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Here is a list of 60 of the best homemade Christmas decorations and DIY Christmas baubles ideas to inspire you and show you how to create memories and also save money this year by crafting your own Christmas ornaments and decor.
THE BEST IDEAS FOR HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND DIY BAUBLES
Making homemade Christmas decorations each year is a lovely way of keeping a family Christmas tradition going through the years.
I’ve spent time trawling through the thousands of homemade Christmas decorations tutorials to put together a list of great ideas and inspiration for making unique Christmas baubles and ornaments that will look beautiful this Christmas.
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 really brilliant video tutorials, plus free to download Christmas bauble templates and patterns.
There is an array of different materials across the list with guides on how to make wooden Christmas ornaments, templates for paper baubles and decorations, how to make use of craft supplies like hoops and wood slices.
7 USEFUL TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS 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
- Think about what Christmas decorations you already have and how any new ones will fit in. Download my free printable Christmas Decor planner to help.
- Gather your basic craft kit supplies in advance. For example:
- Order or buy all the specific supplies needed in plenty of time
- If you are going to use glitter, buy eco-friendly glitter as regular glitter is dreadful for the environment. I like this biodegradable glitter by Hemway
- Check what you have around your home that can be repurposed or upcycled into Christmas baubles or ornaments
60 HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND DIY BAUBLES IDEAS 2022
PAPIER MACHÉ CHRISTMAS BAUBLE
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.
PINE CONE BOW TREE ORNAMENTS
This pine cone decoration topped with a bow is quite possibly one of the most simple but beautiful Christmas baubles to make. It is always lovely to bring nature into Christmas decorations.
BLEACHED PINECONES CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS
These bleached pinecones are actually really easy to make and they look absolutely stunning. Add a simple velvet ribbon and you have a natural Christmas bauble that will really stand out on your tree.
UPCYCLED DIY CHRISTMAS BAUBLES
I love this video tutorial, Irene from My DIY Life Diaries gives step-by-step tutorials on how to upgrade and upcycle ordinary shop bought plastic baubles to beautiful homemade Christmas baubles.
I particularly love these ideas because it’s a great money-saving way to create a whole new decor theme and because it is so much better for the environment to reuse and repurpose what you have.
10 WAYS TO DIY A CLEAR CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
This HGTV video tutorial focuses on how to work some DIY magic to decorate shop bought clear baubles and turn them into unique beautiful homemade Christmas baubles.
There are some great original colour-ways and designs in this tutorial that are totally non-traditional and eye-catching.
12 Days of Christmas: Pear Ornament
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.
DIY CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS
This video tutorial gives you not one but four DIY ideas for creating minimalist Christmas baubles on a budget. Each one is quite literally simply beautiful.
DIY PINECONE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
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.
DIY BOTANICAL CHRISTMAS 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.
Christmas Crafts - Easy Paper Bauble How To
Follow Maggy from Red Ted Art’s easy tutorial to make some delightful paper Christmas baubles. This is a really simple take on creating paper baubles.
HOMEMADE PAPER HONEYCOMB BALL CHRISTMAS DECORATION
This video tutorial takes you through how to make a slightly more involved paper bauble, it’s a honeycomb ball bauble that makes a lovely architectural addition to any Christmas tree.
DIY PAPER HONEYCOMB CHRISTMAS BAUBLE USING CRICUT
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.
Homemade Christmas Tree Ornament Using Newspaper and Flour
This is a brilliant Christmas decoration to make with toddlers and young children. Paper maché is such a sensory delight for little hands.
One More Minute: Santa Pom Poms
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.
DIY ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER ORNAMENTS
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.
HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS GNOMES DECORATIONS
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.
DIY SALT CRYSTAL PAPER SNOWFLAKES
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?!
HOMEMADE HANDPRINT SNOWMAN CHRISTMAS BAUBLES
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.
CHRISTMAS SCENTED SALT DOUGH STAR GARLAND
Now these Christmas scented salt dough garlands from Rainy Day Mum are great for kids to make.
DIY TEA LIGHT SNOWMAN ORNAMENTS
How clever is this? One Little Project uses faux tea lights to create super cute snowman tree decorations that light up (safely!).
PIERNICZKI SPICED GINGER CHRISTMAS COOKIE TREE ORNAMENTS
Gingerbread is one of my favourite things about Christmas, so these gingerbread cookie tree ornaments are just so mouthwatering. And what’s not to love about edible Christmas tree decorations?!
HOMEMADE YARN WRAPPED STAR ORNAMENTS
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.
HANDMADE YARN WREATH ORNAMENTS FOR GARLANDS AND TREE DECORATIONS
More yarn wrapped DIY Christmas decorations ideas here. These mini yarn wrapped wreaths can be as simple or as loud and colourful as you choose to make them. You will need to buy some polystyrene (styrofoam) craft rings, like this set of wooden rings in varying sizes.
DIY CHRISTMAS RUSTIC TWINE BALL ORNAMENT
This is such a simple but effective idea for DIY rustic twine ball ornaments to hang from your tree. Watch the video tutorial for a simple step-by-step guide to making the ornaments.
WOVEN CHRISTMAS DANISH HEART BASKETS DECORATIONS
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.
HOMEMADE 3D PAPER SNOWFLAKE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
Paper can be a really cost-effective way to craft homemade Christmas decorations. This is a lovely tutorial for making gorgeous 3D paper snowflakes.
HOMEMADE BOOK PAGE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
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.
DIY RUSTIC TWIG CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
It’s always lovely to bring nature into the home, especially during the festive holiday season. This is a lovely and easy to follow tutorial for creating rustic twig ornaments over on Simple As That.
DIY PAPER HOUSE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
Sometimes simplicity is perfection. That’s how I feel about these gorgeous simple white paper house Christmas ornaments
FUN HOMEMADE WOODEN BEAD CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
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.
HOMEMADE UNICORN CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS
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.
HOMEMADE SANTA BOOTS FELT CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
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.
HANDMADE DACHSHUNG FELT CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
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.
ALTERNATIVE DIY ORIGAMI WATERBOMB CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
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.
HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS SCENTED ORNAMENTS
This is another tutorial for making homemade scented Christmas tree hanging decorations. The resulting decorations are so gorgeous I just had to include it.
DIY SCRAP RIBBON CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATION
Find yourself with lots of scraps of ribbon left over from gift wrapping and assorted craft projects? Put them to good use by making these scrap ribbon and twig Christmas trees.
HOMEMADE FROSTED PINECONE CHRISTMAS DECORATION
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.
DIY ACORN CHRISTMAS TREE BAUBLES
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.
DIY UPCYCLED DENIM EMBROIDERY HOOP CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
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.
DIY SANTA AND REINDEER GARLAND
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.
DIY CHRISTMAS PAPER BULB ADVENT CALENDAR GARLAND
This paper lantern advent calendar garland is so strikingly beautiful it is hard to believe that it is actually homemade.
DIY BALSA WOOD CHRISTMAS TREES
Wood is such a lovely tactile material to craft with. These little balsa wood Christmas trees are really easy to make Christmas decorations.
MINI DIY WOODEN CHRISTMAS TREES
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
DIY RUSTIC CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
These simple DIY Christmas ornaments are rustic farmhouse chic at its finest. They are super easy to make and involve wrapping fabric over craft balls. Follow the tutorial to make yours.
Rustic Wood Ornaments
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.
HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS DECORATION USING EMPTY TOILET ROLL INSIDES
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.
DIY SCANDINAVIAN INSPIRED CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS
These Christmas tree decorations are so easy to make and perfect for Scandinavian-inspired Christmas décor!
HOMEMADE TWIG CHRISTMAS TREES
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.
Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree - A Rustic Holiday Decor DIY
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.
BEAUTIFUL HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS HULA HOOP DECORATION
Christmas hula hoop decorations are having a bit of a moment. This is a really easy to follow video tutorial for making a couple of versions of homemade Christmas hula hoop decorations.
HOW TO MAKE ORANGE POMANDERS WITH SPICES
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.
DIY EMBROIDERY HOOP CHRISTMAS DECORATION
This clever DIY snowman decoration is made predominantly from embroidery hoops and felt. Perfect for hanging on the wall or on a door at Christmas.
DIY WASHI TAPE CHRISTMAS WREATH
Washi tape is such a fun way to get creative with Christmas decorations. Use Christmas coloured or themed washi tape to cover craft balls to make this wonderful homemade Christmas wreath.
5 MINUTE HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS POM-POM WREATH
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.
TRADITIONAL HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS FOLIAGE WREATH
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.
FAUX BARN WOOD CHRISTMAS WREATH JOY SIGN
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.
DIY HAWAIIAN CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA WREATH
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.
DIY ASYMMETRICAL FOLIAGE HOLIDAY WREATH
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.
DIY FESTIVE CHRISTMAS RAG WREATH
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.
DIY MODERN HOOP AND FOLIAGE CHRISTMAS WREATH
This is a great video tutorial on how to make a thoroughly modern homemade Christmas wreath using a craft hoop, plus some Christmas ornaments you have to hand and some foliage.
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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.
Monday 20th of January 2020
I love all of these Great ideas!
Wednesday 27th of November 2013
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.