The holiday season is a great opportunity to experiment with your own bright decoration for the interior or exterior of the house. This is the reason why we have decided to put together some of the most beautiful DIY light Christmas decor ideas spotted on the web. Whether you are looking for examples of lanterns for your dining table or original creations to adorn your tree, you could be inspired by our suggestions.
As for the exterior decoration of your house, we suggest you experiment with large format lanterns. And, if it gets cold during the Christmas holidays in your area, be sure to try making a light ornament. Explore the images below and read the explanations to find out more!
1. DIY Christmas light decoration with paper lanterns to make yourself
Regarding DIY Christmas light decoration for the interior, paper is a material that offers us a lot of varied options. What appeals to us about party paper lantern projects is that they are accessible and easy to make. Moreover, you could make them as a family, by asking your children to help you cut out or paint your lanterns.
Our first DIY Christmas light decoration project is made from paper. These are cardboard paper cones that are placed on top of a small candle. To adapt your lanterns to the festive atmosphere, we suggest you cut star-shaped holes in the cardboard paper. If you feel like it, you could also adorn the surface of your designs with glossy paint. Another option would be to paint the lanterns and then sprinkle them with a little glitter.
2. Bright DIY deco idea with white paper lanterns
If you like working with paper, you could also be inspired by these pictures of white lanterns for your bright holiday decoration. White paper is ideal for your Christmas crafts because its color matches the season perfectly. And, if this bright DIY decoration cannot be used outdoors, it can, on the other hand, successfully adorn your fireplace or your dining table during the holidays.
The beauty of these paper Christmas lanterns lies in their decoration. This is done by cutting the paper itself in the form of small thematic figurines. The diversity and richness of these figurines depend entirely on your imagination. If you have time, try replicating these naturally inspired, Scandinavian-inspired figurines. Otherwise, opt for simpler shapes, such as those of a snowman.
Be sure to make additional small holes all over the surface of your lanterns. This is the best way to increase the power of your creative lanterns. Finally, complete the latter with a sheet of transparent paper that you will slide inside the cut-out lanterns. A simple option for this would be to use baking paper. And There you go! You now have a DIY Christmas light decoration to display in your living room.
3. DIY Christmas light decoration with the village of lights
Do you like original compositions and you plan to make one for your Christmas decoration? So why not make a whole village of lights? To do this, start by creating a surface on which you will store your DIY light decoration. Spread a white tablecloth or other similar fabric on it to imitate the look of a snowy landscape. Then, put away the figurines that will occupy the central part of your village.
To create houses and other buildings for your village, you can use a variety of items. Metal houses, like the ones in the image above, are a very nice option. Another possibility would be to bet on ceramic figurines sold in shops. Those who want to make their own figurines, can do it using sheets of cardboard paper or with salt dough.
When you have put your figurines away, start adding the light decoration to your village. If you are using lanterns, opt for candles that you will slide inside buildings. Otherwise, use fairy lights. We recommend that you get battery-powered garlands to make your work easier. This way, you won’t need to plug your composition into an electrical outlet.
Do you have a lot of garlands? So don’t hesitate to hang one or two above your mini Christmas village. Finally, complete this pretty landscape with natural decorations. Collect some branches of wood and place them around your village. Use artificial snow to make them look even more festive and thematic!
4. Make a light paper lantern to decorate your Christmas tree
At Desigmag we have a lot of creative and original tree decorating options. With this bright DIY decor idea, we are completing our collection! In fact, these beautiful little lanterns are ideal for embellishing your Christmas tree. They are made entirely of small pieces of paper glued together to look like a kind of mini baskets. If you like light decorations, you can use these baskets to place a candle.
Make the baskets out of colored paper or white sheets. To decorate them, use pieces of colored paper that you can on your baskets. Another great idea is to use decorative washi tape. It will allow you to strengthen the base of your baskets and add touches of color at the same time.
When you are done making your baskets, use them to decorate a wooden branch or your Christmas tree. But be careful, in any case, never leave a light decoration made with paper and candles unattended!
5. DIY Christmas light decoration for the festive table
Speaking of DIY light decoration for the interior, let’s not forget the Christmas table lanterns. These are very easy to make at home and can be used successfully as a centerpiece.
To make them at home, you will need a few empty glass jars. You are free to choose for yourself what decoration you want to use for your jars. For example, you could paint the inside or outside of the jars to create colored light. Otherwise, leave the jars in their natural color and supplement them with compositions in red, white, and green, as in the picture above.
To make the base of your DIY decoration bright, add salt inside the jars. Salt is ideal for this project because it reminds us of snow outside. In addition, it is a cooking ingredient that we all have in our homes. We recommend that you use an amount that corresponds to approximately 1/3 of the volume of your jars. Then, all you have to do is decorate your jars. Place inside candles, fir branches, or pearls, according to your wishes!
6. DIY Christmas table light decoration with snowy jars
Here is another creative DIY light decoration project for the Christmas table. It is also made with glass jars and it has the particularity of giving these simple jars a snowy appearance. This is a very easy project that will not require specific materials and that you can do at the last minute to spruce up your party table.
To try and make these light Christmas table decorations, get some empty glass jars. Coat the outside of your jars with glue, protecting a small part, at the very top of the jars. Immediately after, take a little crystal salt and apply it to the glue. In this way, the salt will remain fixed on the glue, replicating the appearance of a surface covered with snow.
Let dry before decorating your jars with touches of green and red, as shown in the image above. Finally, place a candle inside and store your creative lanterns in the center of your Christmas table!
7. DIY Christmas decoration idea with lantern and tree balls
Do you like bright decorations? So you probably have a lot of lanterns in your house. With the following two projects, we suggest you use one of these lanterns to create an original composition for your living space.
This project is very simple and very quick to carry out. It consists of using a lantern and some thematic decorative objects, such as Christmas balls or pine cones.
The balls have a shiny surface and reflect light. They will thus imitate the flame of a candle inside your lantern. If you don’t have balls, you could also use natural decorations, such as pine cones. To give them that shiny look, just cover them with gold or silver paint.
8. Christmas composition idea with lantern
Here is another similar project for the interior. To try it out, you could paint the lantern in your home in a metallic color. Complete the interior of your decorative lantern with Christmas balls. For a more impressive result, try balls of a golden or silver hue.
Finally, do not miss to adorn your lantern with a ribbon and accessories in themed colors!
9. Bright Christmas decoration ideas for outdoors
Now let’s move on to some interesting ideas for making a DIY light exterior decoration.
10. Outdoor light decoration with DIY Christmas lanterns
Our first idea of DIY luminous decoration for the exterior is made from bedside lamp balls. Use one or more of its balls to make creative outdoor lanterns. To do this, start by decorating the balls. Then add DIY lids to it. For example, use an old metal can and make it something similar to what you see on old lanterns.
To light up your DIY Christmas lantern, use a battery-powered candle or string light. And there you have it, your original decoration for the exterior can be displayed in front of your house!
11. Christmas decoration for the outside with ice lanterns
Take advantage of the weather and make a DIY luminous decoration for your exterior with an ice lantern. For this, you will need two containers, one smaller, the other a little larger. Fill the space between the two with a little water. If you want, add natural decorations to it.
Keep in the freezer while the lantern sets. Then it will be ready to display in front of your house!
12. Bright outdoor decoration idea with Christmas ice lantern
Here is another bright DIY deco idea with an ice lantern. Unlike the previous project, it is carried out with a balloon filled with water.
When the ball is ready, place it in the freezer. The next day, take your creation out of the freezer and decorate it with a candle before exposing it outside!
13. How to decorate the exterior of your house with Christmas lanterns
Finally, if you have multiple lanterns in your home, use them to creatively spruce up your exterior. Here are some examples of DIY bright decor that you can try this year!
14. Lantern Christmas decoration with original shapes
Buy ready-made traditional lanterns made of glass and black metal, and put candles and Christmas decorations inside. These lanterns can be used both indoors and outdoors, and the candles will not go out. Another original idea for Christmas lantern decoration is an excellent ice lantern for outdoors when the air is so cold! Put some cranberry in the ice cream and you will have an amazing look!
15. Miniature castles for Christmas lantern decoration
Decorate with pine cones, snowballs, snowflakes. Especially also consider other forms of lanterns for Christmas lantern decoration to better illuminate the places. Sometimes pretty cut and painted winter motifs adorn lanterns in wood, paper, or metal. Translucent paper lanterns and LED lamps let a soft light shine in the room! Take a look at the photos below and get inspired, as the shapes and styles are ready to be adopted!