The holidays are a-knocking, and your students likely need some distraction from sugar highs and thoughts of vacation dancing in their heads. Check out these 15 cheap and easy DIY holiday projects you can start and finish in your last days before winter break.

1. Bring some sparkle to your classroom with macaroni snowflakes. They can be hung from hooks with fishing wire or made into ornaments for the kids to take home.

diy macaroni snowflake

Detailed directions and image via Katy Elliot

2. Make a JOY banner with felt, scissors, and a glue gun. This makes a great backdrop for a holiday photo booth, too.

diy joy banner

Via Etsy and includes a pre-sewn kit with self-adhesive felt stickers for application.

3. Celebrate the festival of lights with colorful menorahs made of construction or wrapping paper and glue.

hannukah project

Via Pinterest

4. Transform your bulletin board into a game of pin-the-nose-on-the-reindeer. The kids can help cut out the shapes and take turns trying to pin their noses on the reindeer.

diy reindeer

Via Buzzfeed

5. Some inexpensive and delicious-smelling cinnamon sticks make great starters for trees, stars, and other holiday décor.

cinnamon sticks project classroom

Via Paper & Stitch

6. Felt snowflakes are a snap for older students.

diy felt snowflake

Detailed directions, image via paper[bullet]

7. Turn leftover cans into tin can snowmen with some wire, ribbon, paint, and felt balls.

diy tin can snowman

Via Pinterest

8. Collect pine cones for your kids to decorate with simple everyday materials. These sugar snowy pinecones require just egg whites and some sugar.

diy sugar pinecone

Via Whole Living

9. Students can make garlands out of just about anything. Here’s one example with colorful pompoms.

holiday garland school

Via Paper & Stitch

10. You can never have too many pinecone crafts for kids if you ask TeacherPop. This one gets really festive with globs of glitter.

diy pinecone activity school

Detailed directions, image via Activity Village

11. This penguin mask is perfect for wee ones. Bonus: It’s not holiday-specific. You can save this one for January when the mercury dips.

penguin_mask_craft

Detailed directions, image via Activity Village

12. Make a pasta necklace in traditional Kwanzaa colors with some dried ziti, paint, and shoelaces or string.

kwanzaa necklace

Via Activity Village

13. Felt can get pricey (see #7). Here are more snowflakes, made out of coffee filters, and easy for young kids to make.

diy paper snowflakes coffee filter

Detailed directions, image via The Pink Couch

14. Fuzzy white pom poms are a cinch to make, but word to the wise: snowball fights.

snowball craft diy

Detailed directions, image via Talk Crafty

15. Everybody loves a snow globe. Make a 2-D version with your students with super simple materials like a plastic plate, some cotton balls, construction paper, and markers.

snowglobe diy school

Via Pinterest

Happy, crafty holidays!