Decorating your home around Christmas can get expensive. In fact, the average American spends $61 on holiday Decor. If you think about it, you buy a tree, tinsel, ornaments, wreaths, wall decor and even doormats. It all adds up.
But, you don’t have to buy your festive decorations from a store. You can make your own! (C’mon, you knew I was going to say that.) Use your crafting skills and plan time with friends and family and make decorations that everyone will enjoy.
These Christmas ornaments were made from scrapbook paper. You could use any kind of paper though. Newspaper, printer paper, coloring pages. They will all be beautiful.
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Step 1: cut even strips of scrapbook paper
First, cut strips of scrapbook paper like in the image above. Make sure they are all the width so your ornaments don’t look bulky.
Step 2: choose the height of your Christmas ornament
Cut a strip of paper the hight you want your ornament to be (the middle piece above).
Then, cut two more strips that are slightly taller.
Step 3: add the first ornament layers
Align the two larger pieces of paper with the top and bottom of the smaller piece. Glue them in place.
When using the hot glue, be sure to glue the sides of the paper so you can later fit the hole punch over the layers.
Step 4: Repeat the previous step
Using two slightly longer pieces of scrapbook paper, align the top and bottom again, and glue in place.
Step 5: punch a hole in the top of the ornament
Create a hole with your hole punch.
Step 6: Add a hanger
String a piece of twine through the hole you just made and tie it to create a hanger for your ornament.
You can also make a string of ornaments by punching a hole in the top and bottom of each ornament and stringing them together.
That’s it! Easy Christmas decorations on a budget! I’d love to get your thoughts. Leave them in the comments. 🙂
We’re a little less than 2 weeks out from Christmas and everyone is doing their last-minute shopping. Soon, you’ll be running out of time to order online and then your only option is to go to the stores. That’s sounds terrible.
You could make DIY gifts instead! Some people have a DIY Christmas. They require that all gifts given are homemade. That sounds awesome if you ask me.
So you want to make your own gifts but aren’t sure what to make? I have some ideas for you. Click the images below to go to a tutorial for each project.
Serious question: How many people do you know who don’t use headphones? I can’t think of too many. So make a headphone organizer to help them transport their headphones without getting knots in the wires.
Glass Orb Keychain
Want something a little more visually exciting? Make your recipient a keychain. Choose your favorite scrapbook paper and get to work!
Orange Cream Lip Balm
Tis the season for chapped lips. Most people are going to appreciate any opportunity to add some moisture. Follow the steps in this tutorial to make your own. The best part, you can make many tubes at once so you can gives these to multiple people. Tutorials also available in grapefruit and peppermint.
Wire Wrapped Tree Earrings
For the people who love Christmas and decorate the inside and outside of their house, the lawn, the kids… make them some wire wrapped earrings. Supplies are affordable these will last for years!
Know a man with a beard? I bet the skin under his beard is pretty itchy in this cold weather. Be a doll and make him some homemade beard balm. It’s made with moisturizing ingredients that are sure to sooth that skin.
While your at it, make some beard oil for him too. No one ever complained about smelling good and moisturizing, right?
Ribbon Hanging Picture Frames
Everyone likes reminiscing. Give them something to remember. Make these hanging frames with your choice of scrapbook paper and paint.
Know someone athletic or someone with muscle pain? This is a great option for sore muscles. All you’ll need is a sewing kit, a sock and some rice. They’ll love you.
These are the best coasters. Find some memorable photos and make these adorable coasters to gift. Whoever you give them to will love them.
If you really, really don’t have time to buy something or make something, you’re a procrastinator and should be ashamed of yourself. Just kidding. Buy a gift card and spice it up with scrapbook paper. It gives it a homemade element that people will enjoy.
Do you have any ideas? What homemade gifts do you like to make for Christmas?
In the last few weeks I’ve noticed the streets and malls getting busier. You can tell that Christmas is coming up. Unlike most people, you couldn’t pay me to step foot in a mall or shopping center right now.
I have a system. Around Black Friday, I swear off shopping malls and hobby shops. I plan out a month or so of craft projects and DIY gifts, wait for a great coupon and get everything I need in one trip. I do most of my non DIY-Christmas shopping online. It’s a stable process.
Homemade gifts are the best, especially ones that evoke emotion, which makes picture frames perfect. Think about who you want to gift these to. What room might they hang them in (consider the colors)? What are the best memories you have with that person?
Go to Michael’s or another Hobby Shop and get the supplies below to make your own.
Ribbon hanging frames supplies
hot glue and gun
Step 1: trace the wood frame
Flip the scrapbook paper over, backside facing up. Trace the front of the frame on the back.
Tip: pay attention to which frame you trace on which piece of scrapbook paper. Often, the frames are unique, even though they look similar.
Step 2: paint the frames
Paint the frames a color that coordinates with the scrapbook paper you plan to decorate it with. I chose blue, green and yellow scrapbook paper, so I painted the frames those colors.
Let it dry.
Step 3: cut out the scrapbook paper framing
While your frames dry, cut out the traced frame.
Tip: Use scissors for the outside and an Xacto knife for the inside.
Step 4: glue on the scrapbook paper
Brush the Mod Podge onto the frame and adhere the scrapbook paper cut out.
Let it dry.
Tip: Sometimes the edges lift a bit. Use a small paint brush to ensure the are are securely fastened to the frame.
Step 5: add the ribbon
Arrange the frames in a vertical line, so the top of the lower frame is lined up with the bottom of another.
Glue the end of the ribbon to the top corner of the lowest frame. Then, glue it up the edge of the frames.
When you get to the to top, leave some slack. This will be how the recipient will hang the frames.
Then, glue the ribbon down the opposite side of the frames like in the image above.
When you’re finished, pop your favorite memories into the photo slots. Your recipient will be so excited to hang up your frames!
I’d love to hear your feedback! Leave them in the comments.
This month’s theme for The Craft Challenge is Christmas. I’ve had this one planned for a month or so and was excited to get started on it. Shadow boxes are so neat, but I never could think of something to put in them. So, why not Christmas ornaments?
Door decor materials
Note: I started with a cheap frame from the Dollar Store, but decided to switch to a much more stable shadow box from Michael’s.
Step 1: cut the ribbon
Cut a few strings of ribbon, preferably multiple colors, to different lengths.
Step 2: string the Christmas ornaments
Use the ribbon you just cut to string the Christmas ornaments.
Step 3: tie the ornaments to the shadow box
Pull apart the shadow box and tie the ornaments around the inner frame.
Tie them at different lengths to add some additional visual appeal.
When you put the box back together, be sure to move the tied ribbon as close together as possible so that they’re centered.
If they’re different lengths and you get diverse styles, you’ll end up with something like the above image.
When you’re finished, hang it on your door and enjoy the holidays!
Place the glass orb over top of the leaves you’re considering.
When you’ve chosen the placement, cut or rip around the orb so that your leaf shape is round.
Step 2: glue the leaf to the glass
Add a drop of glue to the glass orb and press your leaf down firmly.
Step 3: glue the orb to the pendant tray
Glue the orb to the tray and press it down firmly.
Let it dry.
Look how cute that is! Oh, and that texture looks amazing. Now you can have the changing seasons forever. You can put it on a necklace, bracelet or hang it from your Christmas tree. What a fun way to remember autumn.
I’d love to know what you think! Leave your feedback in the comments.
Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday with family and/or friends.
I took a crafting break today so there won’t be a Make Something Mondays project. Spending time with family took precedent.
But I did want to post something today. I’m sure you’re still in the holiday spirit, so here’s a Christmas tree coloring page! Holidays can be really stressful, especially for the people who host parties, so I wanted to give you a creative way to relax.
Studies have shown that coloring helps adults to destress and keeps their blood pressure low. I had given the coloring page to some friends to test out and the responses were positive. Thank you to all of my test subjects!
Click the image below to open it in a new window. Then you can download or print directly from your browser.
Yes, I grew up in a Christian family, and yes, we celebrated Christmas.
However, when I moved out on my own I never saw a need for a tree. Call me a pessimist if you’d like (it’s okay, most people do), but I never had an interest in buying a tree (real or fake), setting it up, decorating it, and a month later taking down the decorations, disassembling the tree and storing it away for another year. It really sounds tedious. Not to mention all of the time and space it takes up.
So every year, I celebrate Christmas with my family, and every year at least one person tells me they can’t believe I don’t put up a Christmas tree, as if it’s sinful or something (no offense, family). As a result, I made a DIY version. My own light up Christmas tree that is cheap ($10, thank you Dollar Store), easy to assemble and disassemble and doesn’t take up space in my house. I’m enjoying it.
Want to make one? Keep reading.
DIY Christmas Tree Materials
I know, short list, right? I was excited about that so I thought you might be too.
Prepare your hooks.
Arrange them on the wall in the shape of a long triangle. Each set of hooks should be placed farther out than the last.
I started with 7 hooks, but ended up adding in a few more. It totaled 11.
Tip: It would’ve helped if I had thought about tilting my hooks outward instead of upward, but I didn’t think about that until they were already on the wall. You might want to try it because I imagine it would make this process easier.
String your lights through the hooks.
When you’re finished, it should look something like this. The picture really doesn’t do it justice though. It looks really pretty on my wall, but I just can’t capture it. Guess I need to work on my photography skills.
It’s that time of year again. I’m sure you’ve already heard the Christmas music and everyone in your neighborhood has probably decked out their homes with lights and decorations by now. If you can’t tell, I’m just getting around to the little bit of holiday decorating I do every year.
This adorable chalkboard sign is just the beginning. I like to DIY my holiday decorations, if you hadn’t already guessed. Typically, I make my decorations and then give them away because I don’t want to store them away for a year. Anyway… back on track.
The holiday sign is easy to make, but I’ll warn your that it’s time consuming. Not like sit there all day time consuming. More like work on it on and off time consuming. The drying time is the worst part, but it gives you time to clean, cook dinner, get some work done or whatever you need to do throughout the day.
Cover the surface of your soon-to-be holiday sign with chalk paint. You can choose whatever color you want, but I thought red would go well for Christmas.
You’ll want to let the paint dry for about 2 hours before applying another coat. (I’m just telling you that because it’s what my chalk paint bottle told me to do. You know I don’t have the patience to wait that long. I might have waited an hour). I applied 3 coats.
After your chalk paint dries, use your Satin acrylic paint to cover the edges. I chose a metallic copper to go with the red and, of course, with the holiday theme.
I don’t have a staple gun so I substituted hot glue to adhere the rope to the back of my sign.
It will stay. I shook it around testing it for a good 5 minutes to test it. It’s not going anywhere.
Now, using your chalk marker, draw on your “Happy Holidays” lettering and add some cute snowflakes.
If you need some snowflake inspiration, go check out Pinterest. People pin tons of snowflake drawings and doodles on there. You’re bound to find a few you’ll like.
I know you’re wondering if the chalk paint will rub off when you start to clean that marker off. You see that top snowflake? I messed up on that 4 times and erased (with water because that’s what the brand directed) and the chalk paint was fine. If you’re worried about that, you can always get some clear acrylic paint to cover it with.
Hang it on your door and you’re finished.
As always, I’d love to hear what you think! Thanks for reading and happy crafting!
This post is part of The Craft Challenge. You can read more about it here.
This month the theme for the craft challenge is Thanksgiving/Christmas crafts. For this theme I chose to make Christmas stocking stuffer gift bags. You know, for the little things that suck to wrap, like chapstick, money, food, hand sanitizer, etc. That sort of stuff would be perfect to wrap up in a cute little gift bag like this.
You will only need a few materials and probably won’t spend more than half an hour on these (unless you have a ton of people to gift to). The best part is that the paint dries quickly so when you’re done, you’re actually finished.
DIY Christmas Gift Bag Materials
Self-adhesive ornament stencil
Satin multi-purpose paint (or fabric paint)
You might also want to grab some newspaper to keep from getting paint all over the place.
Tip: buy Satin acrylic paint. It works on fabric, which you need to make this craft, but it also works on wood, ceramic, glass, metal, some plastics, canvas, paper and terra cotta. It’s about a $1 a bottle and will work on multiple surfaces.
Adhere the stencil to your gift bag and paint it whatever color(s) you want.
Make sure not to glob on the paint. You want to cover the surface but you don’t want blobs of paint.
Slowly peel off the stencil and set your bag off to the side. This one is done!
Repeat, repeat, repeat until you have the desired number of gift bags.
Now, stuff them with all of your goodies and get them to the stockings!
…Or maybe keep them hidden for a few more weeks, just to be safe.
Either way, someone will be happy to receive your home-made gift. You might even want to add names to each one, just to give it a special touch.
Here are a few ideas for things to add to your new gift bags: