Where we come from, the weather is so wet and cold that decorating the outside of our house for Christmas can be difficult. Things either freeze or get so damp that they get ruined, so we usually stick to some pretty, winter-resistant lights and then decorate even harder on the inside to make up for it! Of course, making our own decorations is a lot more satisfying than buying them, so we’re always on the lookout around this time of year for awesome DIY things we’ve never tried before.
are you feeling just as intrigued as we were, if not more, by the idea of making your very own homemade indoor Christmas decorations? Check out these 15 fantastic ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in this year’s search!
1. Christmas mitten garland
If you have any kind of fireplace, central electric heater with its own surround, mantel, or even just a nice shelf you like decorating, then this very first idea might just be the one for you! Take a better look at the tutorial on Craft, Create, Cook to see how this adorable little mitten garland was made in just a few simple steps.
2. DIY winter woodland sign
Perhaps your regular home decor scheme is actually a little bit rustic already and you’ve been scrolling through DIY Christmas decor options trying to find something that will work with the aesthetic you’ve already painstakingly built? In that case, particularly if you’re interested in learning some very simple woodworking techniques, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Blooming Homestead made this lovely winter woodland sign to lean in their living room!
3. Beautiful birch holiday centrepiece
Did we actually really catch your attention with the idea of making some kind of wooden based project but you’re also really interested in adding some winter nature elements to your decor scheme for the season? In that case, we think you might get a real kick out of the way The Sweet Escape used cut branch pieces embellished with tea light candles and little tinsel trees to create a pretty birch centrepiece for their table!
4. DIY wooden mini bucket advent calendar
In our house, advent calendars are an annual tradition and everyone in the family gets one. Rather than simply buying the chocolate filled kind that go on sale in stores every Christmas, however, we’ve been thinking lately about making reusable ones of our own! That’s why this beautiful wood and miniature bucket Christmas tree shaped advent calendar outlined step by step on Sugar & Charm caught our eye so well.
5. Decorative velvet Christmas bows
Perhaps you’re actually a little bit pressed for time and in need of something affordable since this is your busiest season at work, but you’re still thinking about how you’d love to add at least some little seasonal DIY elements to your home? Well, if you can get your hands on some pretty red velvet ribbon at the local craft store, then we’d definitely encourage you to take a look at how Stone Gable hand tied these lovely Christmas bows that look lovely fastened just about anywhere.
6. Pinecone Christmas trees
Are you actually still thinking about the idea we mentioned of creating lovely indoor Christmas decor using pieces of outdoor winter nature, but you’re just not sure you want to get into cutting branches because you’d like to involve your kids in the project too? Then send them out to find some pinecones in the backyard and then check out how SmART Class guides you through the steps for making these adorable pinecone Christmas trees!
7. DIY rustic ribbon and wood Christmas star
Just in case you loved the idea of creating some kind of holiday image on a wooden backing but you’re just not sure you feel like getting out the stencils and paints, here’s another idea for those who prefer working with softer materials like fabric and ribbon! This tutorial from Beyond the Picket Fence shows you nice and clearly how this ribbon star mounted on a wooden background was made, similarly to the nail and string art you might have seen trending lately.
8. Colourful DIY pastel Christmas village
Are you the kind of colourful person whose home is already doused in pastels, and you’re looking for some kind of idea that will help you celebrate the holidays in your favourite slightly unconventional colours this season? In that case, rather than going for classic greens and reds, we think you might get along a little better with something like this tutorial from Studio DIY that teaches you how to make a little pastel Christmas village.
9. Hanging ceiling wreath
No matter the season, we love making wreaths. That’s especially true near Christmas, however, because they’re so much more classic as decor around this time of year? Just because we love something, however, doesn’t mean we aren’t willing to change it up a little here and there. That’s why we thought this hanging ceiling wreath, rather than a more traditional door wreath, was such a neat idea. Get the full details for making one of your own on Our House Now a Home.
10. Peppermint candy holiday topiaries
Has your favourite perk of the holidays always been the treats and candies that come back into season around this time of year? In that case, we think you’re going to adore this next idea, especially if you’re a peppermint lover! The step by step guide found on By Stephanie Lynn walks you through the simple process of making a peppermint topiary that would catch anyone’s eye.
11. Frosted looking glitter branches
Whether you decide to make large ones to put on either side of a doorway or little ones to arrange in a vase on the table like a wintery alternative to a bouquet of flowers, this lovely idea from In My Own Style will certainly add some frosty looking sparkle to your room! We love the way their tutorial shows you how to use glitter in order to add some winter shine to any space.
12. Lighted burlap knot garland
Just in case you’r actually still thinking about how much you love the idea of making a DIY Christmas garland of some kind but you’re also torn between that and the concept of decorating your home with Christmas lights, here’s an idea that lets you combine those two ideas in one place! Check out how Create Craft Love made this beautiful garland for knotted strips of burlap in neutral and Christmas colours.
13. Tabletop knitting needle and ornament tree
This next project might not look like one that’s perfect for avid knitters, but its base is actually made from an old knitting needle, so it’s secretly a great way to upcycle some of the old tools in your notions stash! Take a better look at the tutorial featured on In My Own Style to see how this tabletop ornament tree was made using a knitting needle as its central frame for standing upright.
14. Egg carton Christmas flower and greenery garland
Just in case you’re actually still considering your options when it comes to making some kind of light up garland but you’re just not sure that your space needs more burlap than it already has, here’s an alternative that will let you upcycle something that might otherwise be thrown out and that will help you add a little more greenery to your space! Check out how Hearth & Vine made these little red flowers for each light using egg cartons and intertwined their lights with some evergreen fir.
15. Colourful Christmas garlands mantel
Do you actually already have a whole range of garlands you’ve either made or purchased before that you’d like to hang up but you’re just not sure how you’d like to arrange them in your room or where you’d like to put them? Then perhaps you’ll find some inspiration in this guide from Tater Tots & Jello that teaches you how to make a very colourful Christmas garlands mantel that involves all kinds of garlands at once! You can play with the idea and make a design that’s all your own, but we found their basic concept and discussion very helpful indeed.
Have you made other kinds of lovely DIY indoor Christmas decor before that you really enjoyed but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!