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Last Minute Christmas #DIY Crafts

Happy Holidays! With Christmas fast approaching, I finally got a few Christmas DIY crafts done. Talk about cutting it close. Between Sugar Plum Z’s birthday, both of us being sick, the Hubs crazy schedule and my never ending state of being exhausted, things just went undone. But I am happy to say that I completed a few DIY projects for the holiday.

These crafts were super easy so if you are just getting in the mood or finding the time, go ahead and give them a go. You will love them and feel happy you did them. I sure did. 

DIY Wreath

Christmas DIY Craft Wreath

This DIY wreath was very easy to complete. I picked up a wreath on sale for $2.50 and used ornaments from the last few years. We changed our Christmas tree colors to red and gold this year so I had plenty to choose from. This is a great way to use ornaments you still love, get creative and have a decoration unique to you and yours. 

Supplies 

  • Plain wreath 
  • Ornaments 
  • Wire rimmed ribbon 
  • Ornament hooks 
  • Scissors

Directions

  • Wrap wreath with wire rimmed ribbon. Cut ribbon and secure last loop around the previous loop
  • Using 2-4 ornament hooks, attached ornaments of choice to wreath
  • Admire your work and hang it for everyone to see

Christmas DIY Crafts

Ornament Lanterns 

Christmas DIY Craft Lanterns

These were super easy to make. So much so Sugar Plum Z was able to join in. Of course all of our ornaments except one are plastic so little toddler hands can surely handle this DIY. 

Supplies 

  • Empty lanterns 
  • Ornaments in various sizes

Directions

Place the ornaments in the lanterns attempting to keep the top part of the ornament facing towards the back. Attempting being the operative word. The ornaments and the toddler had their own agenda. 

  • Display on mantle or as centerpieces for your dinner table
  • Congratulate yourself and your toddler for a job well done

Christmas DIY Crafts Lanterns 2

Mini Gratitude Christmas Tree 

Christmas DIY Craft Cards

This one is very special to me. Jaye of “Curvatude” shared her Advent Tree which served as inspiration for this project. It has been an interesting year so taking the time out to write out what I am grateful was a great way to connect with what’s truly important. To add an educational component, I decided to write Merry Christmas in 20 different language on the front of every card. On the inside I wrote the language at the top and then what I am grateful for in the middle. Practicing pronouncing Merry Christmas in each language was fun with Big Z. Even little Z got in on the action. When my nieces were over, it was fun to see them point out the languages they know and attempt to pronounce the ones they don’t know. I plan to keep these little cards and reflect on them when I am having great days and when I am having tough days. 

Supplies 

  • Mini blank cards 
  • Colored Markers 
  • Tape 
  • Thoughts 

Directions

  • Fill out the front of each card or leave them blank
  • Write out your gratitude statement or anything else you choose on the inside
  • Hang in the shape of a Christmas tree in an area you can easily see

Christmas DIY Craft Cards 1

 What holiday DIY projects have you worked on this season?  

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Sheena
    December 22, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    That wreath is SO gorgeous and I love the lanterns. I envision painting them white and filling them up with multi colored ornaments.

    Merry Christmas!

    • Reply
      M J
      December 29, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      Do it Sheena. That sounds awesome. And if you don’t want to paint them, Ikea usually has white lanterns. Have fun.

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    Keshawn
    December 22, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    I love the ornament lantern idea and can definitely see myself doing that quick, fast and in a hurry! These are good ideas and I’m going to tweet about this and post it on my Event Passion facebook page. Merry Christmas!

    • Reply
      M J
      December 29, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      Thank you Keshawn. I appreciate it. Happy Holidays to you. Thanks for the share love.

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    Nita
    December 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    these are soo cute and creative…I will definitely be following your blog:)

    • Reply
      M J
      December 29, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      Thank you Nita. I appreciate it.

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    Vee
    December 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Girl these looks amazing! The lantern balls are genius. So easy & fun! I can tell Zoe had a great time being Mama’s helper.
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      M J
      December 29, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      Thanks Vee. Zoe definitely enjoyed herself. We will be doing this again next year.

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    Kara (Kay's Ways)
    December 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    These look so simple to do! I love the ornament display in the lanterns. I think I am going to the gratitude tree with my oldest, thanks for sharing these ideas!
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      M J
      December 29, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      Thanks Kara. They were all so easy and so much fun.

  • Reply
    Christine @MomsNCharge
    December 23, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    WOW MJ you did an amazing job with all three projects! I really love each of them and that wreath is gorgeous! You could easily sell that in a store 🙂 The kids and I will be making ornaments today so I’m looking forward to seeing how they’ll turn out 🙂 Where did you find your lanterns? That’s such a cute idea!
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      M J
      December 29, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      Thank you Christine. I really love the wreath. Next year I am going to do a super sized version!

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    Nita
    December 23, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    all of these are so creative and cute…love them

    • Reply
      M J
      December 29, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      Thank you Nita. It was fun to do.

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    pascha
    December 25, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    All of these ideas are lovely. I make my own wreath also, love the personal and customized touch.
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      M J
      December 29, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      Thank you Pascha. Did you post a pic of yours? I would love to see. Next year, I am going bigger! This was so much fun.

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