- 35 Storage Hacks That Will Solve All Your Clutter Woes
- How to Turn an Old Sweater Into Winter Decor
- 33 DIYs to Get Your Home Ready for Fall
- SWEET, COZY DIY SWEATER POTS
- 35 Christmas Crafts You Can Make Right Now
- 10 DIY Winter Clothes and Accessories
- 1. DIY Slipper Boots
- 2. Fingerless Gloves from Socks
- 3. Faux Fur: Trapper Hat
35 Storage Hacks That Will Solve All Your Clutter Woes
Ever feel you're in a heavy downpour of clutter? When the 'stuff' build-up reaches a dangerously high level, rein in your panic and bring out your creative side, with these life-saving DIY containers. Get ready to coral your porch clutter, banish your toiletry mess, and cure your hallway closet madness this instant, with these brilliant storage ideas from clever Hometalk bloggers.
1. Stow medications and toiletries in this suitcase cabinet
Project via The Heathered Nest
Use an old suitcase (or check your local thrift shop for a vintage briefcase) to make this charming medicine cabinet. See the full post here.
2. Contain coat and jacket clutter with wall bins
Project via The Rustic Willow
Grab some supplies and arrange these simple wall bins right beside your door, to prepare your front hall before the snow hits. See the full post here.
3. Make a desktop mail holder from an old fan
Project via Redo It Yourself
How cool is that? Turn an old fan into a spacious spot for incoming mail. See the full post here.
4. Store spices in a drawer using uniform containers
Project via Bright Green Door
Enough shuffling through the taller containers to get to the back, knocking spices of the rack as you go – it's time to spice up your storage. See the full post here.
5. Keep gloves and scarves organized by the door with this DIY cubby
Project via My Love 2 Create
Quick, before winter, set up a personalized wall cubby, so that everyone knows where their gloves and hats go. See the full post here.
6. Collect coins before washing your clothes with this cute board
Project via Tried & True
Say goodbye to emptying your pockets and losing your change before a wash. See the full post here.
7. Instead of tossing old jars, reuse them for pretty pantry storage
Project via My Sweet Things
After you've finished that spaghetti sauce, turn your jar into pretty storage for the perfect pantry. See the full post here.
8. And stow bigger pantry items in leftover Christmas tins
Project via Knick of Time
Fill in that floor space under your shelves with giant tins of supplies and snacks. See the full post here.
9. Label plastic bins and drawers for under sink storage
Project via Time with Thea
Use that empty under sink space in an efficient way, with clear plastic drawers and buckets. See the full post here.
10. Add knobs to glass jars to create cute craft or makeup containers
Project via Tastefully Frugal
Haven't you always wished for cute desktop storage? You can make your own for less than $1! See the full post here.
11. Organize your paper goods with cut up snack boxes
Project via Vintage, Paint and More…
Cut up boxes and nest them together, to create an all inclusive paper goods storage bin. See the full post here.
12. Make a tucked away toiletry shelf using one wooden board
Project via Pretty Handy Girl
Mount it above your mirror, door, or toilet, to keep extra supplies hidden, but nearby. See the full post here.
13. Use wire shelves and bins to squeeze more space into your closet
Project via Creatively Homespun
Add more storage options to your closet, by building some additional structure with wire shelves. See the full post here.
14. Turn a wooden plank into a throw blanket or towel holder
Project via Table + Hearth
Hang this cute towel hanger by the pool, or put it right outside your bathroom, for fresh towels at the ready. See the full post here.
15. Organize an upright freezer using plastic bins and washi tape
Project via Time with Thea
One of the places that tends to get the most packed in and cluttered is your freezer – not anymore! See the full post here.
16. Get rid of fluffy lint with a special wall mounted bin
Project via Polished Habitat
Don't let those lint bunnies run wild in your laundry room. See the full post here.
17. Use old coffee creamer containers to store grains, cereals, and even chocolate chips
Project via FrugElegance
Once your cream is gone, rinse the container out, and turn it into easy-pour storage for grains and cereal. See the full post here.
18. Make a desk organizer using cut up cereal boxes
Project via Vintage, Paint and More…
Connect 3 cut up cereal boxes, for a desktop paper organizer to keep affairs in order. See the full post here.
19. Bring order to your office desk drawers with tissue boxes
Project via Time with Thea
Save up some tissue boxes, for this brilliant (and easy) office drawer organizing hack! See the full post here.
20. Turn large mason jars into laundry soap dispensers
Project via Simply Designing
Make your laundry room fashionable and functional, by pouring all of your detergents, softeners, and soaps into large mason jars. See the full post here.
21. Keep kid's books in order with a DIY wall hanger
Project via Table + Hearth
If you're a parent, than you know how easy it is for children to make a mess with their books. Give them an easy alternative, with this! See the full post here.
22. Get bath toys out from under your feet with hanging baskets
Project via Blue I Style
Add a rod and hanging baskets to your shower wall, so you never have to share your bath with rubber duckies again. See the full post here.
23. Create a desktop caddy using TP tubes
Project via Lilyshop
Turn cut up paper towel rolls or toilet paper tubes into glamorous supply storage for your desk. See the full post here.
24. Hang your jewelry on an elegant stand made from old plates and a candlestick
Project via What's Ur Home Story
This quick jewelry DIY won't just help you organize your room, it will look great while doing it! See the full post here.
25. Save yourself from stepping on Lego pieces by stowing them in this Lego head
Project via Meatloaf and Melodrama
Turn a large empty container into a happy Lego head, so your kids know exactly where to put their pieces when playtime ends. See the full post here.
26. Get the magazines off your coffee table with a copper and wood rack
Project via Table & Hearth
Make your own stylish magazine holder, to sit next to your couch and corral literary clutter. See the full post here.
27. Clean up your porch with an all purpose supply box
Project via The Handyman's Daughter
Stow umbrellas, bike helmets, galoshes and more in this bright outdoor box. See the full post here.
28. Add pegboard to your kitchen drawer to keep dishes in place
Project via Queen Bee of Honey Dos
Set pegboard at the bottom of your drawer and make your own pegs, to hold everything in palce. See the full post here.
29. Keep your stray accessories in a upcycled jean wall hanger
Project via Pillar Box Blue
Turn your old jeans into adorable wall decor that also holds all of your knick knacks. See the full post here.
30. Prevent string and ribbon from knotting by storing them in jars
Project via 'A Casarella
Ok, this just took all the annoyance crafting with string and ribbon. See the full post here.
31. Organize your shoes using folded cardboard boxes
Project via A Piece of Rainbow
Turn cardboard boxes into space-saving shoe storage, and bring order to your closet. See the full post here.
32. Use an old book as a nightstand jewelry organizer
Project via From a Dream to DIY
Use the pages of an old book to keep your jewelry organized and on display. Bonus: it looks super romantic. See the full post here.
33. Spray paint plastic buckets to make your pantry storage look good
Project via The Organized Life
These are convenient storage either way, but add some textured spray paint, and they're stylish too! See the full post here.
34. Clear some space on your vanity by hanging a makeshift shelf
Project via Old House to New Home
This colorful makeshift shelf takes up just enough space to stow some extra supplies. See the full post here.
35. Keep your knives in one place, with a homemade stick knife block
Project via Bigger Than the Three of Us
Instead of storing them in a drawer or on a magnetic strip, keep your knives tucked away, with this interesting wooden block. See the full post here.
For more clutter-busting container ideas, check out the container page on Hometalk!
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How to Turn an Old Sweater Into Winter Decor
This is the time of year we see cozy fall and winter themed items hit stores and websites. With that comes layered clothing, holiday gifts, and knickknacks for the season. You might also find yourself taking inventory of your décor, wardrobe, and gift stash as soon as the leaves change colors.
While we’re sure that you’re a lover of holiday-themed sweaters, there are a few crafty ways to use them and the unworn pile of sweaters you have sitting in your closet. Sweaters make the perfect candidate for repurposing and can be used for a myriad of projects.
What’s one of the most popular and simple gifts one can give or receive? Candles, of course! Okay, so what does that have to do with sweaters? Here’s a DIY project from blogger Christine Kobzeff that wraps candles in sweaters. Use them as pretty centerpieces, gifts, or to give your décor a textured touch of light.
If you can’t make up your mind about which sweater to use, you can be Christine and grab a couple from a thrift store. If you can make up your mind about which sweater to use, just make sure Aunt Martha doesn’t see the mutilated sweater (now candle holder) she gifted you with last Christmas.
- Sweaters that you don’t mind cutting up
- Glue gun
- Glass jars and/or candle holders
Cut the sleeves off the sweaters at the shoulder line.
Slide a sleeve over the opening of your candle holder, with the wrist part resting at the mouth of the jar.
Christine advises to leave about 1 to 1 ½ inches of fabric at the bottom before trimming off the remainder.
Flip the glass jar/holder so that the bottom is face up. Pinch the excess fabric together into the shape of a four leaf clover; trim across both sides of the extra fabric. The fabric should now look triangles.
Carefully glue each flap to the bottom of the glass, one at a time. Try to line up the seams so there are no bumps in the fabric.
If you want the option of giving the sweater a slouched look, avoid gluing the top part to the holder. Otherwise, you can add glue to the rim of the glass jar to keep the sweater firmly in place.
For ball-shaped holders, follow the same instructions, except you may want to add some extra glue so the fabric flaps hug the curve of the jar.
These sweater candles make great gifts and can be used at home year round. Besides using candles that come in their own containers, you can use Mason jars or vases too! For a twist, cut the cuffs off a sweater and add those to small votive candles. Fold down the top, or fold up the bottom of the fabric for an added effect.
Now, you know that sweater you have with the dancing snowmen all over the sleeves? You can pretend you don’t want to cut it up but you might actually enjoy using it for this project. Get cute and creative! What do you think of this simple project? Are you inspired to try it with your own sweaters? Tell us in the comments!
33 DIYs to Get Your Home Ready for Fall
- Lovely IndeedThis DIY wreath incorporate florals in fall tones, making this the perfect addition to your autumn-ready home. Use faux flowers to make this last season after season, and opt for air plants and a wire wreath for a stylish, modern design.
- Stephanie WhiteHosting a seasonal gathering, dinner party or Thanksgiving Dinner? These chic place cards can be made from artificial leaves and reused for every event or party you put on this fall.
- Place of My TasteAdd some curb appeal to your home this fall with a gorgeous DIY wreath to hang on your front door by decorating a grapevine wreath with artificial leaves and berries.
- Homemade by CarmonaReplicate these leaf napkin rings by bending aluminum wire to form a leaf and a small loop with this lovely DIY idea. Continue to 5 of 33 below.
- One ODownload the iron on pumpkin spice and everything nice template to make your own decorative accent pillow perfect for your home this autumn.
- Earnest Home Co.Add a touch of luxury to your home with a fur pom pom throw perfect for those cold fall days. Earnest Home Co. cleverly designed a DIY fur pom pom throw blanket that is under $30 to make un the similar blankets that are sold in stores for $150, it will let you get the same glam look for less.
- Fall is the perfect time to add some rustic decor into your home to add a cozy feeling to your home, and this DIY project would be the perfect way to decorate your home for fall with a handmade cross stitched fall sign.
- Homemade by CarmonaAccessorize your front porch for fall by hanging a new wreath on your door, and DIYing a new door mat with a decorative wreath pattern. Continue to 9 of 33 below.
- Fall for DIYEnhance regular glass candleholders by stamping them with a leaf pattern to give them an elegant embossed design.
- Cherished BlissAdd plenty of storage space in your living room for all the extra blankets you will need in the fall in winter to keep warm by building a sturdy wood blanket ladder to store several blankets vertically on the ladder's shelves.
- Delia CreatesThis fall serve your homemade pumpkin or apple pies on a stunning raw edge wood slice cake stand.
- A Night Owl BlogWhile entertaining guests this fall in your home, try serving up cocktails with these DIY feather drink stirrers, which would be a special addition to mugs of warm apple cider or mulled wine. Continue to 13 of 33 below.
- It's Always AutumnOn a cool autumn or winter day, there is nothing better than snuggling under a warm blanket and relaxing on the couch reading a book or watching Netflix. Get ready for the cooler days, by making yourself a new warm flannel toss blanket to use in your home for under $10.
- A Bubbly LifeThis is an easy way to dress up your fireplace mantel for fall. Wrap a regular grapevine wreath with lights and place small pumpkins in front for some quick and inexpensive seasonal decor.
- I Heart NaptimeMake your own fall planters using pumpkins with this DIY. It's the perfect way to incorporate some pumpkins into your home's decor this fall.
- Lovely IndeedFrom the start of September right until Thanksgiving, these DIY gold dipped pumpkins are the perfect way to decorate your home for fall. For longer lasting decor, consider using artificial pumpkins instead of real ones for this DIY project. Continue to 17 of 33 below.
- Lia GriffithPaint your existing outdoor doormat with a variety of rich colors inspired by fall leaves to recreate this hand painted rug.
- The Decor FixGive the illusion of several stacked logs in your fireplace with this creative DIY faux fireplace log stack, which will add a warm and cozy feeling to your living room.
- Sewing RabbitWarm up after a long brisk day outdoors by relaxing next to the fireplace. This beautiful rustic French grain sack basket is a great way to display and gather wooden logs next to your fireplace. To make your own basket, you will need a coffee bag or french grain sack, twill fabric, a plastic insert and a few other basic crafting supplies.
- A Night OwlCreate the perfect chalkboard for fall by making an apple shaped chalkboard to write down messages or a festive greeting on. Learn how to convert a wood slice available at craft stores into a red apple chalkboard for your home. Continue to 21 of 33 below.
- TidbitsInstead of throwing out your sweater that you love that no longer fits or is torn, recycle it into a gorgeous pillowcase, so you can use it as an accent pillow on your sofa.
- Something TurquoiseGet the fire going in your fireplace in no time at all with one of these handmade scented fire starters. The wick and the wax will help your fire grow, and the scented wax will fill your home with the delicious scent of cinnamon. While you are making a batch of these fire starters, set aside a few to give to neighbors as it makes a great gift.
- 2 Bees in a PodThis accent pillow is perfect for fall. Altogether it costs less than $5 to make. Use iron-on transfer paper to add the text to a blank pillow.
- Julie BlannerTo quickly decorate your home for fall, fill the base of a large glass candle holder with nuts, such as acorns, and place a candle on top for a quick centerpiece. Continue to 25 of 33 below.
- Lolly JaneDress up your home by adding a grouping of birch wood planters to your coffee table with this clever DIY. Surprisingly these plants are not actually growing in birch logs but recycled cans covered with birch wood scrapbooking paper to create a beautiful planter by dressing up leftover cans.
- Love Grows WildMake a new pillow cover to freshen up an existing toss cushion with this DIY that is the perfect home accent from fall throughout winter.
- Lia GriffithLearn how to keep all your flowers in place in your fall flower centerpiece by using these tips from Lia Griffith.
- Design Dining and DiapersAdd rustic fall decor to your living room by gathering cut birch logs or branches of leaves in a container and creating a rustic palette inspired fall sign to create a beautiful vignette. Continue to 29 of 33 below.
- Hands OccupiedAfter returning home from a brisk walk outdoors on a fall day nothing can be better than warming up with a warm fall drink. To add extra festive flair to all your fall drinks make your own fall leaves mugs with this DIY idea that uses a stencil and a white mug.
- LilunaYou can easily add some fall decor to your home by printing this free printable art, which describes some of the glorious things of fall. Once printed just take the print and frame in an empty frame and hang on the wall or lean against a mantel to display the art.
- Blooming HomesteadDress up your fireplace mantel by hanging a handmade rustic wheat wreath that you can make by using two colors of dried wheat.
- Sister's SuitcaseFill your house with the delicious spicy scents of fall by spending some time baking pumpkin bread to give to your neighbors, family or friends. Once done you can package up your homemade loves with this free bread label that you can print and wrap around the loaf to package it up with a fall greeting. Continue to 33 of 33 below.
- Glued to My CraftsSend a card to a friend to announce the start of pumpkin spice season and invite them to join you for some pumpkin spice lattes with this easy to make fall greeting card.
SWEET, COZY DIY SWEATER POTS
I wanted to share a quick and easy DIY with you today. I got a $25 gift card for Home Depot for my last birthday, and I finally went out and spent it last week! I have about a million DIY, decor and gardening projects in the works that would benefit from some Home Depot supplies, but I couldn’t resist these succulents! Aren’t they lovely?
I’d been waiting for some new plants to come into my life, because I had an idea to dress up their boring plastic pots for Fall.
You’ve probably seen some of the gorgeous knit and crochet planter covers out there, this one from Pixiesmagichook on Etsy.
I think these are so adorable! What a great way to cozy up a room for the Fall and Winter. Well, I decided it was sweater season for my new succulents, too!
I’m hopeless at crochet, and as much as I love the versions available on Etsy, I couldn’t justify the price since we’re watching our pennies.
Surely there was a low-cost, simple DIY option! Then, I had a flash of inspiration at our local thrift store! I was looking for Fall hats and mitts for the kids.
It’s starting to feel decidedly more Winter than Summer, up here in the great Canadian North! I spotted a pair of pretty Fair Isle gloves hanging in front of me for the princely sum of $1! I immediately knew that they were destined to keep my little succulents warm (but stylish!) through the long Winter months.
I grabbed three pairs of gloves and a pair of argyle socks for $7. When I got home, out came the scissors and the glue gun. It was time to DIY!
All you need for this super-simple DIY is:
- A small potted houseplant (or a small empty plant pot)
- A pair of knit gloves, mitts or socks.
- Glue gun and hot glue sticks
- Fabric scissors
That’s it! Once you’ve got your stuff together, here’s what you do:
Take your gloves, mitts or socks. If you’re working with gloves or mitts, cut them straight across at the palm section, just before the fingers.
If you’re working with socks, cut off the top section, before the curved part that your foot goes into. The goal is to create a straight cylinder of knit material to work with.
Make sure that the cylinder is tall enough to fully cover your pot, with about an inch to spare at the bottom.
Now all you’ve got to do is get your pots dressed! In retrospect, this would probably have been easier with empty pots, but I was working with my new succulents in their pots.
Grab your pot, and slip it into its “sweater”. You may have to do some gentle stretching and tugging to fit the pot snugly into the glove. The pot should be fully covered, with a little bit of the knit material hanging down past the bottom.
Once the glove is in place, you’ll want to secure it in place.
Grab your glue gun! Working a small section at a time, pull down the fabric, apply a small amount of hot glue along the edge of the pot, then flip the fabric back up into place, holding it firmly until the glue dries. Work your way around the rim of the pot, gluing the edge as you go.
Once you’ve got the top edge all secured, it’s time to tuck in the bottom!
The bottom’s a bit trickier, but not by much. There’s two tricks here. First, you don’t want fabric covering up the drainage holes. Second, you want to make sure that the knit tucks smoothly into place and doesn’t bunch up, making the pot tippy.
You only want a tiny bit of fabric tucked under the pot. If you have more than 1/4 inch hanging beyond the bottom of the pot, trim the excess off. Then, cut four tiny slits in the knit, spaced evenly around the bottom of the pot. These are kind of notches, helping the knit lie flat when you tuck it under.
Now, you’ll have four little “flaps” at the bottom of your pot. Working one flap at a time, apply hot glue to the inside of the flap, then tuck it under and secure it to the bottom of the pot. Make sure that it’s not blocking the drainage holes when you put it in place. If it is, trim the fabric back a bit and try again.
When you’ve got all four flaps secured in place, you’re done!
I’m in love! My little guys are all dressed up for Fall! Here they all are:
They look so smart and cozy now, don’t they? They’re occupying a place of honour on my desk, and it makes me happy just looking at them!
This was such a quick, simple and low-cost DIY. If you hit up your local thrift store or dollar store, you can find an amazing variety of cute knit gloves, mitts, or socks for almost nothing! This would also be a fantastic way to give those socks that have lost their mates a new life!
So, want to dress your plants up for the chilly days of Fall? I encourage you to give these sweet DIY sweater pots a try! If you do, please send me a pic of your creations! I’d love to see them!
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35 Christmas Crafts You Can Make Right Now
Spruce up your holiday home with these clever handmade Christmas decorations. Including cute ornaments, creative wreaths, cozy pillows, and festive garlands, these oh-how-pretty holiday crafts will make your home merry and bright.
Tiny throw-away pieces of cute or ugly Christmas sweaters fill miniature embroidery hoops for festive wall hangings or ornaments. Tighten the sweater pieces in 3-inch hoops, cut out, trim as needed, and hang with ribbon.
Turn old kids' toys into an easy Christmas craft for adults with this gorgeous wall decoration made from recycled toy hoops. This DIY piece is stunning—and no one has to know what it's made !
Turn household products into adorable bottlebrush trees with this fun Christmas craft idea. With a dab of glue, a few sparkly beads, and a little clever snipping, an ordinary dryer vent brush becomes a set of cute-as-can-be festive trees!
Old sweaters add welcome texture and warmth to your holiday decorating.
To make the star: Place a pretty section from a sweater over a cardboard star form (available at crafts stores) and cut, leaving 1 inch excess all around. Starting at the center and working out, hot-glue to secure. Glue edges under the form.
To make the garland: Cut star shapes from sweater fabric using our free downloadable template. Adhere heavy iron-on fusible interfacing to the backs of the stars; trim. Hot-glue a large sequin in the center of each star. Glue stars to yarn and hang.
To make the stool sleeves: Cut the arms from sweaters in half lengthwise and sew a seam in each to create tubes to fit stool legs. Turn ends under 1 inch and hem. Slide onto legs.
Add cozy holiday flair to your mantel by embellishing plain glass vases with snug sweater wraps—no knitting required! To make, cut off the end of a sweater arm to a length that will fit your container plus 2 inches. Fold the edge under and secure it with hot glue. If desired, glue miniature jingle bells to the cuff. If you have leftover sweater pieces, you can turn them into Christmas stockings!
An envelope advent calendar is a fun Christmas craft for adults to make for the kids. Add wire or string to an empty frame and use mini clothespins to attach numbered envelopes full of surprises!
Trust us, you'll want to craft several of these adorable felted friends. Pose them on your mantel for a too-stinkin'-cute holiday vignette, or give these woolly penguins as heartwarming presents—if you can part with them!
Take a quick tour through holidays past with this retro-inspired photo tree. To make this personalized Christmas craft, perch a small tree in a silver bucket and fasten old photos using small clothespins. If desired, intersperse paper tags marked with a script handwriting as well as mini garland or ribbon and twinkle lights.
Craft a gorgeous Christmas wreath in minutes from the simplest of supplies. Grab a textured scarf and wreath form, and watch closely.
This simple advent calendar idea comes together with easy-to-find crafts-store supplies. Wrap a piece of foam core with linen, and frame. Choose a font you and print numbers on tags. Use little bits and baubles to decorate each tag. Pin tags to foam core.
We don't think there has ever been a more fun-to-make Christmas craft! Create this bright candy wreath by wrapping wood beads with felt to create the felt wrapped candies.
To make the adorable swirled lollipops, cut long thin strips of felt in two contrasting colors.
Lay two strips together and wrap in a spiral to form the round candy circle, and attach to skewers or paper lollipop sticks.
Raid your kitchen for simple materials to make this retro-mod non-traditional Christmas tree. Buy a frame and attach colorful cupcake liners atop the glass so that their crimped sides pop off the surface. Use adhesive dots from the crafts store for a gummy, nonpermanent stick.
Remember cans of faux snow? They can actually be the start of a fun, easy holiday accent. In a well-ventilated area, coat glass with a can of spray snow.
While the glass is wet, use your finger to draw a tree shape, wiping the excess from your finger onto a paper towel. If you prefer, opt for a stencil instead.
Follow the cleanup directions on the bottle; most can be cleaned up with soap and water.
Create a bright and cheerful Christmas-inspired message for a door or above a table or mantel.
Use a crafts knife to cut away the front surface of papier-mache letters to create an indent for artificial flowers. Spray all surfaces of each letter metallic gold.
Remove the flower heads from faux red silk carnation stems and fill the letters with the flowers, attaching them using a hot-glue gun.
A teensy forest and wintry animals lend seasonal cheer to a tabletop.
To make the trees: Cut a small piece of sisal rope. (The length depends on how large you want your tree.) Untwist the rope strands and continue pulling them apart until you have fine fibers. Place fibers in a pile. Continue to cut and untwist strands until you have your desired amount.
Cut a piece of 18-gauge galvanized-steel wire twice as long as desired trunk length. Bend the wire in half. Sandwich the fiber pile between the wires near the bend, and use scissors to trim the fiber pile into a triangular shape. Place the loose ends of the wire in a vise.
Cut a small piece from a clothes hanger and bend it into a hook shape (to use in place of a drill bit). Place the clothes hanger hook into the end of a drill. Insert the hook through the bent end of the wire. Turn the drill on, twisting the wire until fibers are secure. Turn off drill. Remove the clothes hanger hook from the tree and the wire from the vise.
Use scissors to trim the spun (and now shaggy) fibers into a tree shape. Spray-paint in desired colors. Wrap exposed wire with florists tape.
To create the forest: Spray-paint a herd of miniature plastic reindeer or moose. Insert the trees into the holes of a cribbage board and arrange animals around trees.
These colorful Christmas trees are made using varieties of different baking cups. Cut down the side and around the bottom of each baking cups; discard bottom. Starting at the bottom of a foam cone, wrap a cut strip around the tree, securing the ends with straight pins.
Cover any foam that remains visible with another strip. Add more strips, overlapping slightly and alternating patterns until you reach the top. For the last two strips at the top, roll a small pleated piece and insert it inside a slightly larger strip; pin to treetop.
Count down to Christmastime with a fun DIY advent calendar. To make this holiday craft, cut twenty-four 2-1/4-inch circles from an adhesive magnet sheet. Adhere them to patterned paper; cut out. Use a 1-inch circular punch for the inner circles. Number and glue them to the magnetic circles. Fill the wells with fun trinkets, notes, and candies.
Editor's Tip: Be sure you pick a muffin pan with 24 wells (one for each day leading up to Christmas).
Make fancy folded treat holders as a pretty Christmas decoration, food gift, or party favors. Our free download includes a pattern and instructions. Pick out pretty scrapbook papers for the pyramids, plus decorative ribbon and metallic twine or yarn for finishing touches.
These cool, contemporary DIY animal ornaments will certainly attract attention; they pop right the frame! To make, print the free patterns and trace the shapes onto a sheet of balsa wood. Cut out shapes with a crafts knife.
Paint the shield-shape backgrounds with desired colors. Cut out holes as marked on the pattern and assemble each animal.
To display, string decorative ribbon across an empty frame and hang finished ornaments from ribbon with embroidery floss.
A few pantry staples and some snowflake cookie cutters are all you need to create these charming, customizable ornaments. To create, preheat the oven to 200˚F. Mix 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup flour, and 1/2 cup water until it forms a sticky dough.
Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick and use cookie cutters to cut out snowflake shapes. Pierce each shape with a skewer to create a hole for hanging. Bake for 4 hours. Let shapes cool completely. Decorate shapes as desired with a permanent marker.
Upcycle gently used Christmas sweaters into gorgeous holiday decorations. Create trees in various heights for a simple, eye-catching centerpiece or mantel display.
Mismatched ceramic plates (available by the dozens at local thrift stores) serve as an ideal base for this festive message.
Cut letters from spray-painted chipboard, varying letter sizes and fonts for extra appeal, then glue each cutout securely to a ceramic plate.
For a 3-D effect, glue a letter onto a small saucer and affix it to a larger plate using epoxy. Hang stockings below in coordinating hues for a bright, cheerful scene.
No room for a tree? This hangable wall tree is the perfect holiday craft for small spaces. To make, draw a large triangle on a large shipping pallet to desired size (ours is 44 inches tall). Cut out the triangle using a jigsaw; use sandpaper to smooth all surfaces.
Paint tree slats with alternating shades of green paint. Predrill holes, then screw small cup hooks and drawer pulls to the front. Hang cards and decorations on the cup hooks. Tie rope between knobs; attach clothespins to rope.
Garlands, globe lights, and mini presents also make fun tree decorations.
Make a DIY Christmas gift even more special by embellishing the wrapping with a needle-felted tag or adornment you've made yourself. Simply cut out pieces of felt in whatever shape you best and adorn with extra felt strips, triangles, stars, or other festive shapes. Needle-felt designs into your tags, or stitch letters and patterns for extra decoration.
Give a plain pillow a holiday makeover by giving it a new slipcover made from red burlap and acrylic paint. Make this personalized Christmas gift for everyone on your list!
A little glam goes a long way on your holiday table. We used glitter in winter blues and white to coat a simple vase. Follow our video to make your own.
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This holiday crafts idea transforms inexpensive materials pinecones and felt into a trio of wise gnomes. Let your imagination run wild as you style their beards, scarves, and hats.
A traditional Polish chandelier is the perfect addition to any holiday party decor. DIY this classic decoration with shiny paper straws, wood beads, and tissue paper pom-poms—and add succulents for a modern twist!
Propped on a windowsill or a mantel, these decoupaged wooden letters will greet your guests with cheer. Use them to display a holiday sentiment or your family's last name.
Display a friendly season's greeting to all guests. To create a ribbon card hanger, simply stitch ribbon in flaps and attach a bow with a few stitches at one end. Add a picture hanger to the back of the bow and hang on the wall. Tuck a card under each flap and adhere with double-stick tape.
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Gather your favorite collectible ornaments and trim the boughs of a whimsical art piece. Hung inside a frame topped with a bow, the ornaments are the center of attention.
These rock candy-embellished cones are a fun and easy holiday crafts project. Pour horizontal rows of candy crystals in three or more colors on a baking sheet with the rows flush together. Wrap solid light color cardstock around foam cones, slightly overlapping the paper at the back of the cone and securing it with hot glue.
Do not apply the hot glue directly to the foam cone, which will melt. Larger cones may need two sheets of paper to be completely covered. Spread crafts glue on the cones and roll them in crystals; let dry. Repeat process, if needed, to cover cones completely with crystals.
Use hot glue to fill in small gaps with hand-placed crystals.
Perfect for Christmas place settings or centerpieces, these winter-theme votives are an ideal accent for a holiday table. Wrap silver or clear votive holders in blue velvet ribbon, and hot-glue mini frosted pinecones to the ribbon for a natural touch.
Editor's Tip: Make a few of these for a unique hostess gift, or let Christmas guests take them home as party favors.
Christmas snow globes can be found in stores by the dozen, but why not make your own? The trick is to use liquid glycerin—an ingredient used to make handmade soaps—available at crafts stores.
10 DIY Winter Clothes and Accessories
Winter is coming and we’ve got you covered from head to foot with these DIY winter clothes and accessory ideas! You’ll be amazed at how stylish these homemade garments are, and you’ll love how warm they’ll keep you while you brave the winter air.
Best of all, since these are all DIY ideas, you can customize them to fit your style perfectly. Or, you could even make some of these to give away as homemade Christmas gifts!
1. DIY Slipper Boots
Slipper boots are a must-have in the winter, but the store-bought ones can get pretty pricey. Luckily, you can make these SUPER cute DIY slippers with just an old sweater!
If you DON’T already have a sweater you’re willing to part with, drop by your local thrift shop and see what they have on sale. You might be able to find a cool color or material for your pair of slipper boots, and for cheap.
- old sweater
- darning needle
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2. Fingerless Gloves from Socks
What can you make from an old or unused pair of socks? Fingerless Gloves! To make the best gloves, choose thick socks that are perfect for the cold season. No more frosty cold mornings with fingerless gloves!
- pair of old socks
- heart patches (optional)
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3. Faux Fur: Trapper Hat
While this faux fur hat is a bit harder to make than the previous DIY winter clothes featured, it’s still not too difficult! Just requires some sewing skills which I’m sure you have