12 'White House Christmas' Crafters Came Up With the Coolest DIY Decorating Ideas

We need to try these Christmas decorating ideas out at home: homemade ornaments, recipe garlands, sugarplum-inspired apples and more.

December 11, 2023

Photo by: Noah Willman

Noah Willman

Each year, more than 300 volunteers from across the country gather in Washington, DC, to decorate the White House. And each year they pull off whimsically amazing holiday decorating ideas, captured by HGTV in the annual White House Christmas special. We're talking DIY projects from your favorite Instagram creators you can try at home: family portrait ornaments, storytime ornaments, sugar plum-inspired holiday apples, advent calendar garland (!) and more.

This year's creators include Lauren Beavers (@HandmakesHome), Anita Yokota (@AnitaYokota), Kelly Mindell (@Studio DIY), Vanessa Bahena (@FirstGenHouse), Charlotte Smith (@atCshouse), Yuni Min (@LoveYourAbode), Dennis and Andrew Setteducati (@CraftyLumberjacks), Sarah Fogle (@UglyDucklingDIY), Kelly Marcelo (@KellMarcel), Brittany W. Jepsen (@HouseLarsBuilt), Marite Espinoza Sanchez (@Maritedoesit) and Beth Kingston (@TheKingstonHome).

Check out some of their re-creatable DIY projects below.

To see all of their awesome DIY ideas, and get the how-to instructions, check out the official White House Christmas 2023 Pinterest board HERE. (It's packed with creative holiday decorating ideas.)

HGTV's White House Christmas 2023 special is available to stream on Max starting Sunday Dec. 7 at 6|5c.

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