Christmas Gifts: 20+ Cute and Clever Ideas to Try

Friends and family will adore these handy handmade Christmas gifts -- including dishware, vases, and other home accessories -- that are just as fun (and easy!) to make as they are to give. Start one of these simple Christmas crafts today so you can check everyone off your holiday gift list.

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Creative Christmas Wreaths

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Glitter-Dotted Christmas Ornament

Dress up a plain glass ornament with a sparkly sprinkling of glitter-filled dots and silvery dashes.

A simple motif of glittering polka dots turns ordinary glass ball ornaments into something special. Throw in a few free-form swipes of silver or gold, and you have the makings of a truly unique Christmas tree decoration.

Materials and Tools

  • Round, plain glass Christmas ornament
  • Crafts glue
  • Pencil with unused round eraser
  • Glitter in silver or gold
  • Paint marker pen in silver or gold

Instructions

1. Using the photo as your inspiration, dab the round eraser end of a pencil in glue and dot glue randomly onto half of the round glass ornament. (To keep ornament steady, drape a small cloth over a small-mouthed glass, then nestle the ornament in the mouth of the glass.)

2. Sprinkle glitter onto glue. Let dry.

3. Use a paint marker pen to create random swishes and swirls as shown.

4. Repeat steps on opposite half of the ornament.

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