27 Old-Fashioned Christmas Decorations You Can Make

There’s nothing like making your own Christmas decorations. It’s a fun and cozy activity, and at the end, you have a new decoration.

The only problem? So many of them are um…ugly.

This list is here to help. These old-fashioned Christmas decorations are all pretty tutorials with vintage charm. You’ll find handmade ornaments, wreaths, and garlands with natural materials, and beautiful paper crafts.

Let’s make something you’ll be proud of.

grid showing 6 old fashioned christmas decorations you can make

Vintage-inspired homemade Christmas ideas

pile of homemade orange pomanders

spiced orange pomander balls

Crafting spiced orange pomander balls is a straightforward and rewarding project. These delightful creations serve as charming centerpieces and act as natural air fresheners. What’s even better, they are entirely made with household items, making them an eco-friendly and all-natural decoration.

3 homemade wooden ornaments

Vintage Wooden Thread Spool Ornament

Discover the art of crafting a vintage wooden thread spool ornament. Delve into the joy of exploring old tins filled with sewing treasures. Beyond the beautiful vintage buttons, you’ll find yourself drawn to the charming world of vintage wooden thread spools.


Get ready to embrace classic seasonal and holiday decor with a touch of nostalgia. The timeless art of drying fruit, whether it’s for crafting a DIY Dried Apple Wreath or creating charming garlands and tree ornaments from dried orange slices, has come full circle. Discover how dried apple slices can transform into the perfect decor accents for fall, Christmas, and winter, adding a rustic and festive charm to your home.

Homemade Paper snowflakes

Create intricate and delicate snowflakes by folding and cutting paper, adding a touch of winter magic to your decor.
These can be as simple or as complicated as you want.

homemade mercury glass ornaments

DIY Mercury Glass Ornaments

Craft beautiful, shatterproof DIY mercury glass ornaments in under 5 minutes, achieving the authentic charm of real mercury glass without the hefty price tag.


Learn the art of creating hand-lettered wrapping paper. Embrace the beauty of crafting your own gift wrap, which means you’ll only need to store a single roll for all occasions and styles, saving space and money.

Yarn Pom-Pom & Ornament Garland

Here’s a delightful winter craft that you, or your little ones, can enjoy during the holidays to adorn your windows, mantel, or any ledge in your home. The best thing is, it’s a budget-friendly project that you can cherish and reuse year after year!

christmas tree with homemade salt dough ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments Recipe

Here’s a straightforward recipe for crafting homemade salt dough ornaments that add a touch of beauty and affordability to your DIY Christmas decor. These ornaments are fully customizable, making them a perfect project for kids and adults alike. Get ready for a delightful time creating personalized ornaments that everyone will cherish.

tree with homemade bird ornament

Woven Ribbon Bird Christmas Ornament

These exquisite woven bird ornaments require nothing but ribbon – no need for glue, tape, or any additional materials. You can easily weave your way to creating these stunning ornaments for your very own Christmas tree.

sliced oranges on wooden board

Dried Orange Slices

Learn how to make your own dried orange slices and explore various creative uses for these dehydrated citrus wonders. From delightful DIY home decor to aromatic potpourri, there’s so much you can do with them.

hand holding pinecones

Pinecone wreath

Collect pinecones and arrange them into a rustic wreath, perfect for a natural, woodsy look. This project is simple, beautiful, and lasts long after Christmas.

Cinnamon Stick Santa Ornament

Crafting cinnamon stick Santa ornaments is a joy because they’re simple to put together and fill the air with the delightful aroma of spice. These vintage-inspired ornaments cleverly incorporate yarn trim to lend them a charming, old-fashioned appeal.

Homemade Dried Orange Slice Garland

Learn how to create a dried orange garland, a delightful homemade holiday decoration perfect for adorning your Christmas tree or any corner of your home. This easy DIY project promises a lot of fun and adds a charming touch to your holiday festivities year after year. Get ready to embark on a creative journey and brighten your space with this simple yet beautiful decoration!

Baking Soda Dough Gingerbread Ornaments

These charming creations are crafted using my special Baking Soda Dough Recipe, infused with the warm scent of cinnamon, and adorned with delightful puff paint decorations. Get ready to make your home smell like gingerbread heaven while crafting these festive ornaments.


Wrap cinnamon sticks around candles to infuse your space with a cozy, fragrant ambiance.

Homemade felt ornaments

Craft colorful and charming ornaments using felt fabric and embroidery, adding a whimsical touch to your tree.
There are many different felt ornaments to make, but these are cute and simple and you can make them by hand.

simple and easy mason jar lanterns

Fill mason jars with fairy lights to make charming lanterns, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

So easy for such a big impact.

Vintage recycled card ornaments

Upcycle old holiday cards into festive ornaments, preserving cherished memories in a unique way. Or just print vintage images that look like cards!

Clothespin Snowflake Ornaments

Assemble clothespins into unique snowflake designs, adding a rustic and creative flair to your decor. These are simple enough for the kids to make too.

Cranberry popcorn garland

String popcorn and cranberries to make a classic Christmas garland, reminiscent of old-fashioned holiday charm.
Add some homemade charm to your Christmas tree this year or just feed the birds.

Christmas Scented Sachets

Sew small sachets filled with festive scents like cloves and cinnamon, perfect for gifting or placing in drawers.

Homemade rag wreath

Use fabric scraps to make a cozy, patchwork wreath, adding warmth and texture to your decor.

Wood slice ornaments

Decorate wooden slices with festive designs, creating a natural and rustic charm. These are painted but you can leave them natural as well.

Holiday terrarium

Assemble miniature winter scenes in glass jars, featuring tiny figurines, faux snow, and tiny LED lights for a magical effect.

Fabric scrap tree skirt

Sew together leftover fabric scraps to make a colorful and eclectic tree skirt, adding a touch of bohemian charm to your tree.

Yarn-wrapped candy cane ornaments

Wrap candy canes with colorful yarn and hang them on your tree, giving a cozy and nostalgic vibe to your decor.

Miniature gingerbread houses

Craft tiny gingerbread houses from cardboard or graham crackers and use them as whimsical decorations on your dessert table or tree.

How to use some of these projects:

Certainly! Here’s a bulleted list of ways these DIY Christmas decoration projects can be used:

  • Use as a centerpiece for your holiday dining table.
  • Decorate your mantle or fireplace with festive garlands and wreaths.
  • Gift homemade decorations to friends and family for a thoughtful and budget-friendly present.
  • Put in windowsills
  • Elevate your holiday party decor with handmade ornaments and garlands.
  • Craft decorative accents for your holiday-themed photo backdrop or selfie station.
  • Create a festive atmosphere in your office or workplace by decorating your desk or workspace.
  • Hang charming decorations in your kitchen or dining area to make holiday cooking and dining even more special.
  • Craft personalized holiday decor for your bedroom or guest room to create a festive retreat.
  • Donate to local charities or nursing homes to spread holiday cheer.

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These DIY projects not only infuse your home with warmth and nostalgia but also offer a budget-friendly and eco-conscious alternative to store-bought decor. I hope you find one you love!

27 Old-Fashioned Christmas Decorations You Can Make

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