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The Best DIY Scandinavian Christmas Decorations & Crafts

Inspired by Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish culture, these are a collection of DIY Scandinavian Christmas Decorations. I have included some Finnish decorations; strictly speaking, they are Nordic.

Finland is not a Scandinavian country, but it is a Nordic country, and all Scandinavian countries are Nordic. I don’t mean to bamboozle you with geography. For some people, the distinction is important, and I don’t want to upset anyone.

My mother-in-law is Norwegian. So I do have some experience of a Norwegian Christmas. As with the rest of Scandinavia, the main celebration was on Christmas eve. After decorating the tree, we ate our Christmas dinner in the evening and opened the presents.

Her Christmas decorations are authentically Scandinavian. They followed many classic Scandi Christmas themes of hearts, garlands of flags on the tree, straw ornaments, and many candles and lights.

No Scandinavian Christmas tree is complete without a garland of national flags.

Christmas in the Nordic countries is called: Jul in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Jól in Iceland, and Joulu in Finland. Merry Christmas in Norwegian is God Jul.

Pictureboxblue has a beautiful collection of free vintage Scandinavian Christmas cards, many of which have God Jul on the front.

The best scandinavian Christmas crafts

The DIY Scandinavian Christmas Decorations and Crafts

The following tutorials are for Christmas decorations with a Scandinavian feel.

Some crafts contain uniquely Scandinavian themes, such as gnomes and Christmas goats! The Yule goat is a Scandinavian Christmas symbol and tradition. Often you will find a straw goat ornament on a Swedish Christmas tree.

The Christmas gnomes that have been popular over the last couple of years originate from Scandinavian culture. These little long-bearded gnomes are called Nisse in Norwegian and Danish and Tomte in Swedish.

The Tomte and the yule goat appear on Christmas Eve, knocking on the doors of people’s homes and handing out presents.

The simplicity, neutral tones and use of natural elements of wood and wool give the other Christmas decorations that Scandinavian vibe.

Many of the crafts are upcycles too, which makes them very affordable and kind to the environment. Hopefully, something will inspire you to add a touch of Scandinavian style to your DIY Christmas decorations.

Every year I add a couple of new Scandinavian Christmas crafts to my blog, as I love to decorate my home with a few Nordic elements. However, we celebrate the festivities in a more traditional English way. The celebratory meal is served on Christmas day, and the presents are also open on that day.

Scandinavian Slow TV

I love to craft in front of the TV and do something with my hands. When preparing for Christmas, I watch a bit of Norwegian slow TV. This gets me in a festive mood, and I find it relaxing. Plus, it doesn’t require any concentration.

My two favourite slow TV films are the train journey across the arctic circle, and the other is the reindeer migration.

The reindeer migration is a real-time film of Norway’s Sami herds as they migrate across the mountainous region of Finnmark, a week-long journey of over 160 miles far north of the Arctic Circle.

Scandinavian Christmas Crafts

A collection of the best DIY Scandinavian and Nordic-inspired Christmas crafts for the home. Including, hearts, gnomes, nature-inspired ornaments, and the yule goat to name a few.

If you enjoyed these DIY Scandinavian Christmas decorations, you would probably love this collection of Marimekko and Nordic-inspired crafts.

There is also a very cute Scandinavian Halloween felt craft here.

DIY Nordic Christmas crafts

DeAnna Cooley

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

I'm trying some of the scandanavian traditions ,I found out this past year my grandpas family is from Sweden ,but I'm also in love with the knomes and I'm trying to find a traditional knome for my home .

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

I have some Norwegian gnomes in the list, which are very similar to the Swedish ones. My in-laws are from Norway and I have Norwegian ancestry which is probably partly why I love the Scandinavian asthetic.

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

These are all so wonderful I can't pick a favorite. Thanks for sharing the traditions of other countries and these beautiful decorations. #HomeMattersParty

Claire Armstrong

Friday 4th of December 2020

Thank you, there is something about Scandinavian Christmas decorations, the Scandis just does them so well.

Michelle Leslie

Saturday 21st of November 2020

What a lovely collection of Skandi decorations Claire. Isn't it wonderful how we're all starting to appreciate meaningful and often homemade Christmas decorations again.

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Thank you, Michelle. Homemade decorations are always my favorite, often there is a story behind them or they have some special meaning.


Friday 20th of November 2020

So many great diy projects for inspiration ~ my favorites are the marimekko decor and the gingerbread garland!

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Thank you, Allyson. I think if Marimekko is in the mix then it will always be my favorite!