Cold weather and the holidays are a good mix for setting aside time for crafting. It is also the time of year where we can look back at the evolution of holiday style and re-visit some old crafts that you haven't touched in twenty years.
Sometimes a major craft fail can be turned into a great craft success. After a botched plan for wood veneer bunting, Ez from Creature Comforts devised an ingenious way to use the leftover supplies to make some fabulous wooden gift bows. She liked the look so much that she also devised a cheaper, woodless version that simply requires a color printer.
Chelsea, from The Sweetest Occasion, crafted these mini wreaths with holiday tables, mantles, and lonely doorknobs in mind — but I imagine using them to top a special package. And the best part? Most of the materials she used were found during a neighborhood scavenging expedition with her 3-year-old niece!
Are you busy planning what gifts to give to your child's teacher(s) this year? I usually try to give something handmade, since I think it has a little more meaning. I've rounded up some great tutorials for handmade gifts that run the gamut from very simple to only slightly complicated. Check them out!
Sparkly, felted, or fuzzy, pom poms are having a moment. There are countless ways to use these bits and bobs to turn up the holiday cheer with a craft project, gift wrap, or decorating with pom poms. Here are ten great ideas:
This is one of those ideas that turns out to be so simple to do, it makes you wonder why you didn't think of it before. A rustic stone platter is an elegant alternative to those ubiquitous tree stumps, and makes an elegant cake stand or cheese board.
Go homemade! Not only can you get exactly the look you want, but it makes gift giving more personal. Here are thirty fabulous homemade holiday gift wrap ideas to make the people on your holiday list feel extra special without breaking the bank.
Aunt Peaches made three of these recycled album cover gift boxes for three different friends — one of whom is fond of Christmas (album: Christmas Wishes), one who is fond of folk dancing (album: Polka Festival), and one who is fond of mustaches (album: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young). And hey, good news — chances are good there is an album for everyone!
I am a big fan of decorating with evergreens and tree clippings, and this year I am going to try using ferns for a different and more delicate look. Below are 5 ideas for the holidays, including a wreath that uses whole fern plants, and a pretty garland that uses clippings.