With Christmas now just around the corner, we’ll soon be heading up into the attic to bring down the Christmas tree and decking the house out to bring in the festive cheer for another year. There is a tendency to go overboard with decorations, but it is often the little details that go a long way to creating a festive but tasteful Christmas vibe. With this in mind, The Hut has drawn together a collection of our favourite DIY Christmas decorations that you can create easily at home to help make your home Christmas-ready without turning it into Santa’s grotto.
Wood Veneer Garland with Fresh Greens
This Christmas at The Hut we’ve taken festive inspiration from the forests of Denmark and the region’s concept of hygge—a term now in vogue across much of Europe. Translated roughly as cosiness or comfort, hygge describes those fleeting moments when we are able to take sheer joy in the minutia of life. This fits in perfectly with the quintessentially Nordic minimalist approach to design.
Lifestyle blogger Colleen of Lemon & Thistle also takes inspiration from the Scandinavian forests with her DIY wood veneer garland with fresh greens. Simple, subtle and in-keeping with the natural aesthetic of the region, discover how to construct Colleen’s understated garland over at Lemon & Thistle.
Rustic Wooden Wreath
In keeping with the Nordic feel, this rustic wooden wreath by blogger Maria from Pastels & Macarons makes for a charming display over the mantelpiece. Made using just bleached wooden sticks, ribbon and some twine, the wreath is surprisingly simple to construct and will complement most interior aesthetics.
For the full tutorial on how to make Maria’s DIY rustic wooden Christmas wreath, head to Pastels & Macarons.
Gingerbread Men Garland
Alongside time spent with family, food sits at the beating heart of the Christmas holidays. From your generous Christmas dinner to chocolates dangling from the tree, Christmas is infamous as a time of indulgence. Australian food personality Donna Hay combines food and decoration with her gingerbread men garland. The gingerbread men you make for the garland can make for a sweet mid-afternoon treat on Christmas Day, but you can also turn your garland into an ornament that will last for years by simply adding three or four layers of varnish or acrylic paint.
Head to Donna Hay’s website for more details on how to put together your gingerbread man garland.
Rustic Luxe Christmas Lantern
Suzy from popular lifestyle blog Worthing Court demonstrates that Christmas decorations needn’t be a complicated affair with her charming rustic lantern. Taking just 10 minutes to put together and made up of readily available materials, you can find out how to recreate Suzy’s rustic lantern at home via her blog.
Festive Re-Purposed Wall Art
Homeware blogger Jeannette of Snazzy Little Things adds festive charm to her living room by repurposing some old 1960s art into a rustic farmhouse-inspired display with a simple, seasonal wreath. Using some chalk paint to bring out the artistry of the frame, Jeannette covers over the original artwork with some weathered paper before finishing off the with the wreath.
For the full tutorial on how to create your own farmhouse style Christmas display head to Snazzy Little Things.