Easy DIY Christmas Decorations

easy DIY ornaments Because Thanksgiving happened late this year, it seems the prep time for the holidays is feeling even more rushed than usual! And we've heard more than a few folks lament the fact that they're just getting around to putting up a tree.

So, if you're scrambling for time, here are a few easy DIY Christmas decorations you can make to add some holiday cheer -- and fast! -- to your home.

Kid-friendly DIY Ornaments: Simple craft supplies and a couple of hours, and you'll be ready to decorate that tree.

Homemade Ornament Ideas from CountryLiving: Some seriously creative ideas, ranging from super-simple to slightly more time-consuming. (And if you haven't yet discovered CountryLiving, don't be fooled by the name! You won't find any country-blue kitchens or stenciled wallpaper border here...)

15 Easy Holiday Decorations from Real Simple: Spruce up your entry way, your dining table, your mantel... plus, some family-friendly decorating ideas, too!

easy DIY string ball ornaments

Budget- and small-space-friendly holiday decorating ideas from Houzz: Don't let small spaces or tight budgets stop you from going all out. These ideas from Houzz are a great source of inspiration!

Make your own string balls: Our favorite craft this holiday season -- so simple, yet the end result is so lovely! These can be used individually as tree ornaments, grouped together in a glass bowl for a sweet and simple centerpiece, or even turned into a chandelier. Same idea with a twist: Use doilies in place of the string.

Happy decorating!