5 DIY Holiday Decor and Gift Ideas

By Abbey Tiderman 11.27.2017 interact

Have you strung the lights and crossed everyone of your holiday shopping list? Not yet? Don’t fret. You can still spread some holiday cheer (and protect your pocket while you’re at it!) by getting a little creative. The do-it-yourself trend is ever-growing which means there are countless resources out there to guide you in handmade gift-giving and decorating. Here are five ideas and step-by-step tutorials to get you started.




Photo Credit: Gina Luker of TheShabbyCreekCottage.com

Melted Snowman Ornament

Easiest, cutest thing ever, right? For details on what materials you will need and a step-by-step guide on how to create it, click here.









DIY Copper Christmas Tree

Hop over to the hardware store and you’re golden.

Materials you’ll need:

For instructions on how it’s done, click here.




Photo Credit: Leanne Lee of DivaofDIY.com

Photo Credit: Leanne Lee of DivaofDIY.com

Family Photo Blocks

When your folks unwrap this one, you’re going down in the family gift-giving hall of fame. You might want to throw in a pack of tissues for them too!

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Scrap 2 x 4” boards in different lengths ranging from 3-6”
  • Scrap 2 x 6” boards in different lengths ranging from 4-6”
  • Scrap 2 x 6” boards cut 18” long
  • Canvas, burlap or other material
  • Photos
  • Upholstery Tacks
  • Hammer
  • Stamps or stencil
  • Sanding Block
  • Paint in color of choice

Click here for detailed how-to instructions.


Santa Belt Christmas Jar

This gift is super easy, low-cost and can be tailored to each recipient’s personality. Have fun with it!

Supplies you will need:

  • Mason Jar-choose what size works for you depending on what/how much you want to put in it
  • Red things!
  • Cute printable tag
  • Black ribbon
  • Silver craft foam
  • Hot glue

Click here for step-by-step instruction.




Personalized Journal

Because everyone loves to get stuff with their name on it.

  • 1/4″ thick piece of birch plywood (2′ x 4′ so you can make at least 3 from one sheet of plywood)
  • Jigsaw (or ask the home improvement store to cut your pieces). Just cut them slightly larger than 8.5″ x 11″ paper so that your paper is nestled inside the DIY journal.
  • Wood burner tool
  • 1″ ring clips
  • Stain or paint
  • Maybe a stencil
  • Tracing paper
  • Ruler or empire square

For the video tutorial click here.



  1. Jesse

    I wish I had one!⛄⛄

  2. Kieza Chandler


  3. Will

    The santas belt jar could be used to put presents inside of, and just fill the rest in with paper so they can’t see what’s inside.

  4. Hannah

    i agree the snowman is pretty cute i would love to make an ornament 🙂

  5. April thompson

    I think it is the big thing

  6. Julie Gonzaga

    I like all of them. What I mostly like is the journal and the snowman!⛄️

  7. Jenna

    There all so cute. I mostly like the Snowman Melting Ornament.

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