Create a one-of-a-kind Christmas with handmade decorations and gifts.
There is no better time to get creative than Christmas. Trimming the tree, decking the hall and setting the Christmas dinner table all present wonderful opportunities to get crafty and create a sparkling, warm and welcoming festive home,” writes Clare Youngs in her book Christmas Crafting in No Time.
The book offers 50 holiday-themed projects that are sure to bring joy to you and yours this holiday season. “I have learned that it is not about spending a lot of money at Christmas. You can still make your home festive and gorgeous, and be economical too. It is the personal, handmade touches that your friends and family will really appreciate,” explains Clare, who suggests hosting a craft party in the weeks before Christmas.
“It is always a fun and festive event and everyone goes home with beautiful homemade decorations.” Here’s a sampling of the craft projects in the book:
Decorative ornaments. A whimsical felt owl with embroidery detail looks at home when perched in a tree but can bring warmth to any room when hung from a door knob or set among foliage on a tabletop display. Mini mice look great when grouped as if ready to nibble. Make multiple mice out of different colors and prints. When displayed together, they create a wonderful patchwork effect.
Table settings. When entertaining, add unique homemade touches to your dinner display. Pinecones work great as a stand for place cards (bottom photo) because they are themselves wonderful Christmas decorations. Set the mood with candlelight, which brings a bit of magic to any display.
Unexpected garland. Make a colorfully quirky garland out of patterned paper folded into beautiful rosettes of differing sizes (middle). The patterns and colors are sure to liven up any Christmas display.
Gift wrap. Your friends and family will love to receive something that was handmade with love. Gingerbread men make a great theme on which to build a collection of wrapping paper, gift tags and cards (top).
Stockings out of the ordinary. Use surprising colors and add a simple embellishment such as a snowflake for a festive, timeless look. Felt is an ideal material to craft with since its properties lend it to being easy to work with, durable and forgiving. Plus, felt comes in a variety of colors and is very economical.
by Karina Rivera