1. Make window snowflakes with a glue gun u-createcrafts.com Directions here. 2. Pinecones make great decorations, but bake them first to eliminate bugs. houseofhepworths.com Setting the oven to 200 degrees and baking for 45 minutes should do the trick. 3. Use paint chips to make gift tags. etsy.com Or buy these on Etsy. 4. Make these pinecone gnome ornaments. bhg.com Directions here. 5. Paint pinecones for quick, versatile decorations. factorydirectcraft.com They'd make awesome ornaments or look great clustered in a bowl. Full directions here. 6. Don't have a Christmas tree? Make one out of books! familysponge.com This idea comes from Family Sponge. 7. Artfully-arranged books on a shelf can become a Christmas tree as well. apartmenttherapy.com 8. Print out a template to fold your own paper ornaments. theredthreadblog.com Printables are perfect. Get this one here. 9. Cotton balls can become a quick Santa beard. supermommoments.com Doesn't matter how old you are. 10. Make paper plate Christmas angels for centerpieces. marthastewart.com It's a great activity for kids, too. Martha Stewart has the instructions. 11. Make a scarf wreath. onefabday.com As long as it's a scarf you don't care about messing up. Directions here. 12. For last-minute wrapping, decorate a brown box with nail polish. wrappedupinrainbows.blogspot.co.uk Directions here. 13. Use brads to turn plain paper into studded gift wrap. blog.whimseybox.com Yet another reason to steal from the office supplies closet at work. Directions here. 14. Coffee filters easily become snowflakes. pinterest.com Use them for ornaments or window decorations. 15. Make mini wreaths out of shower curtain pulls smilelikeyoumeanit.net Wrap yarn around them, adding a drop or two of glue to hold everything in place. 16. Turn your fridge into a snowman. handsonaswegrow.com All it takes is some paper, scissors and tape. 17. Turn metal washers into snowflakes. brit.co Directions here. 18. Print out these tree napkin rings to easily spruce up your table. marthastewart.com Yes, "spruce up" is a tree pun. No, I do not feel guilty in the slightest. Template available here. 19. Make snow globes out of jars. zomoc.com Directions here. 20. Craft a cardboard Christmas tree. instructables.com Here's how. 21. For a dorm room or a super-last-minute tree, use duct tape and lights. pinterest.com 22. Turn wine glasses upside down for quick votives. pinterest.com 23. Wrap cookies using foil or plastic wrap containers. auntpeaches.com Full directions here. 24. When it's time to put everything away, store string lights without tangling them by wrapping them around pieces of cardboard. marthastewart.com They can be piled neatly in boxes this way too. 25. Pack ornaments in egg cartons. thedailybuzz.com.au 26. Store candles in paper towel tubes to keep them from getting ruined. marthastewart.com So you can use them again for New Year's!