- 1 40 Creative DIY Christmas Lighting Decorations
- 2 1. A Tree Full of Stars
- 3 2. Evergreen stair railing garland
- 4 4. Floating Hoop Lights
- 5 5. Rustic-chic burlap garland
- 6 6. Ornament Lantern
- 7 7. Evergreen and small stars on a tiered tray
- 8 8. Fairy Lights Frame
- 9 9. Beautiful Snowman Wreath
- 10 10. Wrapped Globe Lights
- 11 11. Fairy Light Vases
- 12 12. Fairy Lights and Chinese Lanterns
- 13 13. String Lights Headboard
- 14 14. Luminous Bird Cage
- 15 15. “Happy” Fireplace Mantle
- 16 16. Adorable little campfire
- 17 17. DIY Christmas Shadow Box Display
- 18 18. Basket with luminous ornaments
- 19 19.Plant wreath
- 20 20. Rustic Wine Bottle Chandelier
- 21 21. LED coffee table decoration
- 22 22. Miniature Mirror Chandelier
- 23 23. DIY Faux Pillar Candles
- 24 24. Merry & Bright Illuminated Sign
- 25 25. Wrapped wreath with six-pointed stars
- 26 26. Minimalist Ladder Christmas Tree
- 27 27. Light chains under glass
- 28 28. Triple hanging wreaths, all tied together
- 29 29. Christmas Light Bike
- 30 30. Christmas tree lights and ornaments Door decorations
- 31 31. Glowing Flower Frame
- 32 32. Corner Christmas Display
- 33 33. Christmas light mini clouds
- 34 34.Wreath of branches with blue lights
- 35 35. Outdoor Front Stoop Christmas Lighting Display
- 36 36. White Birdcage with Flower Lights
- 37 37. Branch with hanging lights
- 38 38. Bed frame lighting
- 39 39. Decorative Shelf with Evergreen
- 40 40. Cute Christmas card display with Christmas lights
It’s the time of year to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere, no matter how awful the weather outside. One of the best ways to create a holiday ambience is with fairy lights in warm yellow or blue and white, indoors and outdoors. Christmas lighting doesn’t have to be a big undertaking like Danny Devito in “Deck the Halls”. DIY Christmas crafts and decorations are getting more popular (and chic) every year, and putting together a light display is a great way to connect with loved ones or enjoy some creative time for yourself.
40 Creative DIY Christmas Lighting Decorations
And since we can’t all be Etsy and Pinterest geniuses, check out these 40 decorating ideas to inspire your own Christmas decor adventure.
1. A Tree Full of Stars
If you are missing green trees and things growing, creating an indoor plant sculpture can help you survive the winter. This DIY Christmas project uses the dark wire from the fairy lights to shape the trunk and branches of the tree. Note that the lights are not evenly spaced and the branches are not perfectly symmetrical, which gives it a natural, organic feel. Put up a Christmas tree in the living room and turn down other light sources for a soft glow. This project seems to work best when you have a place to hide the “tail” plug and lots of blank walls to work with.
2. Evergreen stair railing garland
Evergreen branches and Christmas lights go hand in hand. It’s probably easier to use fake evergreen garlands, but you can always stick some real twigs and pine cones in to give it that fresh pine scent. Weave the Christmas lights with the branches, distribute them evenly, and hang the ornaments on the stairs after they are set up to avoid tangling. A matching ornament scent looks good, but you can also use the garland as an opportunity to showcase a mix of handcrafted ornaments or dangle small gift boxes with a string if you’re feeling extra smart.
4. Floating Hoop Lights
5. Rustic-chic burlap garland
If you love galvanized steel and vintage photo frames and dream of incorporating a barn door into your home decor one day, this lighted burlap garland is probably for you. It’s easy, but decorating with Christmas lights doesn’t have to be a tough, sweaty process. The burlap ribbon has a nice texture that contrasts with the lights. For a year-round decoration, skip the red and green ribbon for natural burlap. Or, use all green as a substitute for fake periwinkle. You can also decorate with velvet bows, popcorn strings, or bells.
6. Ornament Lantern
Take mason jar lights a step further by adding ornaments. Put it next to the front door to greet guests or use it as an indoor light source. Using different ornament sizes and shapes could make a unique centerpiece. This Christmas lights decoration idea is elegant and eye-catching and easy to make. Of course, if you don’t have too many ornaments lying around to donate to a project like this, using pine cones or fake snowballs is an alternative.
7. Evergreen and small stars on a tiered tray
Design your own tiered stand with baking trays as an attractive centerpiece or pull out grandma’s dessert display. The simple color scheme is what makes this display so pretty: note the white berries and pine cones, the green pine branches, and the yellow lights and candles; sometimes you need freestanding Christmas lights with little potential for chaos. The edges of each layer help to hold the needles and loose ornaments, and the lights can also be used to literally tie everything together.
8. Fairy Lights Frame
9. Beautiful Snowman Wreath
Do red and green ever appear too … garish? Add a feminine touch with this elegant (monogrammed!) Snowman wreath. The way the gauze superimposes the lights on the wreath is really beautiful. The white poinsettia flowers, purple snowflakes, and pine branches undeniably make it Christmassy without hurting your eyes. This particular snowman has been personalized with an initial which makes a lovely gift or door marker. Purple and green are vibrant but used sparingly so they aren’t overwhelming.
10. Wrapped Globe Lights
Another idea for decorating Christmas lights that will be difficult to remove at the end of the season. These globe lights look particularly interesting because you can see through them in places. The round lights are elegant, but different bulb shapes can change the overall effect of the Christmas decorations. You could downsize with tiny strings of lights or wrap the balls loosely with larger light bulbs. Icicle lights would create trailing droplets from any globe. Some decorations are beautiful without trying and this is one of them.
11. Fairy Light Vases
Tiny, delicate strings of lights add a creative touch of whimsy to the vases, and the mix of vase fillers is interesting too (but optional – you can always stick with ornaments or pine cones, not both). These lights are great for vase fillers and table decoration projects like this one because the trailing wire ends don’t look chunky or unfinished. In the vases, the fairy lights become a dense, luminous network around the objects inside. The slim wire thickness and the distance between the lights make their “tails” inconspicuous. But if you want to hide it anyway, a pine branch or some tinsel will help.
12. Fairy Lights and Chinese Lanterns
13. String Lights Headboard
If you have limited space in your bedroom, this project can be useful long after Christmas. The Christmas lights are woven in just enough to fill in the space without getting too textured. Weave them tight enough and you won’t need a bedside lamp! The white wires would look interesting against a darker wall color as well, as would variations in bulb sizes.
14. Luminous Bird Cage
Show off your cutest characters in a handmade bird cage wrapped in Christmas lights. Or take a note of the vases and lanterns and put a few pine cones or ornaments in the cage; the actual Christmas lights here are very minimalistic but look impressive against the dark background. White light wires would look best against a white birdcage or light background. Play around with using more or less lights for the best effect.
15. “Happy” Fireplace Mantle
You don’t need a fireplace to really enjoy Christmas, but it definitely helps. Write a Christmas word in fairy lights over the threshold, over the stairs or next to the dining table to remind visitors that Christmas is the best. It’s simple Christmas lights that still look very impressive (if legible). Notice how the garland of evergreens and lights creates a frame without affecting the “Joyful” centerpiece. If you leave space around the sign, it becomes the main event.
16. Adorable little campfire
Maybe it’s a campfire, or maybe an abstract Christmas tree. Either way, this DIY Christmas project is easy, inexpensive, and still looks great. Take out your trusty fairy lights, spray some twigs white, and dig up some rocks. Using different colors, like painting the branches in silver instead of white, could make this more Christmassy. If you can’t have a real fireplace, this cute fake campfire might make you feel better, even if you can’t roast chestnuts over it. You can also blow up this project for rainy days and do (microwave) s’mores.
17. DIY Christmas Shadow Box Display
Lightly paint a shallow wooden drawer or box, fill it with artificial snow and tiny trees, and string movable fairy lights for rustic, traditional Christmas lights. These little decorations can look perfectly low key or like they’re growing out of their frames. The old wood gives the shadow boxes a shabby chic element that the lights balance out. It’s a super cute project that is great for limited spaces. Part of the reason this looks so good is because of its simplicity and dark background that focuses the eye within the clean lines of the boxes.
18. Basket with luminous ornaments
The unpainted wood contrasts so well with the shiny new ornaments inside. Avoid the end of the cord by using battery operated lights, or use a tall container or other object to cover it up. The ornaments look almost magical! Using a wicker basket can also let the light shine through a little more or incorporate a metallic container for extra shine. Surround it with evergreen branches to show it off even more.
The thickly wrapped fairy lights make for a cool texture and the way the ribbon scatters the light makes it even more interesting. Even if the earth is frozen, you can still “plant” red and brown twigs in your empty planters. Imagine two of these planters on either side of your front door or lead up the path – nice, right? This flower wreath also goes well with poinsettias or potted baby Christmas trees.
20. Rustic Wine Bottle Chandelier
Okay, that definitely wouldn’t be easy to replicate, but wow, it’s gorgeous! Hard to beat that vintage wine barrel top and the perfect arrangement of the wine bottles. You can also go with a vintage wagon wheel or spinning wheel for a similar look. If you are a confident carpenter, or know someone who is, this would be a formidable lighting system all year round. Drape with multi-colored Christmas lights and hang mistletoe or holly for a holiday feeling.
21. LED coffee table decoration
Glass tables also need Christmas lights. You can celebrate the holidays in a more minimalist way or incorporate this idea into other Christmas decorations, or you can wrap the table legs in Christmas lights for extra sparkle. The lighting behind glass would also look great in a picture frame or mirror.
22. Miniature Mirror Chandelier
A combination of twigs, Christmas lights, and icicle decorations could make you feel like winter wonderland has come in outside your window without telling you. Mirrors and lights can be a very powerful combination. Here you can see the gilded frame of the mirror cast in the shadows by the lights and the icicle ornaments in the reflection. It’s a very natural looking tangle that probably had to be placed with precision. The uneven suspension of the icicles also adds to the overall impression of a natural scene. What other materials can you think of?
23. DIY Faux Pillar Candles
Candles are a classic part of Christmas decorations, but sometimes it’s better to go flame-free during the Christmas season. By filling a translucent plastic bottle with Christmas lights and wrapping it in layers of cut paper, you can get all the warm glow without the fire. For best results, use a clear plastic bottle and try different papers and cutouts to see their effect. Get ambitious and cut out a Christmas greeting or reindeer antlers, or frame each artificial pillar with tinsel or periwinkle. Mix with other decorating ideas for a full and non-flammable Christmas display.
24. Merry & Bright Illuminated Sign
A fashionable illuminated sign is definitely in order for a clean, modern Christmas party. The white background, simple font, and glitter really make the letters pop. This is probably not a kid-friendly project as it requires so much precision. Perfect for a coat, shelf, or wall, the sign will convince your guests that you are serious about the holidays. Create multiple signs of different sizes, colors, or fonts to display in your home. Stick a “naughty or nice?” register in the bedroom! But keep the glitter off that pristine whiteboard and clothing if you can. Glitter is notoriously difficult to get rid of.
25. Wrapped wreath with six-pointed stars
We call them “Christmas Lights,” but you can of course use them for other holidays as well.The unique light bulb shapes mixed with wire and beads keep these Christmas lights from getting anywhere near sticky. The mix of clear and white pearls helps reflect and diffuse the light, making it a lovely indoor piece that won’t dazzle you. Letting the bead wires run a little wild and not worrying about the perfect placement actually does this decoration a favor. The pearls give it more volume without looking bulky.
26. Minimalist Ladder Christmas Tree
In the right hands, decorating with Christmas lights can make a tree completely superfluous. If you value your open space, this ladder arrangement won’t make you claustrophobic. The simple wood of the ladder and the sparse lights criss-crossing look very modern and urban, perfect for the apartment dweller. Pull out your funniest ornaments for added visual interest. This probably wouldn’t have the same effect if the ladder were plastic or metal. The simple strings of lights make the lines of this minimalist “tree” look neat and tidy rather than busy or cluttered.
27. Light chains under glass
The light chains under the glass domes are almost alive. This is as simple as possible for a Christmas light decoration, but little effort clearly means no boring results. The different shapes and sizes of the domes and the confusion of lights they contain result in a magical, almost futuristic light show. You can also incorporate small pine cones, figurines or star-shaped lights for even more magic. Surround the glass domes in tinsel or periwinkle as part of a more complex display.
28. Triple hanging wreaths, all tied together
This clever Christmas door decor uses a giant bow as a centerpiece. Lights envelop each of the wreaths along with shiny red and gold ornaments. The soft glow of the lights and the care taken with the bow and ribbons bring this to a professional Christmas lighting field. It could be overwhelming when paired with lots of other decorations, so keeping it simple on a plain white door is a good idea. That big, shiny bow is like the icing on the cake. A big star would also be a nice alternative or a nutcracker. You just need to be careful when opening the door so that the wreaths don’t swing into the wall or onto the floor.
29. Christmas Light Bike
If you have a spare bike lying around in the yard, it’s time to turn it into Christmas lights for your neighbors to admire. It’s a cute, inexpensive way to show the world your vacation mood. And you don’t have to stop at bicycles – wrap up garden gnomes, broken lawnmowers, old tires – it’s time to turn the junk in your yard and garage into creative Christmas lights! Take the funky approach to the holidays by wrapping random objects and obstacles in your yard with lights. Just make sure you’re not using your good bike or something that doesn’t handle cold weather well.
30. Christmas tree lights and ornaments Door decorations
No room for a tree? Create a decoration with Christmas lights on your favorite door. The color palette and similar ornament sets give this door tree a beautiful theme. You can also mix photos of loved ones or a series of themed ornament crafts or string a bead garland between ornaments. The snowflakes and tree tops pictured can actually be made by yourself using a few ornament kits that you can find at almost any craft store.
31. Glowing Flower Frame
Here is a wall decor that you won’t want to take off. Fake poinsettias, holly berries, pine cones, and other holiday plants would give this a more Christmassy look. Mix in some snowflakes or tinsel and you have a party. The neat way in which the frame contains the thick bouquet makes it look like a professional decoration with Christmas lights. A gold or silver frame would work well for the holidays too.
32. Corner Christmas Display
Use a corner in the living or dining room and fill it with Christmas. What makes this one so attractive is the diagonal visual movement, starting with the white branch wrapped in lights and the sloping “BELIEVE” sign that leads to the top of the closet and the tallest mini-tree on the far left. Also, note the focus on white and green for the color scheme to help tie the different decor ideas all together. These are also relatively easy materials to get hold of: spray a branch and wrap it in lights, and get a bunch of miniature Christmas trees from the nearest department store. The lettering takes most of the work, using card stock or some other thick paper for a sophisticated look.
33. Christmas light mini clouds
Delicately draped lights use the glass banisters to their advantage. Wrapping any other light or such will prevent the cord from looking too “cluttered” with tulle. The tulle softens and diffuses the light to create a beautiful impression that is reminiscent of flowers or tiny clouds. You can also use red, green or metallic fabric and combine this with other decoration ideas like the Corner Christmas Display. This garland is so simple and magical at the same time. This is also a nice option for people who prefer minimalist or modern Christmas lights. For a little more intensity, wrap or layer the Christmas lights with strings of pearls or tinsel.
34.Wreath of branches with blue lights
Sometimes those bright blue Christmas lights can be a little tiring on the eyes, but using the twigs and twigs of the wreath as a background makes them softer and gives them dimension. It’s an inviting beacon, perfect to hang on or next to the front door or over the threshold. The simple design makes it easy to assemble and not too kitschy for low-key Christmas decorations. You can also use yellow lights for a softer display, but the blue lights make the wreath look like it’s tangled with stars. Plus, it’s a great light signal on the porch on dark and stormy nights.
35. Outdoor Front Stoop Christmas Lighting Display
If you’ve been wanting to give it your all all along, try this display for size. The two trees shrouded in lights frame the door, which literally shines with all the lights around it. The glowing gifts and snowman are also cute additions. The other interesting Christmas decor is the lights that line the path to the door. Setting up looks a bit time consuming, but it definitely has a beautiful effect. Combine these decorating ideas to create your own perfect entrance and amaze visitors with your decorating skills. Just be careful not to trip the breaker!
36. White Birdcage with Flower Lights
Flanked by candles in unique holders, the lines of this sleek white birdcage cut the flower-shaped lights inside in a pretty way.The blooming Christmas lights are beautiful. They’re concentrated at the base of the birdcage, but some appear higher and higher, creating visual balance. This is an interesting lamp, whether alone or mixed with other decor ideas.
37. Branch with hanging lights
Finding the perfect branch for these Christmas lights may seem like a daunting task, but it definitely pays off. The three hanging light bulbs in the middle make this lamp more practical and durable, but you can also replace it with hanging icicle ornaments or icicle Christmas lights. The branch acts as a nice eye-catcher and makes the space below an ideal place for another presentation. The only downside is that the branch needs to be near a separate electrical outlet to look its best.
38. Bed frame lighting
This bedroom decor also works for any type of open frame, such as stair railings or some types of chairs. Since the bed is in the corner, the cords are easy to hide for a neat design. Weaving in the Christmas lights doesn’t have to be laborious: the interesting shape of the bed frame doesn’t make it look boring or uninspired, but your personal taste may call for more light. These types of Christmas lights would work well with patio furniture too.
39. Decorative Shelf with Evergreen
A great way to use a decorative mirror is to surround it with reflective decorations and lights. The reflected light makes the room appear larger and brighter. Decor ideas like this look great over a fireplace, but can also work with bookcases and curiosity cabinets. The simple color choice, with a focus on the green of the evergreen branches and the silver of the candlesticks, makes this decoration look sophisticated. The Christmas lights add a touch of extra light to the pine branches that would otherwise be lost. When real fire isn’t a good option, realistic fake candles or more Christmas lights are easy solutions.
40. Cute Christmas card display with Christmas lights
Tired of your counters and refrigerators covered with Christmas greetings and good wishes? If horizontal space is tight and the front of your refrigerator is so cluttered, a “clothesline” -style framed display is a nice way to showcase your Christmas cards without creating more clutter. These lights are cute but out of the way – Their soft glow and their distance keep the focus on what is really important: the cards and photos. Another crafting option is to use a framed whiteboard or magnetic board to pin cards and photos while the lights go around the outside. This is such a cute way to remember loved ones and show cherished memories during the holidays ..