Approximate Time: 10-15 minutes
By Pam from McMinnville, TN
Approximate Time: 30 minutes
Source: KandCompany sticker
By Maricel from Fairfax, VA
Approximate Time: Half an hour
Cut out two pieces of felt using the pattern shown.
For each skate, slip the felt through the paper clip and glue along the side edges to secure.
Using all six strands of embroidery thread, use an overcast stitch to make the laces, leaving enough thread to tie in a bow so that you can hang it on your tree.
By preserverpreserver from Manitoba
Here's an easy craft for Christmas. Simply thread buttons on a thin ribbon, alternating Scrabble tiles to spell out any greeting or holiday phrase you like. Make a loop at the top to hang.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Approximate Time: 10 minutes
By Gem from VA
Approximate Time: 8 hours for 10 or more
Tip: These can easily be personalized to suit any child or adult.
By GEM from VA
Approximate Time: less than an hour
And... its done!
By Gunja from West Bengal, India
These darling ornaments are easy for children to make and can also be used for last minute gift ideas or for Christmas tags. They are inexpensive and quick and easy to make. I had most of the supplies on hand.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes each.
Have fun and enjoy some crafting time with the children.
These are so much fun to make and they make your house smell just heavenly!
Approximate Time: 10-15 minutes
I was making ornaments out of air-dry clay, and putting the date on them with markers, when I had an idea I thought I would try.
I took the ornament and pressed it onto an old Christmas Card that had glitter embellishments on it. To my delight, the clay did pick up the glitter from the card after I pressed it on there several times, it even picked up the shape of the snowflake.
I am letting it air dry now, and it will be a beautiful decoration for our tree!
The kind if clay I am using is Air-Dry Clay by Crayola. I bought a 2.5 lb tub about two years ago and there is still well over 3/4 left. This stuff lasts a very long time.
Ask the artists in the family to draw small pictures on cardstock. Then, glue round toothpicks to the edge and overlap them at the corners in log cabin style. Build a few layers to create a frame around the pictures, and loop some ribbon through the top to hang.
Make a photo tree by using copies of your family photos, preferably head shots. Collect bottle tops from bottles of Snapple or similar packaging. Paint the caps in festive colors or add glitter to the backs. Leave the inside of the caps alone. Use the cap as a template to cut out the photos so they fit inside the caps. Then, coat the inside with a thin layer of glue and place the photo inside. Glue some ribbon to the top of the cap to hang.
Plan ahead for next year and collect souvenirs from a family vacation for the holiday tree. Collect shells and hot glue ribbon to them to hang them from the tree. Another option is to purchase the empty ornaments sold at a craft store for filling. Then, while on vacation, gather a small cup of sand for your ornament (store it in a plastic water bottle for transport.) Other souvenirs can be added to the ornaments such as ticket stubs or foreign coins.
Stock the kitchen table with paint, white glue, scraps of wrapping paper, and other small craft pieces. Add a plastic bowl filled with white glue and a few paintbrushes. Last, set out a dozen or so ping-pong balls with a small eye hook screwed into each. Then, bring in the family. Each person should decorate a ball in whatever fashion he/she likes. Coating a ball with white glue and torn pieces of scrap paper creates a decoupage design.
Try decorating an outdoor pine tree this year and give a feast to the outdoor animals. Bring the family outside and use only edible decor. Popcorn can be strung into garland or it could be "glued" onto apples with peanut butter. Oranges simply need to be hung to add color to the tree, and apples add even more variety. Corn cobs are a favorite of wild animals, and they can hang from the tree or be fashioned together in star and snowflake shapes.
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Editors Note: This could be a good craft for the kids to help make decorations.
Approximate Time: less than an hour
And the Santa's done!
Similarly, I made the fairy using different colored gift-wraps, gluing wool on her head for hair and gluing some gift-wraps, cut as wings, to her back.
With little tweaks, the same process can be used to make any doll of your choice. All we need is a little imagination :)
By Gunja from West Bengal, India
Crafter's Note: I happened to find the glass ornaments at a yard sale, where I paid fifty cents for four. The original price was ninety-nine cents each. Retail price is still not bad considering how much you pay for ornaments these days.
Approximate Time Painting - 15 - 30 minutes. Drying - depends on weather, in humid weather it will take a few days. The final assembly takes about 5 - 10 minutes.
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
Sew on a gold ribbon or color of your choice for hanging. I sent them to my chat friends for Christmas. They are very light and don't cost to much to send and my friends loved the.
By Connie from Ballwin, MO
These ornaments are easy enough for pre-schoolers to do. Just smear some Elmer's glue on the front of your pretzel and dip it in some glitter. Cut a piece of yarn for your hanger. Type up the label on your computer. You can get a lot on 1 piece of paper. Cut them out and use a hole punch on the side of the label. It says:
"The pretzel was first made in the 7th century in Europe. It was shaped to look like a praying child's hands. May this pretzel ornament on your tree remind you of the true meaning of Christmas."
Run the yarn through the hole in the label and then through the pretzel. Tie a knot in the yarn and you have a beautiful Christmas ornament for your tree.
By luv2craft from Normalville, PA
Approximate Time 30 minutes each
For the icicle, take a white or silver pipe cleaner as long as you want. Take the crystal beads and start with the smaller ones on the bottom. After you have twisted the pipe cleaner on the end to keep the beads from falling off, then use the bigger beads as you get to the top as in picture. Twist down at top and attach hanger.
Bead Candy Cane
For the bead candy cane, take a red pipe cleaner and twist in the shape of the cane then twist up one end. Put your beads on, you can make it as big as you want or use any colors you want. Keep putting the beads on until you get to the end. Twist that end of the pipe cleaner around the last bead and attach an ornament hanger.
For the sled, take 4 medium size ice cream sticks and glue together side by side then take 2 small ones or cut one of the medium ones in two and glue on bottom as in picture. Attach string to hang on tree. You can personalize it if you like. I hope you and your kids will make these and hang on your tree and enjoy.
For the pipe cleaner candy cane, take 2 different colored pipe cleaners and twist them around each other then shape like a cane. Then take a green one and shape like leaves as in picture and twist around the cane. Attach an ornament hanger.
By Sandy from Bluff City, TN
These are so pretty, they look so fancy and you can really make a bunch of them at a very low cost.
By Michele from East Bethel, MN
By Bonnie from Norman, OK
At the top of the Styrofoam ball, use threaded needle to create a "loop" for hanging the ornament on the tree.
By Deeli from Richland, WA
I'm looking for a plastic canvas pattern for small ornaments in shape of slippers; one looks like a reindeer, the other a panda bear. Found them in a 2nd hand store.
Twila from Alexandria, VA
What a great job.
I am looking for patterns for Christmas ornaments and decorations from 1900 to 1949. My mother-in-law had a beautiful set of hand made decorations from those years. Unfortunately, her house burned and she died in the fire and all the ornaments were burned. I would like to make ornaments like that and make up packages to give to family members in "Remembrance of Momma".
Thank you for any help you can give me.
Does anyone have anything to share on plastic canvas Christmas ornaments that I can do to make?
By Stacey H from PA
I want to make some Christmas ornaments. Does anyone have any good, thrifty ideas?
I'm from TX. We Texans are so full of state pride, we are bustin' with it! I found a TX shaped cookie cutter and I have a bunch of polymer clay. I went to Hobby Lobby tho, and found some red and blue with sparkles in it.
So I rolled out this clay and cut out TX. shapes. At the top, in the panhandle, I took a plastic straw and punched out holes for white ribbon, and then baked the clay. After all of them are done and strung, I bought silver and gold paint pens and I plan to write a Christmas greeting on them and give them as gifts. Having a blast with it!
I would like to make some Christmas Ornaments for a Holiday Craft Show at our church. Does anyone have some ideas, or possibly some websites where I can get some ideas from? Thanks!
Marnita from Cumming, GA
Ideas for making your own Christmas ornaments. Post your ideas below. If you have an ornament that you have made in the past, take a picture of it and submit it to the http://www.thriftyfun.com/photo_contest.ldml.
What about beading a snowflake? Making snowmen out of can lids? By Michele (08/23/2005)
Also I remember making angels out of Badminton Shuttlecocks when I was a kid they still look cute now! (10/27/2005)
By Julie UK
Perhaps not the best idea for a craft fair, but fun for family anyways. (10/28/2005)
Recipe for Cinnamon Ornaments:
Here's a link
Best of all, they only use clean white paper, what could be cheaper? We hang them with red ribbon and they look lovely in the window.
Full instructions at http://www.kids-fun-and-games.com/homemade-christmas-decorations.html (12/22/2006)
By Nicole O
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By Mommy in MI
Natural woodland ornaments. Show with anne hathaway as guest (01/13/2007)
It is a vise that can hold your project and it turns. Check it out at www.plaidonline.com, search Item # 4168.
Hope this helps! (12/04/2007)
Set them upside down in a egg carton overnight to dry and then add your top. Put a ribbon through to hang on the tree. The best way to do the ribbon is to tie a square knot in the ribbon first and then a bow. Just so it won't come undone when you hang it on the tree. (12/04/2008)
By Alex K.