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7 Homemade Holiday Crafts and Decorations

By Sarah Rosen 11.23.20

With the family at home more than ever this year, some seasonal creativity could be just what you need to brighten up the holidays. That’s why we’re sharing some festive homemade holiday crafts and decorations.

Here are some ideas to get you started that require little more than a trip to your local craft store.

homemade holiday crafts

Pinecone Elves

These little elves made from pinecones are cute, smell great, and are easily adaptable to fit your taste. If you prefer little pinecone snowmen, for instance, simply paint them white before dressing them. With some imagination, you can transform these little guys into your kids’ favorite TV, movie, or comic book characters. Once they’re all dressed up, your pinecone characters are ready to sit on a mantle, as ornaments on the tree, or as a resident of any empty surface in your home.

Woodland Villages

Build an enchanting woodland village for your table by gathering wooden stumps of varying sizes, tinsel evergreen trees, tea lights, faux holly branches, glass figurines, pinecones, and any other items that can add personality to a festive centerpiece. A woodland village atop your dining room table will bring the charm of a sleigh ride to every meal.

homemade holiday crafts

Citrus Chains

For an elegant and ornamental holiday craft, dried slices of oranges and lemons are just the ticket. Imagine them hanging like string lights above a window, under the mantle, or on your tree as natural ornaments. Not only do they add a pop of color to your home, but the zesty smell of citrus is a festive accent to your home’s aroma.

Homemade Candles

Candles are the epitome of the Danish concept of hygge — that comfortable and cozy feeling evoked by blankets, chilly weather, and a steaming cup of tea. Give your candles a holiday-infused scent by mixing in an essential oil like winter pine, rosemary, or vanilla blended with sandalwood. For an added crafty challenge, try turning a colorful gourd into a candle holder. Just remember your basic candle safety, and never leave a burning candle unattended.

homemade holiday crafts

Snow Globes

Is there any holiday craft more romantic and nostalgic than a pretty snow globe? Creating one at home is surprisingly simple, requiring only a mason jar and a few basic craft supplies. Create a snowy scene with white glitter and a winter-ready figurine, or recreate a family vacation by featuring sites like the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, or Big Tex.

homemade holiday crafts

Snowflakes 2.0

This guide offers plenty of ideas for taking your paper-snowflake game to the next level. From giant snowflakes to 3D masterpieces, these patterns will help you turn any doorway, patio, or bedroom into a winter wonderland.

Decorative Snowballs

Another ornament for a mantel, a tree, or a wintry scene is the homemade snowball. Add them to a centerpiece or hang them from a tree. Give them some sparkle by adding glitter in the design of your choice, and then place these shimmering snowballs wherever the light will bounce off of them.

There’s no place like home for the holidays, so remember these winter tips for keeping it safe and sound.

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