DIY- Christmas in July decorations


Been so busy this year and so far behind with everything that I didn’t really have time to design any new Christmas in July projects. We still celebrated though by spending the day in a small Arizona town shopping for early Christmas gifts at the Antique stores. This is just a fun little tradition of ours to help break up those cabin fever days of being inside all the time here in Phoenix. The weather is actually pretty nice this summer. Haven’t had too many extreme heat days and that right there is a gift all on it’s own. Anyway, even though I didn’t have time to do some new Christmas in July crafts with you all, I thought it would be nice to share this older post from last years Christmas in July. Hope you all are having a wonderful summer. Merry Christmas in July everyone.


Every summer, to help us get through our hot summer months here in Phoenix, we celebrate Christmas in July. It is a smaller version of the real deal of course, but something we look forward to every year. We bake a cake, roast a chicken, decorate a tiny Christmas tree, exchange handmade and small inexpensive gifts and watch Elf together.


Before we celebrate though, I make up a few little items to decorate with, nothing too big or complicated. I make a small wreath of pine cones. Making wreaths to decorate with is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays and that includes our mini summer Christmas holiday too.


Just glue pine cones onto a grapevine wreath or Styrofoam wreath that you can purchase from the dollar stores. Then add a pretty ribbon. I needle felted a bunch of balls to add to mine.


The small pinecones (which work better with wreaths) were from a tree next to Our Little Red House up north. Our place up there is in a valley but there is one little pine tree next to our house that has the perfect little cones to decorate with. I will be making hedgehog critters with some of them later.


Since we bought chickens this year, we have tons of straw available.




I have so much straw in fact, I figure why not use some to make ornaments with. I like to keep things cheap or being frugal would be a better term.


Glue clean strands of straw onto a piece of paper.


You can glue strands of straw on both the front and back of your card stock. Once dry  cut out shapes.


Keep your shapes simple. I just did hearts and stars.


Add ribbons, buttons and other embellishments.


The last project was tiny Swedish Tomtes. I collected aspen branches up north at Our Little Red House for this project.


Cut your branches down to about 3 inches. These will be the bodies for your gnomes.


I ended up doing a variety of sizes but the 3 inch twigs work the best in my opinion.


Take an old sweater and make hats by cutting out triangles, fold over and sew up one side, then turn right side out.


I used wool and faux fur for their beards.


Add a little wooden bead for their nose and felt shoes (optional) You can glue the shoes to the bottom of the twigs.




Merry Christmas in July everyone.

30 Comments Add yours

  1. boredsensei says:

    I did a small research why you celebrate Christmas on July. This is new to me. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome. We do love Christmas in our home. If I could get away with it and it wasn’t so dusty here I would probably keep a Christmas tree up all year.

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      1. boredsensei says:

        In my country we start our Christian’s decorations as early as September 😀

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      2. I bet it is beautiful.


  2. kat says:

    So cute! And what a nice way to think cool thoughts in the middle of a hot summer!

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  3. Those gnomes are adorable.
    We use to do christmas in July at our camp ground, I miss it. Havnt found a reason to do it since. Love that you do a zmas dinner and decorate and exchange home made gifts.

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    1. Thank you, I always look forward to our little mini Christmas celebration. Even if it is just one night in the month of July, it is a fun tradition to start with family and friends.

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    1. Thank you for the link, love your idea for the cassette as well. I need to catch up later on everyones blogs. I will try to catch up in a few days.


  4. What a great idea celebrating Christmas in July! I love your project ideas, these are great ideas and doable for all skill levels!! Those little log Santas are adorable.

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    1. Thank you. The little log santas are some of my favorite things to make and give out to friends and family. They are also super easy to make. I love going out in nature to find things to make other things with.


  5. Sartenada says:

    Great post. I love it. Some year You should make a Himmeli, which Finnish Christmas traditions. Here my wife shows step by step:

    Himmeli how to make it

    She made it of beads, but all other material can be used, like from colorful drinking straws.

    Have a good day!

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    1. WOW! That is beautiful. Your wife is so talented. She always does beautiful work with beads. Please tell her I really love seeing her work. For some reason I can’t get the like button to register on some websites since I tried with your wife’s post but it didn’t go through. Thanks for the link, I will have to try making one. I bet your home is gorgeous during Christmas season.

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      1. Sartenada says:

        Thank You. I will tell her. I had the same problem which vanished when I bought a totally new Computer. My computer was five years old. Starting took many minutes and Word more than minute. Now my computer starts in seven seconds and Word in one second. It seems that computers have developed since then I bought my new one.

        P.S. Remember to take backups regularly,

        Have a good day!

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    1. Thank you, I really need to figure out how all this works better. I put my son in charge of Instagram and my daughter helps set up my blog. I work on story and crafts. Wanted everything to be a family thing. We are all behind on things because this is just for fun so it is always put on the back burner as they say. So thank you for pinning this for me. I know I would be on here all day if I could be. too cool and great place to hang out.

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      1. Dandelion B says:

        I’m much better then a year ago at blogging and much better at instagram and pinterest in the last few months. it gets frustrating as my health effects my brain ( they call it brain fog) but one step in front of the other at my own pace as long as I’m having fun and don’t look like too much of a fool lol.

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      2. Yes, so true. I call them baby steps.

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  6. Maria says:

    Awesome! Never to early to prepare for Christmas, thanks for sharing!

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  7. I am so glad you reposted this! I saw the dates and see that I was taking care of my mom when you posted this. I would have never thought about the straw to make the ornaments. You are so smart. Merry Christmas in July 🙂 🙂

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    1. Awww…thanks again. Wish I could take credit for those straw ornaments , I mean I did make them myself by the idea originally comes from old Swedish folk art. My daughter always laughs when I do a DIY post and try to include a link to the craft that inspired me or bring up that it isn’t my idea…years ago, someone did this. My daughter says that most people just count it as their own. I do have some ideas that I have posted on here that came straight from my head but the straw ornaments are from an old folk art craft. I love inexpensive supplies and straw is always around.

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  8. Chandra Lynn says:

    Your crafts are always so adorable!!!

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  9. Cute crafts! Loved the chickens!

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