Merry Crafts-mas! DIY The Best Holiday Decor With 4 Chic (Easy!) Ideas

Recently, we made a solemn vow to make as many holiday-related goodies as we possibly could — a funny little ritual we undertake every year, only to find ourselves stressed and sticky with super glue on Christmas Eve. So, this year, we're taking control of our creativity and choosing only awesome projects that are also insanely easy. Want to make your own garland from a collection of cool vintage ornaments? Of course you do! And what about chic coasters you can use for cocktails and give to your friends? That's a definite yes. Since we want you all to feel crafty-but-not-crazy, too, we thought we'd share our top picks for simple-and-stylish holiday DIY projects. We found inspiration from local bloggers and big design guns, and their tips all have one thing in common: You can actually pull them off in just a couple hours. We think they're the perfect holiday accessories for your home — click through to get inspired!
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Who knew you could melt crayon shavings and beeswax beads in a slow cooker to make too-cool dip-dyed candles? Martha Stewart, that's who. We might even go a little wild and try our hand at ombre versions.


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Dip-dyed candle instructions available at Martha Stewart.


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Need an easy gift for a girlfriend, Grandma, or a chic coworker? Local blogger Casie Mace of Whipped Style made this elegant gilded bowl with some painter's tape and a can of gold spray paint. We think it would look perfect on a dresser or side table.


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Painted bowl instructions available at Whipped Style.


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Here's a reason to love those mismatched ornaments in the attic or the thrift store: Add those castoffs to a strand of metallic beads to make your own super-unique garland to trim a tree, a mantle, you name it — now that's what we call kitschy and classy.


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And who says you can't make multiple ornament garlands and layer them up? Not us! Ornament garland instructions available at Design*Sponge.


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Cheapest DIY project ever? Possibly! Pick up some single tiles and spray paint, use a scrap of lace as a stencil, and voila! A batch of casually-cool lace coasters.


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Lace coaster instructions available at Martha Stewart.


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