Crafty Christmas

There's something about the season that seems to bring out the creative urge in even the least crafty among us. Not to worry, these projects are perfect for any skill level and better yet, they won't burn through the holiday budget. So put on some carols and get out the glue gun; it's time for crafty Christmas!

Gumdrop Poms: These sugary gumdrop poms from My Blessed Life are too sweet!  Perfect for the holidays, a Candyland party, or just about any child’s birthday, they are easy to put together and easy on the budget, too.

Marzipan Snowflakes: Aromatic and almondy marzipan snowflakes from Torie Jayne make a beautiful topper for surprisingly simple mince meat pies. Go to Torie Jayne for her gluten-free mince pie recipe and how-to.

Scrabble Tile Crafting: This ornament from Shopworn Designs is darling inspiration for easy-as-your A-B-Cs crafting. Old Scrabble tiles make great place settings, door placards, gift tags, and more.

Ribbon Garland: Simply elegant, from Better Homes and Gardens. Start with a piece of ribbon cut to the desired garland length. Cut shorter pieces of ribbon to thread through ornament hooks and wrap around the long ribbon, securing with a knot. Tie a cluster of ornaments topped with a wide, complementary-color ribbon to each end of the garland. Choose a different color scheme and get a totally different look!

Fabric Trees: The Creativity Exchange shares how just about any candlestick can be converted to a gorgeous fabric tree for the holidays. So clever! The opportunities for reinvention are nearly limitless. Visit the free tutorial or purchase and download a PDF template.

Toilet Paper Roll Projects: We love love love this DIY wreath from See You There Design. Have you ever seen paper towel and toilet rolls  look lovelier? The finished project may be a little ‘two ply-able’ (so sorry, we couldn’t resist the pun!), so consider shellacking the final design for hanging and future use. Check out the pic-by-pic tutorial.

Recycled Wrapping: Parcel paper is inexpensive, eco-friendly, and often sturdier than traditional gift wrap. We love the idea of a blank canvas! Inspiration for Home suggests using old holiday coasters, vintage cards, and repurposed ribbon to dress up packages in a unique and enviro-conscious way.

Book Page Origami: From The Girl on the Go, this is such a simple project and we love the vintage chic ‘Anthropologie’ vibe. Tie one to a wine bottle for a hostess gift, place them on the boughs of your Christmas tree, or use as a cute gift wrap embellishment. Visit Extreme Cards and Papercrafting for the origami tutorial.

Christmas Card Display: Display the seasons’ greetings from glittery boughs or rustic bare branches. Use an opaque vessel, like the one shown, or fill the bottom of a clear glass vase with ornaments to anchor the branches. Use a hole punch and ribbon to hang your cards, or secure them with clothespins.

Cinnamon Stick Wreath: Pretty and sweet smelling, this wreath is easy and inexpensive to make. All you will need is a 12-inch wooden wreath ring, several 6- inch cinnamon sticks, a glue gun, a length of burlap, and some ribbon. Follow the tutorial at My Home Ideas.