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All the holiday season stress can make this time of year feel anything but “merry and bright.” One easy way to decompress and spread cheer in the midst of it all? Creating beautiful homemade decorations and gifts for the holidays and beyond. Whether you’re an aspiring DIY-er or a parent who’s got kids to entertain during the school break, Cricut’s suite of crafting tools allows you to personalize, organize and decorate your home in a heartfelt and meaningful way. Here are seven adorable homemade crafts you can whip up this holiday season.

1. Tree Place Cards

Hosting a holiday dinner? These mini tree place cards are the most adorable way to add a personal touch to each table setting, and they take less than 30 minutes to make. All you need is card stock, your Cricut Maker, a scoring wheel and hot glue...oh, and little tree stumps or round pieces of wood for the base (available at most major craft stores).

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2. Monogram Wreath Coasters

These vinyl cutouts can be added to any coaster your heart desires. They make a perfect gift for newlyweds or you can make them for yourself to add a personal touch to your own coffee table. You can also personalize the monogram font and the surrounding wreath, and load any color vinyl into your Cricut Maker (we’re big on the metallic combo). 

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3. Holiday Dish Towel

Personalize your kitchen linens with an array of iron-on designs, from wreaths and trees to Santas and stockings. We love all the possibilities, like creating matching oven mitts and fabric napkins and gifting the whole set to someone on your “nice” list.

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4. Thankful Doormat

Your guests made the trek over, now show them your appreciation with this artful rug, made with a stencil (cut with your Cricut), any old doormat and some outdoor spray paint. The best part? You can stencil whatever phrase or word you want, so if “Brought wine?” is more your style...we say, wine not? (Sorry, had to.)

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5. Framed Herbs

This easy cutout craft adds a nice touch of green to kitchen walls any time of year. But for a holiday spin, we’d choose a Fraser fir cutting from our Christmas tree and put the year underneath it. Just pick your frames, a card stock background and a font, et voilà: the easiest decor to fill a wall or commemorate a special season.

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6. Christmas Chalkboard

A blank framed chalkboard and some linen vinyl are all you need to decorate this holiday welcome plaque. For year-round signage, add your family name or last initial to the top, and pick from one of Cricut’s Design Space motifs to border the top and bottom. 

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7. Christmas Tree Card

What’s better than a handwritten card? A homemade handwritten card, of course. These little notes are totally customizable via Cricut’s Design Space tool, so you can really make any kind of design you want. Oh, and they take less than 30 minutes (a tenth of the time it took to write the annual family newsletter...hey, no judgment here). Make a couple extra to keep as easy bookshelf decor after the majority are signed and sent.

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