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Delight friends and family this Christmas with personalized gifts made from the heart. Each of our Christmas gifts uses simple crafting techniques and supplies to satisfy your gift-giving needs. Our homemade Christmas crafts will help you check every name off your list.
A gorgeous necklace crafted from DIY fabric flowers is a surprisingly easy gift that your friends will love. Cut five 1-1/2-inch-diameter circles from colored felt for flower bases. Using one circle as a template, cut out several same-size circles from fabric in the same color. You will need 25-30 circles. To make fabric pom-poms, fold a piece of fabric in half, then in half again. Glue the point of the fabric piece to the center of a felt circle. Keep folding and gluing fabric circles until the entire felt circle is covered. Repeat to make five fabric pom-poms. Use scissors to rim and shape each pom-pom, making them symmetrical. Sew pom-poms together in a row, and stitch necklace chains to each end.
A seldom-used or thrifted wooden tray easily transforms into an adorable chalkboard that's perfect in it's new role as a photo display. Use yellow and chalkboard paints to decorate; once painted, wrap a picture-hanging wire through the handles and across the tray front. Twist the wire ends together on the back of the tray. Mini clothespins make perfect picture holders.
Put your Christmas gift on display with a clever package idea. Pour a little red wine or grape juice into a shallow bowl. Fold a cloth kitchen dish towel into quarters and lay flat on a table. Dip the edges of the base of a wineglass into the wine. Quickly set the wineglass down onto the dish towel to create a circle wine stain. Stamp letters from a letter-stamping kit across the center of the wine circle with your message. Once dry, tie the dish towel around a bottle of wine.
A colorful and creative piece of artwork makes the perfect unique Christmas gift for anyone in your life. Fabric yo-yos assembled in straight rows show off the beautiful patterns. Sew yo-yos together, then attach them to the edge of the frame with a staple gun. To speed things up, skip the sewing and use a hot-glue gun to secure the yo-yos in place.
The book-lover in your life will be wowed by our adorable pom-pom bookmarks. To make, simply hot-glue a felt flower and baker's twine pom-pom to a purchased felt-covered elastic headband. Print the pattern below to cut three petal shapes from felt for the flower, then top with a pom-pom.
Give your loved one the gift of a DIY delicious breakfast. Package together purchased pancake mix, a container of milk, pure maple syrup, and fresh blueberries. Make identifying tags from twine and cardstock; an unused guest check transforms into an adorable recipe instructions sheet.
Colorful baker's twine and papier-mache come together to create a too-cute monogrammed Christmas gift. Embellish a flat wooden frame with varying widths of wrapped twine on opposite corners. Then display a twine-wrapped papier-mache letter inside the frame opening.
Playful fabric can turn into an adorable Christmas gift. Help your friends corral their makeup brushes inside our colorful roll-up pouch that has divided pockets to fit narrow and wide brushes. Then roll it up and fasten the tie ends for compact storage.
Commemorate a special vacation shared with your loved ones with a map-covered monogrammed letter. Use decoupage medium to adhere a map to the front of a papier-mache the letter. For extra durability, brush the surface with a second coat of medium and let it dry before adding flag-top pins to mark your visits or favorite cities.
This sweet mosaic organizer starts with eggshells and a wash of color. Draw a design on transfer paper. Apply a thin coat of decoupage medium to a ceramic or plastic tray; let dry. Transfer the design to the tray. Rinse the interior membrane from eggshells; let dry. Apply crafts paint to some shells. Break the shells into small pieces. Coat the tray with decoupage medium, and lightly press shells to the surface to create the design. Apply clear acrylic resin or polyurethane to protect your design.
Share the gift of relaxation. Package luxurious bath-time soothers in unlikely containers, such as these test tubes, to create a presentation that's as classy as the gift. In a bowl, add an organic skin oil, such as macadamia nut oil, to coarse Dead Sea salt, stirring to saturate the salts. Saturated salts should be neither runny nor dry. Add a few drops of lavender oil and mix well. Scoop into individual containers. Top with a pinch of lavender flowers, and seal with a cork or other topper. Wrap and secure a printed or handwritten label around the containers to identify the contents.
Spell your sentiments with bright colors and patterns. Create an alphabet collage, compose a saying, or spell a name. Use a papier-mache letter as a template to trace the shape onto the back of patterned paper. Paint the letter blocks in coordinating colors. Cut out the paper shapes, and glue them to the letters. Use a crafts knife to trim any excess paper. Assemble your message.
Highlight memories of a trip, destination, hobby, or other event in a gift that will make them think of the giver as well as the occasion. Permanent, blendable-ink markers create the shading and coloring. Arrange words and phrases in an illustration program or image-editing program, and convert them to an outline font. Print on art paper or marker paper. Color the words and outline them in black. Use as a mat to frame a photo. Embellish as desired.
Make a gift as warm as your holiday sentiments. A custom tea blend with all the trimmings gives your favorite tea-lovers a reason to think fondly of you with every sip. Start with individual-size heat-seal tea bags. Create or buy a loose tea blend, and spoon it into the bags. Insert a length of decorative twine into the bag, keeping it in the center of the bag opening. To seal, press down on the edge with a warm iron. Glue an embellished tag to the end of the twine. Arrange tea bags and honey sticks inside a teacup to complete the kit.
Go a little wild with this Christmas gift you make yourself. Kids adore animals, and these silhouettes are a fun room addition they'll love through the toddler years. Cut animal silhouettes from plain white cardstock, and mount them on colorful patterned paper. Adhere each paper to a white mat board cut to fit a frame. Insert silhouette in the frame, and tie a ribbon around the exterior.
Got a frame, a paint pen, and a print? You can make this adorable Christmas gift. Print a copyright-free botanical image from an online source. Place glass from a picture frame over the image on a hard surface. Trace the outline of the botanical onto the glass using a fine-tip permanent paint pen. Let dry. Using an extra-fine-tip pen, fill in details. Let dry. Place glass in the frame; place colored fabric or paper on the painted surface. Replace the frame's backing and secure.
Whether for your own pet or a friend's furry companion, this knitted dog toy will be a hit. All you need is some yarn, batting, and basic knitting tools.
Your Christmas gift practically sings when colorful birds are emblazoned on log discs. Reminiscent of souvenir log art, this display combines rustic charm and vivid color. Use a miter saw to cut a slice of wood. Print an image of a bird or other wildlife onto iron-on transfer paper, then follow the manufacturer's instructions to apply the image to the wood. Protect the transfer with gloss sealer.
People who sew know how essential a pincushion is to their craft. So why not own one of these practical tools done in fun trims and fabrics? These charming cushions start with a kraft paper box for a solid base and feature a polyester fiberfill pouf on top to hold pins.
Capture memories of exotic vacations or dreams of yet-to-come adventures. Framed destination maps make handsome displays. On a vintage or current map, select a location and cut out that section in a size to fit your frame. Mount it on a backing using spray adhesive for a smooth look, then add the mat and frame.