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Easy DIY Holiday Decorations

I couldn’t bring our big box of Christmas stuff on the road with us in our small RV, so I decided some easy DIY holiday decorations were in order! These easy holiday decorations are perfect to make with your partner or kids and are as inexpensive as it gets.

Minimal supplies are needed. Some you’ll probably already have on hand or you can get out in your backyard or at the dollar store or craft store. 

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diy holiday decorations

Pictured above is the little Christmas corner I managed to cobble together in our RV for the holidays. A little rosemary tree wrapped in strings lights and mini stockings from Hobby Lobby!

Easy DIY Holiday Decorations

This list of easy diy holiday decorations will have something for everyone. Most if not all are very easy to make and all can be made with your kids! So let’s get started.

1. DIY Christmas Village

This little Christmas village is all dependent on how creative you are with your embellishments on the houses. They also only require only three things to make.

You can string up these cute houses to make a garland, use them as ornaments for your tree, or attach them to your windows! I taped them onto our cabinets above the couch.

diy holiday decorations

Supplies:

All you need is leftover cardboard from boxes or if you want something thinner, you could use kraft cardstock. You’ll need scissors or a box cutter to cut out houses depending on what you pick as the base.

Then to decorate the houses, some white acrylic paint and a small brush, a white paint pen, or a white gel pen will work. That’s it! 

There are plenty of options to make this craft so you shouldn’t have to buy much if you see what craft supplies you already have. 

2. Easy Construction Paper Christmas Shapes

These easy decorations are a great option to make with your kids. With minimal supplies needed, it’s all about being fun and creative.

You can attach these to your windows instead of buying window clings! 

This video is from 123 Easy Paper Crafts DIY on Youtube. They have a bunch more easy Christmas crafts, so make sure to check them out!

Supplies:

All you need is for this craft is construction paper in various holiday colors, scissors, and something to color in details like colored pencils, crayons or gel pens

3. Good Old Paper Snowflakes

Who doesn’t love paper snowflakes?! These are the easiest diy holiday decoration you could do. All you need is some sheets of computer paper and scissors and cut out shapes that you think will look pretty! 

diy holiday decorations

I put my snowflakes up on the ceiling of the RV to create a little winter wonderland.

Use this Youtube video to learn how to fold the paper so you can have a classic six-sided snowflake. Get creative and make some different designs! 

4. Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt dough ornaments are such a cute idea to make memories for the holidays each year! 

Dough Ingredients: 

4 cups flour
1 cup table salt
1 1/2 cups water

Other Supplies: 

Mod Podge
Baking Sheet
Parchment Paper
Roller
Twine or Ribbon

Directions:

Mix together the flour and salt, then add in water and mix until you can ball up the dough. Knead a few times so it becomes a nice smooth handling dough. Roll it out and use cookie cutters or manipulate to make your chosen shapes. Put in handprints if you like. Poke a hole so you can string it up to hang on the tree. You should have the dough at about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. 

Put ornaments on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 250F. Cook anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours. Handprints take longer. Check every twenty minutes or so. The dough should be firm to the touch. 

Brush with mod podge to preserve them after they are cooked and cooled. String them up to hang on the tree!

Inspiration:

You could imprint the dough with anything you want. do baby hand prints or foot prints, paw prints, new home keys..etc. The ideas are endless. You could also shape the dough into whatever shape you want! Use cookie cutters to cut out cute Christmas shapes. Check my Holiday Pinterest board for inspiration too.

I got my salt dough ornament recipe from Yummy Toddler Food blog

5. Holiday Embroidery

If you want to jump on this trending craft, try out doing some holiday themed embroidery! If you are already an embroiderer, this would be the perfect holiday craft for you.

I am working on my own holiday embroidery to decorate the RV this year, but as of this post, it is not finished yet! Once I’m done I’ll share it to my instagram.

Supplies:

I recently came out with a post on embroidery supplies for beginners. It’s an inexpensive craft to get into as well requiring little to no skill to start. Embroidering while watching holiday movies is the perfect way to get into the spirit!

Get some free holiday patterns on DMC’s website. Learn easy stitches for beginners on Youtube.

Check my Holiday Pinterest board for pattern inspiration!

6. Book Page Holiday Garland

This is a great easy craft for book lovers to make some bookish easy diy holiday decorations. 

Exactly like this book page heart garland I made for Valentine’s Day.

Book Page Heart Garland

Supplies:

This is another super easy craft that doesn’t require a lot. All you need is an old book you feel like taking pages from, scissors, twine, and tape. If you want to get fancy, you could always add some beads, bells or other embellishments to your garland. 

Directions:

Draw out your chosen shape or shapes (tree, snowman, star, sled, angel, or stocking) on the first page of paper. Cut it out and then use it as a template to cut out as many shapes as you need for your garland. Cut your chosen length of string and tape the back of the shapes onto the string in equal distances.

You could do Christmas trees, snowmen, gingerbread men, ornaments, stars, sleds, santa hats, or angels for your book page garland shapes!

7. Painted Rocks

Another fun one to do with kids! These cute holiday rocks can decorate your garden outside or your holiday mantel. 

Supplies:

All you need are some nice smooth rocks from outside, acrylic paint and brushes. If you plan on keeping them outside, I suggest outdoor Mod Podge or some brush/spray sealer that will protect it from the sun and rain. 

Look on my Holidays Pinterest board for inspiration on what to paint on your rocks! And check out the youtube video above from DIY Inspiration. 

8. Dried Orange Garland

A dried orange garland is a super easy diy holiday decoration that will make your house look and smell beautiful! I like to add some cloves to mine to add that Christmas smell we know and love into the air. 

dried orange garland

Supplies:

All you need is some twine, whole spices like cloves and star anise, some oranges and an oven.

Look at my dried orange garland post to learn the exact instructions. 

You could even combine these dried oranges onto the book page garland to make it super festive!

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