A Dozen Clever Hacks for Your DIY Holiday Home

You don't have to shop 'til you drop to make things merry and bright this season. We've scoured the Web for 18 resourceful hacks to make your home—and your holiday—magical and memorable, without breaking the bank.

"Faux" Real

DIY Christmas Tree Stand

You won’t have to fake enthusiasm for your artificial Christmas tree when it stands atop a genuine wood tree trunk, as seen on the blog Something's Hiding in Here. Collect a tree stump from your local tree service, and bore a hole in the center to accommodate the base of your tree to bring the beauty of nature indoors.

Related: Look Alive—8 Ways to Make Your Fake Tree Fool Anyone

blog.urbanoutfitters.com via somethingshidinginhere.com

In Plain Sight

DIY Wrapping Paper Storage

Don’t relegate wrapping paper rolls to the back of the closet; give them a permanent dwelling on a desk or countertop, gathered in an attractive hamper basket or a simple dip-dyed storage canister. The talented DIYer at Home Made By Carmona coated the outer rim of her glass canister with gold spray paint for that dazzling metallic finish.

Related: 18 Clever Storage Solutions You Can DIY for Free


Snow Day

DIY Paper Snowflakes

Ordinary coffee filters are transformed into special snowflakes in this heartwarming holiday decoration from crafter Elsie Marley. After brewing a cup of joe for yourself, flatten and fold a couple of unused coffee filters, then cut them into your favorite snowflake pattern. Your lacy paper creations will be perfectly round and symmetrical every time—although no two will be alike!

Related: 15 Insanely Easy Ways to Decorate for the Holidays


Wrap It Up

DIY Wrapping Paper

Brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of our favorite things...under the Christmas tree this year! Wrap toys and trinkets in brown paper bags adorned with baker’s twine and alphabet monogram gift tags to offer up rustic charm with a personal touch.

Related: 8 Clever Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper

flickr.com via apartmentlife

Take a Bow

Door Holiday Gift Wrap Decor

Don’t wait to deck the halls with boughs of holly when in mere minutes you can deck the door with bows of holly-red fabric. This artful decoration from Ohoh Blog uses a combination of light and dark red organza, but any festive fabric will do the trick—even cut-up bedsheets. Wrap the "ribbons" around your front door and secure them with staples to treat your guests to the gift of a stunning entryway.

Related: 12 Totally Unexpected Ways to DIY a Holiday Wreath


Thyme for Leftovers

Thyme for Leftovers

If you have fistfuls of leftover herbs that didn't get to dress the holiday bird, give them fresh purpose by proudly displaying them on empty walls and cabinet fronts. Simply trim remnant herb sprigs and stick them to the walls using washi tape scrawled with messages of holiday cheer.

Related: 12 Easy Herbs to Grow on Your Windowsill

instructables.com via Paige Russell

Ladder to Success

DIY Christmas Ladder Tree

Take holiday decorating one step at a time—literally—with this nontraditional and easy-to-stow Christmas tree ladder. Using this Instructables tutorial, transform the rungs of a ladder into the painted “boughs” of a tree brimming with gifts and solid craftsmanship.

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instructables.com via Paige Russell

Stovetop Scent-sation

Stove Top Potpourri

You don’t have to be a master chef to infuse your home with the unforgettable aroma of your favorite festive foods. Make like the blogger at I Heart Naptime and fill a pot with lush cranberries and oranges as well as fragrant cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, then let it simmer on the stove, emitting spiced potpourri to immerse the senses.

Related: 8 Ways to Make Your House Smell Like the Holidays


Mint Condition

DIY Christmas Place Cards

Take a short and sweet approach to table setting with these miniature candy-cane place card holders from Industrious Justice. After gluing together upside-down candy canes, nestle name cards or food labels in the front two “hooks” of the candy canes to pepper your holiday dinner table with style.

Related: 7 Tips for Quick and Easy Cleanup After Dinner


Double the Fun

Double Wreath

A statement-making wreath can be surprisingly expensive. But that shouldn’t hold you back from adding holiday curb appeal to your front door. Rather than laying out the cash for a natural evergreen wreath, try this simple trick from the blogger at A Night Owl. Place a smaller wreath inside a larger artificial one, tie it with a pretty ribbon and hang as one. No one will ever guess your affordable secret. 

Related: 12 Totally Unexpected Ways to DIY a Holiday Wreath


Top Notch

DIY Tree Topper

The perfect Christmas tree isn’t complete without the finishing touch of a topper. Finding the perfect tree topper, though, isn't easy. Too tall and it scratches the ceiling, too heavy and it weighs down the branches, and, of course, the design has to suit your taste. Try creating your own pipe cleaner topper, using inspiration from A Beautiful Mess. It's simple, lightweight, cheap, and fully customizable. 

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