As Advent season comes to a close, our Christmas decorations and wrapped gifts are ready to go to host our family and friends on the big day to which we have all been counting down. You may think since Christmas is around the corner, all there is left to do for Advent is to read the story of Jesus with your family, say a special prayer, or light the candles on the Advent wreath. But there is still time to make Christmas decorations with your family you can use this Christmas and next Christmas.

When you are gathering with your family and friends for the holiday, here are three DIY Christmas decorations you can make when you have opened all the presents.

Christmas Wreaths

Christmas wreaths are one of the most popular Christmas decorations. Even people who might not deck out their house in Christmas decorations will still hang a wreath on their door. Some of us buy fresh wreaths every year. Some of us use pre-lit wreaths we bought from the store. Some of us get creative and make our own wreath. No matter what type of wreath you like to use every year, think about making a wreath with your family this Christmas, so you can hang it on your door next year!

Christmas DecorationsTo make your own Christmas wreath, you will need some type of wreath frame—whether it’s a plain pine wreath, a wire wreath frame, or a Styrofoam wreath. You can purchase these wreath frames at your local craft store such as Hobby Lobby and Michaels or online on Amazon. The frame you choose might depend on the type of decorations you want to use for your wreath. For example, if you want to add some pine cones and holly to your wreath, a plain pine wreath might be the right frame for you. Or if you want to use tinsel or Christmas ornaments, a Styrofoam wreath might be the best fit for you.

After deciding on your theme and wreath frame, buy some craft supplies to decorate your wreath. You can make a fun, simple wreath with Christmas ornaments, jingle bells, and tinsel that even the kids can help you decorate! Or you can make a traditional wreath with pine cones and Christmas lights or with ribbons and poinsettias. If your family loves sports, you can get sports-related decorations such as ribbons the color of your team, football cutouts, and mini pennants. If you are not the crafty type, you can even get out family photos (and ask your family to bring family photos, too) and make a wreath collage for your house. The important thing is to have the supplies you need ready to go, so your family and friends can help you put together a special wreath.

When your wreaths are ready to go, store them in a safe place with your Christmas decorations to use for next year. Or it can even be a gift for someone special in your family!

To get ideas for DIY Christmas wreaths your family can make together, check out 50+ Festive Do-It-Yourself Christmas Wreath Ideas.

Ornaments

Christmas ornaments are another popular and easy Christmas decoration your family can make. Each person can make their own ornament that they can take with them for their own tree. This craft can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it to be!

To make most ornaments, you will need to buy clear, plastic or glass ornaments. Of course, get your hot glue gun ready to go! Depending on the type of ornaments you want to make, some other supplies you might need are:

  • ribbon
  • pom poms
  • beads and pearls
  • mini Christmas decorations such as Christmas trees
  • faux snow
  • cotton balls
  • paint
  • glitter glue

If you do not want to deal with all the craft supplies, you can make cinnamon ornaments and cut out the dough into Christmas Decorationsdifferent shapes such as gingerbread men, Christmas trees, and stockings. For a simple dough recipe, check out Cinnamon Ornaments. To decorate the ornaments, you will need royal icing, glitter glue, and small beads. To hang the ornaments, you will need ribbon.

To personalize this craft, children could make handprint  ornaments. For handprint ornaments, you can bake your own clay or buy kits at the store. For small children, they can simply do a handprint and write the year on the top (with your help). For older children, check out Santa Handprint Ornaments to see how they can transform their handprints into Santa Claus.

To personalize this Christmas decoration for adults, have them bring memorabilia from one of their family vacations such as seashells collected on the beach or small trinkets purchased in a little tourist shop. Be sure to include the year on the outside of the ornament!

For more ideas, check out 15 DIY Christmas Ornaments.

Prayer Garland

Prayer garlands can be a Christmas decoration that brings meaning to your holiday. When your family and friends gather on Christmas Eve and Christmas, each person can write a person’s name, ministry, or a specific prayer request on a a strip of construction paper (or a couple of strips). As each person fills out a strip of paper, you can staple the strips together to create a prayer garland. After a few people have filled out strips, assemble the garland and start hanging it. You can make one long prayer garland or several smaller ones. At the end of the night, have each person take turns pulling the garland apart and praying for each request.

To be prepared for your guests, have strips of red and green construction paper cut out along with a few sharpies (or washable markers for the children) to write their prayer requests. To assemble the strips, you will need a stapler with plenty of staples to staple each strip of paper to the garland.

If this craft is a hit, next year you can make homemade prayer garlands at the beginning of the Christmas season. Then, every day of the Advent season, you can pull one (or a few) strips of paper from the garland and pray over the person, ministry, or situation.

Although the Christmas season is coming to an end, stay tuned to our blog and our Facebook page to find out what we can look forward to in the new year. Happy holidays!