Arts and crafts have always been an integral part of Christmas tradition. There are plenty of ways to get involved and spend some quality time with the family.
Homemade Christmas Ideas
Christmas is by far my absolute favorite holiday. Everything about Christmas, from the music to the craze filled family gatherings, brings about a warm and fuzzy feeling. The reason why I look forward to Christmas is because Christmas has become the only time of the year where I can finally slow down, relax, and spend some quality time with my family. Because I had always loved arts and crafts as a kid, my mother started the tradition of making homemade Christmas crafts. She was killing two birds with one stone by creating quality family time and getting all her Christmas decorations complete long before Christmas. In lieu of the Christmas spirit, I hope to share with you some of my all-time favorite homemade Christmas traditions. Time to bust out the scissors and glue!
Homemade Christmas Cards:
My family has always had an affinity for Christmas cards. We love making them and we love sending them out. Depending on how much time you have, you can start from scratch or buy some blank cards. I like to make mine from scratch with supplies from my local arts and crafts. If you do not wish to start from scratch you can find ways to personalize and decorate pre-printed cards. There is a lot of freedom when it comes to making or personalizing your cards; explore all options and go crazy with them!
Supplies: paper (try and invest in some thick, quality paper), scissors, glue, paint, paintbrushes, markers, pens. Optional items: glitter, stickers, stick on “bling”.
Homemade Christmas ornaments:
Ornaments serve as great Christmas decoration or even as gifts. Often times, home goods or arts and crafts stores will sell a pack of ornaments that aren’t colored or decorated. Homemade ornaments serve as great keepsake items. If you are thinking of turning them into presents, you can make a set of ornaments.
Supplies: undecorated ornaments, paint, glue, glitter, stickers, stick on jewels, or anything else you can attach onto an ornament. Use acrylics if you plan on painting your ornament (I am a personal fan of glow in the dark paint!).
Homemade Stockings and Stocking Stuffers:
Some people who know how to sew or how their own sewing machine will often times make their own stockings. For the rest of the population, most arts and crafts store will carry plain stockings that are waiting to be decorated. I also like to stuff my stockings with something that I made myself. A great idea for homemade stocking stuffers are homemade cookies wrapped in holiday baggies. If you like, you can also personalize the cookies!
Supplies: fabric, needle, thread, fabric glue, beads, glitter, fabric scissors, stickers.
Homemade Gingerbread House:
This is my favorite Christmas craft. I don’t believe in buying the pre-boxed gingerbread kits. Usually the candy they give you does not taste good, look good, or is enough for everything that I want to do. It’s actually pretty simple to make your own gingerbread house with your own supplies.
Supplies: a large plate as a base, graham crackers, frosting, candies of your choice.
|Swarovski 2011 Annual Ornament|
Celebrating 20 years of adding sparkle to people's lives, Swarovski's Annual Edition Christmas ornament hangs elegantly with a silver-tone metal tag showing the year of issue. ...Only $75.00
|Amazon.com Gift Cards - In a Greeting Card - Free One-Day Shipping|
Amazon.com Gift Cards for Any Occasion Amazon.com Gift Cards arrive inside a blank greeting card, perfect for any gifting occasion. Amazon.com Gift Cards are the perfect way ...
|Wilton 570-1121 Easy Flex 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set, Blue|
Silicone Baking Accessories. Silicone is the Wonder Kitchen Tool: it can be used in the oven (up to 500F/260C), toaster over, microwave, refrigerator and freezer and it is ...
|Scalp Massager (Colors May Vary)|
Head Massager An inexpensive treat for yourself. Give your scalp a good massage and instantly relax. Relieves tension and stimulates sensitive nerves in scalp. No guarantees ...Only $5.95
|Angry Birds & Pigs Cake - Cupcake Toppers Decorations / Party Favors 12 Pieces|
This set of 12 Angry Birds and Pigs are perfect for decorations or favors OR both. Everyone loves their own cupcake and to take home a little Angry Bird or Pig is even better. ...Only $10.99