Looking for some DIY Christmas projects? You have come to the right place. Here are 14 projects you can finish in an afternoon.

Who knew everyone loved Christmas magazines as much as I do?

There were so many emails from you about yesterday’s post. Stories about how you find ideas and fold the pages at the corners and get a cup of hot cocoa and lose yourself in the ideas and inspiration found in those glossy pages.

Just. Like. Me.

That is exactly why we are friends.

And guess what friends do?

They tell each other about projects and how to make them.


So today I’ve got the Christmas projects for you.

11 projects that are easy and clever and you can create in an afternoon with some hot cocoa and Christmas music.

Let’s GO.

14 DIY Christmas Projects You Can Make In An Afternoon

1. Five projects from recycled Christmas cards

I love Christmas cards as much as the next person.

The postman brings them and I read them and put them in a box or basket.

And then?

What do you do with them after that?

Here are five projects you can make from those Christmas cards.

2. Handmade gift idea: hot chocolate in a jar

Looking for a fun, quick and easy DIY gift idea?

This is the perfect present to give to your neighbors, teachers or friends. It’s homemade hot chocolate in a jar and these super cute printable tags to make it even easier for gift giving.

See the recipe and the printable tag here.

3. DIY Christmas village houses

These houses started off life as unfinished wood houses from the craft store.

But now? With a little paint and sparkle–these houses look so expensive and create the cutest village.

See the DIY for the village here.

4. Christmas Bell wood branch display

One of my favorite Christmas carols is “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”

Especially when the bells are as beautiful as these.

Make a simple bell display with a wood branch and different size bells.

See all the Christmas bell decorating tips here.

5. Simple and easy hot cocoa bar

Welcome family and friends who stop by during the holidays with a hot cocoa bar. You can set it up at the beginning of the holidays.

Then you are entertaining ready.

See how to create a hot cocoa bar here.

6. Dried fruit and herb Christmas garland

I love incorporating natural elements when I decorate for Christmas—but I’ve never dried oranges before.

This is the year to try it and this unique, sustainable dried fruit and herb Christmas garland is on my list.

See the garland instructions here.

7. The easiest fluffiest Christmas bows

Bows are a great way to add a little extra merry to your wreaths, gifts and Christmas decor.

Learn how to make these easy fluffy bows in minutes.

See how to make the bows here.

8. Add greenery to signs

This is such a simple idea, but it adds an extra bit of Christmas.

Add greenery and garland to signs (or this works with mirrors, too).

Isn’t this bedroom the prettiest?

Take the rest of the tour here.

9. DIY Christmas kissing ball

Who needs mistletoe when you can create a beautiful Christmas kissing ball like this?

You can create this project on a budget using fresh greens and some holiday decor.

See the how-to for this project here.

10. DIY Jingle bell trees

I love a little sparkle with my Christmas.

This project was inspired by a high-end version I saw in a boutique. The trees were out of my budget, so I came home and created my own.

See the jingle bell DIY here.

Guess what?

I just heard the Christmas boxes coming down from the attic.

And when I open those lids—you know what I’ll be thinking.


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  1. Image for Linda Linda

    I love all your ideas! Thank you for sharing! Also, where did you purchase the Nativity painting that you placed on the chest in the bedroom? I have been looking for a large Nativity painting and am having a difficult time finding one I can use.

  2. Image for JC JC

    So many cute ideas! The houses are especially adorable and while checking those out at Michael's I see they have tiny wooden house ornaments for 99 cents!! Wouldn't those be cute with the same finishing and an adorable tag and wrapping to give neighbors or anyone? Thanks for the inspiration, KariAnne!

  3. Image for Judy Young Judy Young

    I am so inspired by your Christmas Home Tour. Everything is so perfect! I just love your creativity and resourcefulness. Not sure when this was filmed, maybe you are planning a new one for this year?

  4. Image for June June

    Loveeeee all of these ideas!!! Curious as I sip my hot cocoa here in chilly MN I keep it as a seasonal drink. Do you enjoy like coffee or tea or just during the holidays??

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