The Twelve DIYs of Christmas

Clothespin Ornament

Believe it or not, it's that time of the year again ... Christmas time! It’s a time to transform your house into a winter wonderland. With bright Christmas trees, stockings above a warm and kindled fireplace, and twinkling lights lining the rooftops, it’s the most magical time of the year. If you are sick and tired of putting up the same old holiday decorations you have stuffed away in the back of your storage closet, then continue reading.

If sitting by the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate and a glue stick puts you in the holiday mood, this article is for you. I’m going to help you (and your home) get a little more festive this holiday season. The best part is, these are all decorations that you can make yourself by recycling some items you have lying around or find at your local arts and crafts store.Without further ado, I present to you … The TWELVE DIY’s of Christmas: Can we all agree that it’s the sweet scents that make this the best of all seasons? I always enjoy the sweet smell of baking in the kitchen, as it wafts throughout the rest of the house. With these next two DIY’s of Christmas, your house will be looking AND smelling like Christmas. 


1. Pinecone Christmas Trees

Pinecones can be used in a variety of ways! This is great for those of us who live in and near the piney woods. I have included three in this article, so keep reading for Christmas crafts that could start in your backyard! If you use real pinecones and want to make sure they’re free of little critters; wash them in some soapy water. The pinecones may close up; simply dry them on newspapers for about a day until they open again. You can also bake them at 250 degrees for about 30 minutes to rid of bugs.

What You’ll Need:




-Glitter matching paint

-Small flowerpots

-Stickers, foam cut-outs, small ornaments, or other trinkets that could be used as “tree toppers”


- Paint the tips of the pinecones with paint.

- Sprinkle glitter on the tips while the paint it still wet.

- Paint the flowerpots if desired.

- Place a pinecone in each pot and finish off with a tree topper.


2. Pinecone Ornaments

What You’ll Need:




-Glitter matching paint

-Small screw eyes

-Ribbon or twine


-Paint and glitter the pinecones to match the Christmas theme of your tree.

-Attach a screw eye in the bottom of
each pinecone.

-String a ribbon or some twine through the eyes.

-Finally, hang on your Christmas tree!


3. Pinecone Wreath

What You’ll Need:

- Pinecones (about 55-65)

- 12” Wire Wreath Form

- Hot glue gun

- Optional: evergreen branches, sprigs of berries, ornaments, LED fairy lights


-Starting with the inner ring of the wire wreath, begin to glue the pinecones all the way

around the circle.

-Repeat the process on the outermost rim of the wreath.

-Then glue the rest of the pinecones in the middle gap of the wreath so it is full.

-Vary the direction and sizes of the pinecones so it looks a little more natural.

-You can tuck some evergreen branches, sprigs of berries, ornaments, and LED lights to spice up your wreath.

4. Cinnamon Stick Candles

What You'll Need:


-Cinnamon Stick

-Rubber band


-Small decorations


- Wrap a rubber band around each candle.

- Place cinnamon sticks under the rubber band so that they wrap around the candle vertically like a rustic votive.

- Tie a ribbon or twine around the candle to hide the rubber band.

Once completed, you can glue some buttons, little bells, or whatever suits your fancy to customize these candles. This is such a simple way to add some flair to your home. You can place a few of them on a platter surrounded by some potpourri for a nice holiday table centerpiece!


5. String Light Garland

What You’ll Need:

- String lights with unique bulbs

- Paddle Wire

- Wire Cutters

- Florals/Greenery


- Lay out the string lights.

- Cut the greens into the length of the distance between each light.

- Wrap the wire around the greens to attach them to the wire between the lights.

- The process of wrapping the wire goes much faster to use one continuous piece of wire

while unraveling from the wire paddle!

- Hang this string light garland on your walls or on your fireplace mantle for minimalistic look. This garland will be much thinner than a typical Christmas garland and the focus will be on the lights.


6. Clothespin Snowflake Ornaments

What You’ll Need:

-Clothespins (8 per snowflake)

-Fine glitter, rhinestones, paint, and other decorations

-Spray adhesive

-Hot glue



-Remove the spring from the clothespins.

-Hot glue the two halves of the clothespin together backwards (complete six pairs).

-For the final pair, attach the ends of a piece of string between the clothespins as you glue them together to create a loop for hanging
 the ornament.

-Hot glue the bigger end of four of the new pairs together to form a cross.

-Glue the same end of the four remaining pairs in the corners of the cross to form an asterisk.

-Decorate your snowflakes! Don’t forget to cover the string with painters tape first. Use spray adhesive to glitter them, paint them, or add rhinestones with hot glue.


7. A Wine Christmas

What You’ll Need:

- Used wine bottles

- Cardboard

- Spray paint, color of your choice

- Christmas sprays and picks


- Take the old wine bottles outside and lay them on a piece of cardboard.

- Shake the spray paint before spraying the bottles.

- Test the paint by spraying it on the cardboard. If the paint doesn’t even out in color, resume

shaking! Repeat until the color comes out evenly. It is better to use multiple thin coats of paint than one heavy coat to get even coverage and prevent paint drips.

- Wait about 24 hours for the paint to dry completely before continuing this project.

Once the paint is dry, it is time for the fun part! You can wrap some twine or ribbon around the wine bottles for some added flair. You can even use Modge-Podge to add some glitter to your bottles. Pop a few Christmas sprays and picks in the top to complete your up-cycled wine bottles!


8. Simple Centerpieces 

What You’ll Need:

-Glass hurricanes, jars, or vases

-Christmas candies, unused ornaments, cookies, ribbons, and other goodies


-Fill glass containers with various Christmas treasures.

-Tie ribbon around container if desired.

Really, that’s it! These simple centerpieces are a gorgeous and classic touch to any table or buffet. Let your unique taste show through the items on display and the container itself! Going for a more rustic look? Try filling a large mason jar with imitation greenery and frosted red berries. Having a blue Christmas? Use navy, blue, and silver ornaments or wrapped candy to fill a few differently sized hurricanes.


9. Simmering Christmas Potpourri

Nothing will get you into the spirit quite like this Christmas fragrance! The best part is, this recipe is super versatile. While you will need some oil and dry whole spices, you can alternate ingredients to what suits your tastes or smells.

What You’ll Need:

- Oil

- Cinnamon Sticks (broken in half)

- Sprigs of Fresh Pine

- Oranges, sliced

- Cloves, whole or ground

- Nutmeg, spice or whole berries

- Lemon, sliced

- Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary

- Vanilla

- Cranberries

- Bay Leaves


- Grab your crockpot or saucepan.

- Fill it with about 4 cups of water and a little oil.

- Set your burner to “low.”

- Add the ingredients of your choice.

- Bring to a simmer.

Ta-Da! This potpourri will keep your home smelling Christmas-y for about a week.


10. Advent Calendar

What You’ll Need:

-A backdrop (bulletin board, plywood, empty frame)

-String, twine, or thin elastic

-Card stock


-Thumb tacks or small nails

-Clothespins or paper clips


-Using the thumb tacks or small nails, secure the string to the backdrop of your choosing. (option: By doubling the thin elastic, you can secure the advent cards between the two strands instead of using clothespins or paper clips)

-Cut card stock into smaller pieces and label each piece 1-25 to create Advent cards

-Decorate the Advent cards! On the back of each card, include a Christmas tradition or “good deed” for that day. (e.g., “watch a Christmas movie” or “bake and take Christmas cookies to neighbors”)


11. Kodak Christmas Photo Booth

If you’re hosting a Christmas party this season, or you just have a blank wall that is asking for some holiday cheer, this DIY may be for you!

What You’ll Need:

-Tulle or mesh


-Fishing line

-Ribbon, or curling ribbon

-Tape, command hooks, or thumb tacks


-Hang a horizontal strand (or a few) of fishing line as the anchor for the area you are decorating. If you are planning on using the area as a photo booth, be sure to hang the anchor high enough for the framing of the photos.

-Vertically, drape the tulle or mesh in strips to create the backdrop.

-Depending on the “look” you want to achieve, cut fishing line, curling ribbon, or a thicker statement ribbon in different lengths to hang ornaments. Consider combining the three styles for a more whimsical backdrop.

-Hang your ornaments! Add a few twinkle lights for some extra magic.


12. Pool Noodle Wreath

What You’ll Need:

-Foam pool noodle

-Duct tape

-Hot glue

-Shatterproof ball ornaments, tinsel, or fabric

-Bows, berry sprigs, or any other “special touches” you may want to add to your wreath


-Determine the size of the wreath. For a smaller wreath, cut the foam noodle with a box cutter or a pair of scissors. For a larger wreath, consider using two foam noodles. If you would rather skip this step, you can pick up a foam wreath in the floral section of your local craft store for about $5. 

-“Break in” the foam noodle by bending it back and forth, so it will maintain the circular shape of the wreath instead of springing into a teardrop or oval.

-Cut the ends of the foam noodle(s) at an angle, so they will fit together like a puzzle. 

-Using duct tape, attach the ends of the foam noodle to create the base of the wreath.

-Make the wreath match your style. Here are three options: 1) Use hot glue to cover the foam in shatterproof ball ornaments for a light weight outdoor wreath. 2) Wrap the foam in tinsel secured with hot glue for a glitzy and fun holiday feature. 3) Flannel fabric with a large velvet bow or silk poinsettia could complete your cozy front porch. 

So there you have it: The Twelve DIYs of Christmas. Hopefully, these projects will bring some creativity and joy into your holiday home. I wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy Crafting! 


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