With the holidays right around the corner, we know you’ve got a to-do list chock full of gifts to buy, presents to wrap and cookies to bake. If holiday decorating is the last thing on your list, we’re here to help. In between the marathon baking sessions and last-minute online shopping sprees, we’ve got 12 quick and easy Christmas tree-inspired projects that you can finish in just one afternoon.

1. Mini Christmas Tree Piñata: How cute would these piñatas be as wrapping for small gifts? We love any excuse to whip out the gold confetti. (via A Cup of Thuy)

2. Marzipan Tree Cake: You’re only three ingredients away from the cake decoration that everyone will be oohing and ahhing over at the next holiday party. And the best part? You can make it several days in advance, so there’s no last-minute scramble. (via Oh Happy Day)

3. Festive String Wall Art: Does your living room need a few more decorations before the big day, but you aren’t feeling the typical red and green overload? These easy string art pieces are the perfect way to fill your home with just the right amount of holiday cheer. (via The Pretty Blog)

4. Handmade Bottle Brush Trees: Bottle Brush trees can be expensive and hard to find — but not anymore. Whip up a batch in any color and they’ll easily become your new favorite decoration. (via Just Something I Made)

5. Mini Snow Globe Ornament: Bottle brush trees and plastic old-fashioned ornaments make for a quick, easy and nostalgia-inducing project. Hang them on the tree, use them as place settings or string them up for the cutest garland in town. (via No Biggie)

6. DIY Christmas Crayons: Do have a ton of tiny tots in your family? Make these crayons in bulk and they’ll be just the right size for any of your little helpers. (via Mom Spotted)

7. Stacked Paper Trees: Circles of recycled paper are folded and stacked to create a super simple but still really impressive display. Dress up your mantel or your dinner table with these festive trees. (via Martha Stewart)

8. Plywood Card Holder: Spend a little time making this, and you’ll have it for years to come. (via Ambrosia Girl)

9. Holiday Tree Lights: Made with modeling clay or air-dry porcelain, these light covers are so adorable, you won’t want to put them away after Christmas… and since they aren’t overly festive, you won’t have to. (via A Beautiful Mess)

10. Balsa Wood Christmas Trees: You don’t need to be a power tool pro to handle this wood project. A craft knife is the only thing you’ll need to chop down these trees. (via A Cup of Thuy)

11. DIY Snow Globes: Put all those mason jars to good use and DIY your own instant snow globe collection. (via Brit + Co)

12. Handmade Christmas Trees: Empty cereal boxes, dried beans, old book pages and twine are just a few things you’ll need to create this one-of-a-kind display. (via A Beautiful Mess)

Are any of these projects topping your list this year? Let us know below!