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.
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.
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.
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.
Make This: Pom-Pom Christmas Garland
Waterless Snow Globes
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 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.
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.
Make This: Upcycled Quilt Christmas Stockings
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.
Make This: Ombre Tabletop Christmas Trees
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.
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.
Make This: Decoupage Angel
Wood Slice 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.
Wood slices and baker’s twine look pretty festive as a holiday banner that fits perfectly on a coffee or side table.
Make This: Rustic Wood Slice Banner
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.
Make This: DIY Paintbrush Garland
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.
Make This: Mitten Garland Advent Calendar
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.
Make This: Mercury Glass Votives
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.
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.
Make This: Ornate Framed Chalkboard Menu
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
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
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.
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.
Make This: Holiday-Inspired String Art Sign