23 DIY Christmas tree decorations
Make your Christmas a handmade one with these free DIY Christmas tree decorations. There's everything from star garlands to felt friends!
Although we love buying Christmas tree decorations (maybe even a bit too much...) it's always nice to have a few homemade ones on the tree. A handmade Christmas is the best kinda Christmas, which is why we've been collecting up some of our fave DIY decorations over on our All Things Christmas Pinterest board. We've rounded up some of our faves from the board and combined them with some of our DIYs to get you prepped for Christmas. So, whether you put your tree up on the first weekend of December or just a few days before, here's our top DIY Christmas tree decorations to give your home a bit of that Mollie sass. Once you've hooked, felting and glued all these DIY Christmas tree decorations head over to our crochet christmas decorations and free christmas knitting patterns for more sweet projects.
DIY Christmas tree decorations
1. Needle felt trees
If you didn't get around to making our needlefelt trees last year why not have a go this year? They're super festive and we love the idea of popping them inside an alternative advent calendar for a lucky pal or partner to discover. Then you can hang your new little forest on the tree (just add twine or wire to hang them) and have Christmas tree Inception. You can find the tutorial on how to make needle felted Christmas ornaments here on Gathered.
2. Felt deer decorations
These little felt deer decorations will look right at home on your Christmas tree. Made by the super talented Lia Griffith, they're simple yet adorable. She's even made similar penguin, fox and bear decorations so you can make a full woodland set. Gather all the materials using Lia's tutorial and sit down for a Christmassy afternoon with your pals. Mince pies essentials, mulled wine optional.
3. Mini button Christmas trees
Collect up all those spare buttons and turn them into the cutest DIY Christmas tree decorations. Learn how to turn buttons into Christmas trees with our free tutorial.
4. Luxe paper star decorations
Issue 99's gift was Sarah Matthews' luxe paper star decoration kit. You'll get 12 sheets of paper designed by The Completist, plus a wooden template, to make 12 mini ornaments you can hang from a tree, mantlepiece or bannister. And, they can even be used as gift boxes if you suddenly need a present for that neighbour you forgot about. Fill with chocolate coins, drop them round and breathe a sigh of relief. You got away with it.
5. Crochet Christmas tree decoration
This is the DIY Christmas tree decoration for all you crocheters. Use Simply Crochet's Free Christmas tree decoration crochet pattern to hook up this tiny tree.
6. Glitter filled baubles
This, quite literally, wouldn't be a Mollie Makes blog post if it didn't have glitter in it. Luckily, Bliss Makes has answered our sparkly prayers with these colourful bauble ornaments. We love the fact you can fill these with any colour you'd like, meaning you can stick to your lovely Christmas theme of gold, green and red. Or you can just go a bit crazy like us and use every colour of the rainbow to fill your baubles (and your life).
7. Scandi star garland
Since we know loads of you love a Scandi vibe (make sure you're following our hygge Pinterest board if you do) our final make is this minimalist star garland. Its creator, Creature Comforts, kindly shared this DIY with us here. This garland is ideal to throw around the tree, around your presents or anywhere in your home. You can craft any shape you like too, so you could always swap the stars for gingerbread men, hearts or anything you fancy.
8. Mitten Christmas tree decorations
How adorable are these DIY Christmas tree decorations!? Sew up your own little mittens with our how to make mitten tree decorations tutorial.
9. Crochet bird Christmas decoration
This funky, free crochet bird decoration pattern would make the perfect DIY Christmas tree decoration. It's ideal decoration for those of you with cool colourful Christmas decor.
10. Air dry clay Christmas decorations
We've truly got a DIY Christmas tree decoration for all crafters! We teach you how to make air dry clay Christmas decorations in these cool clay designs. Which is your favourite? Lobster, pretzel or avocado?
11. Gingerbread tree decorations
Replicate everyone's favourite Christmas treat with these gingerbread decorations. Sew up these mini houses using our how to make gingerbread tree decorations tutorial here on Gathered.
12. Cross stitch angel decoration
Every Christmas tree needs an angel! Follow our free chart and learn how to make a cross stitch angel tree decoration this evening.
13. Sew your own Christmas tree baubles
These DIY Christmas tree decorations are the perfect stash buster project. Collect up your spare fabrics and learn how to sew your own Christmas tree baubles.
14. Unicorn and swan Christmas decorations
Magical DIY felt Christmas decorations are a must for your tree. Sew up this adorable swan and unicorn with our free templates and tutorial.
15. Upcycle old Christmas baubles
These DIY Christmas baubles are great for those of you wanting to upgrade your current DIY Christmas tree decorations. We show you how you can transform boring baubles with nail varnish.
16. Crochet snowman decoration
Hook up this snowy little fella for your tree with Simply Crochet's Free Snowman Christmas Tree Decoration.
17. Knitted angel Christmas decoration
Knit your own Christmas tree angel with our free knitted angel pattern. DIY Christmas tree decorations have never been so cute!
18. Christmas bauble pattern
Add a bit of crochet flair to your baubles with this Free Crochet Christmas Bauble Pattern. They're colourful and super easy to make.
19. Paper Christmas tree decorations
Paper DIY Christmas tree decorations are our favourites. Learn how to make paper Christmas decorations in three different styles here on Gathered.
20. Knit a Christmas tree and star
Gather up your spare yarn and use our free star and Christmas tree knitting patterns to make some DIY Christmas tree decorations. Theres a free star and Christmas tree pattern waiting just for you.
21. Wreath Christmas tree decoration
Cross stitch this tiny wreath decoration for your tree. Head over to our free Christmas wreath cross stitch pattern, grab your supplies and have a Christmassy cross stitch evening.
22. Sew your own DIY Christmas decorations
These quick DIY Christmas tree decorations that are beautiful and simple are a must-make project. Use our easy-sew DIY Christmas decorations to whip up a couple.
23. Knitted bauble pattern
Cast on Kirstie McLeod's Scandi-style DIY Christmas tree decoration. Her knitted bauble pattern is super festive and traditional.
We hope you have a Christmassy blast making some (or all!) of our DIY Christmas tree decorations. Remember, if you want even more decoration ideas, subscribe to Mollie Makes. Or, if you need a fab Christmas present, why not buy a subscription of Mollie as a gift? Our subscription offer even comes with a free present that you can give or keep. It'll make you the most popular person at the Christmas table, promise.
Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.
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