DIY Christmas Decorations

Hello there! It’s Corey from TinySidekick and I’m happy to be visiting again to share a really easy way to add a ton of color to your Christmas decor without spending lots of money or making a big color theme commitment that you’ll have to live with every year! These DIY Christmas decorations have been go to Christmas decor at both my mom’s and my own house for a few years now.

Why do we love these simple paper wrapped frames so much? It’s a really easy way to add a ton of color and fun Christmas pattern to your Christmas decorations. It doesn’t cost a lot of money. And if you are anything like us you want to change things up from year to year, so this is perfect cause it is zero commitment.How to wrap frames in wrapping paper... easy Christmas decor!

We started out just wrapping the entire frame in paper, but it covered up the photo. And since Christmas is all about family, we want to see the cute faces in the photos. Am I right? Wrapping frames in holiday paper is really easy, but there is one trick that I want to share with you that will save you lots of frustration.

Easy Christmas decor with wrapping paper


You’ll need:

  • a frame
  • tape
  • scissors
  • wrapping paper

Easy peasy.

DIY Christmas Decorations

The first thing you’ll need to do is remove the photo, backing, and the glass from the frame. Then lay it face down on your wrapping paper just like you would to wrap a present, leaving enough at the edges to wrap it all the way to the back in a later step. With it in place, you are going to punch a small hole in the middle of the frame and slice the paper to each inside corner of the frame. Be sure to go directly to the corner. Do this for all 4 corners.

decorating with wrapping paper

Then go ahead and secure the outside edges with tape leaving the flaps in the middle free.
decorating with Christmas wrapping

Here is the trick to avoiding frustration: 

Without securing the middle flaps, place the glass back into the frame gently and pull the flaps tight. If you tape them first your paper will rip when you put the glass in. Once the glass is in place and the paper is pulled tight, cut off the excess and tape it in place.

Christmas decorating on a budget

Last, you’ll add your photo and the backing back in.
DIY Christmas Decorations

And now you have some fun Christmas frames that still allow you to see your family!

easy ways to add color to your Christmas decorations

This is my mom’s shelf all done up with the grandkids displayed! Last year she had all blue and white going. So you can see how easy it is to change from year to year. So if you are still in need of some easy pops of color before Santa and your guests arrive, just go grab some wrapping paper and get wrapping!


Thanks for having me again today! I’d love for you to pop over and peek around at all of my Christmas decorations at my Christmas Home Tour! See you there!

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I wish I could give everyone an extra $325 dollars, but since I can’t do that I thought I’d share a few simple and fun last minute DIY gift ideas!

Homemade Christmas Gifts

And here’s a really easy (& free!) way to wrap your handmade gifts… brown bag gift wrap!

Gift Wrapping Ideas

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Creative Christmas Outfits

I showed y’all Andy and I’s Hideous Christmas outfits, but we’ve got some super creative friends and I have to share their genius today!  We’ve got the prize winning creative christmas attire from Becky and Mikes Hideous Christmas extravaganza! The winners receive a coveted shake weight signed by previous years winners, ha! (The shake weight was the hottest infomercial item when the contest started years ago, thus the coveted trophy for all Hideous Chrsitmas’ to come!) And the winners are…

3rd place and winners of a deliciously dense fruit cake were the Christmas Story couples costumes: Leg Lamp and Ralphie

Christmas Costume Ideas


2nd place was awarded to “Jingle Balls” and “Feel the Joy”, ha!  Sadly, I did not get a good shot of the couple, but here is Claire’s cute costume along with 2 other festive ideas! Claire made her outfit out of a red snuggie! You know what I’m talkin’ about! And her husband was in red footed pajama attire with “Jingle balls” in a certain location!

Christmas Costume Ideas


And the grand prize winners of the shake weight trophy went to this cute couple: Stockings hung by the chimney with care and stuck Santa! I mean he had a computer in his sweater with a working fire! Oh and the bricks are red Duck Tape! Gotta love that.

Christmas Costume Ideas

Being the judge of this contest would have been super tricky. I mean what about the Christmas Wrappers! They’re adorable!

Christmas Costume Ideas


Or how about the host and hostess with the mostess, AKA Mr. and Mrs. Elvis Santa!

Christmas Costume Ideas


I was a bad picture taker. But, I did get a pic of this awesome “ginger bread” house made out of Shiner Cheer boxes by Becky herself! The chimney is a beer bottle. Genius! And the Christmas tree with Shiner bottle cap ornaments?! Love.

Ugly sweater party decorations


One last picture of yours truly looking hideously awesome in our head to toe Christmas gear!

Christmas Costume Ideas


Looking for more ridiculous ugly sweater party ideas? Here are 32 ugly sweater party ideas and DIY tacky Texas DIY Christmas sweaters!