Get a Holiday Head Start With 5 DIY Projects You Can Do in a Day (or Less!)

Stay home this Black Friday and get things done, from DIY gifts to guest room upgrades.
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This year, many are opting out of Black Friday shopping for quality family time. You may be taking your family on a hike, watching your favorite movies or baking delicious treats. Here at HGTV, we are all about DIY projects we can do around the house with our families. Instead of standing in line at 4 a.m., you can be checking off your holiday to-do list! Here are fun projects you can tackle in a day (or less!)

Get Started on Holiday Gifts 

Wine Glass Holder

Wine Glass Holder



Get a head start on your holiday gifts. This wine holder makes a great hostess gift or addition to your bar area. All you need is a scrap piece of wood, stain, an old leather belt and basic tools.

Try a Kitchen Upgrade for the Holidays

Exposed Cabinet Shelves

Exposed Cabinet Shelves

Use this day as an opportunity to tackle projects you've been putting off. Update your kitchen by giving cabinets a distressed, antiqued look. This quick, easy project will still give you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the rest of the day.

Make Handmade Ornaments 

Pouf Balls

Pouf Balls

Get the kids involved! Make these pom-poms in any color palette to decorate for the holidays — they'll look great on your Christmas tree, a kid's room or atablescape.

Try This: Tissue Pom-Poms

DIY a Tree Skirt 

White Christmas Tree Skirt and Presents

White Christmas Tree Skirt and Presents

Make your own holiday decor this year. This shabby chic Christmas tree skirt will bring a warm, elegant look to your tree — no sewing required!

Dress Up Your Guest Room 

Traditional Blue and White Bedroom

Traditional Blue and White Bedroom

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Prepare the guest bedroom for holiday guests with custom furnishings. You can make these lined and pleated drapes with any fabric and on a budget.

Try This: Lined Draperies

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Make Ice Lanterns

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Craft a Snowy Wreath

Glow It On

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Fake a Roaring Fireplace

Put Candy Canes Under Your Tree

Craft an Upholstered Banner

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Fold a Mini Forest

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Turn a Toy Into Holiday Decor

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Make 3-D Upholstered Trees

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Craft a Woodsy Banner

  1. joy banner

Photo By: Marian Parsons

No Tree? No Problem!

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Chalk It Up

Help Kids Count Down to the Big Day

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Craft a Unique Wreath

Add Some Sparkle

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Craft a Candy-Licious Pillow

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Invite a Snowman to Dinner

Easily Deck the Entryway

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Upcycle an Heirloom Quilt

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Make a Snow-Free Snowman

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Personalize Seating

Freshen Up the Fireplace

Craft Playful Button + Yarn Trees

No-Sew Felt Tree Skirt

Light Up Your Entryway

Craft This Cute Wreath

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Stack a Gifty Centerpiece

  1. moss
  2. box

Arrange Your Own Mini Trees

Cottage Up Your Christmas Tree Skirt

Turn Felt Into Trendy Ombre Trees

Stocking Hangers With a Twist

Personalize Place Cards

No-Knit Sweater Stockings

Freshen Up Your Wreath

Creatively Count Down the Days

Craft a Rustic-Chic Table Runner

Get Creative With Gift Wrap

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Upcycle Old Molding Into Rustic Holiday Decor

Photo By: H. Camille Smith

Make a Modern Wooden Tree

Photo By: Photography by Alexandra Grablewski

Build a Shelf That Doubles as a Mantel

Shell Trees

Scandinavian-Inspired Plywood Stockings

Upcycled Advent Calendar

Takeout Box Advent Calendar

Craft Pretty Paper Ornaments

Go Mad for Mod

Crafty Front Porch Updates

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Turn Beach Treasures Into a Garland

Add A Whimsical Touch

Snowy Setting

Yarn-Wrapped Pinecones

No-Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt

Deck the Windows

Embrace Industrial

Turn Mittens Into an Advent Calendar

Winterize an Old Mirror

Craft a Monogrammed Doormat

Kids' Craft: Game Piece Ornaments

Gift Box Mantel Decor

Stocking Stuffers

Deck the Front Porch

Make a Versatile Wreath

Vintage Garland Advent Calendar

Make Your Own Mercury-Glass Votives

Grapevine Wreath Outdoor Snowman

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Wintry Blooms

Chair Adornments

Holiday Glam

Add Color to Outdoor Topiaries

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Restaurant-Style Menu Board

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Sparkling Staircase

Joy to the World

Metallic Update

Musical Trees

Rustic, Layered Centerpiece

Warm and Festive

Silver Bells

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