How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (a Santa Mason Jar Craft & More Christmas Decorations!)

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The Christmas holiday and December is near, which spells Christmas tree decor, other Christmas decor, and overall winter decor. That’s why we have rounded up some of the best of the best winter crafts and Christmas crafts that you can create in your home for the inside and outside of your holiday home with easy to find, simple, and CHEAP supplies. Without further ado, here are inside holiday cheer Christmas decoration ideas and outdoor Christmas decor for you you and a Santa Mason Jar craft for the kids! 

Indoor Christmas Decorations & Outdoor Christmas Decorations


Here’s what you need to make various Christmas decorations and winter decor, recommended in the winter holiday festive colors of white, red, gold, and green. These can be found reasonably priced at Walmart, Michaels, the dollar stores, and arts and crafts stores or such sections in your nearest general store. You should be able find these supplies on such stores’ websites too:

  • Ribbons – This will act as the decorative fringe for items like Christmas jar lanterns and the like and as the stringing piece for Christmas garlands.
  • Paints or spray paints
  • Mason jars
  • White, green, and red ornaments. More ideas on how to diversify this up next!
  • Hot glue or glue sticks and glue gun for adults and the older kids
  • Mod Podge 
  • Elmer’s glue for the little kids
  • Silver and brown pipe cleaner
  • Glitter
  • Tape
  • Felt
  • Pom poms
  • Evergreen needles
  • Googly eyes for your holiday creatures and people
  • Construction paper
  • White, red, and green tree lights and Christmas lights
  • Christmas and winter scrapbooking paper
  • Cotton balls to emulate snow
  • Joy sign. This is a great front porch idea.
  • Inner jar holiday goodies: Chocolate kisses or peppermint candy canes or candies and holiday cookies if desired
  • Scissors and wire cutters
  • Terrarium trinkets for inside of Christmas jars and other types of Christmas decor:* Nativity scene decor (Shepherds, stars, sheep, shredded brown paper or wispy brown twines to emulate hay in manger, etc.); Pine cones, mulberries, mistletoe, red berries, leaves, turtle doves, white tree (or other Christmas trees), reindeer, and other festive trinkets

*You can always buy miniature Christmas and nursery figurines to go inside of the terrarium.

For Decorating a Tree

How about Christmas jar lanterns, small votive candle jars filled with small electric tea lights, to hang around the Christmas tree stand and on mantlepieces?

Here’s a neat pictorial step-by-step using some of the aforementioned supplies to get your creative juices flowing:

For Holiday Centerpieces: Christmas Terrarium in a Jar

These are great if you are looking for centerpiece ideas or interior tabletop holiday decor this Christmas.

For Porch for Christmas: Christmas Jar Lanterns

These are great front porch Christmas decorations in a c. The ribbon touch on these jar lanterns on the porch for Christmas adds nice, warm festive welcome to yourself and your guests.

Christmas Decor for the Kids: Santa Mason Jar Craft! (& his friend Rudolph)

Here’s what you need to make Santa Mason Jars and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Mason Jar:

  • Red Spray Paint or regular paint for Santa Mason Jar
  • Brown spray paint or regular paint for the reindeer jar
  • Mason Jars!
  • Black Ribbon – This will be Santa’s belt.
  • Silver Pipe Cleaners – This will be the silver trim of Santa’s belt.
  • Glue
  • Brown Pipe Cleaners  (for the reindeer jar)
  • Red Pom-Poms (for the reindeer jar)
  • Other decor desired from any of the suggestions mentioned at beginning of this blog.

Here’s how to make your Santa Mason Jar and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Mason Jar:

  • Take the lid off the mason jar, and then spray the entire jar red – I place my hand inside the jar partially while spraying. Spray or paint the reindeer jar brown.
  • Allow the jars to dry –
  • Glue the black ribbon “belt” onto your jar – measure out your ribbon before gluing it on. glue the eyes and “nose” (the red pom-pom) onto your reindeer Mason jar. To make the reindeer antlers, you will need 2 brown pipe cleaners. Twist the two ends together so you have one long pipe cleaner. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the top of your jar, starting at the front and ending in the back. Do one simple twist in the ends of the pipe cleaner so that it will stay up on the jar. Gently bend the remainder of the pipe cleaner on both sides to resemble antlers.
  • Using scissors or wire cutters, cut a 2-3 inch piece of silver pipe cleaner – you may have to make your longer depending on how big your black ribbon is, mine is about 1/2 inch.
  • Shape the silver pipe cleaner into a square, with one small twist, attach the ends together
  • Using a hot glue gun (or super glue) glue on your “belt buckle”.  
  • Add Googly eyes to the jars for character 
  • Fill with chocolate kisses or peppermint candy canes or candies and holiday cookies if desired. If this is the case, be sure to get food-safe, clamping jars instead of the mason jar perhaps that will keep your snacks fresh and well preserved.

There you have it! You now have Christmas tree decorations, Santa mason jar crafts for the kids, and more Christmas decor ideas to get you going for the upcoming holiday cheer!

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