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10 Fabulous Holiday DIY Projects

The holidays are quickly approaching, and for those who love to celebrate the season DIY-style, now is the time to get crafty! Kate here, and I’m definitely on the prowl for some holiday DIY projects that I can happily complete over the next few weeks. The goal: to transform my home for Christmas and New Year’s, to give meaningful gifts to friends and family members, and to enjoy some delicious food along the way! So today I’ve rounded up my 10 favorite seasonal DIY projects for a bit of holiday inspiration. The best part: many of these projects are super affordable, and several can be completed any time of the year! Read on for more details…

DIY Holiday Decorations

Let’s start with a few simple ways to deck the halls, walls and surface-tops of your home. I came across this amazing decor idea from Bash, Please (for Design Love Fest), and it definitely made an impression on me. A striking Christmas spread is achieved with white shipping tubes, spray painted paper mache and glass ornaments, and evergreen scraps from the tree lot…

DIY holiday table

Don’t put the paint away just yet! These Painted Ornaments from Oh Happy Day are easy, fun, and colorful. By painting paper mache ornaments with thick acrylic paint, you can create a vibrant holiday look with an unconventional palette. And these ornaments look good enough to eat!

Painted paper mache ornaments

How fabulous is this Sustainable DIY Christmas Tree from Assembli?! Print out the template, then construct a tabletop tree from paper. The look is sleek, geometric and modern! [via Instructables]

DIY paper Christmas tree

This year I’m definitely getting stockings for my hubby, myself and our cat. I plan on displaying the stockings over the fireplace, along with a festive garland. Which is why I was thrilled to find this DIY Paper Garland from Smock, which can be crafted from the paper of your choice. I may try this project using paper in shades of silver and gold… [via Monogram Paper & Gifts]

DIY holiday garland

DIY Gift Ideas

Every year, I like to make a few gifts for friends and family members. Don’t get me wrong–there’s nothing like getting a gift card to your favorite store. but there’s something special about a homemade present that’s designed with creativity and thought. Even if your gift is store-bought, you can still personalize your gift tags! How gorgeous are the marbleized gift tags below?! They are created by dipping wooden tags in a nail polish and water solution. Check out all the details at Design Mom:

Marbled gift tags

When you give a homemade gift, it never hurts to make something useful! Even people who shy away from crafty decor can appreciate the value of a functional item. Which is why I love this Painted Camera Strap idea from Design Love Fest, created with cotton webbing and acrylic craft paint…

Painted camera straps

This season gold is in, along with a two-tone effect. These Gold-Dipped Notebooks are created with the help of gold leafing. Check out all the details at Eat Sleep Cuddle, then stretch your creativity by coming up with your own DIY gift idea that involves a hand-dipped look…

Gold-dipped notebooks

DIY Foodie Projects

We end with a trio of foodie projects that are perfect for the DIY enthusiast! There’s nothing like a special recipe you prepare yourself. I’m on the hunt for the perfect holiday drink. Something I can enjoy when I don’t want to consume alcohol or caffeine. This Frost Bite Mocktail from The Little Kitchen might be just the beverage I need, especially since it’s a clever mix of fruit juice, soda, blueberries and mint:

Nonalcoholic holiday drink

Our next featured foodie idea is a fabulous gift option, or you can bring it to your next party. Hey, it even makes the perfect hostess gift! Designed by Camille Styles for DIY Network, this beautifully presented arrangement consists of a vintage basket, packing material and a variety of delicious edibles, as well as a cheese board and spreaders…

DIY holiday cheese board

Our last featured holiday idea involves a colorful recipe for Cranberry Orange Relish from Say Yes to Hoboken. I just might have to make this concoction for Christmas dinner and serve it in citrus bowls, as shown below:

Cranberry orange relish

I don’t know about you, but I sure feel inspired after reveling in the creativity of some of my favorite bloggers! I’m ready to craft some amazing Christmas decor, make some goodies for the people I care about, and enjoy a few holiday recipes. Happy holidays!

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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