19 Minimalist Christmas Decorations to DIY This Weekend


With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s hard to ignore that Christmas is right around the corner. Whether you’re itching to put up the tree or feeling a little scared to pull out the disorganized decorating boxes, we’ve rounded up some modern and minimalist Christmas decorations that you can do yourself this weekend in sweatpants and sipping hot cocoa.

We take inspiration from the minimalist Christmas decorations of the traditional Scandinavian holiday style and keep things surprisingly simple, yet utterly festive. Get busy with these simple and beautiful crafts, and we think you’ll be in the Christmas spirit in no time.

They’re also neutral enough to look wonderful all winter long in case you don’t take your decorations down until, you know, January or so.

This is for getting into the holiday spirit, your way.

19 minimalist Christmas decorations to make yourself this weekend


Florist making a Christmas wreath

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DIY Giant Christmas Wreath

Got a big space to fill? This giant Christmas wreath is made from a hula hoop and adorned with all your finds from the woods. If you have a double-height living room, this is definitely the DIY your walls need for the holidays.

Find instructions for this DIY here.

hanging branch christmas decoration

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DIY Twig Triangle Wreath

This modern crown is inspired by two of this year’s biggest design trends: copper and triangles. It may not fit the classic definition of a wreath, but it will definitely make a beautiful statement in your home. So don’t be a square.

Find instructions for this DIY here.

Christmas wreath with gift boxes.

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DIY Mini Gift Card Wreath

Gift cards make great gifts, but they are inevitably difficult to present with a wow factor. These mini crowns are a sweet way to pack up the plastic. Also, it gives you more space to fill the sock with other things.

Find instructions for this DIY here.

Mother and her two children light candles in an Advent wreath

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DIY Swedish Candle Wreath

For true Scandinavian inspiration, try this Swedish candle wreath. The delicate design looks perfect hung in a window or above a modern fireplace.

Find instructions for this DIY here.


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DIY Minimalist Geometric Tree Ornaments

These geometric ornaments are simple enough to make an entire tree’s worth in an afternoon, but we also think they’d make a great addition when tied to the front of all your gifts this season.

Find instructions for this DIY here.

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DIY Wooden Tree Ornaments

These wooden ball ornaments work on both modern and traditional trees, combining the timelessness of wood with a fashionable tassel.

Find instructions for this DIY here.

moon and sun ornaments

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DIY Moon Phase Tree Ornaments

Put a celestial spin on your ornament decorations with these moon phase clay ornaments. They are easy to create and look dreamy combined with the dark green of a pine tree.

Find instructions for this DIY here.

table accents

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DIY Festive Bottle Candle Holders

Not sure what to do with the extra clippings? This candle holder is probably the easiest way to add Christmas cheer to your home. Just take a trip to the thrift or craft store for clear, narrow-necked bottles. Or save a few that may or may not be emptied around the holidays – this look works all winter long.

Find instructions for this DIY here.

Wooden Christmas tree decoration

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DIY Mini Wooden Christmas Trees

A few pieces of wood, a few of your favorite ornaments, and you’ve got a piece of minimalist Christmas decor that will have all your holiday guests asking, “Where did you get that?”

Find instructions for this DIY here.

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DIY Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers

Candles are a must during the holiday season, but if your candle holders just aren’t enough, this simple DIY will save the day with an unexpected material. We won’t tell you if you leave these on all year.

Find instructions for this DIY here.

advent calendars

Hanging Geometric Advent Calendar

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DIY Geo Hanging Advent Calendar

Do you love to do origami? These Advent “ornaments” are perfect for an afternoon of paper folding. Bonus points if you use the technique later this month to wrap small gifts.

Find instructions for this DIY here.

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DIY Modern Gift Tag Advent Calendar

A simple IKEA hack for your friend who lives for Christmas shopping.

Find instructions for this DIY here.

Child opening the first day of an advent calendar

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DIY “Acts of Kindness” Advent Calendar

Tired of cheap chocolates and unnecessary knick-knacks, this do-it-yourselfer created an advent calendar that would ensure she does a good deed every day. Where do we get one with 365?

Find instructions for this DIY here.


Golden triangle garland


DIY Golden Triangle Wreath

A little art deco never killed anyone. These sparkling pieces resemble Christmas trees while still being chic and modern enough to blend seamlessly into your New Year’s gathering.

Find instructions for this DIY here.

Garland over a sofa

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DIY Eucalyptus Seed Wreath

This seeded eucalyptus garland is a more delicate and warm version of the pine garland we see at Christmas. Make it really shine by adding a string of Christmas lights.

Find instructions for this DIY here.

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DIY Paper Tree Garland

These mini trees are perfect for apartment dwellers who can’t put up a real pine tree.

Find instructions for this DIY here.

Wall hangings

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DIY Festive Mini Banners

We think the banner trend is here to stay for a while, so make some of these Christmas-themed wall decorations as gifts.

Find instructions for this DIY here.

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DIY Washi Tape Christmas Tree

Some strips of washi tape give a geometric nod to the traditional Christmas tree. It doesn’t have the same wow factor, but it’s definitely easier to clean.

Find instructions for this DIY here.

evergreen star

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DIY Evergreen Stars

It wouldn’t be the holidays without Martha Stewart showing up with another why I didn’t think of that job. Just reach in the bottom of her craft bin for the glue gun and popsicle sticks, and enjoy her rosemary-smelling home all December.

Find instructions for this DIY here.

Keep up the tradition, upgrade the style of your festive decor this year.

Happy Holidays!


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