Procrastinators of the world, listen up: It is officially the week of Christmas. In other words, it's time to make those last-minute holiday craft ideas come to life. And whether you're scrambling for last-minute gifts or still looking for decorations, this time of the year can be downright crazy. So much, in fact, that our brains do weird things during the holidays. I know you know what I mean.
Instead of throwing the towel in and giving up on the festive cheer, take a deep breath. Remember, you're not the only procrastinator out there. The crafty minds of the universe are all about simple projects, and they are here to save the day.
There's a good chance that you're wondering why someone would want to dive into a project just a few days before Christmas. Look at this way: You can make the finished product look exactly the way you want. You can cater the project to fit your taste, style, and personality. You can also earn some serious bragging rights, which might be a good way to avoid questions as to why you're single this year.
Not sure where to begin? Here are 11 easy holiday ideas to jump start those festive feels.
1. Pom-Pom Ornaments
Hey lazy girls, this is the holiday craft for you. All you need to do is add some pom-poms to a clear plastic ornament, tie on some string, and call it a day. Done and done.
Thanks to Let's Do Something Crafty, decorating just became so much easier.
2. Mini Macaron Ornaments
Can we just talk about how stinkin' cute these ornaments are? Made with bottle caps, these macarons can dress up your tree in the sweetest way. Plus, it's a pretty good excuse to crack open another bottle of beer on Christmas Eve.
Check out Dwell Beautiful for the adorable project.
3. Birdseed Christmas Ornaments
Holiday fun isn't just for humans, guys. Get festive with your feathered friends by gifting them a homemade birdseed ornament. Made with holiday-shaped cookie cutters, this craft also doubles as outdoor decoration.
Head to eHow to learn how to make them.
4. Gnome Bottle Toppers
The holidays wouldn't be complete without a bottle of red. So, why not extend the craftiness to the beloved wine? That's where these charming gnome bottle toppers come in. It's simple, fun, and cute. Plus, it's an excellent way to show off your love for beards.
Learn how to make them with Darice Crafts.
5. Wine Bottle Christmas Lights
Once you're done with all that wine, save the bottles for a quick and easy lighting project. And if you don't have any empty bottles, it might be time to start pouring.
Brighten up your day with the full tutorial at eHow.
6. Porcelain Holiday Tree Lights
For another way to lighten up the holiday season, whip up a batch of glowing tree lights. Inspired by expensive store-bought versions, these handmade lovelies are gentle on the wallet. I'm thinking they would look perfect grouped together on a coffee table or mantle.
Visit A Beautiful Mess for the full tutorial.
7. Cinnamon Applesauce Heart Ornaments
One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is filling up the home with wintry scents. Thankfully, with these cinnamon applesauce ornaments, you won't have to wait until Christmas dinner to smell the spicy goodness. There's a good chance you already have all the ingredients in your pantry, too.
Check out Katy Elliott for the DIY.
8. Pom-Pom Garland
Garlands are an easy way to decorate your space in a jiffy; this pom-pom garland is a prime example. Made with nothing more than dollar store pom-poms and twine, this DIY is inexpensive and ideal for kids. Once it's completed, drape it on anything and everything for playful holiday feels.
Head to Mrs. Greene to learn how to make it.
9. Paper Straw Gift Toppers
Dress up your presents with a beautifully simple straw gift topper. This minimalist-approved craft can instantly transform plain white or brown wrapping paper. Basically, it gives you a reason to skip the pricey stuff. Win!
Do it yourself with the help of Fall for DIY.
10. Holiday Tea Bags
During this time of the year, nothing is better than snuggling up by the fire with a cup of tea. And thanks to these darling shaped tea bags, the holiday cheer can easily be a part of it. This is another crafty idea that would make a fantastic last-minute gift.
Check out the directions at Let's Do Something Crafty.
11. Reindeer Mugs
Start off your holiday morning with a set of handmade reindeer mugs. And since this tutorial features a printable template, you won't have to be the next Picasso to take this on. Sipping a cup of joe will never look this cute.
Make a mug or three with the help of eHow.
Looking for more holiday cheer? Check out Bustle on YouTube.
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