It’s fa-la-la-finally time to start dressing and decking the halls with all sorts of holiday-inspired home accents. But between juggling a million things at the office, planning the most epic holiday feast, and trying to make those busy family schedules work, sometimes decorating seems more of a headache than a holly, jolly … anything. Right?
To save you some stress this season, the team at Readers.com borrowed a little inspiration from the best DIY bloggers around. Take a peek at the most stunning (and simple!) craft projects ever, and turn your home into that Pottery Barn-inspired winter wonderland you’ve always dreamed of (without the PB prices, of course)!
1. DIY Winter White Wreath
Have your guests check their holiday spirit at the door! Greet your guests with some door-adorning cheer like this DIY Winter White Wreath by WhipperBerry. Follow the instructions to create the wreath and finish by adding any embellishments your heart desires!
2. Natural Boxwood Wreath
Wreaths are for more than just your front door! The blogger behind Simplicity in the South created this Natural Boxwood Wreath, perfect for hanging indoors. Not only is it gorgeous and classic, but it smells wonderful and is all natural!
3. Paper, Fabric, & Felt Trees
These handmade Paper, Fabric, & Felt Trees from Little Inspiration are too cute — and beyond easy to make! Simply make a cone with cardboard paper and decorate with fabric, felt, paint, or even gift wrap! It doesn’t get any easier than that, and it’s the perfect craft for little ones, too.
4. Paper Ornament DIY
For any holiday gathering, your tree needs to be impeccable! Not only will it be at the heart of your gathering, but it’s also likely to be the focal point of photo opportunities among guests, too. All you need for this Paper Ornament by Joy Ever After is pages from a beloved book, paper clips, glue, and some basic hardware. (Of course, any project that involves books is a definite do!)
5. Handmade Cinnamon Heart Tied Gifts
These Handmade Cinnamon Heart Tied Gifts take gift giving to a whole new level! Not only do they smell delicious, but they are decorative and can be reused by the recipient as an ornament. Plus, your gifts will look even more festive under the tree, and it’s an easy way to add a special, personalized touch to your home decor. Check out the DIY instructions from Katy Elliott, and get to crafting!
6. Giant Craft Stick Snowflakes
From the pictures, you would never know that these crafty snowflakes are made of wooden craft sticks! Crafty Nest took a simple craft supply and turned it into a simple, yet elegant holiday decoration. Add some paint, glitter, or rhinestones and voilà!
7. Christmas Mantle
No home is Christmas-ready without stockings! If your home has a fireplace, you are one of the lucky ones capable of transforming your mantle into an integral part of your holiday decor, like this completely chic version by The Yellow Cape Cod. Create this Christmas Mantle by mixing the traditional and the untraditional with bold printed stockings, faux antlers, greenery, and glittery snowflakes for fun and festive touches!
8. Pottery Barn-Inspired Noel Tutorial
Holiday decorations can be costly! While it’s much more affordable to make your own, it can be hard to figure out how. This Pottery Barn-Inspired Noel Tutorial by Sand & Sisal is one craft that is truly easy, from start to finish. Some wooden letters, paint, and a hot glue gun are all you need!
9. Sweater Presents
We all have those old sweaters hanging in the back of our closets. What better way to recycle them than to use them to make this adorable Sweater Presents gift wrapping? Follow this tutorial by Two Twenty One and your gifts are sure to be a show-stopper!
10. DIY Advent Calendar
Strange and Lovely Ride took the traditional advent calendar and added a country Christmas spin! This DIY Advent Calendar is simply made of a blank canvas, craft paper, and a permanent marker. Set it on your mantle or hang it on the wall for a fun way to countdown the days ’til Christmas. We love how this DIY calendar suggests making memories instead of giving the typical chocolates each day.
Regardless of your home’s style, finding DIY projects to add a little sparkle to the holiday season is simple. Log onto Pinterest (visit us here!) or do a simple Google search to start the screening process. Tutorials, both easy and intermediate, are out there; you just have to start looking!