Folk inspiration for my DIY Christmas

12 Scandinavian Folk Inspired DIY Christmas Decoration Ideas

Regardless of the weather outside, capture the feeling of cold and snow with a monochrome Scandinavian-inspired palette consisting of white and shades of blue.


#1 Christmas Tree
Use a branch as your Christmas tree. Suspend it from the ceiling using fishing line, so it hangs over the table. Keep the lines clean by trimming away unwanted branches. Apply white spray paint lightly over the branch so you can still see the wood. Wrap lace around sections of the branch, or cover it completely with lace if you prefer.
Decorate with pretty crocheted and stitched balls – just a few, as the secret to Scandanavian style is simplicity.

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#2 Felt heart
This Christmas, home is where the heart hangs.

You will need

  • template
  • white felt
  • red stranded embroidery thread
  • polyester toy stuffing

To make

  1. Using a template, cut out two heart shapes from the white felt.
  2. Embroider the snowflake motif with three strands of embroidery thread working in back stitch and straight stitches. Sew the two pieces together with short neat running stitches, leaving a small opening in one side. Fill the heart with a small amount of stuffing and close the opening.
  3. Thread a hanging cord through the top of the heart.

#3 Gingham star
A touch of red will keep your festive colour scheme in check.

You will need

  • template
  • red gingham fabric
  • white and red stranded embroidery thread
  • polyester toy stuffing
  • 2 white buttons

To make

  1. Using a template, cut out two star shapes from the gingham fabric.
  2. Sew the two pieces together with short, neat running stitches using three strands of white embroidery thread, leaving a small opening in one side of a point of the star, through which to stuff it.
  3. Fill the star with a small amount of stuffing and close the opening. Sew a button to the center of each side of the star placing using the red embroidery thread.
  4. Thread a hanging cord through one of the star’s points.


#4 Gingham angel

It doesn’t get much sweeter than a gingham angel with lacy wings.

You will need

  • template
  • blue gingham fabric
  • stiff nylon lace
  • white stranded embroidery thread
  • polyester toy stuffing
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To make

  1. Using a template, cut out two angel shapes from the gingham fabric. Cut one heart shape from the lace for the wings.
  2. Sew the gingham pieces together with short neat running stitches using three strands of embroidery thread, leaving a small opening in the seam at the lower edge.
  3. Fill the angel with a small amount of stuffing and close the opening. Sew the wings to the back securely with running stitches.
  4. Thread a hanging cord through the top of the angel’s head.


#5 Meringue Tree

Pretty and edible, this little tree is perfect for smaller spaces and cosy gatherings.
Cover cone-shaped floral foam with pretty gift wrap and place it in on a cake stand. Use toothpicks to stick small meringues or other sweet treats to the floral foam. Insert a sparkler into the tip and light it just before serving.

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Felt Hearts


#6 Advent calendar

Advent Calendars are marvelous at sustaining festive excitement and are loved by children of all ages. It’s a great idea to make an Advent calendar from white paper packets filled with something nice to eat. Make a linocut of a deer and print the design with blue craft paint onto each bag. Use a paint roller to apply the paint to the linoleum. Play around with the position of the deer and how light or dark you print it as this adds to the fun of the calendar. For a little extra treat with each packet, make Christmas decorations from air-dry clay. Roll the clay out, place a piece of lace over the top and roll over it with a rolling pin so you transfer the lace design to the clay. Use a variety of cookie cutters with a Christmas theme to cut out the decorations. Make a small hole in each one before it dries. When it’s dry, you can attach it to the bag with a pretty cord and tape or ribbon. By the time Christmas comes, you will have a collection of extra decorations for your tree!

Scandinavian Folk Inspired DIY Christmas Advent Calendar


#7 Gift Tags

Get creative with tags this Christmas. These tags are eye-catching and easy to make.


#8 Filled fabric tags

Cut out two circles from white printed fabric and sew them together with embroidery thread, stuffing them with cotton wool before completely closing the seam. Use back stitch and leave two long ends of thread so you can attach the tag to the gift. You could use washi tape to stick the thread ends to the gift. Fray the edges of the circles with a seam ripper. Embroider the person’s name onto one of the fabric circles before you sew them together, or write it on with a fabric pen.

Scandinavian Folk Inspired DIY Christmas Teaspoon Tag


#9 Teaspoon tag

Spray paint a teaspoon white (hold it upright while spraying or the paint will pool in the hollow) and leave it to dry. Decorate with washi tape and write the person’s name onto the spoon with a marking pen. Use baker’s twine to tie it to the gift.

Scandinavian Folk Inspired DIY Christmas Decoration Ideas


#10 Lace tag

In this example, snowflake paper is glued onto a piece of cardboard and decorated with motifs from the lace tied around the gift. Punch a hole in it and attach it to the gift with white embroidery thread.

Scandinavian Folk Inspired DIY Christmas Decoration Ideas - Deer Tag


#11 Deer tag

Find a picture of a deer on the internet, trace it onto scrapbooking paper that goes with your theme and cut it out. Punch a hole through the body section and attach it to the gift with embroidery thread.


#12 Frame tag

Download a lovely frame from the internet and place the person’s name or initial inside the frame. Add more detail, if you prefer. Punch a hole at both ends and tie it to the gift with baker’s twine.

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