9 Unique Christmas Wreaths You Can Make

If, like me, you are tired of the same-old, same-old in Christmas decorations, use this collection of unique, easy-to-make wreaths to liven up your home for the holidays.

 

Cork Wreath

If you’ve been saving a collection of wine bottle corks, here is the perfect project for you.  What I love most about this unique wreath is that is can serve year round if you change the Christmasy bits.

Source:  Design Improvised

 

Felt Ball Wreath

A felted ball wreath is a refreshing change from the usual wreaths we see everywhere.  You can make felted balls yourself from wool or buy them and sew or glue them onto a wreath form.

Holiday HowTo: DIY Felt Ball Wreath

Source:  Pickles

 

Peppermint Wreath

Who knew that peppermint candy (plus Red Hots) glued onto a wreath form could create such a lovely wreath?  I find it quite striking and looks like fun to make.

peppermint wreathSource:  My Blessed Life

 

Ornament and Wire Hanger Wreath

One of my favorites, this wreath is inexpensive and quick to make.  It’s also fun for the kids to help.  Bend a wire hanger into a circle, untwist the top, string with lots of cheap ornaments (glue tops on if necessary), and finish with a bow.

Source:  Six Sisters

 

Yarn Ball Wreath

This yarn ball wreath looks great – homey and festive.  I think using different shades of green adds a lot of interest.

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Source:  Recaptured Charm

 

Fabric Candy Cane Wreath

Use folded squares of stiff fabric (such as canvas) and pin on a wreath form.  Add a ribbon and you have a lovely and unique wreath.

Source:  Whipperberry

 

Cinnamon Stick Wreath

I love the unique and simple design of this wreath.  Glue cinnamon sticks onto a flat wreath form and finish with a ribbon.  I would probably glue one more layer of sticks offset on top of the first layer.

Cinnamon stick wreath

Source:  The Frugal Homemaker

 

Paper Star Wreath

My origami-loving kids and I will definitely be making this one soon.  Folded paper stars are glued onto a wire wreath form.  Gorgeous and so unique.

paper star wreath

Source:  Good Housekeeping

 

Wood Slice Wreath

One of the most unique Christmas wreaths — my very favorite — is this stunning one made from a wood slice from a tree.  Of course you need a big, old tree and someone who can cut you a slice with a chainsaw, so this isn’t as easy as the other wreaths in this post.  Boy, is it worth it though!  In this case the author used a tree that had been blown down by Hurricane Sandy, making it a literal slice of history.   What a gorgeous result.

Source:  East Coast Creative

 

 

 

 

More Simple Christmas Decorations you can make yourself

Here are more simple, but fabulous, decorations you can make yourself.  There are more ideas in our first Simple Christmas Decorations post.

 

Paper Christmas Trees

Modern and stylish mini Christmas Trees can be used as a centerpiece or on a mantel.

Source:  Good Housekeeping

 

Glitter Animal Ornaments

This is one of the most adorable ideas ever!  All you need are plastic animals (totally going to raid the bin of animals my kids have outgrown!) and spray paint.  The hardest part is drilling a hole to insert an eyelet.  Make sure it is at the balance point of the weight of the animal instead of the visual middle.  If using glitter spray paint, make sure you use the sealer spray made for it because it comes off on everything!

created at: 12/08/2011

Source:  Curbly

 

TP Roll Star/Snowflake Tree Topper

These come out surprisingly attractive considering what they’re made from!  Glue together strips cut from toilet paper rolls and paint if desired.

Snowflake Tree Topper

Source:  All Things Paper

 

Lego Ornaments

My Lego-fanatic son will go wild for these ornaments!  We will definitely be making some this year.  There are instructions for many different kinds.  Great ideas!

Source:  Chris McVeigh

 

Woven Paper Ornament

Use strips of paper to weave these decorative balls.

Source:  The Cheese Thief

 

Salt Dough Snowflakes

Beautiful salt dough ornaments are painted and decorated with a pen.  It makes a beautiful and elaborate design that feels homey to me.

Salt Dough Snowflake OrnamentsSource:  Scissors and Spoons

And another beautiful decorated salt dough version:

salt dough ornament snowflakes Diy: Salt Dough OrnamentsSource:  Katy Elliott

 

Pinecone Flower Garland

Here is a gorgeous garland made from pinecones.  They actually cut off pieces of pinecone and glue them back together in flower shapes.  With a bit of paint, the effect is lovely.

Source:  Two Shades of Pink

 

Glitter Christmas Ornaments

You can make beautiful glittery ornaments from empty glass (or plastic!) balls, some floor finish (to adhere the glitter to the inside of the ball), and glitter.  The results look great and the mess is all contained inside.

glitter ornaments handmade with clear plastic bulbs

Source:  The Ornament Girl

 

Newspaper Wrapped Ornaments

Another great idea to use up old newspapers, catalogs, magazines, or even fabric.  These are rolled up then twisted and glued to styrofoam balls.

Source:  Offbeat and Inspired

 

Stars!

Great instructions to create 5 or 6 pointed stars.  While not only Christmas decorations, we made many in different sizes using Christmas scrapbook papers and strung them across one point with clear line.  Hung on a wall, they are gorgeous!

Source:  Kate’s Creative Space

 

Easy Sparkly Candles

This is a wonderful and super easy centerpiece idea!  Just coat candles in Decoupage medium (like Mod Podge) and roll them in Epsom salt.  When they are arranged on a tray with more Epsom salt and a few sprigs, they make a beautiful and simple table!

Christmas centerpiece ideas: sparkle candles

Source:  Midwest Living

 

Modern Christmas Decorations That You Can Make

My taste runs to the more simple and modern.  I find many Christmas decorations to be gaudy and overwhelming.  Luckily, there are many talented people out there who share my sensibilities.  Following is a collection of wonderful modern Christmas decorations that you can make yourself.

 

Geometric Wreaths

These stunning, geometric wreaths were inspired by a traditional Scandanavian art called Himmeli.  They are so unique and modern!  All you need are cocktail straws and floral wire.Himmeli Geometric Wreath Project vintagerevivals.com

Source:  Vintage Revivals

 

Geometric Paper Ornaments

Stylish geometric ornaments are easy to make with provided templates!  I absolutely love the snowflake tetrahedron.  What fun.

paper decorations by minieco // winter edition

Source:  Minieco

 

Modern Circle Paper Garland

This modern take on a garland uses a large paper punch to punch circles out of colored paper and/or old books.  They are then simple sewn together on a sewing machine (I bet you could sew by hand too).  The results are a wonderful, festive update on a traditional decoration.

created at: 11/30/2010

Source:  Curbly

 

Paper Ornament

This ornament has a mid-century feel and is simple made from cardstock and small grommets.

created at: 11/30/2010

Source:  Curbly

 

Geometric Shrink Plastic Snowflake Ornament

This is a fun project.  Cut ornaments out of shrink plastic (website provides templates) and heat in the oven.  You can leave them clear or spray with glitter.

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Source:  iVillage

 

Paper Trees

Here is a super simple idea with high impact.  Instead of an elaborate centerpiece, just roll pretty scrapbook paper into a tree shape and secure with double-sided tape.  Using a bunch together is what gives this impact.  Would also look great on a mantel.

Christmas centerpiece ideas: paper trees

Source:  Midwest Living

 

Yarn Ball Ornaments

Who knew that yarn, a styrofoam ball, and some glue could add up to such beautiful ornaments?  Wrap 2 colors of yard simultaneously to create the striped ones.

handmade holiday | yarn ball ornaments

Source:  Funnelcloud

 

Mid-Century Ornaments

Print out these adorable mid-century houses on cardstock.  You can decorate them or leave them as is.  So cute!

Source:  Modern Kiddo

 

Gold-dipped Ornaments

These ornaments are painted to look as if they were dipped in gold.  Quite a lovely, simple effect.

Gold Dipped Ornaments sq - Suburble.com

Source:  Suburble

 

Simple Christmas Decorations You Can Easily Make Yourself!

With a family and a million things to do like everyone else, I really need Christmas decorating to be quick and simple.  Oh, and also, cheap – there is rarely any extra money around to spend on expensive decorations.  Creating crafty seasonal decorations is also a way for us to spend quality family time together during the busy holiday season.  My tweens and teens still love doing these projects.

Following are some fabulous ideas for simple Christmas decorations that make a big impact yet are quite simple to make and don’t cost a lot either!

 

Bow Wreath

This is a quick and inexpensive decoration that will immediately make your place exude Christmas charm.  Just glue inexpensive bows onto a wreath form.  Limit the number of different colors for a sophisticated palette or go wild with a riot of fun colors.

Source:  Design Improvised

 

Poinsettia Wreath

Here is another wreath idea that is simple but quite impactful.  Glue or wire artificial poinsettia leaves onto a wreath form for a beautiful front door.

christmas-wreath

Source:  Design Improvised

 

Santa Hat Chair Covers

This project is the most fun ever.

Last year, I was having a lot of trouble finding any Christmas spirit in the wake of my father’s recent passing.  My then 13-year-old daughter took it upon herself to make the house more cheerful.

She had recently taken a sewing class in school and was excited to try out her new skills.  I bought her felt for this project and she proceeded to make 8 of these adorable chair covers in a long afternoon all by herself.  It requires only basic sewing skills or I bet you could use fusible tape as an alternative.

Our chair covers may not be perfectly sewn but they make such a great impression.  Everyone who came to our house during the holiday season exclaimed over them.  It immediately made our entire house feel better.  I was so grateful for these fun decorations.  The best part is that they are easy to store and totally reuseable!  We look forward to pulling these out again this year.

Source:  Make It & Love It

 

String Art Christmas Tree/Card Holder

Here is a delightful idea for holding holiday cards or using as a tree is a small apartment.  This one uses clear 3M hooks instead of nails.  I might do this one on a separate large sheet of plywood because I like the rustic look of nails, but this is a great option if you don’t want to put holes in the wall.

String wall christmas tree

Source:  My Poppet

 

Geometric Paint Chip Christmas Tree

Speaking of wall-based Christmas trees (aka, flat), here is another great version.  I love how modern this looks.  Is there anyone who doesn’t have a box full of paint chips lying around the house?  I can’t relate to those people.  I am definitely making this.

Source:  The Red Thread

 

Cinnamon-Applesauce Ornaments/Gift Tags

Every house needs some deliciously yummy smells wafting about at Christmastime.  My kids and I have made these before as ornaments for the tree.  They are fun to make and smell delightful.  We have had some last for several years (I lightly sand them the next year to refresh the smell).

The idea shown below to use these adorable creations as gift tags is utterly charming.

Source:  Big City Little Joys

 

Advent Calendar

Here is a fabulous idea for an Advent calendar.  It uses small paper mache boxes of various sizes and strong magnets to attach them to a magnet board.  Paint the little boxes and then decorate with the number however you’d like.  You can use stickers, stamps, decoupage, printouts, etc.  Maybe even just have your kids draw the numbers on.  Then just put small treats or special surprises in the boxes!  This is a very flexible and attractive way to create an Advent calendar.

Source:  Lil Pink Pocket

 

Paper Chain Garland

An oldie, but a goodie.  The old-fashioned paper chain that we made in Kindergarten gets updated by using lovely scrapbook paper.  What fun!

Source:  Good Housekeeping

 

Recycled Magazine Christmas Trees

These are great to make while watching tv as it is easy but rather mindless to fold all the pages.  The results are very cute.  I like to put an ornament on top of the trees (I’ve made stars or balls from polymer clay or you can just glue a small ornament on) and sprayed lightly with a glitter spray paint (I like the magazines to still be reconizable because I think they look very cool).  The kids have even made some to give as gifts to relatives – they loved them!

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Source:  Martha Stewart

 

Happy Holidays!

12 Fantastic Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin Without Carving!

There is no getting around the fact that carving pumpkins is messy and time-consuming.  To save time and mess, try one of these fabulous ideas for decorating pumpkins without having to scoop their guts out.  They will also last a lot longer!

Painted, Patterned Pumpkins

These adorable pumpkins are very easy to create using acrylic paint and painters tape to make the patterns.

Source:   Country Living

 

Rhinestone and Spider Pumpkin

With paint, rhinestones, and plastic spiders, you can make these glamorous pumpkins.

Source:  BHG

 

Glitter Pumpkins

Use spray adhesive or white glue to paint part or all of pumpkins.  Sprinkle with glitter while adhesive is still wet.  Shake off the excess and you’ll have beautiful, glam pumpkins!

Glitter Pumpkins

Source:  HGTV

 

Monogrammed Pumpkin

This tutorial shows you how to create a sophisticated monogrammed pumpkin using paint and a word processing program to create the large monogram.

Source:  The Butlers

 

Tape-Decorated Pumpkin

A simple and striking effect can be created using Washi tape on a pumpkin.

Pumpkins decorated with tape

Source:  Real Simple

 

Painted Pumpkins

These unique pumpkins are created by painting the pumpkin with an acrylic paint base.  The base is then decorated with dimensional fabric paint and scratching into the base coat with a toothpick.  A very interesting and pretty effect is achieved!

 

 

 

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Source:  Alisa Burke

 

Black and White Painted Pumpkins

These chic, bold pumpkins can be made using regular craft paint, brushes, and a paint pen.

black and white pumpkins

Source:  Country Living

 

Rustic Jute-Covered Pumpkins

These rustic pumpkins covered in jute can be used for Halloween and stick around through Thanksgiving.  All it takes is jute and a glue gun.  (Be careful with that hot glue – always have a bowl of cold water next to you so you can plunge your hand in the water if the glue touches you.)

Source:  That’s My Letter

 

Chalkboard Pumpkin

My favorite way to decorate a pumpkin without carving — use brush-on or spray-on chalkboard paint to make any pumpkin a changeable work of art!

Make a Chalkboard Pumpkin for an Easy, Mess-Free Halloween Decoration

Source:  Lifehacker

 

Decoupaged Pumpkin

Use photocopies of favorite images from books (or printouts, napkins, wrapping paper, tissue paper) to decoupage a lovely pumpkin.  Use a decoupage medium (like Mod Podge).

Source:  Country Living

 

Funny Face Pumpkins

This is a fun idea.  Draw faces on pumpkins.  Use twigs for noses and then add hats and sunglasses to make funny characters.

Pumpkins with FacesSource:  BHG

 

Button Pumpkin

Buttons, glue, and a bow are all you need to make this cute pumpkin.  You could also experiment with faces.

Ghostly Greeting Pumpkin

Source:  BHG

 

 

11 Spooky & Inexpensive Halloween Decorations You Can Make Easily!

Do you need some quick, easy, and inexpensive Halloween decorations?  Here are some great ideas you can use to quickly get caught up in creepy holiday spirit.

Spooky Eyes

Make super spooky Halloween eyes to hide in bushes in your front yard.  These are easy to make from toilet paper rolls, glow sticks, and duct tape.  Hide under bushes and in dark corners to scare the ghouls!

Source: Rust and Sunshine

 

Bloody Handprints

These gruesome bloody handprints are made out of things you probably have around the house.  Although this project is messy, the results are blood-curdling!

Source:  http://kylyssa.hubpages.com/hub/do-it-yourself-bloody-handprint-window-clings

 

Scary Windows

Make part of a giant Jack-o-Lantern face peering out of one or more windows.  All it takes is black construction paper and some orange tissue paper.

spooky halloween decorations and crafts

Source:  Allyou

 

Cheesecloth Ghosts

Make adorable (ok, spooky too!) ghosts out of cheesecloth and liquid starch.  Use soda bottles, wire, and styrofoam or balloons to make armature to drape ghost on while it dries.

You’ll need starch, like Sta-Flo liquid starch, or Aleene’s Fabric Stiffener.  I’ve also seen some use spray starch, make their own version out of cornstarch, or even use watered down white glue.

Source:  Clinton’s Craft Corner, The Chew, ABC

 

Spider Wreath

Glue spiders to a foam wreath that you’ve painted black for a super easy — and creepy decoration for your door!

Scary Spider Wreath

Source:  BHG

 

Cutout Bats

This is a beautiful, simple idea with a striking effect.  Just cut out a zillion bats and stick them to the wall with double stick tape.  Lovely!  The blog linked below will even point you to a template to download for free.

Source:  Made

 

Spiderweb for Wall

How to make a creepy spiderweb decoration for your wall or front of house from inexpensive materials (yarn, double stick tape, and plastic spiders).  Ewww, spiders!

Spiderweb 2Source:  The Art of Doing Stuff

 

Ice Hand

If you’re having a party around Halloween, you simply must use these ice hands in your punch bowl.  All  you need is a surgical glove (be sure to rinse well first) and some bloody-looking punch!

116 frozen hand

Source:  Real Simple

 

Spider Garland

This spider garland is so easy to make out of a few sheets of paper.  It’s an easy, inexpensive way to dress up your place for Halloween.  The link below will even provide a template for the shape.

Source:  Country Living

 

Bloody Candles

This one is only for grown ups due to hot wax and flames and all.  The instructions are in French, but the pictures are easy to follow.  Carefully drip a red candle onto a white candle until you achieve the bloody effect you’re after.  Just be very careful not to burn yourself in the process .  Make sure to have a bowl of cold water next to you to immediately dunk any wax that accidentally drips on  your hand into.

déco Halloween bougie ensanglantée

Source:  Sous Notre Toit

 

Easy Lawn Ghosts

All you need to make these inexpensive lawn ghosts that dance in the wind is white sheets or cheesecloth, garden stakes, and a Styrofoam ball for a head.  Tie and glue them together and let them go!

16 Easy But Awesome Homemade Halloween DecorationsSource:  Listotic