7 Ideas for Handmade Holiday Decor

The holiday season is in full swing, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to feature some festive decor around the house. Whether you prefer to decorate early on or wait until the holidays are just a couple of weeks away, I think you’ll enjoy today’s post. I’m always a fan of adding a personal touch to my decor, which is why I’m sharing some ideas for handmade holiday decor that have been inspiring me.

If you’re short on time, the great thing about all these ideas is that they’re quick, easy, and great for last-minute options. I also appreciate that there aren’t long lists of supplies required for these crafts. Even if you’re new to the world of DIY decor, I think you’ll find that the following projects are a wonderful place to start.

Dried Citrus Garland

Handmade holiday decor featuring dried orange slices on garland.

You might have seen images of this kind of citrus garland before, as it seems to be growing in popularity. I think it’s a simple way to add some natural charm to your holiday decor. What do you need to make your own? Grab some oranges, your thread or wire, branches of your choice, and that’s it! The key is to bake the oranges to create the desired dehydrated look. For a detailed walkthrough, I love this tutorial from Simply Styed Inspo.

Felt Leaf Wreath

A white wreath made from felt leaves.

Felt wreaths are a great way to switch things up and add some unique style to your home. I love the idea of using neutral tones, like the one seen above. The best thing about this idea is that you’re not actually limited to felt – various fabrics you already have around the house can work. Creating this lovely final result is a simpler process than you might imagine. Plus, there are so many ways to play around with your own color and style preferences.

Earthy Ornaments

Handmade holiday decor featuring ornaments made from twigs and hay.

There’s something magical about bringing the outdoors inside during the winter season. If you own a hot glue gun, you’re already halfway there for this DIY project. Ornaments made from twigs are an inexpensive way to bring your own personal touch to your tree. Plus, if you have kids this is an easy way to have them get outside and be creative. Here’s how Olivia Ohern put together these earthy ornaments.

Yarn Trees

A shot of DIY yarn Christmas trees on a coffee table.

How stunning are these yarn trees? I love the understated elegance they bring to this decorative arrangement. Making these trees is another task that requires supplies you most likely already own. They can make a great addition to a more minimalistic or farmhouse decor style, and I think they’d look great on the table or on top of the mantle.

Evergreen Candle Holders

Candles inside holders with evergreen branches adhered to the outside of the glass.

Another thing I love about winter is bringing warmth to the home with candles. There are many ways to get creative with your candle display, but I am especially drawn to the idea of incorporating greenery. This tutorial quickly takes you through each step to make these yourself – and there are only five!

Paper Stars

Large white paper stars hanging in front of a window.

You might not expect paper decor to look chic, but these gorgeous stars prove otherwise. I’m loving these oversized Christmas stars and how detailed they are. When creating your stars, you can choose how intricate you want them to be. I personally like how these stars have openings cut in them to let the light shine through. There are so many places you could choose to hang these!

Pinecone Centerpiece

Pinecones that have been painted and covered in glitter. There is a hand seen arranging the holiday decor.

One thing you can’t forget about when adding decor is a beautiful centerpiece. Keeping with the natural elements, I adore the idea of adding pinecones to my display this time of year. If you want to take things up a notch, you can paint your pinecones. Feeling really fancy? You might even add glitter. These ideas from A Piece of Rainbow take just three minutes.

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be more excited to bring handmade holiday decor into my home. There’s something so special about sharing your own beautiful creations to express your individual style.

Looking for more ideas? Check out my post on different housewarming celebrations you can plan. If you’re looking for more home decor inspiration, here are six ways to transform a small outdoor space.