Ideas for Holiday Décor
Learn how to make your own unique Christmas decorations and add some holiday cheer to your home. Making your own Christmas decorations is a great way to get into the festive mood and add a little holiday décor to your home.
Beautiful, festive Christmas decorations can add a sense of warmth and cheer to your home during the holiday season. If you’re looking for something even more out of the ordinary than your usual holiday décor, check out these four ideas to make those special decorations even more unique.
One of the best parts of Christmas is all the tasty holiday treats. Why not incorporate them on your Christmas tree by baking ornaments?
- Check out our recipe for holiday cookie ornaments. Make sugar cookies in a variety of shapes and use candy canes for hooks. Brightly colored icing makes these Christmas decorations extra festive.
- An assortment of colored hard candies can make for pretty ornaments, too. Preheat your oven to 350º and spray a pan and cookie cutters with oil to make sure they’re well-coated. Then place multi-colored candies in each cookie cutter and bake for about 5 minutes until the candies have melted. Let them cool completely. You can use a straw to insert a hole for a ribbon, and then remove the candy ornaments from the cookie cutters and place them on your tree or wreath.
Christmas candles bring a lot of cheer to the holidays, and votives provide an easy way to satisfy all home decorating tastes.
- Glue different items onto votive candle holders, such as colorful stones or beads, or wrap them with fabric or ribbon. Winding beaded wire around them also adds a beautiful touch.
- Placing a votive candle on a plate gives you room to glue on Christmas figurines, such as a Hummel, or other objects like antique ornaments.
Christmas wreaths are an old and favorite holiday tradition that can easily be created in many different variations.
- Wrap thick metal wire around anything circular, such as a bucket, to create the frame for your wreath. If you trimmed your Christmas tree, use the extra boughs to wrap around the frame. Then, get creative and wrap or glue any object you like to create a uniquely themed wreath. You can wrap fabric or ribbon, or glue on holly or old ornaments.
- Everyone loves a classic circular wreath, but you can also think outside the box with shapes. Use different-sized triangles to make a tree-shaped wreath frame. Create a square frame to make your wreath look like Christmas gift with a bow on top. Or for a new spin on the traditional wreath, vertically align three different-sized circular frames and spray paint them white to make a snowman.
Mini Graham Cracker Houses and Villages
Encourage your entire family to partake in the holiday tradition of making a graham cracker house. Either everyone can work on one house, or you can assign different buildings of a village to each family member.
- You’ll need about 10 graham crackers for each house, but allow more for error.
- For the “mortar” and for a fun snowy effect on the rooftops, melt white chocolate and pour it in a sealable plastic bag. Cut off one corner of the bag so you can squeeze out the chocolate for easy application, and assemble the graham crackers in the shape of a house.
- Once you have the house assembled, decorate it any way you like with a variety of goodies. Try our decoration tips for pretzel squares for windows, wafer cookies for doors, sugar cubes or marshmallows for snow, mixed nuts for stonework and gumdrops for walkways.