Craft Your Way to the Nice List with These 13 Holiday DIYs

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Alright, craft enthusiasts and festive fun-seekers! With these 13 holiday DIYs you can dive headfirst into the glitter-laden, glue-sticked frenzy of holiday crafting.

A vibrant melted crayon ornament hanging on a Christmas tree.
Melted Crayon Ornaments. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Forget about cookie-cutter store-bought decor and gifts and show Santa what real creativity looks like (and hopefully dodge that naughty list in the process). With projects ranging from “I can totally do this” to “What have I gotten myself into?”, there’s something for everyone – whether you’re a seasoned pro or a complete beginner.

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Dog Treat Wreath

A dog bone wreath with red and green ribbons.
Dog Treat Wreath. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

This Dog Treat Wreath is the ultimate canine Christmas gift. It’s a festive decor piece and a treat dispenser all in one, because let’s face it, your dog’s been good all year.
Get the Instructions: Dog Treat Wreath

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

A mason jar filled with green sand and candy canes, featuring a peppermint sugar scrub inside.
Peppermint Sugar Scrub. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Scrub away your past mistakes with Peppermint Sugar Scrub. It’s not just a skin treat; it’s a festive way to say goodbye to those oops moments, made with coconut oil, sugar, and a hint of color for that peppermint stripe effect.
Get the Instructions: Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Personalized Metal Water Bottle

etched water bottle
Personalized Metal Water Bottle. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Etch your mark with Salt Water Etching. It’s the craft that combines science and art, and is perfect for customizing metal water bottles with a touch of personal flair.
Get the Instructions: Personalized Metal Water Bottle

Melted Crayon Ornaments

Got crayon leftovers? Melt them into art with Melted Crayon Ornaments. This craft is super to make, and even artistically challenged folks can swirl their way into impressive Christmas ornaments.
Get the Instructions: Melted Crayon Ornaments

Wine Cork Reindeer

A wine cork reindeer ornament hanging on a Christmas tree.
Wine Cork Reindeer. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Wine Cork Reindeer: the craft that gives your wine habit a Christmas twist. Transform those corks into adorable reindeer, because every bottle of wine should contribute to holiday cheer.
Get the Instructions: Wine Cork Reindeer

Candy Christmas Trees

Three candy cane christmas trees on a red table.
Candy Christmas Trees. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Crafting Candy Christmas Trees is a sweet way to decorate, literally. It’s a deliciously creative activity that’s family-friendly and likely to shrink as you ‘sample’ your art supplies.
Get the Instructions: Candy Christmas Trees

Recycled Ornaments

DIY wrapping paper ornament on a tree
Recycled Ornaments. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Turn your trash into treasure with Recycled Ornaments. Using last year’s wrapping paper scraps, it’s a wink at being eco-conscious and a nod to your hoarding tendencies.
Get the Instructions: Recycled Ornaments

Thumbprint Christmas Cards

Merry christmas thumbprint cards.
Thumbprint Christmas Cards. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Say it with prints with Thumbprint Christmas Cards. A few thumbprints here and a Sharpie there, and you’ve got a personal card that’s more thumb than humdrum.
Get the Instructions: Thumbprint Christmas Cards

Stained Glass Candle Holders

Stained Glass Votive Holders
Stained Glass Candle Holders. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Light up your house with Faux Stained Glass Candle Holders. Tissue paper, Mod Podge, and a little creativity turn ordinary votives into luminous art pieces.
Get the Instructions: Stained Glass Candle Holders

DIY Dog Treat Jar

A white jar with paw prints on it.
DIY Dog Treat Jar. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Show your pooch some love with a DIY Dog Treat Jar. It’s like a cookie jar, but for your dog, because your furry best friend deserves his own stash of goodies.
Get the Instructions: DIY Dog Treat Jar

Pinecone Ornaments

Two pine cone ornaments hanging on a tree.
Pinecone Ornaments. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Pinecone Ornaments: where backyard pinecones and acorns turn into holiday décor. And after all nothing says Christmas like tree decorations made from trees.
Get the Instructions: Pinecone Ornaments

Tea Infused Bath Bombs

A cake sitting on a table next to flowers, with DIY bath bombs in the background.
Tea Infused Bath Bombs. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Fancy a spa day at home? Whip up these Tea Infused Bath Bombs and soak in the luxury of ‘fancy tea time’ meets ‘bath time’. Ideal for gifting to those who appreciate a little brew with their bubbles.
Get the Instructions: Tea Infused Bath Bombs

DIY Advent Calendar

Diy advent calendar with buttons on a wooden board.
DIY Advent Calendar. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Count down to Christmas with a DIY Advent Calendar that’s as fun to make as it is to use. Paper mache boxes get a festive makeover, creating a calendar that doubles as a decorative Christmas tree.
Get the Instructions: DIY Advent Calendar

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