Doors don’t have to be decorated with wreaths, and fridges and staircases don’t have to be left bare. I’m a real Christmas freak so when the time come around, I like to pull out all the stops to decorate the entire house; inside and out.
I’ve collected some of my absolute favorite festive home decorations so that not only will be people amazed when they walk in your house, but their jaws will drop even when they’re just passing by the outside, too.
Yes, I’m still obsessed with owls, so what a great idea to incorporate them into Christmas using pinecones! My plan is to make a whole bunch and either stack one on each stair leading up to my front door, or hang them outside in a tree.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – LiaGriffith
Lit Up Hallway
Light up your hallway ceiling with twinkle lights to really get the full holiday cheer effect. This is super easy to do and won’t take up too much of your time. So don’t let anything get in the way of making your house sparkle!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – NestOfPosies
Santa Hat Chair Covers
What could be cuter than topping off your beautifully decorated Christmas dinner table with Santa hats for the chairs? Nothing, that’s what. These felt hats are easy to make, and if you use the polyester felt, you’ll be able to wash them and bring them out again next year.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – MakeIt&LoveIt
Wooden Tree Sign
A few sticks found in the backyard can create a beautifully rustic Christmas sign to hang either indoors or outdoors. You could certainly spray the sticks if you prefer some color, but I’m a big fan of the natural color.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – SpoonfulOfImagination
These ice lanterns would look amazing leading up the stairs to your home, welcoming your guests as they arrive. The addition of food coloring gives it such a cool effect, and it should be cold enough outside to stay frozen as long as you need them.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Craftiments
Santa Hat Door Vase
If you’re in the mood for an alternative to the traditional wreath, turn a Santa hat into a vase and hang it from your door this year. Some evergreen and poinsettias would finish it off perfectly.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheSpohrsAreMultiplying
Gift Wrapped Door
Turn your front door into a wrapped gift, complete with a gift tag! It’s easy and quick to make, and will make such a delightful impact on all who pass by.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – LizOnCall
Holiday Door Mat
Of course, your door isn’t the only thing that can be decorated to the spread the holiday cheer – your door mat can get in on the fun too! Get yourself a cheap mat and paint some festive geometric triangles to mimic Christmas trees. It’s a quick and easy, inexpensive way to welcome people to the festive season.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – ABeautifulMess
Frosty the Fridge Snowman
If you’re like the majority of people, you have a white fridge. This is something that should definitely be taken advantage of during Christmas time as you remove all your magnets and pictures and create Frosty the jolly fridge snowman. It’s quick, it’s cheap, it’s so damn cute.
Holly Stairwell Garland
This giant-sized holly garland will perfectly decorate your banister. Despite its large size, it’s actually a cinch to make.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheHouseThatLarsBuilt
Craft Stick Snowflakes
These oversized snowflakes will look absolutely beautiful hanging on your wall or windows. The process of putting them together is straightforward and you can paint them however you want to suit your home.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – CraftyNest
This is ridiculously easy to make and looks so awesome! I like the rustic look of the wood, so I’d like to keep it outside, but it’ll work just about anywhere. You can even paint the wood if you want something a bit more colorful.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BeyondThePicketFence
Ball Ornament Window Decoration
If you’ve followed our other suggestions of making your own tree decorations then here’s a great way to put your old ball ornaments to good use; and if you don’t have enough, just go buy some cheap ones from the dollar store. All you have to do then is hang them from your window and you’ve got yourself a quick and easy decoration.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – JamieOfAllTrades
Your mailbox is another extension of your house so why not decorate it? This Rudolph makeover is just so charming and it’s pretty easy to do: you basically just wrap it in rope and then add the finishing touches.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – HGTV
Bring the elves to the table by folding your napkins either as little elf hats or shoes; they’re just as adorable as each other! You need not be an origami expert: it’s easy to do and will really give that table of yours just that extra touch to make everyone’s smiles just that little bit bigger.
Spread the Joy to the entire neighborhood with these moss-covered letters on your door. I just love the natural look and feel, and the green color is just perfect! Of course, you can spell out whatever you want with the wooden letters: Noel, Santa etc.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – UncommonDesigns
Although this holly is oversized, it’s a nice minimalist, simplistic design to brighten up your wall; and since we all know how busy this time of year gets, I’ve picked this specifically because it’s easy and quick to make.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Snow&Graham
Christmas Lights Garland
Dress up your stairway with this lovely light-and-fabric garland! I quite enjoy keeping the houselights dimmed during my Christmas dinner so that all the candles and fairy lights create a festive ambiance, so this fits in perfectly with my plan.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – CharmingZebra
Cotton Ball Snow
Have you ever noticed how cotton balls look like little snowballs? Someone came up with the brilliant idea of stringing them together to make a snowball garland and I’m in love with the white Christmas! You can hang this literally anywhere; the more strings the merrier!
If you like a little bit of darkness at Christmas then instead of turning your door into a giant Santa or Snowman, turn it into the Grinch! If you have the colored paper lying around t home then you can certainly use that, but bear in mind that felt with last longer and be more durable in the cold weather.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – EastCoastCreative