Christmas DIY craft and design ideas; stylish ways to festively decorate your home

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Perhaps the best part of Christmas is the anticipation and build-up, and being able to craft your own decorations against a happy backdrop of Michael Bublé tunes and sparkling wine.

With that in mind, we've scoured Pinterest for the very best and most beautiful DIY design ideas to adorn your home with this festive season.

From the simple and effective (fairy lights in lanterns) to the more complicated but beautiful (cut-out ballerinas), we've got something here to suit all tastes and skill levels - whether you've got limited enthusiasm or are seriously talented. 

What's more, many of these pieces can be made by re-purposing items you've probably already got, such as leftover tins, wine bottles and wrapping paper.

So come grab your scissors and glitter and get craft-happy with our pick of Christmas interiors inspiration...

  • Oh, Christmas tree

    Balance a branch in a large clear jar and adorn it with white and cream paper decorations for a simple and effective festive statement. 

    Source: homedit/Pinterest

  • Light me up

    Scour your home for discarded lanterns or jars and fill them with delicate firefly string lights, in a whimsical nod to the season of goodwill. 

    Source: urbanoutfitters/Pinterest

  • Full of heart

    Create picturesque tea-light holders by lining leftover jam jars with patterned newspaper (use cookie cutters to create heart or star shapes). Tie twine round the top to finish.

    Source: iheartnaptime/Pinterest

  • Paper trail

    Use old newspapers or sheet music to litter your home with these gorgeous cut-out paper stars - see here for instructions.

    Source: craftaphile/Pinterest

  • Chain reaction

    Instead of looped paper chains, use leftover wrapping paper to create simple trails of stars, which you can hang from walls or ceilings. Brown or cream paper is best, but matte silver and gold will also work.

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  • Light my fire

    Arm yourself with a box of white candles, some fir tree clippings, twine and clear glass bottles to create these beautiful festive lights.

    Source: Pinterest

  • Wine divine

    Re-purpose your leftover wine bottles by spraying them with white matte paint then use stencils (and red ribbon) to create your own Christmas message. It's quite fiddly, but worth it for the wow factor. 

    Source: Pinterest

  • Photo opp

    Pin fairy lights to the wall then hang them with photos of all your favourite people to spread your own glad tidings of joy. 

    Source: mommo-design/Pinterest

  • Berry nice

    This would make a fab centrepiece for Christmas dinner - gather together plant pots, Christmas garlands, white candles, and an old milk pail to complete the effect.

    Source: Pinterest

  • Starry night

    For an instant festive uplift, save your prettier fairy lights to hang in streamers from window frames, around mirrors or threaded through stairwell banisters. 

    Source: Pinterest

  • Tin time

    Really crafty types can upcycle old food tins and hang them from twine off the wall to create DIY candle holders. 

    Source: marvelousmommy/Pinterest

  • Holly and the ivy

    Stock up on vintage apothecary bottles from your local junk shop and sprinkle them liberally with holly, ivy, Christmas tree cuttings and spray-painted berries.

    Source: justsomethingimade/Pinterest

  • Baubles galore

    Use any extra Christmas tree baubles to string onto golden wire - this works especially well with vintage-style decorations, and you could also intersperse them with parcel tags containing festive quotes.

    Source: Pinterest 

  • Winter wonderland

    Make your very own winter wonderland by stringing glass yogurt pots from trees in your garden, and placing tea lights within. 


  • Ballet shoes

    They're a little complex to make, but oh so beautiful - paper ballerinas will particularly delight any young guests you have over Christmas. Find printable templates here

    Source: Pinterest

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