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16 DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas

Date: 16th November 2016
Author: Sarah Twist
Publisher: Darwin Escapes
Wanting to have some unique, quirky and cheap Christmas decorations? Darwin Escapes as 16 easy DIY Christmas decorating ideas everyone can make!


Don’t worry this isn’t a post about how to make unreachable DIY Christmas decorations, these are easy to make, extremely low or no cost, and may even give you some of your own Christmas DIY decorating ideas with some household objects!

Reuse & Recycle


Old decorations can be spray painted, wrapped in fabric or paper for a whole new look. Whether you repurpose old baubles or ornaments, you’ll get a whole new feel with little effort with this DIY Christmas decoration tip!



Fallen leaves are literally everywhere right now. Grab a few brightly coloured ones, give them a wash so you don’t accidently bring bugs in, cover both sides with moisturiser and let dry (this means they will keep their colour and avoid curling). Scatter them around a mantle piece, around the table or stick them to jars and insert some tea lights. These work well with a rustic theme to your homemade Christmas decorations. Spark & Chemistry blog have a brilliant step-by-step guide on these, read here.

Mason Jars


These are very in right now, being used for everything, from cocktails to plant pots. But you can make a cool looking Christmas tree with a few of these. Insert baubles, lights, beads or tinsel inside some jars and then stack into a tree shape, adding a star on top. A great cheap Christmas decoration for the hall, kitchen or living room.

Vintage Crates


Instead of expensive stockings or big sacks, use old stacking crates to store presents under the tree. More organised, takes up less room and really good for a rustic themed Christmas.



Some banisters are directly in front of the door, decorating these can set the Christmas tone for your guests. This can be something as simple as tying a ribbon in a bow around the bottom of the stairs, or as big as a garland up the whole banister.

Scrabble Tiles


Spell out Christmas messages for a very simple DIY Christmas decoration around the house. If you want to go all out, paint the holders white to make the letters pop.

Coffee Table Centrepiece


Put some extra baubles into a bowl, add some beads or lights for extra sparkle and you have a brilliant homemade Christmas decoration for your coffee table!

Advent Calendar


Pick up 25 ordinary matchboxes, empty them all, wrap them in Christmas paper and then number them 1 – 25 on the sides. Form rows with them, starting with 9 at the bottom and decreasing by 2 every row up, until you only have 1 left for the top (glue for stability). Put sweets and trinkets inside to open every day, a homemade Christmas decoration that can be used again and again.

Wine Bottles


These can be used as candle holders, wrap sparkly paper or Christmas wrapping paper around the middle, and add a bow for extra festive feelings to these DIY Christmas decorations.

Glass Candle Holders


You already have these in your house waiting for you to make Christmas decorations out of them! Again really simple, just glue or stick some fabric, wrapping paper or sparkly paper around the middle and add some lace or ribbon on top for a classy feel to them.



If you have an old pair of mittens lying around, these are perfect for DIY treat holders for the children. Tie together with a piece of ribbon or string and hang on a picture or mirror around the house.

Santa Mugs


We have Santa and snowmen mugs that are so hard to drink out of that we don’t use them. These can be DIY decorations with little baubles in them and used on the table, or around the living room on their own as decorations, or even plant a little greenery inside them for a colour contrast.

Plastic Animals


If you have children raid their old farm animal set for a deer (or deer like creature), if you don’t have children, please don’t steal one from a child as you can find them online or normally in charity shops. Once you have your cheap plastic deer you will need to cover it in white glue, then cover it in glitter, a colour of your choice but silver and white mix works the best. And you a fancy deer DIY Christmas ornament to show off!

Jam Jars


If you have any empty jam style jars, wash them out, spread glue around the sides and bottoms, and then cover them in glitter to create the best DIY Christmas sparkly candle holders. Another use for these is to fill a quarter of the jar with Epsom Salt and sit the column candles on the top of them, the salts make it look like snow!

And those are Darwin Escapes top 16 DIY Christmas Decorations! These homemade decorations will have you getting all the festive feels this Christmas, what are you making this year?

Happy Crafty Christmas Elves!

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