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150 Christmas DIY Ideas For You That Are Anything But Ho Hum

The Thrift Store Decor Team gathered 150 DIY Christmas decorating ideas, tips, and tricks just for you. The DIYs include ornaments, wall decor, wreaths, Nativity Scenes, you name it and we have it.

Simple DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas

Simple Decorating ideas for Christmas

I’m featuring a few of my favorite ideas and the photos and links for 150+ simple DIY Christmas ideas are at the bottom of this post.

1. DIY Hardware Christmas Tree

recycle repurpose upcycle

My hardware Christmas tree has been a fan favorite for years and it’s one of my favorite projects ever. I made the tree many years ago and it is still holding together even though we store it in the attic of our shed, which gets really hot.

I have a lot of old hardware and rusty pieces and this is just one of my many hardware creations. See how I put it together here.

2. DIY Nativity Scene Paint Makeover

Our Southern Home Painted Nativity Scene, 150 Simple DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas

I’m a pushover for Nativity scenes and this one Christy found at Habitat Restore and painted is so sweet. The scene was missing the baby Jesus and she ordered one online. What would we do without online shopping, especially these days? See what type of paint she used and the complete tutorial here.

3. DIY Pallet Christmas Tree Decorating Idea

Pallet Wood Christmas Tree by My Repurposed Life, 150 Simple DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas

The pallet wood Christmas tree is right up my alley. You could use just about any wood for this project. Gail used pallet wood, cedar shingles, and even wood shims. You can see how she put the tree together here.

4. DIY Christmas Pom Pom Wreath

Pom Pom Christmas Wreath by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

I’m a wreath person so this cute little pom pom wreath by Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia caught my eye. I don’t know if I have the patience for this but you might! See how she put the wreath together here.

5. DIY Christmas Tree

Sadie Seasongoods Recycled wine rack Boho Christmas tree

All the color in Sarah’s (Sadie Seasongoods)Boho Christmas Tree caught my eye. Can you guess what the “tree” is? It’s a bamboo wine rack, surprise! See how the wine rack looked before the makeover here.

6. Winter Wonderland Scene


The thing that caught my eye in this Winter Wonderland Cloche is the wood slice. What a great idea. Of course, I love the red truck too. Visit Domestically Speaking to see all the details.

7. DIY Christmas Card Organizer

House of Hawthornes DIY Christmas Card Organizer

How about using a small cedar box to organize your Christmas cards? I like to display mine but I can’t display all of them. An organizer or a neat place to store the cards is definitely handy. See how Pam (House of Hawthornes) upcycled this thrifty chest into a card organizer here.

8. Plaid Tote Bag Christmas Door Display – Simple Christmas Decorating Idea

DIY door decor using a plaid tote by House of Hawthornes

I have a similar tote bag with the thermos and lunch box container but I took it to my booth to sell. I’m bringing it home today. Look for a similar door display from me in the near future. Pam used fresh greenery in her tote. See how she made that happen in her post here.

9. Teacup Christmas Ornaments

vintage DIY teacup ornament for the tree


I don’t always use old stuff to make my projects, only most of the time! These ornaments started with teacups from the thrift store. I bought miniature ornaments and decor at Hobby Lobby to showcase in the teacups. You can read the post about my teacup ornament here.

10. Tree Ornaments Made From Christmas Cards

Christmas card ornaments

Make unique upcycled Christmas card tree ornaments this year using your favorite cards from friends and relatives or pretty vintage Christmas cards. If you don’t have a stash of Christmas cards saved from years past you can find them at flea markets, antique shops, and on eBay. How To Make Tree Ornaments

11. Stenciled Gift Wrap And Tags

Stenciled Christmas Gift Wrap

Create special DIY Christmas wrapping paper and it might just be the best part of the gift. You can make Christmas gift tags that do double duty as ornaments. How To Decorate Gift Wrap And Tags

Time to see the features from our always-creative Thrift Store Decor team. Just click the pink text links below….

Domestically Speaking
House of Hawthornes
My Repurposed Life
Our Southern Home
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Sadie Seasongoods

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Simple DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas For Your Home Tour

150 Christmas decorating ideas for your home 2020

Take these ideas and make them your own. Select projects that speak to you and tweak them to fit your style using different colors or supplies. Have fun!

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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Everything here is completely doable! & I appreciate the time it took to corral all these ideas…thank you.