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.
The leaves are falling and with every passing day I think more and more about Christmas and the holidays ahead. I love this time of year and in just a few weeks I’ll start decorating the house to make it warm and festive. That gives me plenty of time to make some new Christmas decorations to put on display around the house.
Free pattern for Christmas garland with crochet berries and blooms. I really like this pattern because you can vary the colors that you use, which makes it perfect for any holiday season. Crochet one for Christmas and then make another one to celebrate the bright colors of spring and Easter.
If you’ve thought about branching out and trying some different crafts with yarn, then felting may be a great fit for you. This is not the type of felting where you knit a bag and then throw it in the wash to felt it. No, these techniques take raw fiber and felt it into beautiful shapes, creatures and designs.
Dry Felting vs Wet Felting
Dry felting is a technique also referred to as needle felting. This is where you use needles to break down the fiber so that it sticks together. You can use this technique to sculpt dolls, animals and other figures. Or, it can also be used to create pictures and landscapes.
Wet felting is a technique where you wet the fibers and then massage them together and form them into different shapes and designs. This technique can be used to make jewelry, accessories and clothing.
Needle Felted Ideas
You can sculpt some really cute animals and figurines using needle felting. These are great gift ideas for the holidays and are perfect for teachers, friends and family members. You can either create a pretty Christmas decoration, or how about an animal that looks like their favorite pet? The design ideas are unlimited, but here are a few to get you started.
Image of needle felted cat courtesy of karen.tkr CC 2.0
These needle felted dolls by YaxchiArt are definitely professional quality dolls, but hopefully they give you an idea of how creative you can get. You may not be able to make dolls like this right off the bat, but give it time and you’ll be able to create intricate designs and figures.
This needle felted fawn by TinyApartmentCrafts is such a cute gift idea. It’s perfect to put on display, or it could also be used as a pin cushion.
A needle felted bear is a cute gift idea for a new baby, or for a baby’s first Christmas. Image courtesy of Karen.tkr CC 2.0
Image of adorable bird, flowers and nests by Karen via Flickr CC 2.0
Needle felting can also be done to create pretty accents and designs on fabric. Here are a few ideas for designs that could be used on a decorative pillow or handbag.
Image of needle felting with beads courtesy of frykitty via CC 2.0
Needle felted tree on fabric created by Nico Nelson Image available via CC 2.0
Now that you have some ideas, here are some of my favorite resources for needle felting. I hope you enjoy creating some fun and creative designs.
Don’t just throw your old magazines away, turn them into a Magazine Christmas Tree. This easy craft lets you fold your way to a beautiful holiday decoration and a fun Christmas Craft that anyone can do.
Use magazines of different sizes to create a winter scene with several of these magazine Christmas trees grouped together on a table. And since you’re re-using products you already have, this is one Christmas craft that costs next to nothing.
Christmas Craft – Magazine Christmas Tree
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