Christmas is just around the corner! If you haven’t started decorating your home yet, it’s about time that you do.
It’s that time of year when you go out and bring home that beautiful Christmas tree, and its scent fills the house for days. You probably have a lot of Christmas decors stored in the attic or basement, but maybe you’d want to add a few more?
In this article, we share some creative and unique Christmas tree decorating ideas that you’ll enjoy making. Creating can be such a therapeutic activity and an even more enjoyable one if you do it with your loved ones. So, let’s get started!
There are many ways to use things from nature for rustic-themed Christmas décors.
Rustic Christmas Baubles
Stuffing clear bauble with dried stems, twigs, flowers, or eucalyptus leaves is one of the easiest and most creative tree decorating ideas to add charm to a nature-themed Christmas tree.
Go on a quick trip to your backyard and get some dried stems. These can be miniature tree branches inside the bauble. Then, cut out little felt birds and glue them into place with some hot glue and tweezers.
Dried flowers will look very nice in these clear baubles as well. Some of the best flowers for drying are roses, pansies, hydrangeas, lavender, and cornflower.
To dry the flowers, follow these steps:
- Start by cutting the flower heads from the stems.
- Next, preheat your oven to the lowest setting.
- Spread the flowers evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Place the flowers in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- Gently toss the flowers so they dry evenly.
- Continue baking until they’re completely dry.
Once completely dry, you can add the flowers in the baubles. You may choose to add 2-3 different kinds in each bauble or just have one flower and add a few dried eucalyptus leaves. These are now ready to be hung on your beautiful Christmas tree!
Simple Twig Stars
Here’s a minimalist natural Christmas tree ornament that you can make with your kids – simple twig stars.
All you need is five thin and bendy twigs, all cut to the same length, and a roll of jute twine to connect and secure all the twigs in place.
Start by forming a V shape with the first two twigs. Tie these together with the jute string, then add a third twig to the end of one of the twigs, forming the same V shape.
Continue this process until you finally form a simple star, then tie a string at one of the corners to hang your rustic star to your Christmas tree!
Miniature and Themed Trees
Did you know that you don’t have to buy a miniature Christmas tree for decorating a small space or a tabletop? You can simply take a branch from a pine tree or from an artificial tree and adorn it with tiny ornaments that align with your unique Christmas decorating themes.
Miniature Origami Stars
Making small origami stars is an easy and cost-free way to add charm to your tiny Christmas tree. You can simply make these using paper in solid, bright colors or those with patterns on them.
If you’re a book lover, you can make them using pages from an old book or newspaper. Then, wrap fairy lights around your tiny tree to make it look magical!
Holly berries are a great way to elevate your room’s Christmas ambiance with its bright red color and sweet scent. Dried orange and lemon slices would look good on your tree and smell nice, too.
DIY Ornaments and Crafts
Making your own Christmas ornaments can be a very enjoyable activity that you can do by yourself or with your loved ones.
Something Old, Made New
You can spruce up festive Christmas ornaments you’ve been placing on your trees and wreaths for the past years by painting on them!
All you need to add charm to old Christmas balls is some acrylic paints. You can use the regular ones or the metallic ones. You can also choose to draw using acrylic or metallic markers that work on glass and plastic surfaces.
Paint trees with snow, a snowman, gingerbread man, reindeer, stars, snowflakes, candy canes – the list is endless. If you have calligraphy skills, you may write the names of your loved ones on these ornaments, too!
Wrap Tiny Gift Boxes
Another easy and inexpensive DIY Christmas ornament you can make is miniature gift boxes.
All you need for this project are cardboard or any thick paper that you can cut and shape into small square boxes, thin metallic ribbons or strings, and some gold, silver, and metallic colored wrappers.
You can even add sequins to these gift boxes to make them look more festive! If you have a star puncher, you can create tiny stars, too. Or, you can borrow your child’s glitter glue and add interesting patterns to the boxes.
Pet owners, when buying or making Christmas decors for your home, it is good practice to do some research on whether the materials for these decors are safe for your cats or dogs.
Fir, spruce, and pine trees make excellent Christmas trees and are generally non-toxic to pets. However, the needles can cause oral irritation and, in excessive amounts, gastrointestinal upset.
As real trees shed their needles, make sure to regularly clean the area around your tree so that your pets will not be tempted to taste a pine needle.
If you have cats at home, you can spray repellents to keep them away from the tree. You can make your own spray with water mixed with citrus or citronella oil.
You can also add fresh lemon and orange peels around the base of the tree or within the branches since cats dislike citrus scents.
For dog parents, you can use a deterrent spray to discourage them from getting too close to the tree. Most sprays taste extremely bitter, so your pet only needs one lick to realize how awful it is. You can also use gates, exercise pens, or even larger presents to wall off your tree.
The holiday season is always a joyous time of the year. And decorating your home for Christmas is always a fun activity. We hope that you’ll enjoy making these DIY decors!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Clean them well and store them properly to maintain their color and shape so you can use them for years to come.
Creating DIY Christmas decorations with your spouse and children and letting them help you as you place them on the tree and other parts of your home will make them feel the joy of the season and encourage them to participate every year.
Definitely! Combining the old with the new adds charm to your tree and makes it more interesting.