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4 DIY Christmas Decoration Ideas

18 December 2020
4 DIY Christmas Decoration Ideas -  december hoy

There’s only one week left to get into the Christmas spirit and to get your home looking all festive for your friends and family!

Whether you are a Christmas enthusiast who loves covering their entire home in anything and everything festive or you prefer a more simplistic Christmas look, you are sure to love these simple and affordable Christmas decoration ideas.

Get into the festive spirit with these 4 DIY Christmas decoration ideas we have put together.

1. Embellished Christmas Chairs

Do you want to avoid getting tinsel and decorations in your Christmas lunch this year? Then perhaps it’s time to take the décor to the chairs. These Christmas chair embellishments are easy, gorgeous and will give your Christmas table a stylish look.

What you will need:

  • 2 inch wide Red Ribbon
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Christmas decorations such as pinecones

How to get started:

Get started by wrapping the ribbon around the chair twice ensuring that the ribbon ends up at the back of the chair. Loosely tie the ribbon in the centre leaving some length to hang down the back of the chair on either side.

Turn the chair onto its front to allow more stability. Now tie a simple bow in the centre. Using the glue gun, glue the back of the bow to the ribbon underneath it.

Now you can begin glueing on your Christmas decorations of choice to the centre of the bow and you have your very own, homemade Christmas chair embellishments to boast about!

Photo and craft credit: Layla Palmer - 

2. Christmas Glitter Candles

The lunch and dinner table looks so much softer and Christmassy with the added ambience of candlelight. But Christmas candles can be quite expensive because of the novelty of the item.

The good news is that you can easily make your own Christmas candles to adorn your Christmas table with!

What you will need:

  • Plain white candles
  • Red Glitter
  • Decoupage paint
  • Craft brush
  • Clear sealer spray
  • Masking tape

How to get started:

Start by marking off how high you would like your glitter strip to extend up the candle. Simply wrap a piece of masking tape around the candle to indicate where you need to stop.

Using your craft brush, paint on a layer of decoupage paint to the area you would like to cover. Now cover the painted area in red glitter until no paint is visible.

Allow the candles to dry overnight. In the morning, lightly spray the glittered areas with clear sealer spray to prevent the glitter from getting all over your Christmas table.

You now have an easy method to make your own Christmas candles that won’t burn a hole in your pocket! 

Photo and craft credit:  

3. Christmas Card Holder

Getting Christmas cards is always lovely but putting them on display can be a nightmare!

Everything from the wind to the dog can cause the cards to flop over onto the floor which leads to feelings of great frustration.

But what if we told you that you can safely secure your Christmas cards with a fun and easy craft?

What you will need:

  • Small wooden craft blocks
  • Acrylic craft paint (assorted colours)
  • Masking tape
  • Paintbrush
  • Sticker letters
  • Brass jewellery wire
  • Pliers
  • Thumbtack

How to get started:

Using the masking tape, tape off one corner of your wooden block to prevent it from getting painted. This is only one way that you can pattern your wooden blocks – feel free to come up with your own pattern design.

You can now paint the exposed sections of wooden blocks with your assorted craft paints in the colours that you prefer. Once finished, allow the paint to dry and peel the masking tape off carefully.

Now it is time to get creative with your lettering. Take the sticker letters off their sheet and paste them onto the blocks to form the jolly wording you would like to display along with your Christmas cards.

It is now time to create the photo holders. Take your brass wire and a set of pliers and bend the end of the wire into the shape of a paper clip leaving a long tail behind.

You can use a thumbtack to press a small hole into the top of each wooden block into which you can now insert each brass clip.

All that’s left to do now is to find a place to display your Christmas cards and to hook them on! Now there’s no excuse for not being able to display your Christmas cards.

Photo and craft credit:    

4. Homemade Advent Calendar

While it might be of public opinion that advent calendars are made for children, we are here to clarify this unpopular belief: the answer is no!

Not only is this advent calendar craft super fun but it gives you a reason to stuff your own Christmas favourites into each mitten.

What you will need:

  • Old jerseys
  • Interfacing fabric
  • Colourful wool and thread
  • Tapestry needle
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Metal clips
  • Measuring tape
  • Number stencils
  • Iron

How to get started:

First, start by creating your number stencils. Print out numbers 1 to 25 in a size that is approximately 2.5 inches high. Now using your craft knife, cut out the numbers carefully to create a stencil for each number.

Now draw a simple mitten template on a piece of paper using your permanent marker. The mittens should be at least 5 inches tall.

Cut out our mitten pattern and trace it onto the old jerseys. Be sure to leave a centimetre gap along the edges for sewing. You will need to cut out two mittens per days i.e.: you should have 50 mitten pieces when you are done.

Now place your stencil on the front of the mitten piece and trace the number in with a dark marker. This will act as a guide for your stitching. Using your tapestry needle and colourful wool, sew in the stencilled number.

It is now time to add in the interfacing fabric to your mittens. Using your mitten stencil, outline 50 mittens on your interfacing fabric.

Carefully cut out each shape and place the cut-out onto your mitten. Using an iron, press the interfacing fabric to the jersey to make sure that it fuses with the material.

It’s now time to put your mittens together! Now place the two sides of your mittens together and sew them onto each other using wool and your tapestry needle. Be sure to leave the bottom of the mitten open to insert your Christmas treats. Repeat for all mittens.

Now attach a clip to the top of each mitten so that you can hang them up. Using either an old photo frame or a chalkboard, glue the one side of each clip to the board to keep your mittens in place.

Now all that’s left to do is fill the advent calendar up with some delicious treats!

Photo and craft credit: Brian Patrick Flynn - 


Have any Christmas decoration crafts that you love to do over the festive season? Share your ideas with the rest of the House of York followers on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

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