12 Classic Christmas DIY Ornaments

Get a jump start on the holiday season with these classic DIY ornaments and Christmas decor. Links to step by step tutorials and supplies so you can get crafty quick!
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Hi friends and welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Hop hosted by Kristy at Kristy Mastrandonas. Can you believe Christmas is only 5 months away!

Christmas in July blog hop with 7 home bloggers sharing ideas and inspiration

It's true that the early bird gets the worm, and especially true with the product shortages most stores have experienced! Now is the time to get your hands on the supplies you'll need to make your Christmas truly festive! If you hopped over here from Kylie at Trueman's Treasures, a special welcome! I'm sure you loved seeing Kylie's European inspired Christmas decor!

My name is Cindy. I've been blogging at DIY Beautify for nearly 10 years! I love anything having to do with making my home beautiful on a budget! You'll find DIY projects, crafts, home decor tips, furniture flips and some of our family's most loved recipes! I hope you'll sign up for my newsletter so you never miss a post! You can read more about me and my family here, including details about our very recent move from TX to MS!

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Easy Christmas ornaments and decor to make

I love Christmas! I can't get enough of the decorating, crafting and baking. Creating a magical home during the holidays doesn't have to be stressful, expensive or overly difficult! I hope you enjoy these easy and thrifty holiday ornaments and decor. I share step by step tutorials for each project below; just click the links to see more!

1. How to Upcycle Old Ornaments

Don't throw out those old ornaments, recycle them! You can easily transform all those old ornaments (or those ones that no longer match your decor or style) with very little effort. I'm sharing all my tips for making over old, ugly or even cheapie ornaments and making them look amazing, as well as tips for easily spray painting multiple ornaments at one time!

2. Elegant Dining Room in Green and Gold

I'm sharing lots of ideas for how I inexpensively created most of the holiday decor in my elegant Christmas dining room, including an easy hack for standing your tree in a basket or crate, setting a gorgeous table, decorating with vintage dishes, an inexpensive banner for your tree and more!

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3. Easy Drop Cloth Napkins with Plaid Trim

Make these easy Christmas napkins to match your decor this year! A set of these would also make a wonderful gift and they're so inexpensive to make using canvas drop cloth! And there's an option for this to be a no-sew project!

4. Decorating a Porch with Plaid and DIY Plaid Ribbon

I fell in love with this traditional plaid last year and wanted to use it everywhere! But the wide ribbon can be so expensive! This post includes links to the inexpensive items I found and an easy ribbon hack using fabric! You'll be able to decorate your porch on the cheap and make it look extra festive, sparkly and welcoming on a budget!

5.  Easy Christmas Banister Garland with Ornaments

Decorating a banister with a beautiful garland can really add to the Christmas spirit as it's one of the first things you often see when you enter a home! I've broken down the steps and shown you exactly how to make a beautiful lighted garland for your banister, including the addition of dollar store ornaments! You'll find my tips for how to attach the garland to your banister, how to swag it, how to make it look lush and full and more! Such a pretty addition for the holidays!

6.  Thrifty High Gloss Gingerbread Cottages

I used clearance Halloween houses to create these adorable gingerbread cottages! Find out my favorite products to add the drippy snow as well as get that high gloss look and how I transformed these little houses, step by step.

7.  DIY Wood Finial Ornaments

These high end ornaments started life as curtain finials and wood beads! I'm showing you how to bring all those elements together into one beautiful Christmas ornament that will look beautiful on your tree! I'm also sharing my source for these finials (for only $1.50 ea!) You can make them any color to work with your Christmas decor.

8. DIY Clay Gingerbread Man Sign

Super cute and so lifelike, this clay gingerbread man is painted and then tied onto a canvas for the cutest little sign! Brighten up your hot cocoa bar or make as a gift for someone who loves gingerbread men. This is one gift that will last!

9. Naughty and Nice Christmas Pillow Wraps

My pillow closet is already stuffed to the max! so I've had to come up with other ideas! These fun pillows are really temporary wraps that you tack on to existing pillows for low commitment Christmas decor! I'll break it down for ya, they're super easy to create, especially if you own a Silhouette machine and an Easy Press (currently 50% off!)

10.  Clay and Wood Bead Christmas Ornaments

Once you start crafting with air dry clay, you will be hooked! I've made so many items for my home, and now is a great time to get ahead and make some Christmas ornaments like these easy clay and bead ornies!

11.  Easy Sharpie Ornaments

These ornaments are a great project to get the kids involved! Use any color Sharpie you want to create beautiful and one-of-a-kind ornaments! Make them to match your holiday decor or give as Christmas gifts! See how I used these on my Blue and White French Farmhouse Christmas tree!

12. Make Designer Holiday Pillows on the Cheap!

These pillows are one of my most popular Christmas crafts! Created from holiday placemats, they're a cinch to make and you don't want to miss my tip for easily and effortlessly adding filling to a DIY pillow! It's a game changer, I promise!

I hope those ideas have your creative wheels spinning as you think about the upcoming holiday season!

Missy at Sonata Home Design is next on this Christmas in July hop! I'm sure you're going to find her tips for how to choose your Christmas color scheme helpful! 

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  1. These are all so beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

  2. Cindy - all these ideas!!! I am absolutely enjoying and soaking in each one! Love your post and will definitely be coming back again and again to get inspired. So happy to hop along with you!

    1. Thank you Crystal, so glad to hop with you and celebrate Christmas in July!

  3. Oh my goodness Cindy, I love all of your beautiful Christmas decorations! Everything looks so lush and perfectly styled! I’m excited to delve into your other posts too!

    1. Thanks so much Kristy, I appreciate your sweet comments and am so happy to have inspired you today!

  4. Oh my goodness, I love ALL of your Christmas decorating ideas, but I still want to try the blue Sharpie ornaments, even it they don't turn out as cute as yours! Thanks for the inspiration my friend!

    1. Thanks Michelle, I'll bet they turn out even better!!


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