruce up your windows is to create a simple stencil of a snowflake or snowman. Stick it on a window and cover in snow-spray and then peel the stencil away. You’ll be left with a cool image on your window pane, which can be continued in a pattern.

8. Papier mâché snowman
You and the kids can create a snazzy, light-hearted center piece for your dinner table or living room using paper mâché. Make three spheres, join them together and then decorate.

9. Make your own wreath
Create your own personalized wreath to add a touch of character to your front door this season. Start with a polystyrene wheel and some foliage. You could opt for a classic design, or even jazz it up with sparkles. It’s all about you!

10. Snow covered pinecones
Pinecones scream out the festive season, a simple but effective decoration is a bunch of pinecones sprayed with snow or dipped in glitter.

The above tips will help you to get your house in order as the Christmas season gets in to full swing. Remember it’s all about fun, family and relaxing so make sure you enjoy your time this Christmas!

Geraldine Barnes is a mother of three and loves arts and crafts. She especially likes making things at Christmas.

Images by Vicky Brock and frankieleon, used under the Creative Commons license


  1. December 6, 2015 / 4:48 PM

    Love these ideas! I made my own wreath last year, and it was a big hit with the neighbors.

    xx katie // a touch of teal

    • December 19, 2015 / 11:15 PM

      That sounds amazing! I’ve been wanting to make my own, but haven’t had the time to sit down and try it. Hopefully next year!