8 Ridiculously Simple (And Cheap) Christmas Crafts You Still Have Time to Make

Ajah Hales
9 min readDec 24, 2019

If you’re a procrastinator like me and still have a few (or several) people to shop for by tomorrow, you probably use procrastination to avoid painful emotions brought on by the most wonderful time of the year. Instead of shopping for friends and relatives throughout the year, you like to wait until the 22nd or 23rd to finally get your act together and then pull an all-nighter (or extreme shopping adventure) to get everything done so you can feel like a badass on Christmas morning instead of, well… just an ass.

We can talk more about your seasonal self-gaslighting later. For now, let’s dive right into some fun, easy and affordable handmade gifts that won’t break the bank, or get you that look usually reserved for handmade birthday cards and elementary school art projects.

Confession time. I can’t draw or cut a straight line. I’m shockingly competent in a lot of ways, but anything that involves hand-eye coordination is pretty much a no-go for me. So if I say a craft is an easy DIY, it’s probably something the average seven-year-old can manage. With that being said, I tried to evaluate simplicity based on both the amount of time the craft takes and its complexity. So don’t slide in my comments with your complaints!

I’m taking compliments only between now and 2020.

Yellow cloud lamp in a darkened room

This is by far the easiest thing I’ve ever found on Pinterest. This cost me $8 to make and took about 25 minutes to put together. Here’s what I used to make it:

Pillow, 3 glass jars, scissors, hot glue gun, silver LED tealights, silver serving tray on purple table

Here’s what it looked like after I glued the jars down:

3 glass jars with silver LED tealights on silver tray

I cut open the pillow and took the entire pillow form out. It really looks like a cloud!

Ever wonder what the inside of a pillow looks like?

I took cotton candy size handfuls of the fluff and glued it to the tray. Before…

Ajah Hales

World Changer. Social Thinker. Business Owner. #WEOC