Everyone knows that the holidays can be super stressful, but we think they’re also the perfect time to get creative.
Whether you’re looking for inventive ways to get organized, fun techniques for gift wrapping, or new crafts to spruce up your home, these awesome hacks will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit (and maybe even help you stay sane).
1. Hang Christmas cards on your kitchen cabinets
Holiday cards crowding your mantel? This tip from Greener Grass Handmade keeps them displayed beautifully on your cabinets with just ribbon and clothespins.
2. Coffee filter trees
DIY decorations have never been easier. I Heart Naptime shows us how to make wintry trees out of the coffee filters you already have in your home.
3. Use less filler for decorative jars
Just put a toilet paper roll in the center of your jar and add your desired baubles around it. It looks fuller and you can use less stuff. We love how Dandelions and Dust Bunnies put together this apothecary jar.
4. Clean a menorah effortlessly
This hack from Land of Honey takes the work out of cleaning your menorah. Simply put it in the oven for five minutes at the lowest temperature and the old wax will melt right off.
5. Cozy gift wrapping
That old, itchy sweater you were about to toss? Turns out it can actually upgrade your gift presentation game. Make your presents stand out under the tree with this easy tip from Boxwood Clippings.
6. Hang a festive wreath with ease
A new way to use Command Hooks to mount your holiday wreath that we think is genius. Pretty Dubs shows us how.
7. DIY pinecone wreath
Now that you know the perfect way to hang a wreath, why not make your own? We love this easy DIY by I Heart Napping.
8. Upcycle your wrapping paper
Save those holiday-themed paper bags from Trader Joe’s! They’re awesome for wrapping gifts (and free too). A Creative Mint makes them look so pretty and festive.
9. Fill your house with holiday scents
A great trick by Half Baked Harvest to make your house smell as good as Santa’s workshop—especially if you don’t have a real tree.
10. Candy cane place card holders
This project by Industrious Justice is so simple you’ll wonder why you hadn’t thought of it sooner. Just glue three candy canes together and you’re ready to entertain.
11. Organize your wrapping paper
Make your life so much easier by using a hanging garment bag to store your wrapping paper. Now you’ll always know where your gift wrap is thanks to this tip from The Chic Site.
12. Turn pool noodles into faux birch logs
If you’re feeling crafty this holiday season, this is a fun DIY from Design Dazzle. Who knew a pool noodle could be so festive?
13. DIY cookie boxes
Turn your empty plastic wrap and tinfoil boxes into beautiful vessels for your cookie swap. Aunt Peaches shows us how.
14. Ornament chandelier
Make your chandelier Christmas-ready with this easy trick by Brassy Apple.
15. Hot glue snowflake clings
Turn your home into a winter wonderland with this tutorial from We Lived Happily Ever After. Bonus: they’re perfect for decorating your windows AND presents too!
16. Coffee filter angel wings
Here’s another great way to use coffee filters for the holidays, this time as a handmade ornament for your tree. Crafts A La Mode shows us how.
17. DIY peppermint bowls
These cute bowls by Princess Pinky Girl are super easy to make so you can make a bunch to give as gifts.
18. Santa’s footprints
Little Hiccups shows us how to make Christmas morning even more magical for the kiddos with a little baking soda and glitter.
19. Pumpkin snowmen
Paint and stack your pumpkins from fall into adorable snowmen for your entryway. Nola Girl at Heart shows us how.
20. Ice lanterns
Add a merry touch to your front steps with these gorgeous lanterns by Practically Functional.
21. DIY gift bags
Let’s face it: Some things just can’t be wrapped nicely. Now you can make your own gift bags for those weirdly shaped gifts with this idea from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body.
22. Decorate with tree clippings
If you clip back your tree to even out the branches, save the clippings for some easy (and great-smelling!) decorations. See how to keep the clippings fresh at Miss Mustard Seed.
23. Wrapping paper wreath
It’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll have scraps leftover when you’re finished wrapping all your gifts. Instead of tossing them out, you can turn them into an eye-catching wreath with this tip from Centsational Style.
24. Tomato cage Christmas tree lights
String lights, tomato cages, and rubber bands are all you need to make these DIY trees by 17 Apart.
25. Gift your Paint Nite or Plant Nite creations!
Handmade gifts are always more meaningful—that’s why the paintings and terrariums from your awesome Nite out are perfect for giving to someone special. And you’ll have a blast making them, so everybody wins! We’ve got more ideas for gifting your Plant Nite and Paint Nite masterpieces.