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The Best DIY Christmas Projects

There’s one additional material you’ll need to make your own DIY holiday ornaments: a little elbow grease. You won’t find these on any store shelves, but they’re easy to come by at home. You know the drill: measure, cut, glue, hang.

There is no one way to celebrate the holidays, and there is no wrong way. In fact, you might notice that a lot of people are not doing any Christmas-themed crafts at all! While some creativity around this time of year can be fun and personal, it’s important to be aware that there is no obligation to craft. You can have a great holiday without wrapping presents or making anything by hand. If you’re feeling craftsy, though, here are some ideas for DIY holiday crafts:

For those who are just starting out crafting:

-Make a fabric snowman with a top hat and buttons out of an old sweater. Just cut the sweater into pieces and sew them back together!

-Create a snowflake garland by cutting out shapes from paper and gluing them onto ribbons with embroidery floss.

-Make some gingerbread men with candy corn arms. Just make the frosting extra thick so they hold their shape well!

-Get some spray paint and transform an old mason jar into a festive candle holder.

If you’re already pretty crafty:

-Make adorable felt animal decorations for your tree using stuffing instead of batting (be sure to use natural fibers). Cut out shapes for antlers, ears, or

Don’t get us wrong: handmade gifts are great. But since we’re all working so hard this season to stick to our budgets, we thought we’d show you some alternatives to homemade gifts that are still thoughtful and creative, but require much less time, effort, and money than making your own gifts. If you’re looking for a way to give your friends and family something special, but don’t have time or supplies on hand to whip up a batch of cookies or knit a scarf, here’s a list of some (mostly) free resources that will help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

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