Add A Touch Of Holiday Magic To Your Home With These Martha Stewart-Inspired Decor DIYs

The winter holiday season is the perfect time to dust off your craft supplies. DIYing decor is not only a fun activity everyone can join in on, but it adds a personalized touch to your celebration, and you'll curb the temptation to buy new ornaments. Upcycling what's already in the attic is eco-friendly and innovative. Who says ornaments can only hang from the Christmas tree or wreaths only belong on the door? Definitely not Martha Stewart.

The guru of all things home has a slew of decoration tips to inspire DIYs outside the home and around the house. Stewart, who decks out her properties in 40 Christmas trees, knows a thing or two about setting up for the festive months. Hanging ornaments, wreaths, holiday cards, and other items lying around are given new life. Whether you're celebrating a specific holiday or just decorating for the winter, there is a DIY project to match your aesthetic.

Ornamental table runner

A holiday table runner is a terrific way to deck out the dining room table, but we're stepping away from the traditional cloth decor. For a festive table, forgo the fabric and instead line the center with ornaments. Stuffed animals, mini Christmas trees, candles, and other trinkets create a runner with dimension. Pick a theme such as "winter wonderland," "Santa's shop," or "Christmas glitz," and then gather pieces that fit the bill. Start at the top of the table, spacing out large pieces, then fill the gaps with smaller ones, and watch your table come to life.

Light up centerpieces

You'll need an LED string light, a large apothecary jar, a small drinking glass, coarse salt, tape, and ornaments for an easy-to-make holiday centerpiece. First, wrap the lights around the glass cup and secure it with tape. Turn the lights on and insert it into the large jar facing down. Then, pour in the coarse salt (you can also use sugar or cotton balls) to cover the mechanics — this will be your snow. Now, decorate the frosty field to your heart's content. Pine leaves, dreidels, and figurines are stellar for your centerpiece, but any ornaments will do.

Ornament tree

An ornament tree is one terrific Christmas tree alternative for a small living room. It takes up less space than a 6-foot fir, but it doesn't lack in festive splendor. For this DIY, you'll need a 4 x 6 ft cork or Homasote board, 2.5 yards of white linen, four moldings cut at a 45-degree angle (two 4 feet long and two 6 feet long), and ornaments. First, cover the board in the linen and frame it with molding. Next, outline a tree's silhouette and fill it with your ornaments, photographs, bows, or tinsel. Once your tree is decorated, prop it against a wall.

Paper tree skirt

Changing your tree skirt is an easy way to give your seasonal decor a fresh look. Luckily, you can make one from Kraft paper and ribbon. Two 14 x 27-inch pages work for one tree. Start by holding the paper lengthwise and scoring every inch with a butter knife or popsicle stick. Then, fold accordion style, firmly creasing the edges. Now, punch a hole an inch from the top and thread a ribbon through the two pages. Glue the sheets at one end, and you're ready to tie the ribbed skirt around your Christmas tree.

Paper clay ornaments

Paper clay ornaments are super simple to make. Molds and cookie cutters are the easiest way to transform the block into stylish decor. You can also imprint the rolled dough with leaves or flowers. Or even roll it into a ball and paint it. Just don't forget to add an eye screw at the top before you leave the clay to dry overnight so you can thread ribbon, twine, or strips of fabric and hang your homemade ornament.

Holiday planters

Give your planters a festive outfit with a bed of evergreen branches, a wreath, and ornaments. First, fill the base of your planter with bricks to keep it steady, and stuff the rest of the pot with bubble wrap. Then, layer clippings from spruce, fir, or cypress trees to bring in the natural holiday feel. Add a wreath onto the leaves, and cover the hole with ornaments. You can customize the planter with whatever greenery and trinkets you like. If you live in a windy area, it's best to glue your accessories together, so there aren't any runaways.

Coffee filter trees

We've made cozy Christmas decor from a Dollar Tree duster, but now we're DIYing these mini trees from coffee filters. It's another easy project that only takes glue, stock paper, and scissors, along with the coffee filters. First, roll the stock paper into a cone shape and secure it with glue. Then, cut out the middle of the filters until you're left with just the ruffled ends. Now, glue the fringed paper in tiers onto the cone. A set of three to five trees varying in size creates a stunning winter forest that is beautiful all season long.

Holiday card garland

The array of holiday cards you receive as gifts transforms into chic decor when hung from a garland. Use clothes pins to display the cards in the band of leaves, and the decorative covers will speak for themselves. To add more festive flair, cover the pins in glitter tape, ribbon, or paint before attaching them to the garland. It is an excellent way to upcycle holiday cards and save them from the recycling bin.

Wreath chandelier

A wreath chandelier screams elegance. It is a great way to do something new with the wreaths already in your box of holiday decorations. For a two-tier chandelier, you'll need a medium and large-size wreath. For the one-tier piece, you can use any size. First, tie both ends of two 46-inch ribbons to your small wreath. These straps will hang from a carabiner latch attached to an S-hook. Repeat the ribbon ties for the large wreath using 76-inch strips and thread it through the center of your top tier before hooking it to the latch. You can add ornaments to spice things up even more.