Dressing up your abode for the Yuletide season with homemade Christmas ornaments is the perfect way to make your home unique, and your personality stand out. Check out these great DIY Christmas décor ideas to get you inspired for the holidays!

1. Snow Globe from Spoonful

The awesome sight of snow-covered landscapes is a great holiday inspiration. Recreate your own winter wonderland scene with a homemade vintage mason jar snow globe. For this Christmas project, all you need is a glass jar with a lid, plastic or ceramic figurines, synthetic evergreen tips, polymer clay, glitter, and glycerin. Get detailed instructions from Spoonful.

2. Rudolph Wreath from The Paper Mama

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer inspired wreath

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If you grew up singing the carol, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, we’re happy to tell you that you can have him guard your home this Christmas with a Rudolph-inspired wreath! Let your home exude holiday spirit with the fun, easy-to-make Rudy the red-nosed wreath from The Paper Mama. Recreate a reindeer head by attaching branch antlers to a wreath form. Wrap silver tinsel around the wreath and add a red bauble for the nose.

3. Christmas Ornament Vase from Gimme Some Style

Holiday vase with a small live Christmas tree branch

Photo from Gimme Some Style

So you can’t bring a live tree inside your home, huh? Believe us when we say, you can – with this simple and inexpensive holiday vase. Adding a touch of Christmas to any table, this decoration makes use of any clear plastic ornament, potting soil, a circle-shaped rope, and a small live Christmas tree branch! You can, of course, replace the soil with water and glitter if you prefer a little shimmer.

4. Gingerbread Houses from Go Make Me

miniature village of gingerbread houses made of felt and lit with battery-operated candle

Photo from Go Make Me

Spread holiday cheer by creating an adorable miniature village that you can display around the tree or on the table. Sew tasty-looking gingerbread houses using felt fabric and glue on cute little details. Place battery-operated candle inside and let shafts of warm light emanate from the doorways and windows.

5. Twiggy Skate Ornaments from Michele Made Me

Twiggy Pairs of Skates

Photo from Michelle Made Me

Who would have guessed these colorful pieces are made out of twigs? These twiggy skate ornaments will not only wow your guests, they will also make your Christmas tree look even more rad! Just cut little boots out of twigs, and cover them in paint. Use paper clips and duct tape for the blades. Draw shoe laces with a fine-tipped permanent pen. See the step-by-step guide at Michele Made Me.

6. Acorn-topped Ornaments from Creature Comforts

These sweet DIY acorn-topped ornaments would give your tree a fun, woodsy feel. Made from acorn tops and wooden beads, the cute, happy faces are sure to elicit smiles. Check out Creature Comforts for the full list of instructions and supplies needed.

7. Kraft Paper Tree Skirt from Cleverly Inspired

Who knew you can make a pretty tree skirt out of Kraft Paper? Tracie from Cleverly Inspired certainly did. Recreate this simple holiday look by stacking Kraft paper around the base of your tree. Fill the skirt with balls of newspaper, and top it with some pine cones or large potpourri.

8. Clothespin Wreath for Christmas Cards form The Ribbon Retreat

Considering all the holiday cards that are sure to be flooding your mailbox soon, this clothespin wreath is a must-have! To make this cute décor, cover wooden clothespins with strips of ribbon. Clip the clothespins onto a wire form wreath, and finish it with a festive pinwheel bow.

9. Joy to the World Christmas Mantel by A Night Owl

Joy to the World Christmas Mantel

Photo by A Night Owl

Go crazy, but still classy, in dressing up your mantel for the season with a themed set of holiday decor you can make yourself. Recreate this “Joy to the World” display using a twig wreath with wooden letters, some frames and prints, a golden ornament, and a vintage mason jar full of sparkly pine cones.

10. Old CD ornament from Crème dela Craft

Have you always been mesmerized by the sheen of compact discs? Take advantage of their quality and upcycle old discs that you no longer use by turning them into sparkly Christmas decor! Cut the CDs into various small shapes and sizes, and glue the pieces into a clear glass ornament. Cover up the glue dots on the inside and the back side of the CD pieces by placing a strip of ribbon inside the ornament. Voila! You now have a glamorous holiday bauble.

Nothing puts people in the Christmas mood more than a cool and festive holiday décor. Take Christmas decorating one step further by making these ornaments yourself!

Chic outdoor Christmas decorations provide a stylish welcome to your guests. Give your home and exteriors a dreamy designer look for the holidays with these dazzling DIYs and fabulous finds.

Ice Skate Wreath

Add a playful zip to your holiday exteriors by incorporating an eye-catching accent to a traditional Christmas wreath.

This ice skate wreath from Alderberryhill radiates with nostalgic charm and is surprisingly easy to make. If ice skating is a popular pastime where you live, there’s a good chance you can find a pair of vintage ice skates in your attic, flea market, or yard sale.

Simply take a skate, fill the opening with some artificial foliage and berries, and then tie it to an old-fashioned Christmas wreath. Add a red bow to the neck of the skate to make it look extra festive.

Malta Lanterns

Cast an alluring candlelit glow on your walkway or porch with multi-sized Malta lanterns, such as these black metal lanterns from Pier 1. With their clean, solid lines and old-fashioned look, these lanterns exude elegance and history that match the beauty of the Christmas season.

For a simple yet stunning outdoor display, place pillar candles, along with glittery acorns or holly branches, inside the lanterns. You can choose to hang the lanterns, place them on the steps, or simply lay them on a tabletop.

If you find their basic black too strong for your tastes, pick up a can of spray paint and give your lanterns a new wintry white coat or a lustrous, golden sheen.

Frozen Ice Ornaments

Give your outdoors a truly unique and festive look with these do-it-yourself ice ornaments. From slices of fresh fruit and branches to colorful baubles and plastic trinkets, these frozen décor are super cute and can be customized any way your heart desires.

As demonstrated in Tatertots & Jello by guest bloggers Emily and Jaime from Everyday Art, you simply need to fill various plastic containers with your pretty items, position a length of strong yarn, fill the containers with water, and then leave them in the freezer or your icy outdoors overnight. By morning, hang your fabulous frosted ornaments on your tree to add some pizzazz to your lawn or backyard.

Treetopia Fresh Berry Potted Pine Tree

Bring instant sparkle and cheer to your front porch with a miniature potted Christmas tree. This Treetopia Fresh Berry Potted Pine Tree is all dolled up with pine cones, red berries, and an array of sparkly clear lights, so there’s no need to add any more decorations on it.

Miniature potted Christmas tree with pine cones and berries

It will look great displayed on the window sill, a tabletop, or on the porch steps surrounded by some poinsettias. This potted tree comes with UL-approved lights so it’s totally safe for use outside the house.
Try out these simple and chic decorating ideas and make your outdoors extra impressive and inviting this Christmas season.

Halloween is the time to show some love to our favorite bad guys. Follow these simple tips, and rule any Halloween costume party while dressed up as your favorite fantasy villain or villainess.

Severus Snape from Harry Potter

This extremely skillful wizard from the Harry Potter books may not be a real villain in the story, but his cold exterior and complex personality make him the character that we most love to hate.

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Conjure up a stylish image as Severus Snape

To copy Snape’s outfit, you will need to find or create a black robe with special extra-wide sleeves that are split from the side to the shoulder. Use this helpful tutorial to make the robe and replace the green inner lining with a black one.

Substitute a black robe for Snape’s knee length jacket by turning up the collar and using safety pins to pinch the robe at the back and sleeves for a tighter fit. The rest of the attire consists of a white collared shirt under the jacket, a pair of black slacks, and black square-toe boots.

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Add some greens to your home by creating a pocket garden in your outdoor space. Treetopia shows you how

The most effective way to create a relaxing ambiance in your space is by having plants around the house. If you aren’t much of a green thumb or don’t have a lot of extra space to organize a garden, try out some of these stylish and decorative pocket gardens you can create in your own home:

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Get your creative juices pumping by transforming common thrift shop items into awesome Christmas decor

You don’t need expensive items to make your home gorgeous. Use thrift store-bought items to reinvent what you currently have in your storage. Check out some of these ideas:

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Find ways to turn old furniture into something fabulous and useful again

Do you find yourself wondering how to collect more fitting furniture and get rid of old ones that don’t seem to complement the style of your home? How about hitting two birds with one stone by repurposing old but usable items into new furniture instead? Check out these simple ways to repurpose items and integrate them into your home décor:

Find ways to turn duplicate gifts you received into new home décor items or Christmas ornaments

For any occasion we celebrate, we’re bound to receive generic presents from people who did not have enough time to think about what to get for their family or friends. Instead of just storing these items or recycling them as generic gifts for some other occasion, why not repurpose them into trendy and useful home décor. Check out these four commonly given gifts and what easy DIY projects you can do with them:

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Fun facts and easy recipes for a more appetizing National Donut Day

Did you know that 2013 marks the 75th year of celebrating National Donut Day? This little holiday began in 1938 when a fundraiser was held to honor the women from the Salvation Army who mothered deployed soldiers and served them this tasty treat in social centers called “huts” during World War I (1917).


photo by JosephLeonardo via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0.

 

Who doesn’t like donuts? They are one of the easiest pastries to make and are available in a variety of flavors, shapes, and sizes. From the basic donut to one with filling, glaze, and sprinkles, donuts are an absolute treat for lovers of sweets!

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Commercial donuts, however, are full of sugar and may lead to unwanted sugar rush and the inevitable sugar crash. Instead of just purchasing your usual sugar-filled donut, try out a few easy donut recipes in your own kitchen.

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Rekindle your youthful spirit with fantabulous home décor

You might be working full time in that high-end office building or immersing yourself in more mature culture, but that doesn’t mean you must set aside what inspired or amused you in your youth.  If there’s one place where you can take a break from facing serious matters and feeling old every day, it would be your home.  Come check out these awesome ideas on how to revive the energy and creativity of your youth.

Bought or Made

As with anything worthwhile, remodeling or redecorating takes time. Exactly how much time you need to set aside for your home improvement project depends largely on whether you prefer to purchase the décor or make it yourself. If it’s the former, it won’t take up so much time because you only need to install hooks or nails where you would attach art or clean up a bit to allocate space for the décor. However, if you choose to make your own because you can’t find one that matches what you want, plan ahead and set aside enough time to implement your plans.
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Make your living space comfortable for everyone, including your pets. Treetopia shows you how

Your living space should be home to everyone living in it, including your most beloved pets. Since it’s both National Decorating Month and Pet Month this April, Treetopia has gathered a few tips and tricks on how to redecorate your space and make the most out of it while still keeping your pets in mind. Here are a few of the awesome ideas:

Cover with Easy-to-Clean Fabric

Pets, especially dogs, are quite active and playful and can make quite a mess that would leave stains all over your furniture. Instead of going crazy with laundry or trying out various chemicals for stain removal, choose materials that are easy to clean for your own convenience. Using leather or tight-weave fabrics, such as denim or microfiber, to cover your furniture is a good choice. If you want to level up the protection of your furniture, you can also use Crypton fabric. This textile was conceptualized with pets in mind and was specially designed to be stain-, water-, and bacteria-resistant.
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Slip and Slide

Speaking of mess, floors have witnessed and experienced perhaps the greatest number of accidents. If you want to catch a break, use flooring that you can tidy up with just one or two wipes. Marble, tile, or hardwood floors are great choices for pet owners. However, if you really believe that having a carpet is a must, then opt for a cut pile carpet since loop pile ones are hard to clean when your playful furry friends aren’t in their best behavior.
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Incorporate the Space

It’s no secret that your pets want to hang out with you most of the time. Bring them closer to your workspace by giving them their own area near you. Do you tend to spend hours in the kitchen? Let one of your unused cabinets be their nap area. Do you sit in front of the computer most of the time? Tie a sling under your chair which your cat can use as a hammock. Do you spend your entire day in the garage or garden? Give your pets their own play-and-rest area where they can stay and amuse themselves as you keep working. That way, you get to spend time with your pets while also accomplishing your daily tasks.

Improvise!

Would you like to spoil your pet but have other expenses to use your money for? Then it’s time to improvise! If you’re thinking of buying a nice bed for your dog, search your cabinets first. You may be able to find a broken suitcase that is the perfect size for your pet. You only need half of the suitcase and a comfortable blanket or pillow inside it to make it a comfortable sort-of-new dog or cat bed!

Having pets around are supposed to be calming and not a source of stress. By having an efficiently designed place where your pet’s space complements yours, you won’t only have a stylish home, you’ll also have a best friend to share the space with.