Nature's Perfect Craft Supply: 12 Dressed-Up Pinecone Ideas

Pick up pinecones from your yard to make these adorable seasonal crafts.

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Let's be honest — decorating for the holidays can come with a lofty price tag. That's where DIY projects step in to save the day.

With only a few craft supplies (which you likely have on hand) and natural materials from your backyard, you can make chic and festive decor that won't break the bank.

Snowy Garland

DIY Holiday Pinecone Garland

DIY Holiday Pinecone Garland

During the holidays, embrace the season by collecting natural elements from the outdoors and using them to decorate your indoor space. For a project that's easy to create and oozing with holiday warmth, create a garland made from painted pinecones.

Dress up the mantel (or your tree) with white-dipped pinecones strung together with red yarn. It's a simple garland that will add a cheerful, festive touch to your home decor.

Gift Embellishments

Christmas Gift Wrap Nature

Christmas Gift Wrap Nature

Different types of Christmas wrapping decorated with nature pine cones aranged in a photo.

Use pinecones to embellish your gifts. Complete the natural aesthetic with greenery, faux berries, craft paper and twine.

Elegant Place Setting

Rustic Pinecone Placecard Holder

Rustic Pinecone Placecard Holder

Replace the color and glitz of holiday placecard holders with simple, rustic ones. South Carolina floral designer Karin Jeffcoat created placecard holders by setting individual pinecones in tiny urns. Pinecones can transition your home from the holiday season into winter.

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Casto Photography & Cinema

Great for holiday gatherings or a winter wedding reception, pinecones are the perfect place-card holder. To keep them from toppling over, simply place the pinecones in tiny, metallic urns. Print out name cards in a pretty font or make your own using this faux calligraphy hack.

Adorable Elf Ornament

Mini Pine Cone Elf Ornament

Mini Pine Cone Elf Ornament

Everyone loves an adorable ornament and this little elf will bring instant cheer to any style tree!

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Photographer: Christina Wedge

Fashioned from a mini pinecone, felt, a wooden bead and a jingle bell, this little elf ornament will put a smile on your face every time you see it dangling from the tree.

Christmas Tree

Cheerful Woodsy Greeting

Cheerful Woodsy Greeting

This pine cone tree welcomes guests with woodsy holiday charm.

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Photo by Sam Henderson

Add rustic charm to the mantel or table with this pinecone tree that's a cinch to make. You won't need to buy many supplies for this project.

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Cheerful Woodsy Greeting

This pine-cone tree welcomes guests with woodsy holiday charm.

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Gathering the Materials

You will need: floral foam cone/ 15-20 each large, medium, and small pine cones (at least one tall one)/ wired floral picks/ medium gauge floral wire/ wire cutters

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Adding the Picks

Use the wire from the picks to wrap tightly around a few pieces of the bottom of the pine cone. Twist the wire tightly to secure the pick as close to the base of the pine cone as possible. (NOTE: if the wire is not heavy enough, replace it with heavier gauge wire.)

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Attaching the Large Pine Cones

Insert the first layer of pine cones about 1/2 inch from the base of the floral cone. Continue inserting the picks/cones around the base with no space between them.

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Adding the Medium Pine Cones

Add another row of large cones and then begin adding the medium cones filling in as much space as possible from the previous row. Fill all but the last row of the floral cone with medium cones getting smaller as you move up the cone.

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Filling in With Small Pine Cones

Fill the last row with the largest of the small pine cones. Use the remaining pine cones to fill in any gaps between the larger pine cones.

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Adding the Tree Top

Use a tall pine cone for the tree topper.

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Rustic Holiday Decor

Place your pine cone tree with a few vintage ornaments and some more small pine cones for a beautiful arrangement.

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Charming Tree

This simple pine cone tree will bring some rustic handmade charm to your holiday decor.

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Ombre Decor

Ombre-painted Pinecones

Ombre-painted Pinecones

Classic pinecones look even better with a modern, ombre treatment. Give them as gifts or decorate your home for the holidays.

Stacked high in a clear, glass hurricane or strung together with twine, these modern, ombre pinecones can be just about anything you want them to be — from ornaments to garland to party favors.

Charming Centerpiece

Pine Cone Christmas Tree Centerpiece

Pine Cone Christmas Tree Centerpiece

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Sam Henderson

Turn fallen pinecones into cute Christmas trees to center the dining table or decorate the bookshelves. Create the feeling of a winter wonderland with powdery faux snow on the platter underneath.

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Kid-Friendly Holiday Craft

Create a pinecone Christmas tree centerpiece for your holiday table. This craft is adorable and simple enough to get the kids involved.

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Gathering Your Materials

You will need: marker/ foam core/ craft knife/ cutting board/ fine gauge wire/ medium gauge wire/ wire cutters/ chopstick or pencil/ glitter/ craft glue/ beads and/or gift wrapping trim/ pine cones/ puffy craft clay/ platter/ spray snow/ artificial snow flakes

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Cutting Out the Tree Toppers

Use a marker to hand-draw star shapes (no need to make them perfect) on foam core. Place the foam core on a cutting board on a flat surface and carefully cut out the shape with a craft knife. NOTE: For best results, do this in at least two passes, roughly slicing the shape the first time and then making complete cuts on the second round. Repeat the process for as many trees as you are making.

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Preparing the Wire

Cut a piece of medium gauge wire at least 3 inches long. Wrap the wire around the end of a chopstick or pencil to make it spiraled, leaving one end straight. Set aside. 

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Coating the Star

Completely cover the star shape with craft glue. Be sure to get glue into the corners on the edges of the stars. Sprinkle liberally with glitter on all sides and gently shake excess off onto a sheet of paper. Return the excess to the glitter container for the next star. Allow the glue/glitter to dry completely before proceeding.

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Adding the Wire

Insert the straight end of the wire into one of the corners of the edge of the star. Set aside.

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Attaching the Beads

Twist a 4-6” length of fine gauge wire to one end of the beads. Use the tail of the wire to wrap and twist it around one of the scales of the pinecone securing the beads in place.

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Wrapping the Pinecone

Wrap the beads around the pinecone filling in as much of the space between the layers of scales as possible. Cut the beads at the top of the pinecone and use another piece of fine gauge wire to secure it at the top.

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Giving the Tree a Base

Roll a ball of white puffy clay in the palms of your hands. Press the tree firmly into the ball, making the tree stand straight or leaning slightly for a touch of whimsy.

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Adding the Trees to the Platter

Add the trees one by one to the platter either in a straight line or slightly askew for variety.

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Dusting the Trees With Snow

Very lightly spray just the outside tips of the scales on the pinecones to make it appear as if they have a light dusting of snow. Use paper towels to wipe away any excess that has gotten on the platter while it is still wet.

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Adding the Stars

Use the curly end of the wire attached to the stars to wind them around the tops of the pinecones. Adjust the stars by bending the wire as needed.

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Filling the Platter

Fill the space between the pinecone trees with artificial snow flakes. TIP: Use a drinking straw to gently blow the snow into hard to reach places. This is also useful for blowing excess snow off of the pinecones without disrupting the rest of the snow.

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Festive and Fun

This craft is a fun and easy way to get the kids involved in decorating for the holidays.

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Precious Hedgehogs

Craft These Holiday Hedgehogs

Craft These Holiday Hedgehogs

Add a touch of whimsy to your holiday decor with these pinecone hedgehogs crafted entirely from natural materials.

Make adorable woodland creatures out of all-natural materials — pinecones, birch bark and eucalyptus pods. These little guys will surely bring some holiday cheer to your decor.

Craft Pinecone Hedgehogs

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Craft These Holiday Hedgehogs

Add a touch of whimsy to your holiday decor with these pinecone hedgehogs crafted entirely from natural materials.

Gather Your Supplies

For this craft, you will need: 3 pinecones /birch bark /eucalyptus pods /peppercorns (optional) /sharp scissors /hot glue gun and glue

Start with the Nose

Begin by cutting the bark into a half moon shape.

Create a Cone

Roll the bark into a shape like so. Be sure it is wide enough to fit on the front of the pinecone. Leave a small opening on the tip for the nose too.

Glue it Together

Hot glue the cone together to look like so.

A Eucalyptus Nose

Glue a eucalyptus pod into the hole in the tip of the cone.

Make the Ears

Cut a bark circle approximately 1 1/2 inches round. Cut a slit to the center of the circle. At the slit, curl the circle onto itself and hot glue it into place like so. Repeat the process to form the second ear.

Embellish the Pinecone

Hot glue the nose and ears into place on the pinecone like so.

Peppercorn Eyes

If you'd like to add some eyes, might I suggest peppercorns.

Simple Ornaments

DIY Metal Stencil Christmas Tree Ornament

DIY Metal Stencil Christmas Tree Ornament

A metal stencil is repurposed as a personalized ornament on an artificial Christmas tree.

Trade out traditional ornaments for pinecones. Perch them on your tree branches as they are — no need for embellishments. Include a metal monogram stencil to balance out the design.

Giant Garland

Holiday Pinecone Garland

Holiday Pinecone Garland

This gorgeous greenery provides guests with a warm, festive welcoming all season long.

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Brian Patrick Flynn

What better place to put pinecones than the outdoors? Deck out your front door with a festive garland and wreaths to match.

Make an Oversized, Shimmering Pinecone Garland

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Festive Welcoming

Update your holiday garland with giant pinecones dusted in glitter.

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Materials + Tools

You'll need: 8 giant pinecones for every 8-foot strand of garland; artificial or authentic green garland; floral wire; frosted glitter; spray adhesive; 8-inch zip ties; wire snips; 3-inch wide decorative ribbon; hammer; nails.

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Add Floral Wire

Unfurl a spool of floral wire, cutting a 6-inch strand using wire snips. Next, wrap the wire around the stem of the pinecone in a loop. This will act as a conduit for attaching the pinecone to the garland towards the end of the project.

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Coat With Spray Adhesive

Lay pinecone on a flat, level surface, then lightly coat with spray adhesive. To do this evenly, hold the can at least 4 inches from the surface, then move back and forth using controlled spurts.

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Dust With Glitter

Dust the pinecone with a generous amount of frosted glitter. Any glitter that falls through the pinecone scales can be gathered and reused. Repeat the first two steps for the amount of pinecones you plan to use for your garland (8 pinecones for every 8-foot strand of garland).

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Separate the Cuttings

Before the pinecones can be added to the garland, its cuttings need to be properly separated. Lightly bend the cuttings so plenty of space is left between them for the pinecones to hang freely.

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Insert Zip Tie

Insert a zip tie through the floral wire loop along the bottom of the pinecone. Next, tighten the zip tie until each pinecone is securely fastened to the garland.

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Weave Ribbon

Unfurl spools of ribbon and weave them around the pinecones and along the front of the garland. Once complete, add lightweight nails to any trim surrounding the front door using a hammer, then hang the garland.

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Season-Long Display

This gorgeous greenery provides guests with a warm, festive welcoming all season long.

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Festive Vases

Vases With Pine Cones

Vases With Pine Cones

Turn holiday decorating on its head by filling glass cylinders in a variety of sizes with small pine cones. Turn the vases over carefully and wrap the vase bases with ribbon. Arrange the vases tallest to smallest in a cone shape to create a tree. Add fresh greenery and embellishments to the tops of the cylinders.

Fill a variety of glass cylinders with pinecones and cluster them together for an eye-catching centerpiece that can't be ignored. Wrap ribbon around the bases and top with fresh greenery and red berries for the finishing touch.

Sophisticated Wreath

Pine Cone Wreath

Pine Cone Wreath

Buy mini gold-encrusted pinecones or spray paint your own to make this ultra-chic wreath that will add a touch of glamour to the front door or your foyer's mirror. Choose a sleek, red ribbon for hanging.

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Make Ice Lanterns

Get an assist from Mother Nature (or your freezer) to turn plastic cartons filled with water into magical ice lanterns to display either indoors or out. Make your own with our tips.

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Craft a Snowy Wreath

Add faux greenery, flowers, berry sprigs and glittered pinecones to a grapevine wreath then cover with faux snow to give your front door a cheery update during winter months. Learn how to make your own

Glow It On

Our how-to explains how to create these illuminated grapevine sphere topiaries for your front porch. The waterproof lights ensure they'll brighten up your entry even during stormy winter weather. 

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Fake a Roaring Fireplace

Apartment dwellers and urbanites: this project's for you. Get creative to craft a spot to hang your stockings and lend a little Christmas cheer to any room. Our step-by-step instructions show you how to turn a canvas dropcloth, drapery hardware and chalkboard paint into this clever faux mantel wall hanging that you can simply roll up and store when the holidays are over.

Put Candy Canes Under Your Tree

Add a sweet touch to your decorations by gluing or stitching up this playful felt Christmas tree skirt. Felt is perfect for this project because it's inexpensive and doesn't fray when cut. Learn how to easy it is to make one of your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Craft an Upholstered Banner

Cheerfully issue a Christmas greeting to all who enter your home with this DIY upholstered holiday banner. Swap out the letters to easily craft more banners for birthdays, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Easter or any other occasion worth celebrating. 

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Fold a Mini Forest

Use a circle punch or scissors to cut card stock into various size circles, then accordion-fold the paper to create the look of swagging evergreen boughs. Stack the folded rings and attach to a small wood dowel or cut log slice to easily whip up a whole forest of firs.

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Turn a Toy Into Holiday Decor

Add a little glitz to any area of your home with an inexpensive plastic deer figurine covered with basic white glue and glass glitter. Check out the how-to for our tips and tricks. 

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Make 3-D Upholstered Trees

Basic upholstery materials and techniques are all you need to craft these fabric-covered trees that fold flat so they're a cinch to store between holidays. Learn how to make your own with our step-by-step instructions

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Craft a Woodsy Banner

Cut wood slices are a trendy material you can find at your local craft store or source (for free!) in your own backyard. Add letters to spell out a holiday saying and string together with colorful baker's twine. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions

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No Tree? No Problem!

A vase filled with evergreen clippings is a handy stand-in for a Christmas tree in small spaces. Make it festive by wiring ornaments onto the branches and piling presents beneath. Like any cut centerpiece, change the water ever few days to keep the greenery looking its best. 

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Chalk It Up

Welcome holiday guests with this trendy chalkboard sign. To make it, trace a reindeer silhouette onto a 24" x 24" piece of plywood, cut it out with a jigsaw and apply two coats of chalkboard paint. Add screw eyes and a wire to the back so you can display your finished sign either indoors or out.

Help Kids Count Down to the Big Day

Our step-by-step instructions show you how to upcycle assorted old sweaters into cute mini mittens and toboggans you can fill with small trinkets and treats for a fun take on a traditional advent calendar. 

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Craft a Unique Wreath

If you want to brighten up your front door for the holidays but a traditional evergreen wreath isn't your style, this clever project is for you. Just coat a ceiling medallion (available at your local hardware store) in green high-gloss spray paint then loop through some colorful holiday ribbon for hanging.

Add Some Sparkle

These gorgeous, glittering votives only look expensive. Using glitter, glue and an empty jar, you can easily craft them yourself on the cheap. 

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Craft a Candy-Licious Pillow

Assorted red ribbons and fabric glue are all you need to give a plain white pillow a candy-striped update for the holidays. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions

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Invite a Snowman to Dinner

Turn fresh or silk white carnations into a fanciful centerpiece for your holiday table. Our tips and instructions make this a fun family project you can complete while watching your favorite holiday movie.

Easily Deck the Entryway

Put lefover wrapping paper to work to create this cute space-saving Christmas tree that's sure to brighten up small spaces like a foyer, guest bath or kids' room. Ribbon and double-sided tape keep the paper in place while presents piled underneath complete the look. 

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Upcycle an Heirloom Quilt

Upcycle a past-its-prime family quilt, that's hidden away in a closet or trunk, into charming Christmas stockings you'll be proud to display year after year. Get sewing with our step-by-step instructions.

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Make a Snow-Free Snowman

A sturdy wooden support + 3 faux evergreen wreaths = a friendly outdoor snowman who won't melt, making him the perfect decoration for snow-free climates. Plus, using faux wreaths, rather than fresh, means you can display him year after year. Get started with our tips and step-by-step instructions.

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Personalize Seating

Give your dining room chairs a holiday update by whipping up these chair swags — no sewing required. Just cut red felt into a notched banner shape, then cut gray felt into the same shape just 1 inch shorter on all sides. Center then glue the smaller gray felt onto the red using fabric glue. Spray-paint wooden letters white and let dry. Attach them using wood glue to the gray felt. Punch holes in the swag's upper corners, slide ribbon through, and attach to the chair backs with ribbon.

Freshen Up the Fireplace

Add a natural touch to your mantel with a preserved or fresh topiary and wreath. They're easy to assemble and can be left plain or embellished with holiday ornaments and trim. An occasional misting with water will keep them hydrated and looking their best. Make your own with our boxwood wreath step-by-step instructions and boxwood topiaries step-by-step instructions.

Craft Playful Button + Yarn Trees

Here's a fun holiday decoration the kids will love helping you craft. Just glue yarn to inexpensive foam topiary forms then add buttons in assorted colors and sizes. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions and check out our fave holiday kids' crafts.

No-Sew Felt Tree Skirt

This year, forgo the usual holiday colors and embrace kicky bright hues and swirling patterns inspired by traditional Scandinavian designs. Felt, yarn and fabric glue are all you need to make this colorful Christmas tree skirt.

Light Up Your Entryway

Create a warm and inviting entry for guests during the Christmas season. Fill mason jars with Epsom salt for a snowy, winter look, then add small votive candles and line the walkway leading to your front door.  

Craft This Cute Wreath

Create a wintry forest scene for your front door by adding bottlebrush trees and mini ice-skating figures to a foam wreath that's been wrapped in holiday fabric. Our step-by-step instructions will make crafting this cute wreath a snap. 

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Stack a Gifty Centerpiece

Impress your holiday guests with a stunning (and easy-to-make!) centerpiece that will add a festive touch to your table all season long. To create it, just wrap foam bricks in Kraft paper and sheet moss, stack, then glue them together. Finish off the entire set with ribbon and decorative embellishments. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

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Arrange Your Own Mini Trees

Bring holiday cheer to any room by turning boxwood clippings into a miniature Christmas tree. Fill a teacup or small container with oasis foam, then arrange boxwood clippings to form a tiny tree. For added sparkle, attach silver dragees with hot glue. This simple accent is perfect for a holiday table, an entryway vignette or as a festive small-space accessory. 

Cottage Up Your Christmas Tree Skirt

A hand-me-down quilt may be too fragile or old to use as bedding but holds too many sentimental memories to simply throw away. Preserve the best part of the quilt, giving it new life as a charming Christmas tree skirt. Our step-by-step instructions make this repurposing project a snap — even for beginning sewers.

Turn Felt Into Trendy Ombre Trees

Cover foam topiary forms with layers of felt in a fashion-forward ombre pattern to create these colorful tabletop trees. Choose felt in shades that complement your holiday decor then display them anywhere you need a cheery pop of color. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Stocking Hangers With a Twist

Rather than relying on storebought stocking hangers, designer Marian Parsons combines poplar boards, chalkboard spray paint and coat hooks to create personalized pieces to spruce up her holiday mantel. Craft your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Personalize Place Cards

Looking for a unique take on holiday place cards? Marian Parsons places a glittered chipboard letter in a pinecone to create personalized place settings for each guest. To get the look, use an artist brush to apply school glue to both sides of a traditional chipboard letter. Then sprinkle silver glitter on the letter until both sides are entirely covered. Marian suggests adding adhesive magnets to the back of each letter for inexpensive and practical party favors.

No-Knit Sweater Stockings

Don't toss that old sweater. Instead, repurpose it as custom stockings for the entire family. This project requires no sewing machine or knitting needles and can easily be completed in an afternoon. Learn how to make your own.

Freshen Up Your Wreath

Incorporating just a few natural materials is an easy way to take an evergreen wreath from blah to beautiful. Designer Marian Parsons recommends, "Adding fresh fruit and collected pinecones to an artificial wreath lends a more natural look. When hung outside, cold weather will keep the fruit fresh for a couple of weeks."

Creatively Count Down the Days

To help her family count down to the big day, blogger Jessica Wilcox fills a handmade chicken-wire cloche with small wrapped gifts, colorful ornaments and ribbons. As a finishing touch, she adds printed tags to note how many days are left till Christmas. Each day, the kids can unwrap a gift and remove a tag to tide them over till the main event. Download the advent tags and more (free!) holiday printables.

Craft a Rustic-Chic Table Runner

Our step-by-step instructions teach you how to sew your own table runner then customize it with a pretty, pleated ruffle trim and hand-painted detail.

Get Creative With Gift Wrap

Holiday gift wrap isn't just for pretty packages; you can also put it to work to give everyday items, like serving plates, a holiday makeover. Just cut the paper to size and use it to line the serveware for a festive look on the fly. 

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Upcycle Old Molding Into Rustic Holiday Decor

Repurpose an old weathered board or piece of molding as a rustic backdrop to a live holiday swag or garland. Just tack evergreen and holly branches to the board then wire on a few glittered pinecones and a ribbon in the center. Voila, beauty on a budget!

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Make a Modern Wooden Tree

We all love decor we can keep from year to year, especially artificial trees that look like the real thing. Unfortunately, artificial trees don't hold their form forever, but here's a tree that will. Using thin wooden rails, a small saw, a glue gun and white paint, Paul Lowe of the Sweet Paul blog forms a modern miniature holiday tree that's perfect for any sparkling vignette. For a topper, he hot-glues a glitter star on top. 

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Build a Shelf That Doubles as a Mantel

No mantel? No worries! Our step-by-step instructions will show you how to construct a wide shelf with sturdy hooks so you can hang your stockings in time for Santa's arrival. 

Shell Trees

Try a new twist on traditional holiday topiaries by covering cone-shaped foam forms with found or purchased shells (check your local craft store) in assorted colors and sizes. Attach them with hot glue, starting at the bottom and working your way up.

Scandinavian-Inspired Plywood Stockings

Design blogger Erin Loechner and husband Ken struggled to find Christmas stockings that reflected their home's crisp, Scandinavian style. So they decided to take a creative and modern approach to traditional stockings by creating a pair out of plywood. The wood instantly warms up their all-white brick fireplace surround. For added convenience, the stocking boxes are magnetic, so you can easily remove them to fill with gifts or treats. (Now, there's a great Advent calendar idea!)

Upcycled Advent Calendar

Turn an assortment of past-their-prime men's shirts with pockets into a colorful holiday countdown the kids will love. Our step-by-step instructions explain how to stitch it up then just hang on your bannister or mantel and fill the pockets with candy or small toys.

Takeout Box Advent Calendar

Everyone loves participating in a holiday Advent calendar, and this one is especially fun and easy to make. All you need are 25 white takeout boxes, red and green construction paper, white number stickers and gift filler. Fill each box with gift filler and small toys and treats, then use tape to seal the box shut until it's time to be opened. Design by Layla Palmer. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Craft Pretty Paper Ornaments

Turn patterned card stock into three-dimensional ornaments in just 7 steps. Match the papers' colors and patterns to your home's decor or choose holiday-specific patterns and use the paper ornaments, instead of a traditional bow, to top wrapped gifts.

Go Mad for Mod

Retro-inspired Christmas decorations from the '60s have come back in a big way, making them a big-ticket collectible. Add space-age style to your tree for less by crafting your own modern tree topper with a foam sphere, dowels and our step-by-step instructions.

Crafty Front Porch Updates

When decking out your home for the holidays, don't forget the front porch. Spread holiday cheer outdoors with just a few festive touches. Check out our 8 easy front porch decorating ideas.

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Turn Beach Treasures Into a Garland

Mix summer memories in with your holiday decorations this year by stringing sand dollars, starfish and shells onto narrow rope or twine. To attach the starfish, carefully drill a small hole near the end of one arm then slide the twine through. Just loop the twine through the hole on each sand dollar and attach shells either by tying them on or with a dollop of hot glue.

Add A Whimsical Touch

Most people forget to look up when decorating their table for the holidays. Marian Parsons incorporates the chandelier into her silver-and-white tablescape by suspending glittered birds and plastic snowflakes from white yarn. She hangs them at varying heights to create a whimsical, eye-catching display.

Snowy Setting

Give your tabletop some wintry flair with a felt snowflake table runner. The natural burlap and white snowflakes will tie in perfectly to any rustic and cottage-inspired holiday theme. Design by Layla Palmer. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Yarn-Wrapped Pinecones

If you have evergreens around your home, mounds of pinecones are a familiar sight. Put nature's castoffs to good use by simply wrapping brightly colored yarn around the scales, keeping the yarn tightly tucked toward the pinecone's center. Secure the yarn's end with a dot of glue. Design by Camilla Fabbri

No-Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt

No Christmas tree is complete without a skirt to hide its base or stand. Rather than using a traditional store-bought tree skirt, Marian Parsons transforms a piece of canvas into an elegant, ruffled linen skirt using only cuts of linen, scissors and glue. Whip one up with our step-by-step instructions.

Deck the Windows

It may not be snowing in your neck of the woods when Christmas rolls around, but you can certainly bring that traditional wintry feel into your home. Layla Palmer uses plain white copy paper and printable snowflake templates to string together cut-out snowflakes, creating a chilly curtain for any size window inside your home. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Embrace Industrial

Janell Beals opts out of a traditional red-and-green palette when decorating for the holidays. Instead, she uses silver, gold and copper to create a shimmery, metallic entryway vignette. To get the look, use paper-mache letters, silver metallic paint and rust-colored paint to spell out a holiday phrase and give it some industrial charm. Get step-by-step instructions.

Turn Mittens Into an Advent Calendar

Fill toddler-sized mittens with small toys and treats to create a cute way to help the kids count down to the big day. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Winterize an Old Mirror

Add natural sophistication to any room with the addition of a rustic twig-covered mirror. A few twigs gathered outdoors, white paint, a glue gun and an old mirror are all you need to add a wintry touch to your holiday decor. Give an old mirror a makeover with our step-by-step instructions.

Craft a Monogrammed Doormat

Spruce up your entryway with this personalized budget-friendly doormat that looks like a pricey catalog find but is actually an easy DIY project that also makes a thoughtful handmade gift. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Kids' Craft: Game Piece Ornaments

Get the kiddos crafting to make a few of these playful ornaments that are a snap to make using Scrabble letters glued onto a strip of colorful ribbon. Use the letters to spell out holiday sayings or family members' names. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions. Plus: Check out even more more kids' craft projects.

Gift Box Mantel Decor

Give your holiday mantel a beautiful and unique twist. Simply use a variety of empty food boxes and wrap them in three or four different kinds of fabric that all coordinate with one another. Then finish off each package with decorative ribbon — like fabric, satin or twine — and hair flowers for embellishments. Arrange the wrapped "gifts" among ornaments, pinecones, candles and other glittery holiday decor for a fun and festive vignette. Design by Layla Palmer. Get step-by-step instructions.

Stocking Stuffers

These natural burlap-sack stockings are perfect for a cottage-style Christmas. White frill adorns the openings and softens the rough burlap exterior. Stuff the stockings with fresh greenery and ornament balls for a decorative touch. Design by Holly Mathis; sewing by Michelle Fritz

Deck the Front Porch

Using indoor and outdoor materials, Layla Palmer adds a country-style look on the front porch. Rather than using a traditional tree skirt, she removes the lid on a square basket to form a nice, solid base. Burlap garland, metallic ornaments and easy-to-make twig ornaments are added for a touch of rustic charm. Get step-by-step instructions.

Make a Versatile Wreath

Cover a straw wreath form with moss and garlands of fresh cranberries for a colorful holiday decoration that can be used as either a traditional front door wreath or, laid flat on the table, as the base for a Christmas centerpiece. Learn how to make your own.

Vintage Garland Advent Calendar

Dress up your Christmas tree with a fun and festive vintage-inspired Advent calendar. Marian Parsons uses freezer paper fused with linen to print free vintage graphics directly onto the fabric. She paints numbers 1-25 in the corner of each print, then creates and sews pockets to form daily gift bags to build anticipation for Christmas Day. The finished garland is ideal for wrapping around the tree or draping down a stair banister. Get step-by-step instructions.

Make Your Own Mercury-Glass Votives

Silver and gold leaf can transform almost anything into an elegant holiday accessory. Bring a metallic touch to your Christmas arrangement by applying silver leaf to inexpensive glass votives and hurricanes. With just a few minutes, you can create the look of mercury glass without the cost. Design by Marian Parsons. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Grapevine Wreath Outdoor Snowman

Small, medium and large grapevine wreaths stacked, then held together with twine or wire form a woodsy snowman you can make in a jiffy to add holiday cheer — indoors or out.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Wintry Blooms

Create a floral centerpiece that incorporates warm holiday hues and that will instantly liven up your dinner table. Brittni Mehlhoff arranges various red flowers, berries and succulents in a rustic wicker basket. (You can choose any vase that suits your style.) Use floral wire to tame stubborn stems and plants, add pinecones around the base and you're ready to host for the holidays.

Chair Adornments

Create festive dining chair embellishments to coordinate with your tabletop decor this holiday season. Simply wrap and tie a two-loop bow in the center of each chair using two-inch-wide un-wired ribbon in your preferred seasonal hue. Then embellish the center of each bow with greenery, pinecones and berries. Design by Layla Palmer. Get step-by-step instructions.

Holiday Glam

Bring a bit of holiday glamour and charm to your tree, mantel or banister by transforming a traditional party banner into a sparkling beauty using craft glitter. Simply apply school glue to the front of each letter and use a spoon to sprinkle glitter over the letters. Once dry, string letters onto hemp twine and hang the banner somewhere in your home for all to see. Design by Marian Parsons. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Add Color to Outdoor Topiaries

Festive up your front porch by flanking the door with a pair of faux or fresh boxwood topiaries embellished with wired burlap ribbon and garlands of faux berries.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Restaurant-Style Menu Board

Let your guests know exactly what's for dinner with a restaurant-style menu board made from a DIY chalkboard. For more seasonal and sophisticated flair, apply gold leaf to a large wooden frame. Guests will never know how easy and inexpensive this was to make. Design by Marian Parsons. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Sparkling Staircase

Katrina Giles jazzes up her Christmas staircase with holiday garland, silver ribbon and natural pinecones. She adds silk greenery to the pinecones and coats them with silver metallic paint for a shimmery look that will bring holiday cheer all season long.

Joy to the World

Marian Parsons uses upholstery webbing, glittered chipboard letters, plus sprigs of greenery and red berries to create this vintage-inspired holiday banner and wreath. "German glass glitter makes these letters sparkle and will tarnish over time to give the banner a vintage look," she says.

Metallic Update

Before you take all your old candlesticks to the thrift store, why not give them a festive update? Janell Beals gives her eclectic collection of wooden candle holders a holiday-inspired revamp with gold leaf, making them the ideal tabletop centerpiece or coffee table adornment. Get step-by-step instructions.

Musical Trees

Use sheet music to create miniature Christmas trees, perfect for any whimsical holiday vignette. Using Styrofoam cones in varying sizes, glue the cut-and-curled sheet music around the cone. Continue to glue and cover the tree by overlapping the row before to achieve a thicker look. For the best look, use three trees at varying heights in your arrangement. Design by Marian Parsons. Get step-by-step instructions.

Rustic, Layered Centerpiece

Holiday centerpieces don't have to be expensive and elaborate. Layla Palmer proves that you can create a beautiful table display with budget-friendly elements. To make this rustic and layered centerpiece, Layla uses a grapevine wreath, faux berries, evergreen and pinecone picks and faux floral stems to layer around a simple, pedestal-based candleholder. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Warm and Festive

Update an existing candle tray to warm up your holiday dining experience. Janell Beals wraps glittery garland around neutral everyday candles and scatters ornaments among the branches for a bright, colorful look.

Silver Bells

Layer garland with a collection of colorful ornaments in your favorite tray to create an irresistible holiday centerpiece or sofa table addition. Janell Beals dresses up a vintage-inspired porcelain tray with bold accessories and uses a mixture of silver, blue and gold hues for an individualized twist on the traditional red and green.

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