Deck The Halls: 3 Easy DIY Last-Minute Christmas Decorations

Boy does time fly! It feels like just yesterday that you were picking out your Halloween costume and now Christmas is just around the corner. But if the time snuck up on you, that probably means you haven't decorated for the holidays yet and your house is barer than the Grinch's. But have no fear! Making your home festive doesn't have to be expensive or take a lot of time thanks to these 3 genius DIY projects designed to lessen your seasonal stress.
1. Christmas Tree Ornament

You'll need:

  • 10 hazelnuts
  • hot glue gun
  • red & white striped yarn (optional)

1. This simple, yet classic, Christmas ornament is so simple to make. Take a hazelnut in one hand and the hot glue gun in the other, put a dab of glue on one side of the hazelnut, and glue a second nut to it. Continue until you have glued all the hazelnuts together in a circle and you have a ring of 10.

2. Once the glue has completely dried, cut an 8 inch string of yarn and tie the ends together. Pass the piece of yarn through the ring so that you can hang the ornament from the tree, as shown in the video.

3. If you're feeling especially festive, go ahead and tie another string of yarn in a bow around the ornament.

2. Table Decoration

You'll need:

  • 1 sheet green paper
  • 3 circular objects of different sizes (e.g. lids or bowls)
  • 1 wooden skewer
  • 1 wine cork
  • 1 red bead

1. Trace 3 different shaped circles on the green paper and cut them out. Fold the first paper circle four times around the middle, so you get eight "pie pieces." Then turn the paper and fold it four more times to get a total of 16 pieces.

2. Now bend the paper from the center, so that you get a kind of hat with spikes. Apply the same folding process to the other circles. Push the wooden skewer about halfway through the middle of the largest paper circle and apply a layer of glue around the skewer so that the paper can't slip.

3. Now pass the second largest paper circle through the skewer and glue it about 1 inch below the point of the stick. As a last layer, stick the smallest circle on the tip with glue. Next, cut off a few inches from the foot of the tree so that the tree can stand upright, and stick the wooden skewer in the wine cork. Finally, glue a red bead on top.

3. Advent Wreath

You'll need:

  • 11 toilet paper rolls
  • paint brush
  • dark green acrylic paint
  • ruler
  • hot glue gun
  • 36 red beads

1. First paint the inside and outside of the toilet paper rolls green. After they dry, measure half-inch intervals on the roll and mark them with a pencil. Squeeze the rolls flat and cut off the rings at the marked increments.

2. Squeeze each ring flat and put a dab of glue on the outer edge.

3. Take 5 rings and assemble them in the shape of a star, pushing the glued edges together. Put a dab of hot glue on the center of the star and arrange three red beads in the shape of a triangle. Repeat with the rest of the rings until you have 13 finished stars.

4. Arrange 8 of the stars together in a circle and glue them together.

5. Distribute the remaining five stars evenly as a second layer on top of the first layer and firmly glue them in place to make the wreath look thicker. Now you can proudly hang your Christmas wreath on any door or window.

The best thing about these Christmas projects is that they are fast and easy to make, and they're pretty unique, so you won't see them at anyone else's house when you're making the holiday rounds! If you're looking for even more DIY crafts, be sure to check out these 5 Fast & Easy DIY Christmas Decorations.


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