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This roundup of 79 easy-to-make DIY Christmas baubles, ornaments, wreaths, garlands and centrepiece ideas will help you craft homemade Christmas decorations that you will want to decorate your home with every holiday season for years to come.
I’ve spent time trawling through the thousands of tutorials to put together a list of ideas and inspiration for unique DIY baubles, ornaments and assorted other Christmas decor that will add a wonderfully homemade feel to your holiday decor.
I’ve stuck to fairy, easy-to-make decorations, some of which are perfect for making with kids or letting kids make on their own.
I have found some brilliant video tutorials, plus free-to-download Christmas bauble templates and patterns to help you make your own Christmas baubles, garlands, wreaths and other decorations.
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There is an array of different materials across the list, with guides on how to make wooden ornaments, templates for paper baubles and decorations, recipes for salt dough creations and how to make use of craft supplies like hoops and wood slices.
79 HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND DIY BAUBLES IDEAS 2023
Choose from this selection of some of the best easy-to-make baubles and decorations around.
This is a super simple papier maché Christmas tree bauble idea from Craft & Creativity. Baubles are one of the mainstay tree decorations, it can get costly buying them, so DIY Christmas baubles are a great way to create something beautiful and save money.
This beautiful glittery pear and bow ornament involves painting a papier mache pear which you can buy from a craft supplier. It is one of those super easy DIY Christmas baubles that looks so chic and expensive.
This Christmas bauble is made of berries, bells, craft snow and other gorgeously Christmassy craft bits n pieces. Use this easy to follow step-by-step video tutorial to create your own version of the bauble.
This botanical Christmas bauble is super simple to make and literally takes a couple of minutes to put together. You just need to buy a set of clear glass or plastic baubles. It is quite simply one of the cleverest DIY Christmas bauble ideas ever.
If you have a Cricut machine or are planning on buying one, this is a great DIY bauble video tutorial to follow to make some seriously professional honeycomb paper baubles with. If you’ve never thought about buying a Cricut maker, it is worth taking a look at them and all the wonderful things you can do with them.
I love how quick and easy these Santa Claus pompoms are to make. You just need a clever little gadget called a pompom maker, which you can buy very cheaply over on Amazon. Then watch the video tutorial to get making your version of these super cute pompoms for your Christmas tree.
Christmas gnomes are just so kitsch! The beauty of these little gnomes is that they are super easy and super fast to make. They’re actually really easy for kids to make too, to keep excited little hands busy in the run up to Christmas.
This simple but clever idea takes me right back to making Christmas decorations at primary school as a kid. The fabulous thing about making these salt crystal snowflake decorations with kids is that they get a craft session and a science lesson at the same time! Plus they are made using everyday household items, so that makes them cheap and easy to prepare for. What’s not to love?!
This handprint snowmen Christmas tree decoration is one of those lovely decorations that will bring increasing levels of nostalgia with every year that you bring it out of storage to hang on your Christmas tree. As little hands become big hands, it’s always lovely to have something to look back on to remember the magic of childhood Christmases.
This is a really easy to follow step-by-step tutorial for making yarn wrapped star tree ornaments, delivered by Kelly Rowe, who is such an expert that she makes and sells her yarn wrapped ornaments on Etsy.
Woven heart baskets are a traditional Scandinavian Christmas decoration that can be seen the homes of Danes, Norwegians and Swedes around the world. They are great crafts for kids to make as festive decorations. The tutorial is for hearts made from felt, but you can also make them from paper. Either way they look beautiful hanging on a Christmas tree or as part of a Christmas garland.
This is one for literary fans, or actually maybe not, as it involves using the pages of books! But it has to be said these book page Christmas ornaments look absolutely beautiful, there is something about the simple black on white that brings an upscale vibe to these easy to make DIY decorations.
Wood is such a tactile material to make Christmas tree decorations from. This tutorial takes you through how to use simple wooden beads to fashion really striking Christmas tree decorations. They are super quick and super easy to make.
Unicorns really do get everywhere!! So why not Christmas?! This is a detailed tutorial on how to make these very beautiful unicorn tree ornaments. It will take a little time to make them, but they will no doubt delight any child with a unicorn obsession when they see them hanging from a Christmas tree.
These felt DIY Santa boot Christmas baubles are just so adorable and perfect for hanging on a black and white theme Christmas tree. This tutorial is really easy to follow and I guarantee you will be pleased with the results.
These dachshund felt ornaments do involve some sewing, but it’s the kind of sewing you likely did at school when you were around seven, so it’s nothing too taxing. Plus you will end up with the cutest doggie ornaments to hang from your Christmas tree.
Now these origami waterbomb Christmas decorations really put the fun in crafting homemade Christmas decorations!! There is a video tutorial alongside the step-by-step guide to making them, so you really can’t go wrong.
You can either go out foraging for pinecones or buy a bag of pinecones to make these lovely frosted pinecone ornaments. This is a great step-by-step tutorial to follow and you will end up with gorgeous frosted pinecones that you can hang on the tree or use to form part of other DIY Christmas decorations. They are also great for using to adorn Christmas gifts.
Acorns aren’t the first thing you think of when it comes to Christmas, but the truth is they make gorgeous Christmas decorations if you know how. These DIY Christmas ornaments are super budget-friendly and very easy to make. Plus it’s lovely to have something a little out of the ordinary as part of your Christmas decor theme.
This homemade Christmas decoration idea is so eco-friendly. It uses scraps of denim as a basis for the embroidery. There’s a free embroidery star template you can download to get crafting the hoop decorations.
SALT DOUGH ORNAMENTS AND DECORATIONS
Salt dough is easy to make and work with, plus it looks lovely when sprinkled with glitter and moulded into festive shapes. It's the perfect material to use when making DIY decorations with kids.
Nothing beats walking into a room and literally inhaling the scent of Christmas. These simple to make DIY essential oil Christmas baubles kill two birds with one stone, because they look gorgeous hanging on a tree and they also scent the room the aroma of Christmas. Watch the video tutorial to find out how to make them.
These paper santa and reindeer garlands are Scandi-inspired perfection! There is a free template you can download. Use the garland to decorate a mantlepiece or you could make mini versions and use them to add a finishing touch to Christmas gifts.
These mini DIY wooden Christmas trees are non-traditional minimalist Christmas perfection! They are made using small wooden craft cones. The tutorial takes you through step-by-step how to DIY these mini trees and also gives you
These rustic homemade Christmas decorations are made using little wooden craft slices like these. They are really easy to make and if you’ve got a creative flare you can make them look just as beautiful as the very expensive versions you can buy in the shops.
These beautiful looking homemade Christmas decorations are made using the inside of toilet rolls, who woul ever have thought it?! What a great way to avoid waste by recycling something you have everyday in your home into a DIY Christmas decoration. Watch the video tutorial to find out how.
These simple to make DIY Christmas tree decorations can be used to hang from your actual Christmas tree to hang on your wall. They are great fun to make with kids, especially if you go foraging for the twigs together on a cold winter morning.
These delightful burlap ribbon Christmas tree decorations are brilliant room decorations or they make great Christmas table centrepieces. There are only four supplies you need to make them, so they are budget-friendly decorations to make at home.
Pomanders are French creations used for fragrancing a room or a drawer. They also make great Christmas decorations. This is a wonderful tutorial for making pomanders out of oranges. You can hang them from your Christmas tree or use them to create a Christmas table or room decoration. I think they would be wonderful to have on display in your entrance hall, to greet you and any house guests with a tantalising aroma of Christmas.
Now this DIY Christmas pom pom wreath tutorial is absolutely genius because the wreath is so unbelievably easy to make and yet it looks like the kind of expensive Christmas decoration you’d buy in an upscale store.
If you want to go for a more traditional Christmas wreath you can follow this great video tutorial. It’s a lovely wreath made using foraged foliage, so you can make it very much your own style depending on what you are able to forage. The fact it involves foraged supplies makes it a great cost-saving way to make a beautiful Christmas decoration.
This tutorial is not just for a wreath, it’s for a Christmas sign with a wreath. Two for one!! It’s one of the most involved DIY Christmas craft projects on this list, but once you make it you’ll want to keep it forever. It would also make for a lovely gift for someone at Christmas.
This beautiful Hawaiian inspired homemade Christmas wreath is made using burlap and paper, with the paper used to create the poinsettia flowers. There is a free template you can download for creating the flowers.
This asymmetrical foliage holiday wreath has an architectural elegance that fits well with a minimalist Christmas decor theme. It looks way more expensive that it actually costs to make and it is also really simple to make, so perfect for making a big splash impression with minimal effort.
The brilliant thing about this festive rag wreath is… well actually there are two brilliant things about it. Firstly, it’s a great budget-friendly way of using up old bits of fabric you have at home and secondly, no two wreaths will ever look the same. Clearly you don’t have to make it using leftover fabric if you have a specific decor theme in mind.
Make a fun Christmas village centrepiece to decorate your Christmas table with this easy tutorial.
7 USEFUL TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS BAUBLES AND DECORATIONS
Now, it can be very easy to have big plans to make beautiful Christmas decorations that are so good they look shop-bought but, in reality, turn out to look like something you’d rather hide than display.
Give yourself plenty of time ahead of the Christmas period to avoid a last-minute panic.
Be honest with yourself about how skilled you are at crafting and how much time you actually have.
Luci is the founder of Mums Make Lists (Est. 2011). Over the last decade or so, she has used her experience as a mum to create useful guides to organising family life. During that time, she has found the most joy in creating lists of ideas and inspiration to make it easier for busy parents to plan and host kids’ parties and find great gifts. Read more.
I like your Outdoor And Indoor Yarn Decorations For Christmas ,Its Awesome Images . I'll Definitely try it on this Christmas.
Friday 22nd of November 2013
What a great list of christmas decorations, very nice! thanks for hosting this excellent selections of decors. I also love decorating, especially christmas tree, that's why I featured some of the best Christmas tree decorating ideas that hopefully you may also find useful. Happy Holidays, ya'll!
Thursday 14th of November 2013
I love all of these ornament ideas!
Thursday 14th of November 2013
What a great list of Christmas decorations. Definitely pinning this one.