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20+ Easy One-of-a-Kind Christmas Decorations and Crafts

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These 20+ easy one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations and crafts ideas will help you stay on budget and still create the perfect holiday home for you!

20+ Christmas decorations and crafts ideas

Many, many years ago when I was a young wife and mom I had high expectations for myself.

Especially around Christmas time.

You see, the holidays were an opportunity to embrace my inner crafter and make all.the.homemade.things.

I was known for the annual party I gave for my choir members. I was the music director for a small church and each year my husband and I would host a gathering at our home, completely provided for by me.

The decorations, the food, the beverages, EVERY.SINGLE.THING.

It was my gift to my choir for their faithfulness in serving week after week, side by side with my family.

We would have anywhere from 30-50 people each year and many of our friends stayed until the wee hours of the morning. (And y’all know my house isn’t that big!)

Of course, all the food had to be homemade. I began scouring for new recipes in September, started cooking and freezing goodies in October, and our annual whole house cleaning was a fall affair.

This rustic Christmas kitchen decor is simple to pull together using aqua and red accents for a pop of color and easy, thrifted accessories!

All during these hectic weeks we were also busy planning and performing our annual Christmas program.

My biological children were newborn and four-years-old when I accepted the position so you can imagine just how nuts I was to attempt such craziness. We served this particular church for four years and eventually I homeschooled the kids and juggled this part time work as well.

Can you say over achiever? Or maybe too young to know better?

Luckily this was pre-Pinterest or I would have had way too much inspiration to fuel my fire!

Now I look back and know there was a part of me that wanted to impress and prove I had it all together with my life. 

A bottle of wine on a table

I COULD do it all. But why did I think I had to?

Probably the same reason so many of you can relate today.

You may not be hosting a Christmas party, but you may be juggling work and home responsibilities as car pool and work deadlines are a constant conflict.

Or maybe you’re part of the sandwich generation, still parenting teenagers while tasked with the responsibility of taking care of your elderly parents. Every day you feel like Gumby (look it up if some of y’all don’t know who that is!), stretched too thin and overwhelmed.

Quite possibly you’re asking yourself, how do I regain the true spirit of Christmas?

Wherever you are in your journey, I want you to know that none of these projects I’m sharing today are meant to make you feel less than or inadequate.

I fight the “not good enough” battle every day but know that God has chosen me as His daughter. I am perfectly loved and acceptable just as I am.

My goal is to inspire you to maybe try one idea this year or pin a few for next year. Maybe there will be something in a project that you can use in your everyday decorating. 

Filled with thrifty aqua and red decor and easy DIY tips, this 2017 Christmas home tour also gives encouragement for embracing the heart of the home.

You probably love decorating and receive joy when you craft or try a little DIY project now and then. 

Let these projects encourage you to find that joy again. 

Carve out some “me time” in the midst of this crazy holiday season and reclaim the love of handmade for the “right” reason. 

I’m not that same perfectionist woman anymore. I’ve learned a lot from the setbacks in my life and the relational challenges God has laid before me.

I realize as wonderful as those Christmas parties were, I missed out on so much by not being present in the moment and focusing too much on perfection. 

I do believe those who attended felt welcomed and loved, but I could have asked for help. That’s one of the many lessons I’ve learned and am still trying to put into practice. 

If you want to know how to make Christmas decorations step by step these ideas are for YOU!

So here are my favorite Christmas decorations and crafts from my blog all gathered into one place! Enjoy!

Easy One-of-a-Kind Christmas Decorations and Crafts

Christmas Crafts

5-minute Simple Christmas Craft

DIY rustic wood candle holders

Rustic Wood Candle Holders

Trying to find your own style? These 13 DIY rustic home decor projects will give you tons of inspiration, creative AND unique ideas on a budget!

Chalkboard Banner with Wood Slices

miniature Christmas village display with houses

How to Create a Christmas Village Display

Christmas Wreaths

A vase of flowers sits in front of a door

DIY Christmas Hoop Wreath

DIY Christmas rag wreath

DIY Christmas Rag Wreath

DIY Christmas Projects with Wood

Fence Board Chalkboard Christmas Countdown

Christmas tree made out of scrap wood

Scrap Wood Christmas Tree

O Holy Night sign with vinyl letters repurposed from old wood

Fence Board O Holy Night Sign

A sign in front of a mirror posing for the camera

Fence Board Joy Christmas Sign

Christmas Ornaments and Gifts

Want to add a personal touch to your Christmas ornaments and gifts? Try these easy projects with the kids this year!

No mess glitter ornaments for Christmas made with Mop -n Glo

No Mess Handmade Glitter Ornament

Mason jar

M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar with free printable

Christmas gift labels and mason jar labels with free printable

Christmas Mason Jar Labels and Tags plus free Printables

simmering homemade potpourri made with oranges, cranberries, cinnamon sticks and cloves

Easy Simmering Homemade Potpourri

Christmas Decorating Ideas for Every Room (don’t forget the mantel!)

If you want to make your home more festive for the holidays without spending a lot of money I’ve got you covered!

11 Ways to Add Buffalo Plaid Christmas Decorations

How to Decorate for Christmas on a Budget

old cathedral window decorated with green and white garland and red ornaments

10 Creative Ways to Use Extra Christmas Ornaments

A cake with fruit on top of a table

5 Cheap Christmas Decorations for a Simple Authentic Home

aqua and red Christmas tree and rustic drop zone decorated for the holidays

Rustic and Thrifty Christmas Home Tour

This rustic Christmas kitchen decor is simple to pull together using aqua and red accents for a pop of color and easy, thrifted accessories!

Rustic Christmas Kitchen Decor

Farmhouse kitchen decorated in aqua and red repurposed wood accessories for Christmas.

Rustic Christmas Table Decorations

Red and aqua Christmas decorations with thrifty repurposed finds.

Decorating with Red and Aqua in the Kitchen

Christmas Mantels

Tips for decorating a Christmas mantel the cheap way with nature and repurposed accessories.

How to Decorate a Christmas Mantel the Cheap Way

How to decorate a pretend mantel with evergreens and repurposed items.

Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

Outdoor Christmas Decorations

A dining room table

Front Porch Christmas Decorations

Create Christmas tree luminaries on your front deck or porch by using shaped luminaries and planters.

Christmas Tree Luminaries

Tons of tips for using natural elements and thrifty, repurposed treasures for outside decorations without spending a lot of money or time. Ideas include a fence board sign, no sew pillows, yard sale treasures, dollar store ornaments with evergreens and berries.

Inexpensive Deck Decorating Ideas

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be? I’d love to know!

If you’re starved for more Christmas decorations and crafts ideas I really like this roundup from Country Living and this one from Good Housekeeping.

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16 Comments

  1. Beautiful, lovely and peace-filled is what I see within your home and deck! I remember watching that deck get transformed.
    I’m older now and don’t try to over achieve like I did when younger. There is a lot to be said for quiet and peacefulness.
    Love your blog and your open heart to share ‘All things Marty’
    MERRY CHRISTMAS MARTY!

    1. Hi, Dee. Thanks so much for your encouragement. I appreciate the fact that you’ve been following me for so long! I definitely agree that with age comes a different perspective on all the “stuff!” Merry Christmas!

  2. Brilliant Rosemarie! Now everyone can make their Christmas decoration at a cheap cost. These were some really inspirational Christmas decoration ideas. I really love beautiful. Hope you could make another one for other occasions though. Thank you!

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  3. Everything you has such an easy peaceful way about it. I am so glad you are getting back into the swing of this. Merry Christmas and praying God’s blessing mightily upon you.

  4. Crafting is a great way to find joy again; thanks for sharing your wonderful projects. Merry Christmas Marty!

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