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5 DIY Holiday Decorations to Kick Start the Festivities

Yearning for a winter wonderland? Binge-watching Hallmark holiday movies like it’s nobody’s business? We can relate. The season of candy canes, mistletoe, and unforgettable memories with family and loved ones is upon us. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, we have just the thing you need to get into the festive holiday spirit. Ready to get your craft on? Check out these five DIY holiday decor ideas.

A Wreath That Doubles as a Sweet Treat

Welcome guests with some festive candy cane décor. This fun and simple DIY project will make a cute and stylish addition to your front door this holiday season. Courtesy of Michelle from Crafty Morning, creating this peppermint-infused wreath calls for twenty large candy canes, two small candy canes, a snowflake ornament, a hot glue gun, and some jolly ribbon to weave it all together. 

Bring Fluffy White Flakes Indoors with Snowman Centerpieces

For your holiday table centerpiece or decorative mantlepiece, make your holidays merry and bright with floral snowmen that won’t melt indoors. This craft comes from Jasmine Roth, host of HGTV’s Hidden Potential. Roth joined TODAY to share several of her favorite DIY holiday decor ideas – but we have to say, we couldn’t peel our eyes away from these Frosty the Snowman-inspired decorations. 

To create these cuties, you’ll need carnations (either real or fake), 3 foam balls in different sizes for the body, glue, buttons, and orange felt for the nose. So, summon your inner Olaf, put on a jolly holiday movie (or, of course, Frozen), and get ready for a fun afternoon project. 

Merry & Bright Lighted Garland

Thanks to Christie at Sparkles of Sunshine, if you can tie a knot and use scissors, then you have the talent needed to spread some holiday cheer with this burlap lighted garland. The red-and-gold decor can be used to decorate your Christmas tree, add a touch of style to your dining room table, or make your mantle sparkle. And don’t be shy, this simple-to-make DIY can be hung or positioned anywhere around your home for a dose of cozy, wintry spirit. To get started, grab scissors, burlap ribbon, and some strands of mini lights, and you’ll be dreaming of gingerbread and sugarplum fairies in no time. 

Rudolph the Glitter-Faced Reindeer

We’re not afraid to admit: we love glitter – especially around the holidays. Everyone knows the story of Rudolph. All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names, but not anymore. Now dressed in some dazzling glitz and glam, Rudolph brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “Season’s Greetings.” This sparkly DIY piece, which comes from Kimberly at A Night Owl, is perfect for a girl’s night crafting party. All you need to do is stock up on some egg nog and take a trip to Michaels (or a similar arts & crafts retailer) and grab the following supplies: a wooden reindeer plaque, glitter scrapbook paper, decoupage, paintbrush, scissors, glue or a glue gun, and a sequined red ball.

A Fabric Mistletoe Ball to Inspire Some Smooches

Whether you need an excuse to smother your pooch with more affection, have a loved one you’d like plant a big one on, or you want to give a special someone a little kiss for the holidays, these handmade white fabric rosette and pearl mistletoe balls will be the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season. While this is certainly a more challenging DIY project, Liz Fourez of Love Grows Wild provides an easy-to-follow tutorial that also allows you to put your own creative spin on the piece. Here’s what you’ll need: 1-1/2 yards muslin fabric, hot glue gun & glue, floral wire, 4″ – 5″ floral foam ball, ribbon, and pearlized pins. Mwah!

Do you have a favorite DIY holiday décor project? Share with us in the comments!

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