To get you into the holiday spirit, nothing beats holiday decor DIY crafting. It's the perfect way to spend  time with loved ones — and save money on your holiday decorations in the process. Even if you're not the most crafty person around, these DIY decor ideas are simple enough for just about anyone to make.

  1. Pine Cone Ornament

This DIY decoration is so simple to make, and it won't cost you a lot of money. Gather up some pine cones the next time you take a walk, and bring them home with you. Take some pom-poms, and glue them to the pine cones to create a colorful, fun twist on your holiday craft, as Reader’s Digest highlights.

  1. Festive Galvanized Buckets

Fill galvanized buckets with fresh pine branches, and draw a festive message with a chalk pen. Add ribbon and twinkle lights to complete the look, and light it all up with twinkly lights!  See how pretty these are at Finding Home Farms.

  1. Pom-Pom Wreath

Add some sophistication and fun to your holidays with a pom-pom wreath, pictured here on Brit + Co. All you need are:

  • Pom-poms (multiple colors)
  • A foam wreath form
  • Fabric glue, or hot glue gun

Simply glue the pom-poms to the wreath form to create a colorful holiday wreath you can use year after year.

  1. Rustic Christmas Frame

Create a sophisticated, but simple rustic Christmas frame with this DIY idea, pictured here. You'll need:

  • Pine branches
  • A big wooden picture frame
  • Ornaments
  • Bows
  • Other decorations of your choice
  • Glue gun
  • Sandpaper

First you'll sand the frame down using sandpaper, which will create the rustic feel to it. You can also paint the frame, if you desire, or leave it looking natural. Take the hot glue gun, and glue your pine branches securely to the top of the frame. Now decorate.

  1. Mason Jar Lid Tree Decorations

Create fun mason jar lid tree decorations with this DIY idea showcased by Wine and Blooms. You'll need:

  • A glue gun
  • A couple yards of holiday-themed fabric
  • Scissors
  • Basic twine
  • Several two-piece mason jar lids

Take the fabric, and cut it into the same size as the flat disc lid piece. Using the glue gun, glue the fabric over it, and carefully press the fabric on to it. Apply glue to the threaded lid piece's inside rim. Place the covered disc inside, and ensure the fabric faces the inside rim. Cut and fold some twine in half, and using the hot glue gun, glue the cut edges to the lid's side edge to create a hanger. Decorate the ornament as you desire.

  1. DIY Hershey Kiss Tree

What’s extra fun about this project (besides that you can eat the ingredients after the season) is that everyone in the family can get involved, from toddlers to Grandma and Grandpa, in its creation. It doesn’t require a lot of supplies either. See how it's done on Cherished Bliss.

  1. Mini Terrarium Ornaments

If you enjoy air plant trends or mini-succulents, you'll be happy with this holiday DIY idea. You can incorporate these adorable mini-terrariums into your Christmas tree. You just need a pack of clear, fillable plastic ornaments that have front openings.  You can go to your local craft store or garden center to pick up some air plants or mini-succulents, and add them into your ornaments. Then, just evenly space them around your Christmas tree. Find all the materials you need here.

  1. Holiday Candle Centerpiece

You'll find there are many ways (101 according to Wine and Blooms) of creating this fun and festive craft.  You'll need:

  • A 5" or 8" circle or square piece of wood
  • A pillar candle
  • Hot glue
  • Some holiday greenery of your choice

Glue the candle to the block of wood in the center. Lay your greenery down around the candle, gluing the pieces down. You'll want to lay the longest pieces before the others, and then take the shorter pieces and apply them overtop. Continue adding shorter layers, until you're satisfied with the way it looks. You could add some pinecones, mini glass ornaments, or artificial holly berries to finish it off if you want.

  1. Mini-Christmas Trees

This is a great chance to allow your kids to decorate their own trees. They can create their own decorations with popsicle sticks, pinecones, tinsel, glitter, and pipe cleaners, or you can give them some ready-made ornaments.

  1. Mudcloth-Inspired Stocking

First, start off by finding some mudcloth fabric (handmade Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud) and patterns that appeal to you, and save them. You'll need:

  • Ruler pencil
  • Pointed paint brush
  • Fabric dye, or canvas stockings fabric ink
  • Accessories

Sketch your design on your stocking using the ruler. Paint over the sketch with the ink. Let dry. Style with accessories or faux furs.

Whether you’re looking for traditional, modern, nature-inspired, or fun and jolly holiday decorations, you can create the festive atmosphere in your home with some quick and easy DIY magic.

Elizabeth Magill

Elizabeth Magill is a professional freelance writer and editor who holds an MBA. Liz specializes in writing about health news, medical conditions, healthy living, small business, career and work, personal finance, and green-living, including news and trending topics in these specialties. Her clients include Healthline, The Motley Fool, GoBanking Rates, LIVESTRONG.com, Big Interview, HealthNews, Intuit Small Business Blog, Intuit Health, American News Report, Travels.com, IFX Medical, and many others. She’s also a published eBook author and ghost writer for various clients in the health, medical, career, small business, and personal finance niches.