15 DIY Projects To Try this Holiday Season
The holiday season is the perfect time to show off your creativity with some DIY projects. Crafting is an important activity for your mental health. It can reduce stress, improve your self-esteem, induce relaxation, and provide many more long-term benefits. Especially right now, with no end in sight to COVID-19, we all must take care of our mental health and keep busy.
Every holiday deserves its own DIY projects, so I’ve included 5 projects for Halloween, 5 for Thanksgiving (or fall in general), and 5 for Christmas (or winter in general). Take advantage of all this downtime and get into the holiday spirit this season by taking on these 15 fun and unique DIY projects!
1. Halloween Wreath
This inexpensive Halloween wreath is such a beautiful addition to any front door, dorm room, or Halloween party display!
You can find most or all of the supplies you’ll need at your local dollar store, party store, or Halloween store. On hand, all you need is a glue gun, which you can borrow from a neighbor or purchase for a few bucks from any art supply store.
2. Skull Candle Holder
This skull candle holder looks like an expensive and professionally made product that can be re-created with minimal supplies for a reasonable price. Make a couple of skull candle holders, place one on either side of a spooky centerpiece, or make one and turn it into its own centerpiece!
You can find skulls similar to those pictured below online at Amazon or Target, or check out your local Halloween store to see what they have in stock!
3. Spiderweb Light-Up Mason Jar
This super creepy spiderweb mason jar is a great decoration for all your Halloween festivities this year. Make a few, place them as centerpieces at your next Halloween party, or make one and put it centered between two skull candle holders!
Although this DIY project might look complicated at first, the black and orange effects are easily re-created with nail polish and a flameless tea light.
4. Skeleton Trophies
If you’re throwing or attending a Halloween party this year, then there will likely be some contests that need proper awards. Make several of these awesome gold skeleton trophies to hand out to each winner, and make it interesting by giving a brief acceptance speech as if they were winning an Oscar!
5. Eyeball Bouquet
One of the easiest and most effective DIY projects for Halloween, this eyeball bouquet is a great seasonal substitution for all flower displays in your apartment, dorm room, or dining area!
Most of these materials can be purchased at your local dollar store or Halloween store. You can also check out Michael’s or Hobby Lobby for an excellent variety of artificial flowers and greenery.
6. Fall Wreath
This beautifully festive fall wreath can be re-created for as little as $5! All you need is a pool noodle, some burlap ribbon, artificial flowers, and a glue gun. Feel free to add any single letters or full sayings to the wreath’s bottom right area to make it your very own.
Check out some examples of small wooden signs that would make a great addition to this wreath!
7. Fall Candle Centerpiece
The perfect fall centerpiece for the holiday season, this DIY project requires minimal materials and experience. Most materials can be found at your local dollar store.
If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, make several of these festive centerpieces to space out along your table!
8. Pumpkin Spice Candle
This DIY pumpkin spice candle is definitely on the more challenging and time-consuming side. Still, it would make a great addition to your fall decor and Thanksgiving display! These supplies can be found online or at your local arts and craft store.
Once you’re done making the candle, garnish the top with extra herbs and spices to make it as aromatic as you’d like!
9. Apple Candles
These seasonal apple candles are a great alternative to the pumpkin spice candle if you’re looking for a DIY project that requires a bit less work. All you need are tealight candles and a melon baller. You can borrow from a neighbor or purchase inexpensively at Bed Bath & Beyond or Walmart.
Add a bowl of apple candles to your dinner table to spice up your Thanksgiving display!
10. Fall Leaf Garland
This simple and contemporary fall leaf garland is another inexpensive DIY project that requires minimal materials. Hang it above your collection of apple candles and pumpkin spice candles to finish your Thanksgiving decor!
Check out this video tutorial to get an idea of how to create your very own fall leaf garland.
11. Christmas Light Ornaments
Spruce up your Christmas tree this year with these adorable glass ornaments that are super easy to re-create! All you need is the light bulbs, twine, and some artificial greenery and pine cones.
One easy way to get your hands on these glass bulbs is to go through your Christmas lights and remove the ones that no longer light up.
12. Pool Noodle Winter Wreath
This beautiful winter wreath will be the envy of all your neighbors. Although it looks challenging, check out this video tutorial to see just how easy it is to re-create!
You can cut the pool noodle to whatever length you want, depending on how large or compact you want your wreath to turn out.
13. Wooden Dowel Christmas Tree
One of the more artsy and unique DIY projects on this list, this wooden dowel Christmas tree, is a great project to tackle with a friend. Ornaments can be purchased at your local dollar store. If you don’t have a drill, borrow one from a neighbor or rent one out from your local hardware store.
Wooden dowels can be found online at Amazon or at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
14. Sweater Snowmen
These adorable sweater snowmen aren’t just unique decorations for your winter display; they’re also great gifts to give to family and friends!
Make a few and give them a different style and personality. You can even go a step further and give each snowman its very own name!
15. Rustic Evergreen Trees
Give your sweater snowmen a home beneath these rustic evergreen trees! All you need is some felt, a couple logs, sticks, and a glue gun.
If you’re feeling fancy, make a full winter forest display with some fake snow and even some surrounding log cabins!
Which of these DIY projects are you going to try this holiday season? Comment your favorites below!
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Jamie graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is an aspiring writer, professional editor/proofreader, and piano player. In her free time, Jamie enjoys reading classic literary works, composing music, and playing Xbox with her husband!