The Master List of Homemade Christmas Decorations

by heather

Ok, I put up my tree last night and I’m definitely feeling festive. The rest of the house seems, well, drab in comparison to my jaunty little tree (who I’ve named “Happy” for the rest of the season…)

With no desire to spend money on holiday decorations, I’ve resolved to make my own. And as always, I figured I’d write a blog post while I come up with some ideas for my own house!

My only stipulation for choosing which homemade Christmas decorations to highlight were they had to be ones that I would be willing to do myself. I don’t sew, and I don’t like complicated. So these are easy, relatively fast, and cheap to make!

Homemade Christmas Decorations



Here are some cool homemade holiday decorations I found online:

1. Homemade Paper Snowflakes

Ok, aren’t these gorgeous? Wouldn’t they look so cool in your front windows?

I’ve made these before (although I used these Martha Stewart instructions), and they came out really cool. But, the snowflakes are, in my opinion, more stunning.

If you’ve never been to, go there. There are so many cool projects on this site that I wish I could just spend all day doing one after another. In fact, there will probably be several other Instructables projects in this post!



2. Holiday Ping-Pong Lights

Like twinkle lights? Play ping-pong?

Then you’re in luck!

You can combine your twinkle lights with your ping-pong balls to make a really cool string of lights. And, for far less than you’d pay to buy fancy party lights at, say, Target.

Want to learn how to do it?

Click here for instructions, at

(Have I mentioned how much I love that site? No? Well, it rocks!)

Courtesy Disney Family Fun

Courtesy Disney Family Fun

3. Recycled Wreath

If you have a bunch of odds and ends lying around, like bits of wrapping paper, tissue and ribbon, this would be a great way to reuse it.

The good news? This project is super simple, and would be great to do with kids. All you need are scraps, some paper plates, and a glue stick.

Yep, that’s my kind of project.

The instructions come courtesy of Disney Family Fun, and you can click here to see how to do this homemade decoration yourself!

4. Pomander Ball

I’ve done this before, only I used apples instead. The apples smelled really, really good, so I’m excited to try this one with an orange!



This is yet another cool project from

You can click here to get to the instructions for this project.

5. Cranberry-Lime Garland

One thing my tree really needs is some garland. I don’t quite have enough ornaments (or lights) to fill it out, and some garland would really tie it all together.

I made exclamations of delight when I found this Cranberry-Lime garland project from Better Homes and Gardens.

Just take a look at how cool it looks!

Courtesy Better Homes and Gardens

Courtesy Better Homes and Gardens

You can click here to get to these super easy instructions!

6. Decorate With Holiday Cards25519467

If you get holiday cards in the mail, reuse them!

You can use your holiday cards on your tree (just tuck them in the branches like little works of art), on the wall (you could make a wall tree with holiday cards), or you can cut them up for gift tags.

You could also cut out your holiday cards in the shape of stars or snowflakes to use as ornaments as well.



7. Paper Christmas Trees

These trees are super easy to make.

And you know what I thought?

I thought they would look really cool made out of magazine pages. I’m going to try it tonight and see how it turns out!

You could put these on tabletops, in windows, or even around the base of your Christmas tree.

You can click here for the instructions for this project.

More Resources…

Ok, I know there are literally TONS of projects out there for making your own Christmas decorations. Many of them involve felt, or beads, or Martha Stewart-level crafting skills, none of which I have.

But if you’re feeling adventurous, or simply want some more ideas, take a dive into these links!

  • Wire Stars (instructions are half way down page)

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Jennifer December 3, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Great ideas! I am going to try out the paper snowflakes…hopefully they are easier to make than they look. 🙂

karen December 4, 2009 at 11:51 am

If you have kids, like I do, you don’t have to make any ornaments. I have collected so many ornaments that my kids made at school over the years that I have to buy a bigger tree every year in order to hang them all. I wouldn’t want to play favorites and NOT display one child’s and not the other; I have to hang them ALL because they remember every one of them.

I have a snow man with crooked googly eyes glued on his head, toothless smiling 1st grader framed in colorful macaronis (I wondered where that box went?), a star made with pipe cleaners, warped and glittered laden angel, and many more that I wouldn’t trade for the most expensive Tiffany or Lenox’s ornament collection.

Regardless of how and when they were made, if they were made with love, they will bring you fond memories and will shine on any tree for years to come.

Jamie December 21, 2012 at 10:13 am

Just wanted to say thanks for including my paper snowflake tutorial in your list! I’m glad to hear that my snowflakes are more stunning than Martha’s!

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