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Countdown to Christmas: DIY crafts for the whole family
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Now 11 days away from Christmas, the pressure is on to make sure your decorations do their job in getting you in the holiday spirit. So for a low-cost and family-fun activity, bring out your art supplies for some 'do-it-yourself' holiday fun for the whole family.


With fewer Christmas events taking place in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, this is one way to have fun at home with the family. Even if you're not the most crafty, crafting is a fun activity to do with family and friends.

Here are some DIYs you may like to try this holiday season:

Spray painted Christmas pillows

Is there such a thing as too many decorations during Christmas? If you're looking to add a touch of christmas spirit to your home, try making these cute and easy DIY spray-painted Christmas pillows. This DIY is a perfect activity for kids and anyone looking to add a sophisticated (but totally Christmasy) look to your year-round couch or chair. You can find how to make this DIY here.

Christmas Scrabble tile coasters

With all the hot chocolate and fun holiday cocktails you'll be drinking in the next week, it might be time to swap out your everyday coasters for these fun Christmas Scrabble tile coasters. This DIY is simple, and can be customizable to fit any room in your home. You can find how to make this DIY here.

Mason jar lid wreath ornaments

If you're looking to use the last of those craft supplies at home, this might be the DIY for you. Simple, uncomplicated and cute, these ornaments could be the final touch to your Christmas tree this year. This craft uses only mason jar lids and any craft supplies you can find, making it an inexpensive and fun project for the whole family. Personalize your ornament to fit your personality and show off your craft talents. You can find how to make this DIY here.

Dried orange garland

Everyone loves a good candle, but how does having a decoration that can make your house smell like citrus sound? This DIY is completely inexpensive, easy to make and can add a fun pop of color to any home. The holiday season is filled with fun and bright things, so why not add a natural element to it? You can find how to make this DIY here.

Christmas wreath

To add a final touch of holiday cheer to any home, Christmas wreaths are perfect DIYs to show off your decoration skills. Just like Christmas lights, a wreath can add that final touch to any front door. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, a wreath is a must for any home. This project can be customized to fit your taste and the decor of your home. You can find how to make this DIY here.

Check out your local craft store for the supplies you need to start one of these projects.

This is part of a holiday series counting down to Christmas so make sure to visit Austonia tomorrow, as we reach 10 days until Christmas.

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