It's the most wonderful time of the year!
If you're one of those people who goes straight from Halloween to Christmas, then I think you'll really enjoy this list.
We're putting together the ultimate list of DIY Christmas ideas.
I suppose some of these could function as gifts, but many are perfect for adding a little holiday cheer to your house (without spending a ton of money)
1. Rustic DIY Christmas Card Holder
This idea comes from LollyJane.com and involves a couple 1x2's and some chicken wire, but the end result is spectacular.
2. DIY Burlap Christmas Bow
This bow is from theTiptoefairy.com and makes for a simple bow you can add to your front door and still get a fairly rustic feel, given the burlap fabric you'll use.
3. DIY Pallet Christmas Tree
Jamie Roubinek provides the tutorial and inspiration for this tree shown below. Anyway you slice it, a pallet Christmas tree is one of our favorite porch decorations for the holidays and it is very cheap to build.
4. DIY Snowman Themed Front Door
How cool is this? Could be used inside or outside... the inspiration and photo come from the creative stamper spot.
5. DIY Lighted Christmas Garland
Like the bow earlier, this garland is also primarily made of burlap. Image and idea comes from createcraftlove.com
6. Lighted Christmas Canvas Sign
Anytime I hear "Believe" around Christmas time, I think of Josh Groban and the Polar Express song... but maybe that's just me.
This lighted sign idea and tutorial can be found at HomeTalk.com
7. DIY Chalkboard Wrapping Paper
This is brilliant.
Looking for wrapping paper that doesn't need name tags and that stands out from the rest?
You've got to see this DIY from goinghometoroost.com
8. DIY Ugly (and disgusting) Christmas Sweater
Originally submitted by a Reddit user, I found this on the Mashable website and must say Rudolph throwing up candy canes on your sweater just might win you a contest for the worst sweater of all!
9. DIY Birdseed Ornament
This tutorial comes from eHow and though it's cool and inexpensive, where I come from the birds are much further south by the time Christmas rolls around.
Nevertheless - if you have birds around your house in December, this could be a cool way to get them in on the holiday spirit!
10. DIY Advent Calendar
Makoodle gets the credit for this very eye catching, DIY Advent calendar made out of 2 inch favor tins. Check out the tutorial here.
11. Christmas Tree Made From A Paperback Book
This is an amazing looking table-top Christmas tree idea from Kayla Aimee. She gives a fantastic step by step tutorial as well.
This will certainly have your guests talking.
12. DIY Stocking Holder From Reclaimed Wood
There are plenty of ways to do a DIY stocking holder, but we like this one from Beyond the Picket Fence.
It's easy to build, and still looks very cool.
13. DIY Christmas Mason Jar Crafts
These make for great party favors, or even just decorations to have on your mantle or pretty much anywhere else they fit.
Click here to see specifics on the elf version of this mason jar shown below from polkadotchair.com
14. DIY Wood Slice Ornaments
Upcycledtreasures.com is the source of the photo below, but these wood slice ornaments can be made with your own designs, or simply grab a circular saw and take a slice of previous years' Christmas trees and then turn them into ornaments with the year written on them.
15. DIY Cotton Ball Santa Beard
Here's a great little Christmas craft for the kids to join in on...
Everybody loves dressing up like Santa!
Check out pagingsupermom.com for the full tutorial.
16. Book Lover Christmas Tree
Don't feel like buying a tree?
How about stacking a bunch of your books in the shape of a tree?
That's exactly what The Family Sponge thought of.
17. DIY Mason Jar Snow Globe
Heather from Whipperberry.com has an excellent tutorial on these Anthropologie inspired snow globes.
18. Tea Bag Tabletop Christmas Tree
This is one of those Christmas decorations that is technically functional for the tea lover, but nobody will want to pull that first tea bag off and mess up the perfect look...
Bonnie at ThirstyforTea.com is to thank for this clever idea.
19. DIY Christmas Air Freshener
The holidays have a particular smell, and pine is one of those "Christmas scents" that we all look forward to.
This recipe comes from Make Haus.
20. DIY Santa Claus Gift Tags
This actually aren't too difficult to do, and look amazing.
21. DIY Pallet Snowman
Linda from Flea Market Gardening has several designs for this, including scarecrows and more fall-themed designs.
However, as you can see below, simply changing the paint colors and accents can turn this project into a snowman for your porch.
22. Pallet Christmas Presents
This is a pretty cool, versatile Christmas decoration from the Lou Lou Girls.
Click here to see the full tutorial, but I love the simplicity of using ribbon and different painting patterns to make something so stylish.
23. DIY Christmas Signs
These are simple and open for creativity, and come from the Wood Connection Blog.
24. Lighted Rustic Christmas Sign
The Kim Six Fix came up with this amazing addition to any Christmas-themed mantle. It's not too tough to do, and lets you open up your artistic side.
25. Stenciled DIY Christmas Rug
Very cool way to Christmas-ize your boring welcome mat on your porch. Full tutorial on Twenty Something blog.
26. Reclaimed Wood Advent Calendar
Dear Lillie basically takes a pallet tree design and then turns it into a real conversation piece - a beautiful Advent calendar.
Click here to see the step by step.
27. Paper Christmas Light Garland
This is a really clever way to hang "lights" that don't need electricity. You get the festive effect by using colored paper and hanging it around the house.
Check out Stubbornly Crafty for the tutorial.
28. DIY $5 Christmas Star
Little Bit Funky has the tutorial for this, and says you can do it in about 20 minutes!
29. DIY Christmas Joy Sign
30. Gift Wrapped Door For Christmas
Liz on Call has the tutorial for this Christmas door wrapping project. While this design is cool - you can definitely use some creativity with different ribbons and wrapping paper styles to match your house.
31. DIY Christmas Hallway Lights
The kids will love this one - adding some Christmas lighting to set the mood in your hallway or other rooms throughout the house. Source: Nest of Posies