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Holiday Home Decor Ideas You Can Make Yourself!

December 7, 2020
Written by Aaron

It’s time to get festive! Making your own festive decor is a fun and rewarding way to pass the time at home—it feels good to create beautiful ornaments and decorations for the season! A craft night can be relaxing, too, since you have only one thing to focus on: making your home merry and bright. These simple DIY holiday decorating ideas are fun for the whole family. You can even schedule a video chat with friends or family and have a crafting night together.


Incorporate Evergreen Cuttings Everywhere and Anywhere

A sprig of an evergreen here and there will bring the sights and smells of the season into your home. Put small cuttings around candles, tuck greenery into your chandelier, and dress up a bookshelf with boughs of holly.

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If you’re tight on space and don’t have room for a Christmas tree, work with what you have to create a simple “book tree.”

Gather up all your books with green covers. On three shelves, one stacked above the other, place the books vertically. Put about 7 to 10 on the bottom shelf, 5 or 6 on the middle, and three or four on the top. Space the spines of the books apart a bit to create a tree shape—when you take a step back and look at the shelves, you should see a triangle of green books.

Centre an ornament, like a star, above the top shelf. You can also add small cuttings of evergreen, red berries, and pinecones to your shelves to add more of a holiday theme.


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Citrus Garland

We love the pop of colour this garland of orange slices adds to your holiday décor. Plus, the scent is heavenly!

Preheat your oven to 250˚F, then cut some navel oranges into 1/4 inch slices (use as many oranges as you need for the length of garland you want!). Line a couple of cookie sheets with parchment paper. Pat the orange slices dry, then put them on the cookie sheets. Bake for about an hour and a half, flip the slices so the other side faces up, then bake for another hour and a half. You can check on your slices periodically starting around hour two. Remove any pieces that are beginning to brown, then bake the rest until they are dry.

Once the oranges are done and you have removed them from the oven, let the slices cool. Then, using a large needle and twine, sew through the flesh of the oranges to string them together. Space them apart however you like—some people like a few inches between each slice while others like the slices to overlap.

Hang your dried orange garland on your tree, along shelves, or on top of an evergreen garland.

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Rustic Twig Ornaments

Twig ornaments look great on your tree, a garland, or hanging anywhere else in your home! To make your own, start by collecting some thin branches. Using a glue gun, glue the branches together into different shapes, like a star, snowflake, or Christmas tree. Tie twine around the branches for extra decoration and a bit of added support to the ornaments. Add things like buttons, sprigs of evergreen, or anything else festive to the ornament. To finish it off, add a loop of twine so you can hang your work of art.


Pinecone Ornaments

Nature produces so many built-in ornaments, like pinecones, that you can incorporate into your home décor!

Collect pinecones from your yard or purchase some at our garden centre. Spray paint them white—you can use any colour, but we love how the white stands out against a Christmas tree’s dark green needles. For added sparkle, sprinkle glitter on the pinecones while the paint is still wet. Once the paint has dried, make a loop with ribbon or twine to add to the top of the pinecone. Or, if you don’t want to hang them, you can instead place the painted pinecones in a decorative bowl to display as a centrepiece.


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Vintage Ornament Shadow Box

Do you have vintage ornaments passed down from family members or a collection of your own favourite childhood ornaments? Consider displaying these special heirlooms in a shadow box!

Line the backing of the shadow box with fabric or even wrapping paper. Then, stick the bulbs onto the backing using double-sided adhesive pads. We get it—sometimes you run out of space on your tree and have to be selective with your ornaments, so this holiday decorating idea is one solution for displaying them!

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Hanging Branch Centrepiece

Save table space by thinking vertically! To create a hanging branch centrepiece, find a long branch that has multiple twigs. Decorate the branch with fairy lights, then hang it using fishing line attached to ceiling hooks. Make sure there’s enough room between your table and the branch for you to add some hanging ornaments. Once the branch is secured, add a few ornaments to it.


Crafting your own ornaments is a great way to get in the holiday spirit! DIY holiday decorations make great gifts, too, so be sure to make a few extra to give away this season.

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