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Monday, December 4, 2023

DIY Neutral Christmas Decorating Ideas

Deck your halls this holiday season with these affordable and neutral DIY Christmas decorating ideas! 

Christmastime is my favorite time to get crafty.  

How about you?  Do you like to craft holiday decor or give DIY holiday gifts

Whether you prefer to update affordable thrift store finds or DIY a holiday project, repurposing and crafting is an ideal and budget-friendly way to decorate your home for the holidays. 

Keeping with my love of neutrals (tour my neutral holiday-decorated home),  I scoured the internet and gathered my favorite neutral DIY holiday craft ideas.  

DIY neutral Christmas crafts

From easy diamond dust ornaments to DIY antique sleigh bells, you can make all your neutral holiday decorating dreams come true with these 20 DIY neutral Christmas decorating ideas. 


1.  Have an open mind while thrifting and hunt for items that can be repurposed or updated into neutral holiday decor. 

2. Take inventory of the craft and DIY supplies you already have. 

3. Think about how you can repurpose or neutralize the decor you currently own.

4. Be selective with the craft supplies that you buy and purchase items that can be used for multiple projects.  Some of my favorite multi-purpose craft supplies include Gold Leaf Rub 'n Buff,  white chalk paint, black chalk paint, white spray paint, Diamond Dust, and antique wax,  


ONE. Turn scrap wood into adorable rustic wood stockings. 

DIY neutral wood stockings

TWO. Create a simple, natural, and affordable dried orange garland for your mantel or tree. 

DIY dried orange garland

THREE. Turn oversized jingle bells into vintage-inspired sleigh bells. 

FOUR. Create a winter wonderland with bottle brush trees and mason jars. 

FIVE. DIY your own vintage-inspired hanging bells

DIY vintage inspired hanging bells
Source: Lily Ardor

SIX.  Make your own paper bag snowflake ornaments.

SEVEN.  Make a neutral vintage Santa planter using a large Santa mug, cookie jar, or colored Santa planter.

EIGHT. Craft a fun DIY garland out of felt.

TIP: Buy felt and other craft supplies from craft stores that offer coupons.  Michaels and Joann Fabrics usually always have coupons available.

DYY felt garland
Source: Alice & Lois

NINE. Paint and age inexpensive thrift store ornaments for the perfect vintage-inspired look. 

TEN. Add a bit of texture to your holiday decor with these macrame ornaments. 

TIP: Thrift store and Dollar Tree ornaments are perfect for this project!

ELEVEN: Turn a thrift store find or scrap wood into an antique stocking stretcher

DIY antique stocking stretcher

TWELVE: Grab leftover scrap wood and make super cool, rustic scrap wood snowmen. 

THIRTEEN: Turn old wood spindles into rustic antique ornaments

TIP: Local Habitat For Humanity stores are a great source of old wood.

FOURTEEN: Make your own Scandi-inspired wood bead garland

FIFTEEN: Create your own full and beautiful Christmas garland. 

SIXTEEN:  Give inexpensive Dollar Tree ornaments a neutral and sparkly makeover.

DIY Diamond Dust ornaments
Source: Little House of Four

SEVENTEEN: Countdown to Christmas with this creative DIY Advent Calendar. 

EIGHTEEN: Make your own gift tags with this free Christmas tag printable! 

NINETEEN: DIY a chippy tree farm sign out of scrap wood. 

TWENTY: Upcycle old wood banisters into beautiful DIY bells

DIY wood bells

Do I have your wheels turning?  

Are you ready to repurpose or create your own DIY Christmas decor?  I hope these neutral Christmas ideas inspire you to get crafty when decorating! 


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