What do you do with old crayons that break, or those crayons that get left behind in the box because your daughter will only use pink and purple? One idea is to turn them into candles. This is a great way to upcycle crayons, whether they are old or new.
1. Use double sided adhesive to place wick inside the candle holder
2. Remove wrappers from crayons and break up crayon into smaller pieces
3. Put crayon pieces in a Dixie cup (one color per cup)
4. Add clear wax and scented wax to Dixie cup
5. Microwave wax until melted (about 2-3 minutes)
6. Stir wax with a toothpick
7. Gently pour the melted wax into the candle holder. If you use multiple colors in your candle, you need to let each layer dry completely before adding next color.
There are lots of fun ways to decorate Easter eggs, but one of my favorite ways is tie-dyeing. When you make tie-dyed Easter eggs you, you’ll have fun testing different color combinations, patterns and designs. No two eggs will ever turn out the same and that’s part of the appeal of this process.
I love roses, but lets face it; They are expensive and they don’t last very long. So how about making your own so that they never go bad?
I love these duct tape roses. First, because they are super cute of course. But I also like this project because they’ve added a little light going up the stem of the rose. That makes it the perfect choice for a centerpiece for a romantic dinner, or family gathering. People won’t believe that you made these flowers with duct tape!
Make felt fortune cookies for Valentine’s Day, to give out as party favors, or to create cute table decorations or center pieces. This craft is so easy, it’s perfect for the kids to do. Plus, it’s fun for kids to write their own secret messages to hide inside for their friends.
With over 45 fun and fabulous felt projects to make for the holidays, this craft book is one for beginner and expert crafters alike. You’ll enjoy a variety of ideas, from ornaments, to stockings, to decorations for the home. All of which make beautiful gifts. The ideas come from designers from around the world, so these cute felt projects are sure to please a variety of crafting styles.
About the Book
Includes no-sew projects
Great for beginners
Many of the patterns could be used for non-holiday decorations
Amigurumi figures are always fun to make, and the ones designed for Christmas are perfect to use for decorating your home, or to give as gifts. I love the selection of designs available these days. Here are just a few of the patterns that made my list for this year.
Crocheted Rudolph Amigurumi Ornament
If you’re like me and my family, the holiday season kicks into high gear once we watch Rudolph and Frosty. Those two are our favorite Christmas specials and really get us in the holiday spirit. So what better way to keep that spirit with you throughout the holiday than with an adorable Rudolph ornament. I think that kids would love having this cute guy hanging on their tree. Free pattern for Rudolph ornament
We all hear about Christmas spirit, but what if you could literally make your own? With these Crocheted holiday spirits you can do just that. I think that these little guys are too cute! Perfect to make into ornaments, table displays, or maybe even for holding a name tag for seating assignments for Christmas dinner. Spread Christmas cheer every where you go when you crochet these Christmas amigurumi creatures (free pattern).
Crocheted Mini Snowman
I said that I like Frosty, so of course you know that I had to include a snowman pattern. Crochet a whole bunch to create a snowman family, or to use as gift tags for gifts that you give this year. Free pattern for crochet mini snowman
Christmas ornaments aren’t just a fun craft to do with the kids, but they are also great keepsakes to cherish for years to come. Every year that I open up our box of ornaments, I see the ones that I made as a child. Each one tells a story and reminds me of the year I made it. With each year you can see how my crafting skills improved and my expertise improved as a I got older. It’s what I love about crafts. They are perfect for all ages and imperfections are just our creative differences.
Hop on over to Ucreate to get the full tutorial on how to make these adorable Owl Christmas Tree Ornaments.
Making your own Christmas Cards is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit. Whether it’s a photo card that puts together a collage of your favorite family photos from throughout the year, or a homemade card with your own creative touches, a hand made Christmas card is a fun craft project for the whole family.
Christmas Card Ideas
There are a wide variety of Christmas cards that you can make. There are simple designs that are quick and inexpensive, and there are more elaborate designs that layer paper and accessories to create a magical keepsake for family and friends. One of the best things about a Christmas card is that you can make them with your kids. They may not have the attention span to help with them all, but I’m sure that there’s a step or two where they can lend a hand. Or, let the kids make a special card for their Grandparents or teacher.
Here’s a look at the types of Holiday Cards that you can make for Christmas this year.
This snowy mountain card by lindsay.dee.bunny (via Flickr CC 2.0) shows what you can do with a little paper. If you don’t have a die-cut machine to make the trees, you could cut some out by hand or use tissue paper to glue down your own trees. Or another idea would be to make a needle felted tree and glue that to the card. I love adding texture and depth to a card.
I love the creativity and ingenuity used to make this card. The Christmas tree is made from a bike chain that has been painted green and then shaped into a tree. What a brilliant idea shared by Richard Masoner via Flickr CC 2.0
Are you newlyweds celebrating your first Christmas together? Or maybe there’s a new baby in the house? This photo ornament card is a great way to show-off your news. All you have to do is make a photo ornament, take a picture of it and then add a greeting. You’ll enjoy working on every step of this project. Photo courtesy of njt1982 via Flickr CC 2.0
Kids love getting involved with Christmas and want to help whenever they can. Let them get involved with the family card, or let them make one for someone special. I’m sure that this adorable card would be loved by all. You can also make copies of your kids artwork and turn it into a card. I did this with one of my son’s drawings when he was too young to write. I made a card using a photo I took of the drawing. I then used Send Out Cards to make Thank You notes with his drawing on the front and my writing on the inside. A frame-able card that we still have on display! Photo via Brentwood Borough Council via Flickr CC 2.0
Here are a few more ideas. All of these cards were made with scrapbook paper, card stock and and lots of creativity.
This cute little guy is named Howie the Holiday penguin and I think he’s the perfect little project to crochet for Christmas. Whether it’s to go in a Christmas stocking, or put on display as a decoration in your home, this Christmas penguin is a fun project that is sure to put a smile on all who see him.
One of my favorite craft techniques is decoupage. The first Christmas ornament that I remember making as a child was with decoupage. And that’s another reason why I love this craft so much. The technique is ideal for kids and adults alike.
To decoupage all you need to do is take a design and glue it in place on whatever object you’d like. The versatility of decoupage has no limits. You can choose whatever material and objects you’d like to use, as there is almost nothing that won’t work.
The flexibility and versatility of decoupage makes it the ideal DIY technique to use for turning your trash to treasures. Find the perfect tray, table or dishes at a yard sale but they need a little TLC? Decoupage to the rescue! Need a beautiful, but inexpensive gift idea? Decoupage to the rescue!
As I mentioned above, all you need for decoupaging is mod podge (my glue of choice) and paper or fabric. Here are just a few ideas for material that you could use.
Decoupage on Glass
Glass is one of the best materials to use when decoupaging. Not just because paper and materials adhere so nicely to it, but because it’s perfect with other arts and craft techniques as well. So you can layer, or combine, your decoupage with paint and other elements.
Decoupage with napkins image courtesy of swamp dragon via Flickr CC 2.0
I hope that these examples inspire you to give decoupage a try. Want an easy craft to make with the kids? Create a decoupage Christmas tree ornament. The kids will have fun picking out the perfect material to use for the craft and with a little mod podge and paintbrush, they’ll have fun making their very own keepsake.