You’ve put up the Christmas tree, right? Posted all of your Christmas cards, organised thoughtful gifts for your nearest and dearest and planned the perfect menu for a light Christmas lunch (which will follow festive brunch with the neighbours, before festive dinner at your in-laws)?
Oh, not yet? Don’t worry – nor have we, so we’ve pulled together the best festive hacks and Christmas themed DIY ideas we could find to make silly season celebrations a cinch.
1. Christmas Tree – Scandi Style
Sometimes less is more! This chic Scandi style Christmas tree is perfect for adding the holiday spirit to any small space with minimal effort – all you need is a petite tree, a woven basket and a few fairy lights. Caitlin and Manda from The Merrythought put together this minimal Christmas tree DIY for West Elm, check out the step by step tutorial here.
2. Christmas Tree – Modern
Christmas needn’t be a traditional affair. Give your festive decorations a modern twist with a forest of mini Christmas trees in your favourite colours. To create this eye catching DIY project you’ll need paper mache cones (you can find these at educational suppliers or craft stores like Spotlight), aerosol paint and metallic pens in copper or gold for painterly splashes to complete the look. Kara explains exactly what’s involved on her blog A Kailo Chic Life.
3. Christmas Tree – Fairy Lights
It might be too hot for a fire on Christmas day in the Southern Hemisphere but you can add an inviting glow to your living room with a luminous fairy light tree. Visit A Pair & A Spare where Geneva gives super easy to follow step-by-step instructions on how to assemble a fairy light Christmas tree on pine wood backing. Can’t fit 3m of plywood in your house? You could also attach 3M hooks directly to your wall in the shape of a tree then thread through a string of fairy lights for instant ambiance.
4. Christmas Tree – Hanging Herbs
An aromatic and rustic alternative to a traditional Christmas tree, this novel DIY is perfect for foodies. Bundle up your favourite herbs (make sure to pick varieties such as Rosemary or Sage that will dry well – no one wants droopy Parsley), then hang them with twine from a picture rail or wooden dowel. Bonus, this will come in handy if you run out of herbs while preparing Christmas dinner!
5. Christmas Tree – Cactus
Move aside, pinetree! You can transform any indoor plant into a Christmas tree with the addition of some pom poms, tinsel or other festive accoutrements. Sugar & Cloth prickles our fancy by transforming a humble cactus into a Christmas tree alternative with brightly coloured trim and super cute pom pom trim – check out their easy DIY instructions here! Can we keep our plants decorated all year?? Get some inspo on which plant to choose with our tips on the best indoor plants for Aussie homes.
6. Christmas Tree – Geometric Balsa Wood
Ensure Christmas is a classy affair with a modern minimalist balsa wood tree via Fiddle and Spoon. Chic and architectural, this DIY project promises a luxurious final product that wouldn’t look out of place in a high end boutique. These tree-riffic designs also make great table decorations when created in miniature. Customise the colours to match your decor. Jemima gives clear instructions here!
7. Christmas Tree – Party Fringing
Have a penchant for pastels? Then yule love A Bubbly Life’s fringed Christmas trees in mint green and bubblegum pink. Laurel shows us how easy it is to start with cardboard or paper mache cones and cover with fringing created from cut up tissue paper strips. This DIY also works great with metallic tinsel if you’re looking for something with more glitz and glam.
8. Christmas Tree – Mini Vignette
Apartment dwellers may not have halls to deck with holly but they needn’t miss out on spreading Christmas cheer! Bring the fun of the silly season to a small space with this idea shared by Stone Gable. Check out the tutorial, complete with a list of all of the household items you could use to put this together this fun-sized festive scene, here.
9. Decorations – Bauble Wreath
Your front door is sure to become the talk of the neighbourhood if you recreate this fun idea from Sweet Pickins. Steal a few of yours kids’ pool noodles, invest in an abundance of baubles (Kmart has a great range), fire up a hot glue gun then get glueing to create this show stopping wonder. We love the rainbow effect Sweet Pickins has created, but this DIY would also look great in one block colour.
10. Decorations – Minimalist Wreath
Between presents, decorations and social occasions, most of us tend to go a bit overboard on Christmas. Cut through the clutter and give your back pocket a break with a chic and minimal wreath that can be assembled in minutes, and with very few materials, thanks to this step by step guide from These Four Walls.
11. Decorations – Horizontal Wreath
Love a pendant light? How about a pendant wreath? This clever idea by The White Company is a stylish twist on a traditional decoration. For this suspended showstopper you’ll need a wreath, some rope and a strong ceiling hook (hire a Handyman if you can’t hang one yourself). Check out this post for more inspo. And, bonus, more space on the table for Christmas dinner! No complaints here.
12. Decorations – Advent Calendar Wreath
Maria has combined two traditional decorations in this cute and crafty DIY, creating an interactive advent calendar wreath with numbered paper bags that would be perfect hung on the door of a child’s room. See more photos on her Instagram post. To keep this in line with the rest of your Christmas theme you could make your own decorative paper bags from the wrapping paper you’re using this year. Sew or glue together the envelope pockets, attach a calendar date with washi tape, punch a hole in the top and attach to the wreath with string or ribbon and enjoy a little moment of magic opening the envelopes each day.
13. Decorations -Mason Jar Lid and Bauble Wreath
A fresh wreath will generally last around two-three weeks maximum depending on how well you take care of it, and how much Mother Nature decides to crank up the heat during December. For an option that that lasts forever, and is a fresh take on tradition, this DIY is for you. Check out the full tutorial by Donna at Funky Junk Interiors here.
14. Decorations -Tinsel Wreath
Your days will be extra merry with a tinsel wreath positioned above your mantlepiece! A cheap and cheerful DIY project, a tinsel wreath can be assembled in under ten minutes (which leaves you extra time to shop for all of those last minute gifts!). Visit Happy Thought for the full tutorial, plus ideas on how to customise your creation.
15. Decorations – Marble Baubles
According to DIY enthusiasts Alice and Lois, it only takes five minutes to make these stunning marble baubles! A must-do-DIY for anyone with a penchant for marble, these gorgeous baubles can be done in any colour to suit the your festive decor. Visit Alice and Lois for the full DIY, plus plenty of other crafty Christmas ideas!
16. Decorations – Clothespeg Snowflakes
You can make Christmas ornaments from just about anything, as Allison from Dream a Little Bigger shows in this DIY project. Steal a few pegs from the washing line, grab some glitter and glue to transform an everyday household item into a beautiful Christmas tree decoration! These stunning stars would also make great present toppers when attached to a gift with ribbon.
17. Decorations – Painted Pinecones
Hunting for the easiest Christmas DIY ever? Call off the search! Just forage for some pinecones (or twigs, or pampas grass, or palm leaves), pop down to Bunnings and grab some metallic spray paint then spray to your heart’s content! Instant luxe with natural charm and the possibilities are endless. Add them to a vase, arrange in a bowl or scatter over the table as a festive centerpiece. For tips on how to paint pinecones, visit ShabbyFufu.
18. Decorations – DIY Snowglobe Terrarium Jars
Part snowglobe, part terrarium, this is a great use for all those jars you’ll have leftover from feastive-season nibbles. Guia shows the process of her delicate DIY project step-by-step in these pictures on Instagram!
19. Decorations -Luminaire Centrepieces
December days are guaranteed to be lit with these simple yet effective centrepieces. Round up some mason jars, tea lights, greenery and cranberries and voila, your table is ready for Christmas lunch! Kim from Today’s Creative Life explains how to make these 5-minute DIYs here.
20. Decorations – Ice Light Candle Holders
While we’re not sure how long these would actually last on a hot Christmas night in Australia, we think these ice lights are super cool! Check out the tutorial from Bo Bedre here (just FYI it’s in Norwegian so you’ll have to translate!). For a longer lasting version of this fabulously frosty DIY, we recommend making the bases from resin with help from this tutorial.
21. Decorations – Gold Handlettering Ornaments
There is something so elegant about gold lettering. In addition to making your own tree look fab, these glittering ornaments also make a great gift for friends, family and colleagues. Lorita at Ting and Things shows how easy it is to make these stylish DIY ornaments. Find the full list of supplies and instructions here.
22. Decorations – Personalised Baubles
As you may know, we love a good #kmarthack so when we saw this on our Insta feed we were impressed! As Rachel from TheKmartMumma on Instagram demonstrates, creating a personalised bauble is as simple as purchasing a $3 decoration from Kmart and spelling out the name of your loved one with alphabet stickers. Watch the Bauble story on her highlights for step by step instructions.
23. Decorations – Car Ornaments
The motoring enthusiast in your household will get revved up over these wheely cool decorations. Rather than raiding your favourite little person’s prized Matchbox collection, we suggest purchasing some cheap car toys from your local $2 shop to complete this DIY. Visit Please Note Paper for the full list of materials plus a comprehensive how-to.
24. Decorations – Giant Baubles
Supersize your Christmas celebrations with XL baubles! Fabulous stacked up in a pile, or perched atop a Christmas tree, these oversized and over-the-top ornaments are easy to construct with foam balls and a few other materials. Love this idea? Kara from A Kailo Chic Life has you covered with her simple step by step guide.