Ideas for a Crafty Christmas

Would you like to make some of your Christmas gifts this year? What about some of your Christmas decor? For me, the key to Christmas crafting is planning ahead.  I look for projects that are easy and affordable, and ideally ones that use some items that I already have at home.  Here are a few of the ideas I bookmarked to try this year.

These little gift labels look incredibly easy, and would add such a sweet touch to a special gift.


I bet these cinnamon stick candles would smell wonderful.


Here’s a super easy use for ornaments.


This idea makes me wish I’d looked for old Scrabble games at yard sales this summer. You could also spell people’s names for personalized ornaments or gift tags.


This is such an easy way to jazz up a little girl’s shirt for Christmas. I would definitely find some sparkly rickrack.


Aren’t these little paper trees just adorable?


What crafts are you thinking of doing this holiday season?


More craftiness:

2010 Christmas crafts

2010 Thanksgiving Craft


  1. OH what great ideas! My daughter would really like a shirt jazzed up like that!

  2. I have several of those ideas pinned too! I made the candles for Thanksgiving and they were so easy and so lovely. Check the craft section at Walmart for cinnamon sticks. They had the long sticks for $1 a bag but in the grocery section only short ones were available. I’m sewing pillowcases for lots of gifts this year. I’ve been collecting fabric all year long 🙂

  3. I am making those cinnamon candles!

  4. Mary, I am trying to figure out the pinterest website. How do you get the directions for making the craft? Thanks.

  5. I made an advent calendar for my nephew using only supplies from the dollar store. I attached a small wreath frame inside of a large one with wire, covered the whole thing with wide ribbon layers, and then attached 24 small stockings to the wreaths which I’m filling with small toys and candy. I used puffy fabric paint for numbers on each stocking and ornament hooks to attach the stockings to the wreaths. It turned out much better than expected and cost me about $20 (not counting the toys and candy inside).

  6. We are using all the colored circulars in the newspapers to make different size envelopes from small to large. We then make note cards (no writing so they can pick the occasion) with scrapbooking supplies and plain cardstock to match the different envelopes. Give a sheet of white labels for name of person going to and you have a one-of-a kind gift for anyone.
    We are tying them with decorative ribbon (if seeing the person) otherwise putting in malt-o-meal or macaroni box for mailing to them. Total we are out the cost of the labels and the minimal scrapbooking paper, for a total of about $3 each!!
    Every one we have given these to for thank you cards, birthday cards, anniversary cards, or get well cards this past year loved them so we decided to make hundreds for gifts for Christmas this year. Recycle the newspaper and cheap for us. As well as giving to family, these will be perfect for the neighbors, post lady, garbage man, my co-workers, and school bus driver this year for Christmas.
    Luckily, I work for a newspaper so access to thousands of flyers!

  7. Woah this weblog is great i really like studying your posts. Keep up the good work! You realize, lots of individuals are searching around for this info, you could help them greatly.