December 19th, 2012
Buying a bunch of holiday presents can get pricey. Give something a little more personal this year and create something homemade! Take a look at these fun DIY Christmas crafts that will make for great holiday gifts. Let us know which ones you decide to make on our Facebook page!
Holiday Coffee Sleeves
Fashion a cute Christmas sock or small sweater into a reusable sleeve for coffee or hot cocoa to go. After washing, cut a 3-inch section from the top of your clothing. Embellish with buttons or felt snowflake cutouts for added winter charm. Slip the sleeve onto your to-go cup or tumbler, roll the ends to hide frays, and start sipping.
Photo Frame Calendar
This sweet and easy-to-make Christmas gift will be appreciated all year long. Fill one side of a hinged dual photo frame with a mini monthly calendar and fill the other with a special photo. Include the other months in a plastic sleeve, so the recipient can change the calendar as needed, along with fun stickers and scrapbook paper so they can personalize the design if desired.
Glass paperweights decked out for the holidays make practical and gender-neutral gifts — ideal for coworkers and teachers. The simple project starts with a glass paperweight kit, available at craft and hobby stores or online. Decorate the paperweight with scrapbooking paper, gift-wrap, or an old Christmas card. Thin foam letters glued to the paper send glad tidings.
Winter Wonderland Candle Trio
Give a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift with these beautifully adorned glass cylinders. Transform three plain cylinders into a snowfall-inspired trio with shimmery adhesive snowflakes (available at scrapbooking stores). Fit a pillar candle inside each cylinder, and include a ribbon-wrapped box of matches to complete the gift.
Thoughtful Notecard Gift
Create custom stationery for a friend by embellishing an unfinished wooden box and plain-Jane note cards with ribbon and buttons. Attach the ribbon and buttons with double-sided tape or hot glue. Line the inside of the box with brightly colored paper.
Personalize a store-bought candle for an inexpensive Christmas gift. Simply wrap cardstock around the candleholder, and embellish it with a die-cut accent and letter. No die-cutting tool? No problem — use stickers instead.