The holidays are approaching quickly! Are you ready? While I would love to go out and buy all the decorations my little heart desires, sometimes it’s just not feasible. Whether you’re short on time, money, or just prefer to craft your own, we have some ideas for you! Here are some DIY holiday crafts that are quick, easy, and cheap. These crafts are perfect to do while watching TV or listening to a podcast. They turned out so cute! While these are geared toward DIYing on your own, little ones can easily lend a hand if you want them to. And if you want to do these with a glass of wine and Real Housewives on in the background, we support you 100%.
The great thing about these decorations is that we used what we had on hand. In fact, we ended up tweaking all three original ideas we had planned to do. We keep it real, here at Life in Play. No one has the time or energy to be perfect (plus perfection doesn’t exist, so…).
Here’s what we did!
Original Craft Idea #1: salt dough ornaments
What we actually made: Better Than Salt Dough Ornament Recipe
Did you know that you will need an entire cup of salt to make salt dough ornaments? We didn’t. I mean, you probably have a big thing of Morton’s in your cupboard, but I bet it’s almost empty. Oops! In case you don’t have the ridiculous amount of salt required, the second recipe uses cornstarch and baking soda. Head’s up: if you make the second recipe, you need to cook and cool the mixture prior to making your ornaments.
Original Craft Idea #2: tissue paper wreath
What we actually made: a felt wreath
Wreaths are so welcoming, and they are so pretty displayed anywhere in the house - a door, over a mirror, or hung from a cupboard. We used felt instead of tissue paper to give this wreath more of a grown-up look. I still did have a little helper, though! I freehanded the leaves, and we used the green felt we already had. You could always cut green paper, or even paint (and cut) some paper grocery bags. We made a felt bow, but you could always use real ribbon! And you know you have a paper plate lying around.
Original Craft Idea #3: pine cone winter trees
What we actually made: cinnamon stick tree ornaments
These turned out soooo cute! I’m actually kind of happy that we could not find a pinecone anywhere outside. These were really quick to make, and we decorated them with some old beads we had on hand. We did have cinnamon sticks, luckily! I love how these will give such a great fragrance to your room. While these may blend in with a green tree, they would pop on a white or colored tree, and they’d look equally fantastic hung from a cabinet or a knob. You could always ditch the string and hot glue a magnet on the back, making a cute fridge magnet.
Did you DIY any crafts yet for the holidays? What did you make?