When I think back on the holidays I spent as a kid, memories of crafting homemade ornaments around the dining room table with my mom always come to mind. Maybe it’s for that reason that, for me, the holidays always involve little hand-crafted touches that just make the season feel complete. That said, not all of us are the savviest crafters and, even if we are, we’re all pressed for time during the crush of holiday parties and gift wrapping. Luckily, there are a ton of great apps and websites (and of course blogs… ahem) to turn to for inspiration and easy how-to’s.
So, today, in honor of crafting a homemade holiday that isn’t overly complicated or time-consuming, I’ve rounded up 10 quick and simple holiday DIY ideas perfect for the non-DIY savvy, as well as some of my favorite apps for inspiration. Click through to see them all: pretty garlands, ornaments, gift toppers and more!
10 Simple Holiday DIY Ideas for the Non-DIY Savvy 1 of 11
Click through for 10 quick and simple holiday DIY ideas perfect for the non-DIY savvy!
DIY Painted Ornaments 2 of 11
These super easy painted ornaments will make the prettiest addition to your holiday decor. All you need is premade paper mache ornaments from the craft store, paint and a paintbrush.
Get the how-to at Oh Happy Day
DIY Snow Globes 3 of 11
With a big, awesome screen, the Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone is the perfect way to find awesome holiday craft ideas (like the ever popular snow globes) by using the Pinterest app to find your favorite pins on the go. Glittering snow globes are one of my favorite elements of holiday decor and making them is so super simple! (And it's a great craft for kids, too.)
Get the how-to at The Sweetest Occasion
DIY Neon Holiday Garland 4 of 11
Around here, the boys are obsessed with all things neon right now. (One even asked for neon skinny jeans for Christmas to wear with high tops!) Using the Fresh Paint app on our Surface tablet, we got a little crazy playing around with neon paint colors last weekend, which makes me think this garland is perfect for us this holiday season - plus it can be made in 5 minutes or less. Perfect for kids!
Get the how-to at Curbly | Photo by Brittni Mehlhoff
DIY Wreath Placecards 5 of 11
How lovely are these festive wreath placecards? They're surprisingly simple to make with wire, bits of greenery and ribbon. We've been using my phone to listen to seasonal music lately and I love the idea of rocking the Christmas MusicBox app during holiday dinners for a little extra cheer.
Get the how-to at Scout
DIY Santa Hat Drink Stirrers 6 of 11
A project I spied while playing around on Pinterest with my Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone one evening, adding a little homemade touch to your holidays doesn't get any easier than this! Striped paper straws decked out in little Santa hats will take you all of 1 minute to make.
Get the how-to at Sugar & Cloth | Photo by Kimberly Chau
DIY Gold Candles 7 of 11
Candlelight is a must-have for any holiday celebration and I love how these simple white tapers get an all-new, all-elegant look with the addition of thin gold metallic tape. And talk about a quick and easy project!
Get the how-to at West Elm
Easy DIY Felt Garland 8 of 11
How about a garland that's only as difficult as cutting out circles from colorful felt? I love the cheery look of this one. Switch up the colors to match your own holiday decor! One of my favorite blogs for DIY inspiration is Brit + Co. so I'm loving the Brit + Co. app for browsing great DIY projects, especially for the holidays.
Get the how-to at The Sweetest Occasion
DIY Candy Gift Tags 9 of 11
Aren't these candy gift toppers so sweet? (Pun absolutely intended.) Making your own is as easy as punching holes in a coaster and attaching a bit of twine! These coasters just so happen to be by Martha Stewart Crafts and I found them using the Martha Stewart app on my Windows Phone to find holiday craft ideas.
Get the how-to at Sugar & Cloth
DIY Sweater Heart Ornaments 10 of 11
While using my phone to brainstorm ideas for easy ornaments to make with the kids this year, I stumbled upon this gem using the Real Simple app to look up holiday inspiration. Have an old sweater that has seen better days? In just a few minutes you can turn it into ornaments by cutting out heart shapes and attaching ornament hangers.
Get the how-to at A Subtle Revelry | Photo by Samantha Pierson
DIY Coffee Filter Snowflakes 11 of 11
I love getting craft inspiration from Pinterest (who doesn't?) and the kids and I spied this one while playing with the Surface tablet one night planning our holiday decor. If you can use a pair of scissors, you can tackle this craft with ease - making pretty snowflakes from coffee filters! We're planning to hang a cluster in each of our windows.
Get the how-to at The Pink Couch
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