13 DIY Holiday and Christmas Decorations
There are so many ways to celebrate the holiday season. And between planning dinners for the family and throwing cocktail parties for friends, hosting can be overwhelming. For holiday hosts, you have to plan the menu, get groceries, cook the meal, plus, clean up before and after. Not to mention, you have to get your space all festive for the dinner or cocktail party. It's actually possible to survive it (and enjoy it!) by keeping everything simple. And that includes your festive decorations, including DIY décor..Now's the time to let your creative instincts shine through as you watch your mantels, stairwells, and tables come to holiday life. We have some great ideas for getting your house together effortlessly—from your entryway to your dining table. For your entry, it’s the first thing your guests will see, so you’ll want to decide on a eye-catching color scheme, from traditional to festive metallic. And for your dining table, it’s all about the accents, like silver embellished napkin rings and a centerpiece that the kids will love, too. You can make all of these in a weekend or two (and maybe even get the whole family involved with the process). Take a look at these DIY ideas and make one of these your next project.
All Wrapped Up
If your tree is the shining star, then why not also make it your room's focal point. It’s all about choosing the right theme and palette—whether it’s traditional or more creative. How to capture that picture-perfect moment? Presentation. For a uniform look, line gifts around the base of the tree and keep the wrap treatment monochromatic, minimal, and consistent. Shades of pink clearly steal this show, but you can choose a more traditional red and green palette, or opt for metallics and shades of blue. Decorate the tree in the same color palette to tie the whole vignette together.
All great decorating stories start in the front foyer. It’s the first thing your guests will see when they come over for your cocktail or dinner party. Remember the holiday palette is yours to play with so you can stick to the traditional color scheme or mix it up. There’s something so inviting about this warm green, silver, and white combo. Wrap some garlands on the bannister and arrange a vignette on an entry table, like this collection of metallic trees. Display some cozy blankets and throw pillows on an entry bench or chair. Your guests might find the spot so welcoming they might spend most of the party there.
Count It Down
How many days until Santa's arrival? It's all in the festive display. Both kids and adults will love counting down the days with a creative advent calendar. While we all love the chocolate filled calendars, this stackable idea is so much more surprising. Gather and fill a bunch of containers (jars, soup cans, boxes) with holiday treats, like candies, small trinkets, and beauty or food items. Top them off with colorful tissue paper and label from 1 to 25 with number stickers. When Christmas is over, you can pack them up in a box to use next year—you’ll just have to replace the tissue paper.
When it comes to decorating the mantel, you can add a traditional evergreen wreath, or a colorful bulb-filled one. But, sometimes you need to put things in bright and brilliant light to create the right amount of excitement. Display an oversized wreath filled with sparkling hues to really make a festive statement. Start with a wire wreath frame and weave through strands of oversized bulbs for a cool holiday vibe. For the rest of the decor, just mix in evergreens and other neutral pieces so it’s not too overwhelming and the lit-up wreath really shines. If you’re not a fan of bold color, opt for white lights instead.
Add some glitz and glam to your mantel with silvery candlesticks, vases, and even a wreath.
Found Object Wreath
The best part about this wreath is that it features items like your child’s tiny toys or other objects around the house that you’ve been meaning to toss or donate. The shimmery wreath is so easy to make—in addition to little tchotchkes, you’ll need a metal hoop, other decorative items of your choosing, a hot glue gun, wire, and spray paint. Attach items to the wreath with wire or glue, spray paint the whole piece, let dry, and hang on your front door. Any guests that come over will have fun peering at the wreath to see the now-gilded toys, buttons, and other items.
Photo and idea from Brit+Co. See the how-to here.
Whether you have a kids-only table, or one for the whole extended family, this snowglobe will delight both children and adults. Place a few all over the table, along with some flower arrangements and votives. You can even put them on display on your mantel or coffee table. Or, make this a craft project at the holiday party for the kids. To make one, pour confectioner’s sugar in a cylinder vase. Then, add candy, a mini gingerbread house, and other decorative ornaments to create a picturesque vignette. The best part: this snowglobe can also do double-duty as a party favor, too.
Photo and idea from Brit+Co. See the how-to here.
If you’re tired of your old plaid stockings that have seen better days, or you’re just looking to mix things up with your décor this year, try creating your own glam stockings. You could even gift these to friends and family, too. These DIY stockings are made from luxe leather and are trimmed with faux fur. To personalize each stocking so everyone knows which one is his or her stocking, use felt to put a monogram, a name, or even just “His” or “Her.” Hang them from your mantel and decorate with other metallic accents to bring the whole theme together.
Photo and idea from A Beautiful Mess. See the how-to here.