Seven DIY Projects to Liven Up Your Holiday Decorations

The Thanksgiving turkey has been eaten. The football games have been watched. After all the food has settled, what’s next? For many families, the holiday decorating starts. There’s the excitement of finding the perfect Christmas tree and deciding where to hang the new lights so that all the neighbors can see. But have you considered adding a more personal touch to your decorating flair?

We’ve compiled a list of do-it-yourself craft ideas for you and the family to create that will inspire your creative and festive side. Consider adding them around the house as a conversation starter, too.



Snowman Table Piece

Craft this whimsical foam snowman from HGTV and place it in the center of your table as you’re hosting guests for dinner. The adorable decoration will make your dinner merry and bright.

Brian Patrick Flynn



Marian Parsons

DIY Christmas Stockings

Nothing is more unique and personable than a hand-crafted and quilted Christmas stocking. You can reuse an old quilt or for the more crafty among us, start from scratch. Add your favorite pattern or the recipient’s name for that extra special touch.



Personalized Guest Seating

Make your guests (and Santa!) feel right at home with this one. Create a personalized felt banner with your guests’ names on them and hang on the back of each chair.



Ben Anders

Light Wreath Display

Start with a wire wreath frame and wrap festive lights around it for a different way to display your lights and holiday charm.



Season’s Greetings

Go a different route by tying ornaments together with a satin ribbon and hanging them on your front door as a way to greet visitors, bypassing the more traditional Christmas wreath. 

Paul Reaside

Shake It Up

Take a simple salt or pepper shaker and make it a gorgeous winter wonderland by adding your very own touch with decorations like reindeer and falling snowflakes. Catch the eye of all your guests and your kids will enjoy transforming something ordinary into the extraordinary. 



Homemade Advent Calendar

Use tiny envelopes to hold a different surprise for everyday as the excitement for Santa’s arrival builds: candy canes, mini chocolates, little notes giving clues about the gifts to come. Embellish the envelopes with rubber ink stamps or other charms and crystals.



There’s no shortage of fun ways to make the season bright. Don’t resort to the long lines at the malls and instead resolve to spend some time with the family making the most of the holiday season. Let us know if you plan on trying any of these fun ideas!