How to Make Midcentury Modern Christmas Decorations

Give your Christmas decorations a little 1950s flair with atomic-age ornaments, stockings and decorations.










Atomic Stocking

Simple, sweet and very classy. A felt stocking decorated with atomic geometric shapes is nostalgic, not too over done, and adds an element of high-end style. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Modern Door Wreath

Who says wreaths have to be made from pinecones and evergreens? An orbit of olive-shaped wood circles makes a statement even before guests get into the house. This project is easy to make and the materials don't cost a lot. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Go Big or Go Home

Give your Christmas decor a shot of atomic-age style. Display one or several of these fringe-covered, onion-shaped decorations on a credenza, mantel or hang them in a window. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Put a Spin on It

The designers at Curbly made these twirling onion-shaped ornaments from cardstock paper and metal eyelets. Five strips of paper are cut into three different sizes; the two on the outside are the longest, the two in the middle a little bit shorter and the middle piece is even shorter. All the pieces are clipped together at the ends then riveted with the eyelets. When strung up, the ornaments rotate to give any tree lively movement.

Glitter Ornament

Clear bulbs are given a retro flair with the addition of dazzling starbursts, snowflakes and circles. The shapes are cut from double-sided mounting film, the coating is removed then glitter is sprinkled on. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Floating Centerpiece

A centerpiece doesn't always have to sit on the table, sometimes it can orbit above the table. It won't get in the way when trying to talk to someone across the table and it leaves more room for all of the tasty food and sweet treats. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Onion-Shaped Aluminum Ornaments

Christmas back in the Atomic Age meant flammable aluminum trees, onion-shaped ornaments and tinsel made from lead (scary). The trees and tinsel are much safer these days. And here's a fun way to make aluminum-style ornaments in whatever color you'd like. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Modern Perforated Trees

Papier-mache cones, usually found in the doll-making section of the craft store are used to make modern tabletop Christmas trees. Holes are drilled into the cones, sanded then painted. A battery-operated tea-light is tucked underneath to illuminate the tree. Design by Curbly.

Chalkboard Wall Ornaments

In a group, these sweet chalkboard wall ornaments make a great message center for quick notes or holiday wishes. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Sparkling Christmas Tree

Again, papier-mache cones are used to make another stunning holiday centerpiece. The cones are simply painted, then covered in glitter and set down upon a gathering of ornaments. Design by Curbly.

Candy Christmas

Nestle these cute candy decorations around the dessert table or on the mantel for a sweet treat that won’t give the kids a toothache. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Glitter Animals

Recycle old plastic toy animals or buy new ones to create a Christmas menagerie. These are so easy to make, the kids can help. An eye hook is inserted into the top of the animal, then a fresh coat of paint and a coat of glitter are added. Design by Curbly.

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