Make it Friday: Last Chance Holiday DIYs


This is it, folks. Hanukkah has started, Christmas and Kwanzaa are imminently approaching, and New Year’s is just a blip on the radar away.

Which means, this weekend is really your very last chance to make those holiday DIYs you keep intending to get to. Let’s roll up our sleeves and pull out the glue guns!

And drills, paint, clay, twine, tissue paper…

Make it Friday: Last Chance Holiday DIYs

Eye am in love with these trendy-but-fabulous clay eye ornaments by Almost Makes Perfect (tee-hee!). They look like they only take about half an hour to make—perfect for the crazy days ahead.

Ok, this beautiful branch candelabra is not a DIY, it’s actually an expensive decor accessory from West Elm. BUT it’s an awesome idea and would be totally easy to recreate! Just glue some simple candle holders onto a sturdy, branchy branch (copper caps as in The Merrythought’s DIY candles would work nicely), and light it up.

For you leather-loving makers, Delia Creates made a stunning leather Scandinavian ornament. You’d need a leather punch tool, but it looks like a quick and easy project.

I don’t even know what to say about this rustic menorah centerpiece by Francois et Moi, it’s too pretty for words. Just make it, already.

The Merrythought wins again with their lovely and EASY hanging chalk canvases—use them to add holiday charm to your decor, then re-use them any other time you need a chalkboard.

Hurray for time-saving printables! A Piece of Rainbow is sharing a good one with this paper village luminary craft. Cuteness to the max.

Paper & Stitch came up with SEVEN simple ways to stamp your own wrapping paper, using common household objects. The results look like something you would buy for crazy monies at The Paper Source, don’t you think?

This flameless fire pit project from October June is already in the works in my house. Nothing says “cozy” like a crackling fire, and since I can’t have the real thing in our non-working fireplace, me and the cats will curl up next to this beauty. Good luck finding room, husband (muahaha).


Funny story: I’ve been so scatterbrained with all the holiday craziness, writing wedding thank-you cards, getting the blog back on track, working erratic hours at Anthropologie, and trying to actually, you know, enjoy the holidays—that I never buckled my belt yesterday. Walked around all day with it just hanging there, unbuckled. Didn’t even notice.

Can I get a new brain for Christmas?

How are you all holding up? Who’s ready for the post-New Year’s hibernation?

Author: Marlene @ Idle Hands Awake

Maker, baker, cat momma, total nerd, perpetually covered in glitter/sawdust/paint. Blogging DIY and design for modern creatives.

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