In my book, nothing beats handmade holiday decorations. Not only is it often more budget-friendly, but you can customize it to be any color and material you want. Over the years, we’ve shared so many holiday DIYs and craft tutorials here on the blog, so I wanted to round up some of my favorites. This list of 12 handmade decorations is only the tip of the iceberg — you can always find even more craft projects here!
Celebrate in Style with These 12 Handmade Holiday Decorations
Door swag is one of my favorite alternatives to the traditional holiday wreath. You can literally forage in your backyard and pair those findings with dried flowers and fresh florals. We hung our swag on the front door, but it’s also a beautiful way to decorate your dining room for holiday guests!
Calling all crystal lovers! This ornament DIY is really easy to pull off and adds a touch of metallic sparkle to any Christmas tree. Plus, it’s always nice to include an organic material in your holiday decor. I guarantee these ornaments are a conversation starter for guests, too.
Speaking of organic elements in holiday decor… this ball ornament DIY is one of my favorites! It’s such an easy craft project, especially because it’s kid-friendly. Usually when I decorate our tree, I mix in solid colored glass balls and they complement these so nicely. Also, you can change out the foliage each year, so your tree always feels different and special.
As you can see, I am really into sharing handmade holiday decorations that use unexpected materials… like these snowflake ornaments. Beeswax is another material that brings a natural touch to your Christmas decorations. And don’t feel like you only have to use snowflake shapes! You can try others like stars, bells, mittens… pretty much any cookie cutter.
This cinnamon stick himmeli tutorial is actually one of my most popular DIY holiday crafts ever! These traditional Scandinavian ornmanets look complicated to make, but with our step-by-step instructions it’s a breeze. And there’s an added bonus: the fragrant cinnamon sticks will make your home smell fab.
Speaking of fragrant… you can also use cinnamon sticks for a himmeli garland! I added dried oranges to incorporate even more natural elements to the DIY holiday decorations. This garland is perfect for adorning a mantle or on your front door.
Looking for a pop of color this holiday season?? Try our pom pom garland tutorial! Pom poms are really easy to make, plus you can pick any color palette that you want for your garland. I like to hang our garland over the arch that separates our living and dining rooms. But it’s also really cute draped on a Christmas tree!
For a subtle touch of metallic, I highly recommend decorating with our metal leaf garland DIY. This garland is actually more of a wall hanging, but you can adjust it to fit your home very easily. I love that it has a touch of twinkle, too — come the holiday season, I am allll about those fairy lights!
I can’t believe we’ve only ever DIYed one tree topper! I am adding a mental note to think up another twist on this essential piece of Christmas decor. The materials on this tree topper are decidedly luxe and over-the-top, but the actual craft itself is sooo easy. And I love adding a touch of metallic to the top of my Christmas tree!
OMG this tree skirt is a statement and an heirloom piece all wrapped up in one craft project. Bringing texture into my holiday decorations plan is one of my favorite styling tips. There is something inherently special about making your own version of what you see in stores for hundreds of dollars. It really does because a decor piece you look forward to using year after year. This tree skirt is the perfect place to put presents under the tree!
I always love to decorate with Scandinavian cozy vibes during the holidays and this leather stocking is totally perfect. The Fair Isle pattern is perfect for a modern Christmas, while the tassel adds a touch of whimsy.
And last, but definitely not least, is this incredible hanging wreath tutorial! If you want to go truly over-the-top with your holiday decor (while also saving on valuable table space), definitely give this DIY a try. It’s definitely a statement and is certain to make your dining room feel festive!
So what do you think of these DIY holiday decorating ideas? I hope you found this post helpful and inspiring! Be sure to subscribe to my weekly newsletter for even MORE holiday inspiration.