5 Vintage-Look Holiday Craft Projects

Inspired by vintage modern holiday decor, these easy and colorful crafts are sure to brighten your holiday season. Our free downloadable patterns make the crafting easy.


These easy-make sewn yarn cards add the finishing touch to a teacher's gift basket or grandparent's present. Help your children draw shapes or pick out a pattern and allow them to pick colors and sew the yarn.

Instructions

Cut colored card stock to a slightly smaller size than pre-folded blank cards. To hand draw your designs, use a pencil to lightly sketch out a shape, then use a needle tool to make holes for sewing in the card stock. If you are using our downloadable patterns (see link below), print out the pattern and lay it on top of the card stock and use a needle tool to transfer the pattern of holes to the card stock. Then remove the pattern and pierce the holes completely.

Thread yarn through a needle and sew, using the needle holes as a guide. Knot or tape yarn ends to back of card stock. Glue or tape the card stock onto the prefolded cards. If you like, glue embellishments like the small bow shown on the wreath card.

Use the link below to download free patterns for this craft. Note: Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to all downloadable patterns on BHG.com.

Download sewn card patterns

Create a cute-as-a-mitten gift bag with this easy-to-sew felt project. Brightly colored yard and a few lengths of rickrack trim are all the supplies you need to make this holiday treasure holder.

See below for complete instructions.

Instructions

Draw a mitten template or download our free pattern (below), print it out, then cut around the outline. Transfer the pattern to two pieces of felt and use sharp scissors to cut along the outline of the mitten pattern.

Sew a star on the finger portion of one mitten using contrasting yarn or floss; make French knot in the center. (To make a French knot, bring the needle through from the backside of the felt. Keeping the yarn taut throughout the process, wrap the yard around the needle two times, then bring the needle back through the felt near where it emerged. Pull gently to tighten the knot.)

With a large crafts needle and contrasting color yarn, sew a running stitch to join the two mitten shapes together, leaving an opening at the wrist. For a decorative band, glue felt strips along the open edge. For a hanging loop, cut a felt strip; stitch to one edge of the opening.

Use the link below to download free patterns for this craft. Note: Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to all downloadable patterns on BHG.com.

Download mitten stocking pattern

Dress up your mantel or windowsills with these classic shapes, done up in bright colors and easy-to-imitate designs. Trace your own shapes or download our free patterns.

Instructions

Download the free patterns (see link below) or simply sketch out some shapes you like. Trace the desired shapes on wool felt with a white pencil. Cut out felt scraps -- thin or thick strips with straight or curved edges, dots, teardrops, stars, diamonds, circles -- with a hole punch or decorative scissors and embellish each ornament. Punch a small hole at each ornament top; add an eyelet (available at craft shops) and thread a narrow ribbon through the eyelet to hang.

Use the link below to download free patterns for this craft. Note: Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to all downloadable patterns on BHG.com.

Download garland shape patterns

Festive plate decorations add youthful fun to an adult party. Pinking shears are the only specialized tool needed to create these crafty felt covers, which liven up candy-cane "swizzle sticks" that you can pop into the mixed drinks of your choice.

See below for complete instructions.

Instructions

Download the pattern for the horsehead, ears, and mane (see link below), print, and cut out. Transfer the basic outline of the horsehead pattern to felt. With pinking shears, cut two shapes from felt. Use straight scissors to cut and fringe a mane and two ears. Glue ears and main to one head shape; glue another head shape to the first, leaving the bottom edges open. Attach a button eye and rickrack bridle. Slip over a candy cane.

Use the link below to download free patterns for this craft. Note: Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to all downloadable patterns on BHG.com.

Download horsehead patterns

Hang a partridge on your pear tree -- or your back door -- with this brilliant and boldly colored banner. Blue felt provides a bright background for the clean lines of the contemporary bird, set inside an oversized pear.

See below for complete instructions.

Instructions

Download, print, and cut out the patterns for the banner. Using a rotary cutter, cut a 20-x-34-inch rectangle from wool felt. Shape and trim the bottom edge as desired. Fold top edge to backside and glue, creating a pocket for a 20-inch wooden dowel. Enlarge the pattern of the partridge and branch; use a white pencil to trace onto felt. Cut out. Use fabric glue or iron-on adhesive to adhere a felt shapes to banner background. Insert wooded dowel through top pocket; tie ribbon to dowel ends for hanging.

Download partridge banner patterns

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