Skip Black Friday and Make These 15 Crafts Instead

Forget Black Friday. We've got #CraftFriday on the brain.

What Black Friday means to most people: setting your alarm for 3 in the morning; leaving the house while it’s still dark outside; waiting in ridiculously-long lines; fighting your way through a crowd; and maybe getting the deal you had your eye on.

What Black Friday means to me: sleeping in; enjoying the morning with a hot cup of tea (or two or three); catching up on TV; and finally getting to decorate for Christmas. And if I want to get a great deal on that digital camera I had my eye on, I still can! And I don’t have to engage in any sort of physical combat to do it! That’s the beauty of Cyber Monday.

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

This could be you while everyone else is speeding to the stores.

This could be you while everyone else is speeding to the stores.

So instead of wasting your day fighting crowds and only ending up tired and disappointed, turn Black Friday into #CraftFriday with one of these easy Christmas crafts you can do in the comfort of your own home.

Pom-Pom Garland

Kid's Craft-Colorful Pom-Pom Garland

Kid's Craft-Colorful Pom-Pom Garland

Kids love seeing their handmade ornaments and decorations used at Christmas. This colorful yard garland is fun and simple to make for kids of all ages, making it an ideal family craft.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Create an adorable pom-pom garland that you can use to decorate your mantel, trim the tree or add a fun pop of color and texture to any room of the house.

Waterless Snow Globes

DIY Snow Globes in Mason Jars

DIY Snow Globes in Mason Jars

Create these waterless snow globes by hot-gluing small evergreen trees to mason jar lids, then pouring fake snow in the jar and screwing on the lids. Group several together for a wintry scene you can leave up all winter long.

These DIY snow globes require minimal effort for maximum Christmas style. Simply glue the mini Christmas trees to the lid, add fake snow to the jar, and screw the lid back on. It’s really that easy!

Quilt Stockings

Quilt Becomes Blue and White Checked Stockings on Basket

Quilt Becomes Blue and White Checked Stockings on Basket

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.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Do you have an old quilt and some talent with a sewing machine? Create a set of charming Christmas stockings that give new life to a cherished heirloom.

Felt Trees

Ombre Tabletop Trees

Ombre Tabletop Trees

Layer shades of same-colored felt to create a modern ombre effect, or use a solid color for a more traditional look. Either way, these eye-catching trees will add a handmade touch to this year's Christmas table.

Classic red and green? Ombre blue? The color possibilities are endless with these cute felt Christmas trees.

Yarn-Wrapped Pinecones

Yarn-Wrapped Pinecones for the Holidays

Yarn-Wrapped Pinecones for the Holidays

Add a different spin to your holiday decor with these simple, colorful pinecones. All you need to do to create this look is wrap bright strands of yarn around pinecones — no glue required. They make perfect embellishments for gifts or placed in a bowl as a centerpiece. Design by Camilla

This is the perfect craft to work on as you binge watch your favorite HGTV shows on Netflix. Simply wrap a few pinecones in colorful yarn, and you’ve got a holiday centerpiece that wows.

Decoupage Angels

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There’s no need to waste money on store-bought decor when you can easily create one of these beautiful Christmas angels all on your own! Try your hand at one of these sweet decoupage angels for a homemade decoration you’ll enjoy year after year.

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Wood Slice Banner

Wood Slice Joy Banner

Wood Slice Joy Banner

Wood slices are definitely a trend in decorating. This version of a wood slice banner adds color with permanent markers and is easy for anyone to make with the assistance of transfer paper.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Wood slices and baker’s twine look pretty festive as a holiday banner that fits perfectly on a coffee or side table.

Paintbrush Garland

DIY Paint Brush Garland

DIY Paint Brush Garland

Freshen up your holiday decor with this colorful paint brush garland.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Skip the basic greenery garland and opt for something a little more fun this year. This hombre paintbrush garland is just the thing to welcome guests this holiday season.

Mitten Advent Calendar

Homemade Mitten Advent Calendar

Homemade Mitten Advent Calendar

Add a sweet and colorful touch to any holiday mantel with a festive mitten advent calendar garland. Layla Palmer used a variety of toddler-sized mittens in traditional Christmas hues and printed out 24 numbers small enough to tuck into each mitten. To add extra holiday cheer, she added a sweet sentiment below each number. String the mittens on a long strand of twine and start counting down.

What could be cuter than this red and green mitten advent calendar? Ideal for the mantel or even the staircase, this sweet garland will definitely get kids excited for the big day.

Mercury Glass Votives

Mercury Glass Votives

Mercury Glass Votives

Vintage items feel traditional, and Christmas is definitely a time to celebrate tradition. But instead of spending a fortune scouring flea markets or estate sales for goodies with old-fashioned holiday charm, consider creating your own DIY faux "mercury glass" votives for the mantel.

Use inexpensive glass containers and gold and silver leaf to fake a mercury glass look on a DIY budget. These gorgeous votives are bound to add a touch of class to your Christmas decor.

Chalkboard Menu

Menu On Gold Framed Chalkboard

Menu On Gold Framed Chalkboard

Elegant meets humble when a sophisticated gilt frame surrounds an inexpensive DIY chalkboard. Place it in the dining room with a thoughtful greeting for dinner guests, or use it to announce the evening's festivities.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

You’ll wish you could have used this one on Thanksgiving, but it will come in handy for holiday meals and beyond! This beautiful gold-leaf frame and chalkboard makes the perfect display board for announcing the menu or welcoming guests with a warm greeting.

Tiered Serving Tray

Candlestick + Baking Pan Tiered Serving Tray

Candlestick + Baking Pan Tiered Serving Tray

Bring the charm of an old general store to your holiday parties with a tiered serving tray made from tin baking pans and candlesticks. Use square or circular tin baking pans in three different sizes as well as one large and one small wooden candlestick. Update the candlesticks with holiday hues using spray paint. Next, use a drill to add pilot holes directly through the center points of all three pans. Secure the pans to the candlesticks, first by drilling wood screws through the holes and into the bases of each candlestick, then by drilling screws through the top of the pan and into the top of each candlestick.

Serve those delicious homemade (or storebought – no one’s judging here!) goodies on a too-cute DIY tiered serving tray this year. Baking pans and candlesticks are an adorable combo for this useful piece of serving ware.

Cookie Cutter Candles

Cookie-Cutter Candles

Cookie-Cutter Candles

Repurpose your old cookie cutters into charming candles by melting blocks of crafting wax in a pan on a stovetop, pouring the liquefied wax inside of the cookie cutters, and then adding a wick before the wax hardens.

And if you aren’t the homemade goodies kind of person, put your Christmas cookie cutters to good use by adding melted wax and wick. Sugar cookie scent = optional.

Ombre Gift Tags

DIY Christmas Gift Tag Made From Paint Color Swatch

DIY Christmas Gift Tag Made From Paint Color Swatch

Paint color swatches make great DIY holiday gift tags.

For the most novice crafter who still wants to be fully prepped for the Christmas season, these cute ombre gift tags are the project for you. Just collect a few paint chips, cut out large triangles, and punch holes in each top. Once your presents are wrapped, tie the tags to your gift for a cute and frugal touch.

String Art

Holiday String Art Signage

Holiday String Art Signage

Add graphic impact to your home this holiday season with a welcoming sign made from string, nails and wood.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Add a personal touch to your entry with a welcoming sign made with your own two hands. Copper nails and various shades of purple pop against a rustic wood plaque.

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