Scandinavian-Style Christmas Decorations

Scandinavian design became popular in the 1950s. It celebrates beautiful simplicity and functionality. Try using this rustic-country style when decorating for holidays this year.

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Sweet and Casual

The Scandinavian style can be incorporated into holiday decor very easily. This beautiful, comforting approach allows everyone to relax and enjoy each other’s company effortlessly.

Natural Materials

Basket weaving is a Scandinavian tradition. These lovely stars complement the red, white and natural color scheme and act as a testament to classic craftsmanship.

Salt Dough Ornaments

A wolf in sheep’s salt dough. Crisp white shapes found in nature such as animals, leaves and stars are perfectly complemented by red bakers twine.

Spice Tree

This charming cinnamon stick tree is the perfect example of Scandinavian aesthetic. Charming, sweet and sure to make your smile.

Handcrafted Accents

The combination of a woven deer and a more modern, graphic paper heart marries the freshness of current Scandinavian design, while celebrating the art of crafting.

Blend Textiles

Mixing and matching textures and patterns creates a casual warmth sure to keep everyone in good spirits. Stick to your color scheme to keep things coordinated.

Wood Wreath

Natural elements have a huge influence on Scandinavian design. Save scraps of wood all year long to see what traditional holiday pieces you might craft out of everyday materials.

Wall of Wreaths

Hanging items in multiples create a high impact on a space. The combination of natural and woven materials keeps things feeling nicely Nordic.

Woven Star

Simple, understated beauty makes everyone feel welcome and comfortable.

Upcycle For the Unexpected

Just because the tone is unassuming, doesn’t mean it can include the unexpected. Pages from an old book create the perfect romantic bow.

Happy Holiday Hearts

Whether you hang them from your tree or tuck them into your tablescape, homemade candy cane hearts are a sweet way to decorate for the holidays. No two are ever the same, and they're adorable, too. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Just a Touch of Bling

Scandinavian design is unfussy, but not austere. Delicate glassware and interesting hexagonal mirrors add interests to the buffet. Find more holiday entertaining ideas >>

Gnome Decorating

Scandinavian design is known for its sweet simplicity. Humble craft paper and white ribbon are a charming place to begin. And who needs an Elf on a Shelf when you’ve got a gnome in your home? Get more gift wrapping ideas >>

Sweet Snowmen

These Scandinavian snowmen know how to party! Warm cinnamon ornaments give them the support they need to dance on their reclaimed wood stage. Find more Scandinavian-style entertaining ideas >>


Banners, pennants and garland are all excellent nods to the past. These handmade salt and cinnamon pieces add some homespun festivity to the space. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Frame It

Everyone appreciates a fun little surprise. Hanging a wreath from an upcycled picture frame makes the old seem new again. Find clever ideas for storing decorations when the holidays are done >>

A Touch of Whimsy

Woodland creatures and cookies? Yes, please! This wise man knows a good things when he sees it. WHO has some milk?

Deck the Halls with Yarn

Add a natural element that you can do in any color. These yarn ornaments are easy and inexpensive make, and a fun project to craft with the kids. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

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