December marks the month where we all descend into holiday mode — you know, the mode where we spend every weekend letting our creativity shine with cooking, decorating, gifting or keeping the kids busy. DIYing has some obvious benefits, of course. It saves money. It also calms the mind. And, if you’re planning to give something you’ve DIYed as a gift, people will often regard the object as special because you made with your heart (and the investment of your time).
Whether you’re looking to DIY all of your holiday gifts this year or are just looking for a creative crafting project to sink your hands into, we combed Pinterest for some of our favorite DIY winter craft projects. Even if you’re new to crafting, we tried to pick creations that are both beautiful and easy to replicate. In other words, you don’t need to be a DIY expert. You just need to have some extra time on your hands, and some creative vision! Aren’t the holidays fun?!
DIY Snow Globe
Do you remember being mesmerized by the shimmering magic of a snow globe as a child? Bring a little of that magic back by creating your own homemade to hand out to your closest of friends, thanks to this helpful how-to from Martha Stewart.
DIY Indigo Marbled Ornaments
These DIY Indigo Marbled Ornaments from Alice & Lois will give your Christmas tree instant cool factor.
DIY Advent Calendar
Get into the countdown to Christmas with this big, eye-catching, vintage-esque advent calendar, thanks to the creative geniuses at The Painted Hive.
DIY Dog Treats
Why shouldn’t your favorite furry friend get a holiday treat? If you have a dog lover in your life, why not bake them these pumpkin peanut butter dog treats from Creek Line House. (Simply swap out the cookie cutters for more holiday-appropriate shapes like Santas and Christmas trees.)
DIY Christmas Stocking Hangers
Do you need a use for that dusty old Charles Dickens collection? Turn your classics on the bookshelf into Christmas Stocking Hangers with this simple project from Simply Shellie. The best part? You don’t even need a mantle!
DIY Wine Elf
If you’re looking for a neat way to dress up a bottle of wine as a holiday hostess gift, this Wine Elf idea from HGTV is for you. These little elfs are too cute to resist, right?
DIY Infused Olive Oils
From lemon-infused oil to rosemary-infused oil, the creatives over at Just Putzing offer a perfect and fairly fail-proof project for anyone who loves to cook — or eat bread.
DIY Sugar Scrub
If you’re looking to make your holiday gift girlfriend-aways this year, look no further than this festive Cranberry Sugar Scrub from Imperial Sugar. Load them up in cute little glass jars with lids, which you can find at your local dollar store or even Ikea, and wrap them up in a sweet red bow, and voila! They’ll be wowed by your DIY skills.
DIY Miniature Christmas Trees
If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids (and keep their minds occupied at the same time), try creating these miniature trees using cardboard tree forms from a craft store, plastic spoons, hot glue and spray paint — courtesy of Jocie of One Project Closer.
DIY Christmas List Ornament
Here’s one more for the little ones, via Craft Snob: they can give Santa a heads about their holiday wish list with some simple wooden spools and red paint.