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50+ DIY Holiday Decor, Gift And Recipe Ideas

As the holidays approach, many of us are looking for ideas to make our celebrations special. From decorating our homes to creating unique gifts, there are lots of ways to add a personal touch. To give you some inspiration, we’re sharing some of our favorite DIY projects and recipes that will help you get into the holiday spirit.

50+ DIY Holiday Ideas for 2019

It’s hard to believe that it’s November already. How can it be that the year is almost over?

And you know what that means. Time to start planning for the holidays!

To get the process started, I’ve teamed up with a whole bunch of other bloggers to bring you more than 50 DIY Holiday Ideas – from wreaths to ornaments to home decor to gifts, games and recipe ideas.

There’s something here for everyone.

So let’s get to the list!

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DIY Christmas wreaths

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If you’re looking for some holiday decor to hang on your front door, windows or even your kitchen cabinet doors, then these DIY Christmas wreaths may be just what you need.

DIY Christmas Buffalo Check Hoop Wreath

via Domestically Creative
Brighten up your front door for the holidays with this easy to make DIY Christmas Buffalo Check Hoop Wreath that features a glittery Merry and Bright sign.
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Bleached Pine Cone Wreath

bleached pine cone wreath
via Simple Nature Decor
If you love natural elements then this bleached pine cone wreath is for you. It has a unique and natural look and the patina on the pinecones gives the wreath a modern flair.
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Magical Snowman Wreath

snowman wreath
via My Humble Home and Garden
This cute snowman wreath is a non-traditional way to add some holiday cheer to your front door.
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3 Pinecone Wreath Ideas: Classic, Icy and Rose Gold

3 pine cone wreaths
via Country Hill Cottage
Channel some Christmas cheer with 3 pinecone wreath ideas that bring the festive spirit to your home! The wreaths will be beautiful keepsakes for many years.
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DIY Mini Wreaths

Mini Christmas wreaths hung from kitchen cabinet doors
via Intelligent Domestications
One of the simplest ways to decorate your kitchen for Christmas is by making these easy DIY mini wreaths for your cabinets.
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How to Turn a Cheap Wreath into a DIY Flocked Wreath

via Happily Ever After Etc
If you are obsessed with all of the beautiful flocked wreaths out there but don't like the price tag then this is the tutorial for you!
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20-minute Gold Christmas Wreath

DIY white and gold Christmas wreath hanging on a mirror
via From House To Home
This DIY white and gold wreath will add some sparkle and glam to your holiday decorations.
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Holiday signs

Wood signs are another easy way to add the holiday spirit to your decor. And these DIY versions would fit perfectly with a rustic Christmas theme.

DIY Christmas Tree Farm Sign

Christmas tree farm sign on a mantel with a red truck
via Pretty DIY Home
This sign looks like it came from a fancy Christmas shop. It has beautiful raised lettering and a wood slat background. Perfect for a DIY Christmas gift!
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Noel Sign

Wood Noel sign on a mantel
via Creative Ramblings
Learn how to create a Noel sign by using a wood sign, wood letters and a grapevine wreath.
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Rustic Wood Joy Sign

DIY wooden "JOY" sign
via Interior Frugalista
Learn how to make a simple, rustic wood Christmas sign using pallet or fence boards, wooden letters and a grapevine wreath.
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DIY Santa’s Sweet Shoppe Bakery Sign

via Nourish and Nestle
Add a little bakery shop charm to your Christmas decorations with this Santa’s Sweet Shoppe sign made from a window.
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Burned Wood Christmas Sign

Burned wood Christmas sign
via As For Me and My Homestead
Farmhouse simplicity makes this wood burned sign perfect for any rustic Christmas decor. And it includes a printable template to make your own.
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DIY Buffalo Plaid Cozy Little Cottage Sign

red and black buffalo check cozy cottage sign
via Love My Little Cottage
This DIY buffalo plaid sign is perfect for a cozy red and black Christmas theme.
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Wooden Christmas Tree Shadowbox Sign

DIY Wood Christmas Tree Shadowbox sign
via Adventures of a DIY Mom
With this tutorial, you'll learn how to build a Christmas tree shadowbox sign step-by-step. The perfect addition to your rustic or farmhouse-style decor.
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Easy DIY Wood Slice Christmas Tree Sign

Wood slice Christmas tree sign
via Harbour Breeze Home
Another farmhouse style decor piece is this easy DIY wood slice Christmas tree sign. Make one for yourself or give it as a gift!
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Vintage Ornament Box Dioramas

vintage DIY ornament box diorama
via Little Vintage Cottage
Dioramas are another fun way to add Christmas decor to your walls. Find out how to make these adorable Christmas dioramas that are made with vintage ornament boxes.
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Mantel and table decor

These DIY projects will give you some holiday inspiration for decorating your fireplace mantel and table tops.

How To Make A Christmas Garland

Close up of a blue and white DIY Christmas garland
via From House To Home
If you have ever wanted to make a gorgeous garland to put on your fireplace mantel, then this DIY tutorial is for you. The step-by-step instructions show you how to decorate and hang this showpiece decoration.
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Dollar Store Nutcracker Decorations

gold nutcracker decorations with candles on a fireplace mantel
via Hello Central Avenue
With this DIY nutcracker decor project, you won't believe that the original decorations came from the Dollar Store. And they're perfect for putting on your mantel.
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Gold Leaf Christmas Trees

3 gold leaf Christmas tree cones on a platter with ornaments
via Sparkle Living
These gold leaf Christmas trees may look dramatic, but they are so easy to make that they really are foolproof!
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Mason Jar Christmas Centerpiece

mason jar Christmas centerpiece
via Our Crafty Mom
Learn how to make a pretty mason jar Christmas centerpiece that is perfect for your kitchen or dining room table.
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Rustic Luminaries

DIY rustic luminaries on a shelf with pine cones
via My Hubbard Home
These rustic luminaries are the perfect way to add some ambiance and coziness to your Christmas decor. And they're an easy DIY project.
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Clothespin Christmas Tree

Clothespin Christmas tree on a counter
via The Aspiring Home
Need a fun yet simple Christmas decor addition? This little clothespin Christmas tree is the answer! Imagine a whole “forest” of these cuties.
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DIY Christmas Display Box

DIY Christmas shadow box
via Mom Home Guide
In this DIY project, a simple bamboo drawer organizer becomes a cute Christmas curio and shadow box. With just some paint and miniature holiday figurines.
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Simple Yet Effective Christmas Decor

simple DIY Christmas decor ideas
via Christmas Tree Lane
For even more DIY Christmas decor inspiration, try the simple ideas in this list.
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Christmas Trees

The main attraction of most homes at Christmas is the tree. So here are a few decorating options you might want to consider.

Flocked Buffalo Check Christmas Tree

black and white buffalo check Christmas tree
via Weekend Craft
Buffalo check is a modern Christmas tree theme that is quite popular these days. If you need some inspiration onhow to use it, then you might want to take a look at this beautifully-decorated Christmas tree.
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Santa Themed Christmas Tree

Santa-themed Christmas tree beside a fireplace mantel
via From House To Home
This Santa theme is a fun way to decorate your tree with traditional white and red colors.
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All-White Christmas Tree

The finished all white Christmas tree
via From House To Home
If you prefer something with a little less color, then this all-white Christmas tree may be more your style. Even the cat likes it!
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Gold, Silver and Copper Christmas Tree

Mixed metals Christmas tree decorated with gold, silver and copper ornaments
via From House To Home
For a contemporary take on a traditional theme, try this mixed metals Christmas tree. It combines gold and white with copper and silver for a beautiful, glam vibe.
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Kate Spade Inspired Christmas Tree

Kate Spade Inspired Christmas Tree
via From House To Home
If you love color as much as I do, then you might want to take a look at this black, gold and fuchsia Christmas tree that uses Kate Spade colors as its inspiration.
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DIY Christmas tree ornaments

Of course, we couldn’t do a list of holiday decor ideas without including some DIY Christmas tree ornaments.

Snowman Wood Slice Ornament

snowman wood slice ornament
via My Pinterventures
Find out how to transform a plain wood slice into these super cute snowman wood slice ornament. And you can customize each snowman face to make lots of unique Christmas ornaments.
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Dollar Store Ornament Transformation

via Purple Hues and Me
It's amazing what an inexpensive dollar store ornament can look like when you dress it up! Find out what you need to do with this tutorial.
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Gold Bird’s Nest DIY Christmas Ornament

DIY gold bird's nest ornament in a Christmas tree
via From House To Home

For a nature-inspired ornament that’s still on the glam side, try out this DIY gold bird’s nest decoration. It fits right in with the tree.
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DIY “Glass” Dome Christmas Ornament

via Rosewood and Grace
This DIY Santa ornament is easy to make and looks so festive on a Christmas tree.
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Dollar Tree Rustic Mickey Ears Ornament

burlap ball Mickey ears ornaments hung on a Christmas tree
via Elle Marie Home
Learn how to easily make this adorable Dollar Tree rustic Mickey ears ornament with rattan decor balls and a little hot glue.
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Prairie Point Star Ornament Tutorial

red, white and green prairie point star ornament
via Super Mom – No Cape
These Prairie Point Star Ornaments are beautiful decorations for the holidays or to give as gifts.
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Prairie Point Fabric Ornaments

fabric prairie point ornament in white and red
via Chicken Scratch NY
Or you can try this version or a prairie point ornament using scraps of fabric, yo-yos and fancy buttons.
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Stockings And Mini Pallet Ornament

mini crocheted stockings on a wood pallet sign
via Domestic Deadline
This DIY ornament combines a pallet sign with mini crocheted stockings to create a sweet family ornament for the Christmas Tree.
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Reindeer Ornament Craft for Kids

reindeer ornaments
via That Fit Fam
This reindeer ornament kids craft is an easy DIY project for both toddlers and preschoolers. This is such a fun way to get your kids excited for Christmas!
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Scandinavian Buffalo Check DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments

buffalo check Scandinavian tree ornaments
via Crafting Is My Therapy
These Scandinavian buffalo check ornaments are another black and red Christmas decor idea you can hang on your tree.
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Holiday games

To add some fun to your holiday gatherings, try out one of these DIY holiday games.

Free Printable Christmas Scattergories Game

printable Christmas Scattergories game
via DIY Adulation
Start a new holiday tradition with your family and friends this year. This free printable Christmas Scattergories game is perfect for a festive fun night!
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Gift Passing Game

gift passing game wheel
via Polkadot Poplars
If you're looking for a way to add some gift giving fun to a party, this DIY option may be just what you're looking for.
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Printable Grinch Bingo

printable Grinch bingo cards
via Entertaining Diva
For an easy Christmas game, try this free printable Grinch bingo that is holiday fun for the whole family no matter what their age.
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Best Christmas Games for Large Groups

via An Alli Event
Check out this list for even more Christmas game ideas.
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DIY gift ideas

If you’re looking for some inexpensive DIY gift ideas, try out one of these easy projects.

DIY Mason Jar Snow Globe

DIY snow globe
via Creative Cynchronicity
These Mason Jar Snow Globes are SO cute! They are simple and inexpensive to make and they make an adorable gift! What will you fill yours with?
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Christmas Cookie Mason Jar Candles

DIY mason jar candle
via Glitter on a Dime
Another mason jar gift idea is these candles that anyone would love to receive. After all, who doesn't love candles?
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Orange, Cinnamon, & Clove Simmer Pot Jars

a stack of simmer pot jars
via Home on the Corner
Here is a simple way to get the wonderful scents of cinnamon, oranges and cloves into your home. And these are also great if you are looking for a few last minute gifts.
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Homemade Chai Tea Mix

homemade chai tea mix in a jar
via Blogghetti
The tea lovers in your family will love this Chai tea mix gift jar. With free printable gift tags.
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Personalized Flower Shadow Box

flower shadow box
via Radiant Pearl Living
Have you ever wanted to create an extra special keepsake that would make someone’s space extra special? Learn how to create a personalized flower shadow box (with free printable) that will do just that.
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Crafters Christmas Gift in a Jar

Crafters Christmas gift in a mason jar
via Cookies Coffee and Crafts
Do you know anyone who loves to craft as a hobby? Here is the perfect crafters Christmas Gift in a Jar for them.
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Holiday recipes

Finally, if you’re looking for some great food to serve at a Christmas party or holiday dinner, check out these holiday recipes.

DIY Gingerbread House (With Printable Templates)

gingerbread house on a white cake plate
via Tikkido
If you want to learn how to make your own gingerbread house, then follow this step-by-step recipe. And use their templates to cut out the exact shapes you need.
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Gingerbread Cookies

gingerbread cookies on a plate
via Simply Inspired Meals
If gingerbread men are more your speed, then try out this recipe that won't disappoint.
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Snowflake Sugar Cookies

snowflake sugar cookies
via Entertaining Diva
Sugar cookies are another traditional Christmas cookie option that aren't too hard to make. Especially if you use this no-fail recipe.
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Mint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Peppermint chocolate thumbprint cookie
via Family Around the Table
These mint chocolate thumbprint cookies marry the popular flavors of chocolate and peppermint. And the festive holiday colors look so pretty.
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Pecan Sandies Shortbread Cookies

Pecan sandies cookies on a plate
via Through My Front Porch
Pecan Sandies cookies dipped in powdered sugar just melt in your mouth. The ingredients are simple, and so is the recipe.
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Eggnog Scones With White Chocolate Glaze

eggnog scones with white chocolate glaze
via The Fresh Cooky
If cookies aren't your thing, then you might want to try these scones made with eggnog and white chocolate. So delicious!
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Cranberry Bliss Mimosas

Closet up of a cranberry bliss mimosa
via Practically Homemade
This Cranberry Bliss Mimosa recipe is a take-off of the the iconic Starbucks treat but in a fun, new way that is perfect for a celebration.
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Gingerbread Hot Cocoa Mix

gingerbread hot cocoa mix
via This Autoimmune Life
There's nothing better than a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day. And this gingerbread hot cocoa mix will make sure you're ready to serve it anytime you want.
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How to Create a Hot Chocolate Bar

mug and cookies on a hot chocolate bar
via My Family Thyme
Speaking of hot cocoa. What better way to serve it than by setting up a hot chocolate bar like this one.
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Well that’s it for our list of DIY Christmas ideas. I hope you have enjoyed and been inspired by all of this holiday inspiration.

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This post was originally published on November 8, 2019 but was updated with new content on May 26, 2023.

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