Christmas Countdown: Your Week-by-Week Guide to Make-it-Yourself Gifts & Decorations

Make the busiest time of the year simple with our Christmas crafts and decorations timeline. Find out what to do when so you can get it all done and enjoy the season. Or choose a project and have enjoy yourself with these festive how-to's.
 pick a craft or decoration

November 1: Make Festive Crafts
Prepare for the yuletide season by adding color and cheer to your decor
Outdoor lighting
Wire angel
9 easy-to-make wreaths
Make-it-yourself stockings from Country Living
More ideas in the Virtual Holiday Craft Gallery

November 15: Create Handmade Gifts
Give friends and family personalized gifts you've made from your heart
Handmade soap
Decoupage plate
Family tree shadow box
Tasteful gifts from the kitchen from Country Living

November 29: Decorate Your Home
Use the long weekend to fill your home with these easy-to-make adornments
Christmas Home Makeover (with before & after photos!)
Outdoor decorating ideas
Pine and cranberry candle

Silver and gold ornaments
10 Christmas decorating ideas on a budget
More festive decorating ideas from Country Living

December 13: Whip up Last-Minute Gifts and Decorations
Learn 26 ways you can prepare for Christmas in a snap
9 decorating ideas for busy women
Hassle-free gifts for the family
8 gifts for your favorite gardener
Velvet wine bag
Beaded hair clip

December 20: Entertain the Kids
Give your children a project they'll have fun with - and be proud of too!
Snowflake placemats
Party glasses
Keepsake ornament
More ideas for kids

December 23: Set a Seasonal Table
Turn your holiday table into a welcoming place for friends and family
Cheap & quick holiday table decorations
Simple seasonal table setting
60-second centerpieces
All-white Amaryllis centerpiece

December 24: Get the House Together
Create a cozy holiday feel in minutes
Emergency clean up: Get ready for guests in 30 minutes!

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