Deck the Halls with DIY Delights

Deck the Halls with DIY Delights - Christmas Decorations

Budget-Friendly and Eco-Friendly Christmas Decorations

The holiday season is almost upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by adding a personal touch to your Christmas decor? Let’s explore the world of DIY Christmas decorations. Not only will you save some extra cash for holiday gifts, but you’ll also make a positive impact on the environment by crafting eco-friendly decor. Whether you’re a crafting novice or a seasoned DIY enthusiast, we’ve got you covered with step-by-step instructions and creative ideas to make your home shine with holiday cheer.

Gathering Your Materials

Before we dive into the fun part of creating DIY Christmas decorations, it’s essential to gather your materials. The good news is that many of these items can be found around your home or at a local thrift store, making this project both budget-friendly and sustainable.

  • Recycled Cardboard: Old cardboard boxes can be transformed into fantastic decor. Think about using it for wreath bases or cutouts.
  • Natural Elements: Collect pinecones, twigs, and acorns during autumn walks to use in your crafts. These elements add a rustic and eco-friendly touch to your decor.
  • Fabric Scraps: Leftover fabric pieces can be repurposed into stockings, ornaments, and table runners. If you don’t have any, consider visiting a thrift store or asking friends for unused fabric.
  • Empty Glass Jars: Mason jars and other glass containers can be repurposed into charming candle holders or snow globes.
  • Craft Supplies: Invest in basic crafting supplies such as glue, scissors, paint, and brushes. These will be your best friends throughout your DIY journey.

* A hot glue gun is ideal if you have one

Create a Welcoming Wreath:

A wreath is a classic Christmas decoration, and creating your own is not only cost-effective but also environmentally friendly. Here’s how to make a simple yet stunning wreath.

Materials Needed:

  • Cardboard or metal wreath base
  • Natural elements (pinecones, twigs, berries)
  • Glue *
  • Thin wire
  • Red ribbon
  • Scissors


  • Cut a circle from the cardboard to serve as your wreath base or purchase a metal wreath base.
  • Collect or purchase natural elements to decorate your wreath. Arrange them on the base and glue or wire them in place.
  • Attach a red ribbon bow for a festive touch.
  • Hang your wreath on the front door or above the fireplace for a warm welcome to your guests.

Handmade Ornaments with Photos:

Materials Needed:

  • Clear glass or plastic ornaments
  • Photographs (cut into small circles or squares)
  • Mod Podge or clear glue
  • Small paintbrush
  • Twine or ribbon


  • Carefully insert your cut photographs into the glass or plastic ornaments.
  • Use a small paintbrush to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge or clear glue inside the ornament to secure the photo in place.
  • Allow it to dry completely.
  • Tie a piece of twine or ribbon around the ornament’s neck for hanging.
  • Hang these personalized ornaments on your tree or give them as sentimental gifts to loved ones.

Handmade Ornamental Balls:

Creating your own Christmas ornaments allows you to personalize your tree while reducing waste. Here’s a step-by-step guide for making fabric-covered ornaments:

Materials Needed:

  • Fabric scraps
  • Foam or plastic balls (dollar store has them)
  • Glue *
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Scissors


  • Cut your fabric scraps into small squares or circles.
  • Apply glue to a portion of the ball and start attaching fabric squares, overlapping them slightly until the entire ball is covered.
  • Once dry, attach a loop of ribbon or twine for hanging.
  • Hang your fabric-covered ornaments on the tree for a cosy, homemade feel.

Sustainable Candle Holders:

Candlelight adds a magical ambience to your holiday decor. Transform empty glass jars into beautiful candle holders:

Materials Needed:

  • Empty glass jars
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Pine twigs or leaves
  • LED Tea light candles


  • Clean and dry the glass jars thoroughly.
  • Wrap twine or ribbon around the neck of the jar and tie it in a bow.
  • Place pine twigs or leaves inside the jar, creating a nest-like base or glue on the outside of the jars.
  • Insert LED tea light candle/s inside the jar for a warm, festive glow.

Paper Snowflakes:

Materials Needed:

  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • String or thread (optional)


  • Take a square piece of white paper.
  • Fold it diagonally to form a triangle.
  • Fold the triangle in half to create a smaller triangle.
  • Cut small shapes (triangles, circles, etc.) along the folded edges and sides of the triangle.
  • Unfold your paper, and you have a beautiful snowflake.
  • To hang, thread a string through one of the snowflake’s points and hang it on your tree or around the house.

Pinecone Ornaments:

Materials Needed:

  • Pinecones
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Glitter (optional)


  • Collect or purchase pinecones of various sizes.
  • Paint the tips of the pinecones with white or silver paint to create a snowy effect.
  • Add colourful dots, stripes, or other patterns using acrylic paint.
  • If desired, sprinkle glitter on the wet paint for extra sparkle.
  • Allow the paint to dry completely.
  • Attach a piece of twine or ribbon to the top of each pinecone for hanging.
  • Hang your pinecone ornaments on the tree or throughout your home.

Salt Dough Ornaments:

Materials Needed:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Cookie cutters
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Ribbon or twine


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and warm water. Knead the mixture into a smooth dough.
  • Roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness.
  • Use cookie cutters to create various shapes, such as stars, angels, or Christmas trees.
  • Use a straw to make a small hole near the top of each ornament for hanging.
  • Bake the ornaments in a preheated oven at 200°F (93°C) for 2-3 hours or until they are hard and dry.
  • Once cooled, paint your ornaments with festive designs and allow the paint to dry.
  • Thread ribbon or twine through the holes to create hangers.
  • Hang your salt dough ornaments on your tree or give them as heartfelt gifts.

Christmas Table Settings

Don’t forget to add some festive flair to your holiday table. Create an eco-friendly table runner using old fabric scraps or burlap. You can also make napkin rings from cardboard and twine, adding a small sprig of pine for a finishing touch.

With a little creativity and some readily available materials, you can craft stunning DIY Christmas decorations that are budget-friendly and eco-friendly. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also contribute to a more sustainable holiday season. So, gather your supplies, unleash your inner artist, and make this Christmas one to remember with your unique and heartfelt decorations. Happy crafting and happy holidays!

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