Christmas Decorations — How to Make Your Own

Posted by on Dec 15, 2010

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You don't need to buy ornaments this year, just DIY.



Choosing your own Christmas decorations is one of the many privileges of being an adult around the holidays. Sure, Mom let you help decorate the Christmas tree as a kid, but you were still using her collectibles. If you haven’t already, make this the year to pick out a chic collection of ornaments, garlands and wreaths that express your own personal style. Prefer a kitschy Christmas? Create a paper acorn garland. Want to impress your environmentally-conscious friends? Start a collection of upcycled Christmas ornaments. Whatever your decoration dreams may be, check out these DIY selections below for inspiration for your own.

Fortune Cookie Ornaments

Porcelain fortune cookie DIY Christmas ornament
Rae Dunn

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Wish all your loved ones good fortune in the new year with fortune cookie ornaments. Rae Dunn makes these ergonomic porcelain ornaments [pictured] inscribed with good tidings. Porcelain may be tricky for many of us, but do-it-yourself fortune cookie ornaments made out of felt or paper are doable for anyone. Note that If you choose to go with paper for this pattern be sure to buy a small-to-medium sized card stock. You want the paper to bend into fortune-cookie-shaped goodness without being too heavy.

Get the free fortune cookie ornament tutorial!

Lollipop Pinwheel Ornaments

Difficulty Level: Easy

For chic paper decorations, try folding up your favorite Christmas sheet music. The melodic notes make for beautiful ornaments and could also double as the background for your tree topper. Quick tip: using a hot glue gun will make the project go faster.

Get a free lollipop pinwheel ornament tutorial!

Paper Wreath

Difficulty Level: Easy

This paper wreath makes for a good ending for old books. Simply roll pages of an old book and glue them around a circular base to create a puffy paper wreath that encompasses shabby chic style. Use a slightly aged book to give the wreath a more weathered, vintage look.

Get the free paper wreath pattern!

Modern Paper Ornament

Modern handmade Christmas ornament made from paper

Difficulty Level: Easy

These dapper ornaments from the owners of The Curiosity Shoppe were recently featured on Design Sponge. Similar to paper chains, staple paper strips into blooming lanterns to add a geometric pattern to your home. Choose colors like red and gold for a mod Christmas. Vary size and length of paper strips to create dynamic ornaments that can be strung together or by themselves.

Get the free modern paper ornament tutorial from Design Sponge!

Delicate Snowflakes

Difficulty Level: Easy

Making paper snowflakes can be deceivingly easy, but before you get carried away snipping paper consider a fresh approach to crafting snowflakes. Instead of cutting out flat, blocky snowflakes from one piece of paper, puzzle together thin, rolled strips of paper for a more dynamic look.

Get the free delicate snowflake pattern from Reese Dixon!

Acorn Garland

Acorn garland for Christmas made from paper
Rachel Denbow

Difficulty Level: Easy

This cartoon-like acorn garland is easy to make and fun for kids. Use it for a holiday party at school or to liven up the kitchen while baking holiday goodies. It even makes a good background for your nutcracker collection! Follow easy instructions to make Rachel Denbow’s oversized version or pick another wintry icon for inspiration.

Get the free tutorial for the acorn garland!

Quick Paper Ornaments

Difficulty Level: Easy 

Whether you procrastinated decorating or just like simple pieces, these colorful paper ornaments are a cinch to make out of any paper and wire you might already have around the house. Reminiscent of hot-air balloons, these holiday ornaments are whimsical and sure to brighten your holiday decor. Great as a hanging centerpiece for your holiday dinner, don’t be afraid to attempt variations of this simple design. When picking paper colors use contrasting hues of the same color for striking and vibrant effect. 

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