Handmade Christmas Crafts Made Fast and Easy This Holiday
Handmade Christmas crafts can be a fun activity for the whole family and does not have to be difficult to make under a budget. Since everyone expects to receive and give some beautiful gifts, it can sometime really be financially stressful for some people. Though it is a season of love and sharing; you can give within your means. And we are talking about great d.i.y gifts that are made by hand and felt by your heart!
There are many wonderful ways that you can make to beautify your homes and to give to others as special gifts. Easy to create and handwritten customized cards, handmade Christmas tree, wooden or paper decorations, and so much more.
Here are some simple to make handmade Christmas crafts and gifts that you could gather and start making with family and friends.
Fashionable Wrapping & Greeting Cards
When you receive a gift, the first thing you see will be the wrapping, so it does need to be heart felt and beautiful. This Christmas and holiday season you can create a really stylish and chic wrapping gift pack ideas to dazzle your family and friends. You can also make some white, gold and black combination of creative wraps that can be used to adorn your tree.
With special wrapping – every gift for the season can be presented as personalized as the gifts. Using just a few colorful cardboard, color markers, glue and your imagination, you can definitely customize Christmas cards for friends and family. A pretty handmade seasons’ card is much more appreciable than the regular store cards.
Star Paper-Lantern by Home Made Gift Made Easy
You can create some pretty good star lanterns that will be absolutely gorgeous for your home. This will involve you using papers with varieties of colors, and you can use any striking paper you find at your favorite craft shop.
Equipment You’ll Need
- pretty paper or card-stock
- glue or double sided tape
- needle and thread
The first thing you’ll need to do is download the paper star lantern template . The pdf file has templates in three different sizes, so you can choose how big you’d like your lantern to be.
Print the template onto your paper or card-stock, making sure that you print onto the blank side! The lantern is made of five modules, so depending on the size of template that you use you might need to print several pages.
Instructions for How to Make Paper Star Lanterns
Step 1: Cut out along solid lines, and make creases along dashed lines. Each module looks like this, and you’ll need five all together.
Step 2: Glue module into a cone-shape using the glue-tab on the side. This is the view into the cone. Make sure you glue the tab onto the inside of the cone so it’s hidden away.
Step 3: Glue all the other modules into cones too, so that you have five cones like this. If you like, at this point you could also use a hole-punch to make some holes for the light to shine out through.
Step 4: Pick two of the cones and glue them together using the glue-tabs. The two tabs of one cone go inside the adjacent cone, like this.
Step 5: Continue gluing all the cones together until all five are connected, but don’t glue the first and last cones together. Instead, thread a few inches of cotton halfway up the first cone, and halfway up the last cone, like this. Exception: If you just want the lantern as a decoration without any bulb inside, then go ahead and glue the first and last cones together.
Step 6: Insert a light (e.g. a fairy light) into the lantern, and then tie the two lengths of cotton together to pull the star into shape. Tying the cotton also makes the “mouth” of the lantern close tight over the bulb and to keep the lantern in place.
Step 7: Getting the knot in the right place can be tricky. It helps to poke a pencil into the middle of the knot as you tie it. You can adjust the position of the knot so long as the pencil’s in there. That way you can adjust the tension in the cotton to just the right level before you finish the knot.
Step 8: When you untie or snip the cotton, the lantern packs flat for storage or posting.
The holidays are always loaded with fun and festivities; and it brings with it ‘moments of outstanding colors”. It is all the wonderful people, food, gifts that makes the festival joyful.
Special Homemade Play Dough
Play dough isn’t very costly at all and much safer and without toxic content. Once done, ensure to stockpile in an airtight container. Get a few cups of floor, add a bit of water, oil, baking soda and food coloring, walla! you have yourself an edible play dough. If you can get the kids not to eat them then add some glitters for the fun of it. And be prepared to get messy but don’t forget to wear an apron as food coloring can be quite a mess.
Christmas Oven Gloves
This is a good choice as gifts for your friends who are foodie types. Simply get together a pair of oven gloves and beautify with some extra beautiful fabric and your sewing skills.
Christmas Custom Chalkboard
This is super cool choice if you love chalkboard and its trend. You can make your own custom chalkboard and give away to family and friends this season, as these can be seen as great for kitchen benefits. The recipient will have it handy for writing their grocery lists, and then teachers will fancy them too. With wood, some colorful paints, you can achieve pretty patterns and designs that will be very attractive.
Painting and Collage Making
Ah the most fun, exciting and best of all d.i.ys is indeed creating art! You don’t need to be Picasso but you can express your creativity anyway you like. Get a canvas and paint something or make a collage with the entire family! To learn how you can make very basic and easy creations visit Amazon and get “The Heart of An Artist” written by me. It is a book about how just like you, I was thinking about creating my own art and then soon discovered I had awaken an artist spirit within myself.
You will learn the basic of setting up, preparing tools and materials then the process of simple losing or finding yourself in your creation. It is truly a feeling like no other when you allow yourself to explore creatively.
Felt Christmas Tree by Stella Divina
To complete this project you will need the following materials:
1.Styrofoam cones (any size will work)
- Scissors (a sharp sewing scissor works best to cut through multiple layers)
Felt in four different shades of the same color
Hot glue gun
After gathering all of the supplies, you will need to create a simple leaf shape on a piece of card stock or other sturdy paper. You can use any size leaf shape desired, however, the leaves pictured were created using a 2 2/4 x 11 x 2 inch template. Once you have created a leaf template, you will need to trace the template onto felt pieces and then cut out the leaves. The number of pieces you will need will vary depending on the size of the cone and the amount of each color you would like to use. You may choose to use more of one color than another. This is a personal preference. You will also need to cut out a strip of felt(about one inch wide) to wrap around the bottom of your cone.
Once you have all of the leaves cut out, you will need to attach the felt to the cone. To do this, you will first apply glue to the one-inch strip and attach it to the bottom of the cone. When gluing, it is important to apply the glue to the felt and not the cone to avoid melting of the cone. After the one-inch strip is attached, begin gluing the leaves around the cone in slightly overlapping rows starting with the darkest color. After gluing 2-3 layers, change colors. The number of layers can be adjusted according to the size of the cone. The cone pictured is a smaller cone, so you might want to add more layers of each color for a larger cone.
When you get close to the end of attaching the felt, make sure that the leaves meet the top of cone. Once the final row is attached, glue an additional row on top of the final row by applying glue across the center width of the leaves. Finally, enjoy your ombre tree for many seasons to come!
Hope you can make something great out of these many handmade Christmas crafts, remember you don’t need to be a pro to do any of these; it doesn’t even need to be perfect; SO JUST DO IT out of your creative mind and you will be amazed at your artistic hands!
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