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    26 Last-Minute DIY Christmas Hacks

    Just found out that you're hosting eight people for the holidays and don't own a single ornament? Use stuff you already have lying around the house to put together a festive holiday in no time.

    1. Make window snowflakes with a glue gun

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    Directions here.

    2. Pinecones make great decorations, but bake them first to eliminate bugs.

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    Setting the oven to 200 degrees and baking for 45 minutes should do the trick.

    3. Use paint chips to make gift tags.

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    Or buy these on Etsy.

    4. Make these pinecone gnome ornaments.

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    Directions here.

    5. Paint pinecones for quick, versatile decorations.

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    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!

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    This idea comes from Family Sponge.

    7. Artfully-arranged books on a shelf can become a Christmas tree as well.

    8. Print out a template to fold your own paper ornaments.

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    Printables are perfect. Get this one here.

    9. Cotton balls can become a quick Santa beard.

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    Doesn't matter how old you are.

    10. Make paper plate Christmas angels for centerpieces.

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    It's a great activity for kids, too. Martha Stewart has the instructions.

    11. Make a scarf wreath.

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    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.

    13. Use brads to turn plain paper into studded gift wrap.

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    Yet another reason to steal from the office supplies closet at work. Directions here.

    14. Coffee filters easily become snowflakes.

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    Use them for ornaments or window decorations.

    15. Make mini wreaths out of shower curtain pulls

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    Wrap yarn around them, adding a drop or two of glue to hold everything in place.

    16. Turn your fridge into a snowman.

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    All it takes is some paper, scissors and tape.

    17. Turn metal washers into snowflakes.

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    Directions here.

    18. Print out these tree napkin rings to easily spruce up your table.

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    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.

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    Directions here.

    20. Craft a cardboard Christmas tree.

    21. For a dorm room or a super-last-minute tree, use duct tape and lights.

    22. Turn wine glasses upside down for quick votives.

    23. Wrap cookies using foil or plastic wrap containers.

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    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.

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    They can be piled neatly in boxes this way too.

    25. Pack ornaments in egg cartons.

    26. Store candles in paper towel tubes to keep them from getting ruined.

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    So you can use them again for New Year's!