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7 Great “Think Beyond a Wreath” Fireplace Christmas Decor

The best DIY Christmas decor ideas for thinking beyond a basic wreath fireplace display. For your holiday mantel, your porch or anywhere!

It’s no secret: I LOVE Christmas — actually, the whole holiday season.

Particularly the decorating! And digging deeper, it’s all about making my decor pieces! I love a fully decorated home, but I’m also cheap super thrifty. And I love the challenge of seeing what I can make, makeover, or just freshen for each new season.

So I’m sharing with you seven of my favorite Christmas decor projects.

Best part, they can be adapted to a multitude of styles. Do you like your holidays to be elegant? Old world traditional? Modern farmhouse? Coastal Grandma? Cottage? Woodsy? Urban Minimalist?

You get the idea! The basic project can be easily altered to perfectly compliment your home, your aesthetic, your colors!

Go for it and make it totally your own! Isn’t that a big chunk of crafting fun?

1) Bleached & Frosted Pinecones

Pinecones have been making an appearance in our holidays for decades now. I never get tired of them. But a fresh take is always welcome.

a Single Bleached aprkling pinecone on a clear glass candleholder

Here I’ve bleached them and then added some frosting!

Now they sparkle in the candlelight and it makes my heart so happy.

2) Boho Garland

Those pinecones. Yes, they look great sitting about.

Two bleached and frosted pinecone tassels hanging with long needled pine

But really, they were crying out to join forces with my rattan garland. A truly beautiful union to come from my craft room!

3) A Reclaimed Wood Sign

Reclaimed wood doesn’t have to mean farmhouse. How about some leftover plank flooring for an urban minimalist style? How about some wood planks painted in the softest chippy pastels for a touch of cottagecore?

closeup of "Baby it's cold outside wood sign

And the sentiment? of course, use a snippet of holiday cheer that resonates with you, your family, your style.

Prop your sign as a welcome on the porch. Or in the kitchen. On the stair ledge. Anywhere, really!

It’s all right here.

4) Lamp Posts For Christmas Decor

Particularly great for any dark spot where a power source is sadly missing. Here’s my secret!

Long view of a fire in the fireplace with a wood surround and mantel with two distressed wood posts and vintage lanterns adorned with linen bows and greenery, with trees and oinecones filling the mantel between the lights

I made this pair for less than $25 in under an hour.

Bonus: they transition perfectly through Winter.

5) Ice Skates Decor Accessory

Here’s a delightful way to enjoy the nostalgia of your old ice skates. Or perhaps a pair you score when thrifting.

Cloeup of vintage ice skate on a stained wood block with fir branches, a bird, little bundle of birch logs arranged in the open boot of the skate

Rather than hanging them, use them in a tablescape, as bookends, on the porch, on the powder room countertop. Anywhere. PLUS: easy transition into Winter decor.

So much more flexible that hanging them in a wreath. Check out how we made the stands.

6) Christmas Decor Buoys

Yes! Buoys. They are such a fun seasonal nod to lake life or coastal living.

"Merry" and "Joy" wood buoys hanging from a burlap bow with greens on a painted carved wood front door

It’s a fun project that’s easy to personalize! And it’s all right here.

7) Blue & White Christmas Trees

Are you a sucker for blue and white too? I love a blue and white Christmas!!!

Blue Wooden Soldier surrounded by blue and white fluffy Christmas trees on a wood tray

You won’t believe what I made these from! So easy peasy and strangely satisfying. If you’re on team Blue & White, you definitely want to add these to your decorating stash.

Pin with collage of three images under caption "7 Christmas decor DIY's"

Not ready to get started quite yet? Take the first step and make a Christmas 2022 Board, add this pin and the other four diy’s. It’s inspiration at your fingertips.

I Am So Ready to Get Started!

How about you? Not quite yet? Then be sure to pin these to your Christmas 2022 board. Inspiration will be at your fingertips when you’re ready!

Interested in my Christmas stockings? Make sure you are subscribed to my website and following in the socials so you don’t miss out. Remember, they sell out quickly. Should be debuting in early September.

Here's to Joy-Filled Living, Diane


  1. Barbara at Mantel and Table

    Great ideas Diane – and it’s never too early! 🙂 I can’t wait for this year’s stockings! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration, and Happy July!

    • Diane

      Thanks Barbara! Hope you’re having a great week!

  2. vicki

    Love the ice skate center piece idea.

    • Diane

      Thanks bunchees Vicki! There are so many more places and ways to use vintage ice skates when they are aon stands rather than hanging

  3. Heidi

    You have the best Christmas decor ideas! I’ve always wanted to bleach pinecones and now I think I’m going to do it!

    • Diane

      Thanks so much Heidi! I love bleaching the pinecones, they’re still so natural, but somehow fresher and brighter.



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