This holiday season add a touch of Christmas cheer to your home with these easy, homemade crafts.
Turn pretty paper and ribbon scraps into sweet tree adornments.
YOU’LL NEED (makes 1 cone):
• 6" x 8" patterned craft paper • Glue gun Scissors • 8" gold ribbon, ¼" wide • 8" gold berry garland • Fake red berries or candy
Starting with a short edge, roll paper into a cone. Overlap edges neatly and glue together. Trim top to make it even.
Create a ribbon handle by gluing ends of ribbon to inside edge of cone, opposite each other.
Wrap gold berry garland around upper edge of cone. Trim garland to fit cone circumference; glue to secure. Let glue set, then fill cone with red berries or candy.
Clip cards to lengths of ribbon hung from a tension rod.
• Red spray paint • Mini clothespins • Tension rod to fit window • Scissors • Wide ribbon in a variety of styles • Glue gun • Rickrack, trim or thin ribbon • Holiday cards
In a well-ventilated area, spray-paint clothespins; let dry.
Position tension rod in window. Cut ribbon in lengths 1½ times as long as distance from rod to windowsill. Cut ribbon ends into an inverted V shape.
Loop ribbon over rod so one end is just above windowsill and other end is midway between top and bottom of window frame. Secure shorter end to back of longer end with several dabs of glue. Space ribbons about 6" apart. Add rickrack and thin ribbon in between, gluing as above.
Attach cards with clothespins.
Team painted cocktail sticks with fake jewels to create delicate star ornaments.
YOU’LL NEED (makes 1 ornament):
• 16 wooden toothpicks • 1 small block Styrofoam • Red spray paint • Pencil • Red plastic jewel • 2" x 3" red card stock • Scissors • Glue gun
Stand toothpicks in Styrofoam. In well-ventilated area, paint them red; let dry.
Trace outline of jewel onto card stock; cut out. Glue toothpicks onto cut-out card, fanning them to make a star shape.
Glue jewel to card, covering tips of toothpicks. Let dry.
Fill a collection of clear glass vases with your family’s favorite sweets.
YOU'LL NEED (makes 1 candy vase):
• Computer and printer • 8½" x 11" thin white card stock • Curvy-cut scrapbooking scissors • Hole punch • 2' ribbon, ¼" wide • Clear glass vase (a sturdy one that you can reach into easily) • Candy
On a computer, type candy names in a festive font. Print on thin card stock.
Cut labels out of printed card stock using curvy scissors.
Punch a hole in upper left corner of each label, thread with ribbon and tie around vase. Fill with candy.
Use unbreakable ball ornaments to turn a junk-shop find into a work of art.
• Large mirror with frame • Drop cloth • Masking tape • Paintbrush • Red paint • Red ball ornaments in small and medium • Glue gun
Place mirror on drop cloth. Tape mirror where it meets frame. Paint frame; let dry completely.
Remove hanging loops from ornaments. Glue ornaments all over mirror, overlapping as needed to fill holes.
Remind yourself of the year’s high points by hanging frames filled with photos of family and friends.
YOU'LL NEED (makes 1 ornament):
• Gold spray paint • Small wooden frame • Scissors • 1' velvet ribbon, ¼" wide • Glue gun
In a well-ventilated area, paint frame. Let dry.
Cut a 6" length of ribbon. Glue ends together to form hanging loop; attached glued ends of ribbon to front of frame, centered on top edge. Tie bow with remaining 6" ribbon and glue directly on top of loop end to obscure.
Insert photo into frame.
Craft old-fashioned pomanders from oranges and cloves.
YOU'LL NEED (makes 1 pomander):
• 3' satin ribbon, 1" wide • Orange • Dressmaker’s pins • Scissors • 3' ribbon in contrasting color, ½" wide • Glue gun • Whole cloves • 5" x 10" cellophane bag
Wrap 1"-wide satin ribbon around orange vertically. Pin in place; trim ends. Repeat, positioning ribbon around other half of orange. Pin in place. Repeat, layering ½"-wide ribbon on top of 1"-wide ribbon. Tie 1' of either ribbon in bow and glue to top of orange.
Following lines of ribbon, push cloves into orange at ¼" intervals. Fill orange with rows of evenly spaced cloves.
Place pomander in cellophane bag and tie with remaining ribbon.
Fashion an adorable tree garland from felt and yarn.
YOU'LL NEED (makes 1 10' garland):
• Scissors • 3 colors yarn, 36' each • 30 4" x 3" felt pieces • Pencil • Sheet of paper • Pinking shears • 30 wooden clothespins
Cut each color of yarn into 18' lengths. Gather yarn together, mixing colors. Divide into three bunches and braid. Knot at each end to form a tassel.
Draw 4"-long mitten shape on paper; cut out to use as template.
Following template, use pinking shears to cut mittens from felt. Clip to garland with clothespins; wrap garland around tree.
Use an almond for the face and fabric leaves for wings.
YOU'LL NEED (makes 1 angel):
• Scissors • 6" x 7" felt sheet • Glue gun • Unshelled almond • 4" yarn and 9" yarn in different color • 2 skeleton leaves • 6" thin-gauge wire
Cut felt into triangle using 7" side as base. Cut off top 2" of triangle.
Join two nonparallel sides to form a tube; glue in place so bottom of tube is wider than top.
Glue almond to front of narrow end of tube to create head. Cut 4"piece of yarn in half; position on either side of almond and glue in place to create arms. Cut three 3" lengths of other color yarn, unravel ends slightly, center over almond and glue to top of almond to create hair.
Position leaves on back of tube, facing downward, to create wings. Glue in place.
Wrap wire around thumb to form halo shape, leaving 3" of wire straight. Poke straight part of wire down angel’s back, inside dress. Glue to secure if needed.
Add a homespun touch with nut clusters and a bow.
YOU'LL NEED (makes 1 wreath):
• Glue gun • Unshelled almonds and hazelnuts, 1 bag each • Seed balls • Twig wreath • 3' plaid satin ribbon, 3" wide
Use glue gun to attach four almond “petals” around a hazelnut to create flower shape. Position seed balls and nut “flowers” around wreath, then glue in place.
Tie ribbon into a large bow; glue to bottom of wreath.
Spruce up plain foliage with felt bows and winsome bird decorations.
YOU'LL NEED (makes 1 garland):
• Plant ties • Balsam garland, 3' longer than banister • Scissors • 3 8½" x 11" felt sheets • Florist wire • Glue gun • Artificial birds
Use plant ties to secure garland to top of banister, wrapping garland around base of banister.
Cut felt into 2" x 11" strips, trimming ends into a V shape. Make 10 to 12 strips, depending on banister size. Double-knot strips in center. Loop a length of florist wire through back of knot. Position on garland, one every 8" or so, with ends hanging on either side of banister. Attach to garland with florist wire.
Position birds between bows; attach with glue.
For a more vintage feel, make stockings from old dish towels, curtains or tablecloths.
YOU'LL NEED (makes 1 stocking):
• Stocking pattern (download here) • Fabric marker • 3/8 yard felt • Dish towel • Scissors • Straight pins • Needle and thread • Glue gun
Use fabric marker to trace pattern onto felt and dish towel and cut out. Cut a ¾" x 6" strip of felt for a hanger.
Pin materials together, right side in. Sew using a ½" seam allowance; leave top open. Remove pins. Turn stocking right side out and iron. Fold cut strip of felt in half and glue or stitch to upper back corner of stocking to use as a hanging loop.
Raid your spare-button jar for this unique keepsake.
YOU'LL NEED (makes 1 button wreath):
• 12 buttons in varying sizes and colors • Glue gun • 6" raffia
Working on a protected surface, arrange six large buttons to form a circle. Position six small buttons atop circle, centering each where two bottom buttons meet. Apply a dab of glue to top button and press to secure it to bottom two so all are attached. Continue until all top buttons are glued to bottom layer and circle is complete.
Thread raffia through a button hole and tie tightly to form a loop.