We created these personalized gift tags and they were a HUGE hit. We got a bunch of photos printed at the local 1 hour place and then sat down with a tag punch and punched away. If you have a large family, you can make it even more fun by using baby and child photos of adults. People LOVE looking at the tags and trying to figure out who is who. It makes an already special holiday even more so. All you need is a large tag punch. Making the tags is as much fun as finding them on the presents Christmas morning and even kids can do it. This means you don’t write names on the presents. Just attach the photo tag. Follow the simple directions below and you’ll be on your way to a very unique Christmas morning and it just might be the start of a new tradition for your family. If you’d like some other tradition ideas take a peek at our kit for Christmas Eve Traditions. It’s FULL of specific ideas themes and printables! And if you’d like an incredibly unique way to package smaller items and use your personalized gift tag, check out our Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas using Soda Bottles.
Personalized Gift Tag Supplies
NOTE ON PUNCHES: You want one that is large enough to get a photo or head into. We used a Recollections brand purchased at Hobby Lobby. Below are two that we found on Amazon that should work great.
NOTE ON PICTURES:
You can also print photos out on your home printer if you don’t mind using the ink. Black and white photos also work great for tags. If using a store for printing, use a place like Walgreen’s that always has specials. You can get 4 x 6 photos for pennies each on a regular basis. If you have time to order online, places like Shutterfly usually has going specials and does great work.
- Lots of 4×6 photos
- Large tag punch (see a couple of choices below that we found on Amazon)
- Small 1/8″ hole punch for string (For small tags) or you can just tape them on!
All you need is a stack of photos and a tag punch.
You’ll want a test photo to see how it punches. You can also use a 4×6 index card or piece of paper.
Center your photo and make sure it’s pushed evenly all the way back against your punch. Punch the tag with firm even pressure.
You can now see where it punched the hole.
I can now lay my template over a normal picture and see where it will punch if I put my picture in the exact center.
You will have many photos that you will have to trim to insert. It’s difficult to be exact with most punches. Just do the best you can!
If you choose to tie your tags on with ribbons, you will need to punch a hole in them. For smaller tags use a smaller hole punch.
Punch the holes.Add string or ribbon.
We did the entire family one year using old and new photos.
If you need a last minute table centerpiece, holiday gift or even something simple that the older kids can make, these candy cane Christmas candle sticks are perfect! All the supplies can be purchased at the dollar store which is yet another bonus. They are beautiful and you can, of course, decorate them any way you like. These are a perfect match for our other poinsettia decor items. I’m talking about our Poinsettia Christmas Placemats, our matching Poinsettia Christmas Placecards and of course our gorgeous Poinsettia Lights. There’s no shortage of poinsettia crafts here, for sure! But the best thing about making these candy cane Christmas candles? You get to eat the left overs!
Christmas Candles Supplies
- Candy Canes, Pack of 12, Singly Wrapped (KEEP WRAPPED) 4.5″ measured tip to curve. If candy canes have a measurement on the box it is from tip to tip not tip to curve. FYI.
- 10″ White Taper Candles, Wrapped (KEEP WRAPPED)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Silver Ribbon 1.5″ wide
- Sheet of Red & Green Cardstock
- 1/2″ Gold Jingle Bells, one per candle
- Detail Scissors for cutting out poinsettia pattern
Poinsettia Flower Download
IMPORTANT: Candy canes break easily. HANDLE THE FINAL WITH CARE. Once you have placed them on the glue, you can only adjust them for just a second or two. So be quick! The trick is to get your candle to stand straight. If it does not, in the end you can glue a little something under one side to make it even, such as a sliver of wood, then paint it to match so it won’t show.
Gather your supplies!Make sure to keep the wrappers on your candy canes and your candles. This is because of the obvious reason. The glue will not hold to wax. Also the candy canes will melt. Choose candy canes that are not broken. It helps to have extras.
Lay down a 3 to 4 inch heavy strip of hot glue on the candle base.
Quickly stand up the candle and press the first candy cane on it to make it stand as straight as possible.
Add your next row of glue.
Quickly stand up your candle and press on your cane. Because these are taper candles the candy canes will touch at the top but will have small gaps at the bottom. Again, the goal is to get your candle to stand straight.
This shows the bottom of my candle after all the candy canes were glued on.
You can see the gap at the bottom because of the taper. This is fine.
Cut out your poinsettia pattern.
Cut the leaves out of green and red cardstock.
These are ready to glue together.
Glue your poinsettia together.
Add a bell.
Glue your ribbon around the candy cane base.
Add a large dob of glue to the front and add your poinsettia flower.
If your candy canes have uneven spots where the plastic sticks up you can clip them off.
The finished Christmas candles. Please handle carefully!
Four dollar store Santa hats and some felt that’s all you need to make this darling two sided Santa pillow. It does require a small amount of straight sewing. But I use hot glue for the rest. Feel free to sew it all if you like! You end up with the cutest reversible pillow you’ve ever seen. It only takes minutes to whip one up and they make great neighbor gifts! We even made a special tag poem to print out should you decide to use them that way. If you’re looking for more creative ideas like this make sure you check out our Christmas Caps for Visitors and 2 No Prep Last Minute Gifts from Your Pantry.
Santa Pillow Supplies
- Four Santa Hats per pillow (We got ours from the Dollar Store)
- Sewing machine You can get these SO cheap now. I’m not much of a sewer, only using sewing machines for minor crafting projects. But they sure comes in handy for things like this!
- Felt, black and yellow
- Seam Ripper
- Hot Glue
- Stuffing of some sort
- Tag Download below (for a gift)
Gift Tag Download
Gather your basic supplies.
Remove the bottom white bands from your Santa hats.
Hat with white band removed.
Open up one seam on the caps.
Remove the top pom poms.
You should now have two sets of each of these as shown. You will be trimming all four pieces as shown.Cutting off the area as shown above on all pieces so you can sew them into square shapes.
Both sets after cutting of the points.
Take each set and sew a seam along where you just cut.
You now have two square piece, the front and back of your pillow.
Take one of your white brim pieces and iron it out as needed. Fold over the edge that was ripped away and hem it so that it matches the other side that is already hemmed.
Lay out where you will place the white strip across your pillow. I chose to glue mine onto the pillow rather than sew it. Trim the excess off on the ends. Take three of the pom poms that are left over and glue or sew them onto the center of your white band.
For the other side of your pillow you will be making a Santa belt. Measure and cut your black felt.
Using our free pattern cut a belt buckle out of yellow felt.
Glue the belt together.
Mark the center of your pillow.
Glue or sew your belt into your pillow.
This shows the front and back of your pillow.
Place your pillow pieces right side together and sew the edges.
Make sure to leave a few inches for stuffing.
I used a wooden spoon to help poke out the corner. Trim the extra fabric off inside on the corner to help them pop out more.
Stuff your pillow with whatever stuffing you like and sew or glue up the seam.
Completed belt side.
Completed Pom Pom side.
Add our wonderful poem for a gift.
Bring a little magic into your home with this snowy mason jar craft made with good old fashioned Epsom salt! Even children help make them and use the salt to mimic snow. It’s very safe. Add a real or battery operated candle in your jar when it’s finished and set them in your windows or on your fireplace mantle. Or give them to neighbors as a holiday gift. They are inexpensive, unique and they’ll love them! You can see some of ours on our Inexpensive Homemade Christmas Decoration mantle post along with other gorgeous ideas like our Twigs n Twine Wooden Reindeer. For cheap, awesome ideas we’re the place to go!
Snow Mason Jar Craft Supplies
NOTE ON SALT: The salt can come in different forms. Some is more crystallized and icy looking, other types is more flaky like we used. All of it is safe as it can even be eaten. It will fall off your jar a bit. you can use a clear acrylic sealer if desired to help prevent this.
- Mason Jars, Any Size
- Epsom Salt, 1/4 cup per jar
- Mod Podge
- Red Pom Poms
- Brown String
- Candle, real or Battery Operated on Timer
- Clear Sealer (OPTIONAL to help seal on salt)
- Holly Pattern Below
Holly & Poem Gift Tags Download
Gather your supplies. This shows a quart size mason jar but I ended up using a pint size.
Epsom salt comes in different textures. This is how mine looked. Place it in a cup ready to sprinkle.
I placed my jar over a paper plate for quick cleanup afterwards.
Working quickly, brush Mod Podge down the sides of your jar. You want an even, slightly heavy coat.
Make sure to bring it down around the curved part of your jar. Notice there are some extra heavy areas. I smoothed those out.
I had my Epsom salt ready in a cup and sprinkled it over my jar while turning it. A little goes a long way.
Dump the extra back in for another day, another jar.
Cut out your leaf pattern and trace your holly leaves.
Cut where shown and glue them together to make a curved effect.
Wrap your twine around the jar and tie, gluing two holly leaves underneath it.
Glue on three small red pom poms for berries.
Choose your tag of choice if your giving your jar as a gift. Print and cut it out.
Attach some ribbon.
Add it to your jar.
Add in a real candle or battery operated candle and display!
I’ve never liked putting holes in my doors and I was also never a fan of those metal or plastic over the door wreath hangers either. When I learned how to hang them with ribbon, I’ve never looked back. Then I took it a step further and created by own little system involving large thumbtacks and tiny corks for storage. I feel so organized now! My door remains hole free and I can match my hanger if I want so it blends right in. We have a tutorial for the Peace Wreath below which I think works for any time of year, depending on how you tweak it. We also have a Burlap Wreath made from an embroidery hoop which I think is quite clever so check that out!
How to Hang a Wreath Supplies
- 1″ wide to 2″ wide ribbon to match your wreath and/or door. 1 1/2 yards will most any wreath.
- Thumbtacks Extra Large are really nice for this purpose
- Small .25″ corks size #000 (for storing your thumbtacks in your ribbon)
I used some wide burlap to hang one of my Christmas wreaths with. Using ribbon, the sky is the limit.
Glue your tack to your ribbon which attached onto your wreath.
When storing your wreath, push a tiny cork into the push pin.
Keeps it safe and keeps fingers from getting poked.
This is how we store our Peace Wreath.
For this Spring wreath I used a 1″ piece of white ribbon which blends right into our door.
It took about 1 1/4″ yards.
Reach up and push one pin into the ends of your ribbon to secure it above the frame. That’s it!
In case you need an extra example this is one using our burlap hanger.
Depending on your color choice of ribbon it can blend in very well.
If you’re always on the lookout for unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas, we’ve got some that will blow you away! Whether it’s for a small gift for a family member or a next door neighbor treat, the packaging will put a smile on the face of the receiver as much as the contents. They are made from plastic soda bottles and are as cute as can be. We have three versions, a clear square and a small petal flap and a tall mixture of both. We’ve also got some fun ways to fancy them up. If you’d like one more awesome way to use a soda bottle for gift giving, check out our other Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas! FYI we put our Quick Healthy 3 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Recipe in one of ours!
Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas Supplies
- Soda Bottles with Straight Sides – 1 or 2 liters depending on size needed
- X-acto Knife
- Dry Erase Marker
- Ribbon / Washi Tape Etc. as desired
- Cardstock Paper For Holly and Berries
- Black Paint (for Santa pants)
- Bone Folder (I LOVE this for making creases on my bottles but you can use the end of a butter knife too.)
- Black Ribbon and Gold or yellow paper or felt for Santa belt
- Free Pattern Below
We have three styles! You can just start on down the list or click on of the links to jump to the one you want.
Style 1: Tall Mixed Style Container
We used a typical 2 Liter bottle for this one. Many of these have lines around them near the bottom or top. We use those as a base line for measuring, depending on how tall we want our container to be. Mark your container circle into four equal parts. Then mark it where you will be folding it at.
Fold straight down to your marked area on each “corner” area.
Once you fold one side you can easily fold the other straight across from it.
When you are finished you will have a perfect square on the top. The bottom of the container is the bottom of the bottle.
Cut each corner down to where you marked it. This will be how “high” the container will be. My bottle is still too high so I’ll end of trimming the petal flaps even more.
Keep in mind that the points where you cut are VERY SHARP. They will poke and draw blood. You’ll be fixing those in a minute. But be careful in the meantime.
Fold the flaps over to the inside and crease the edges sharply using a bone folder tool or the handle of a metal butter knife to press them down.
You will now pop the flaps back out and trim them down, curving the edges. The flaps will most likely be too long. Keep trimming them evenly until they fall halfway to the middle of the container. They can barely overlap each other or almost touch. Make a nice curved shape on the edges so they won’t poke anyone.
This shows a completed curved edge.
You can overlap the flaps one at a time to close them. They should stay closed on their own.
You can also punch a hole in two of the flaps for tying them together.
The container can be held together this way also.
I used ours for a 3 ingredient Chocolate Fudge Recipe you can get here. This is a perfect holiday neighbor gift.
To make it even more special, I happened upon these ornament cards from Shutterfly and fell in love with them. They are 50% off and typically stay that way during the holidays. There are many choices and you get to customize both sides and even add a photo if desired, which I did. Attach one to your gift and it doubles as a card/tag for neighbors and friends. (I love it when companies make me look good for a low cost.)
Hey, who’s that good looking dude I’m with? This is the back side of the Shutterfly card /tag. Their online system lets you design it up very easily. You can add all kinds of text in a huge variety of styles. (FYI, the tag I used is called “Merry Chalkboard Berries”. Again, it’s one of their Ornament Cards. Brilliant idea.
Style 2: Small Petal Box
I used a tall slim 32oz bottle for this one though any size will work. (Walmart has a wonderful slim tall 33oz size in their own brand that I use for quite a few crafts for 88 cents each.) Mark the bottle as high as you want it and cut around. In this case I cut off quite a bit as I wanted a fairly short gift container. The flaps themselves will only be 1.5″ or so long. The rest will be the height you wish the bottle to be.
For the petals you need six flaps, so measure around and divide the bottle into six even sections and mark accordingly. (Finally… that math you took in school comes in handy!) In all honesty it does NOT have to be exactly even. I eyeballed it to tell you the truth.
Remember, because we are making a short bottle we used the line that was already at the base of the bottle as our guide line to cut down to. Had that not been there we would have measured and marked around it with a dry erase marker. If you wanted the container taller you would just need to measure up from that line and cut higher.
Cut down to your base line. Also remember that those edges are sharp until you curve them! The petals will need to fold over about half way into the middle of the bottle. Trim them if they are too long.
Bend over each of the six flaps to the inside and press firmly with a bone folder, as you see me using, or a butter knife handle to get a nice clean edge.
Pull the flaps back out and trim around the sharp pointed edges making rounded petal shapes. You can draw on with a dry erase marker first if you’d like a pattern to follow. Remember, dry erase marker wipes right off when you’re done!
After your petals are trimmed and creased you can fold them one at a time, overlapping each, and they will close over the top.
This is the finished container.
It can hold not only treats but small gifts.
Since we made this at Christmas time, the more we looked at this one the more we thought it resembled the bottom of Santa’s pants. So we added a black ribbon belt. We toyed with the idea of a big red pom pom or a white bow. The bow won out.
We painted black on the four bumps to signify the boot parts and added a paper buckle.
Style 3: Square Box
This next container was made from another tall 32 oz bottle though you’d never know it! Measure and cut off both ends of your bottle making it the size you want. Then measure around making four even marks using a dry erase marker and crease each one as shown on above bottles. Make sure to get a nice sharp crease. I love using my bone folder for that but anything hard will work.
This shows two of the the nice creases. Now you’ve got a complete square.
For the bottom flaps you need to measure up on each corner. For my small container I measured up about 1.5″ then cut.
Fold them over like the top part and crease. Again, remember the points are very sharp. Overlap them to close and seal. The bottom could actually be glued if desired to keep it together. Round the very tips of the pointy parts for safety.
Curve the four top flaps either on just the edges or you can also make petal shapes if desired.
Overlap them to close the top.
We added a bit of gold Washi tape around the middle.
Two small holes were punched in two of the flaps to tie on a matching gold ribbon and bell.
The only thing better than a good chocolate fudge recipe is a quick 3 ingredient healthy chocolate fudge recipe! Well we gotcha covered! Honey, coconut oil and cocoa or cacao if you prefer. A few minutes in your fridge and it’s ready to eat. Good any time of year, it’s especially perfect at Christmas time as a last minute neighbor gift. Put it in one of our Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Soda Bottles and they will “oooh” and “ahhh” over how clever you are while they drool over the the fudge. It’s a win win situation all around. Want to give them another type of treat? Check out our Healthy No Bake Cookies! Decorate your container another way! And if it’s not Christmas time and you just want to be a nice neighbor slap a ribbon on your container. They’ll still be amazed.
Chocolate Fudge Recipe
- 1 c. coconut oil
- ¾ c. honey
- 1 c. cacao OR cocoa powder
Mix the liquefied coconut oil and honey and add in the cocoa powder. Blend with a whisk until very smooth. You can also blend it in a blender.
Heavily grease a small pan and pour in your mixture or you can line it with wax paper or foil if desired for easier removal.
Chill in your fridge or freezer. It gets firm very fast due to how quickly the coconut oil firms up.
Must be stored in the fridge to maintain its shape.
- 1 c. coconut oil
- ¾ c. honey
- 1 c. cacao OR cocoa powder
- Mix the liquefied coconut oil and honey and add in the cocoa powder. Blend with a whisk until very smooth. You can also blend it in a blender.
- Heavily grease a small pan and pour in your mixture or you can line it with wax paper or foil if desired for easier removal.
- Chill in your fridge or freezer. It gets firm very fast due to how quickly the coconut oil firms up.
- Must be stored in the fridge to maintain its shape.
You won’t believe how gorgeous your mantle can be with these homemade Christmas decorations! Some of them cost pennies to make and we’ve got a free elegant quote you can download to add into the mix. Our mantle is made of things we created through past posts with a couple new items tossed in. We’ll link to each item below. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing your handmade decorations, created with love, staring back at you from a beloved spot in your living room. Many will be handed down and become keepsakes. Keep that in mind as you create them.
Homemade Christmas Decorations Used
How To’s can be found for the following items:
New Items Added
These items were added and most literally took minutes to make!
I found two old frames, an 11×14 and an 8×10, and painted them bright red. For one I glued on two ribbons and attached two gold ornaments. For the other I printed out the quotation we designed below and framed it.
Snowy Mason Jars (Full Post Tutorial Coming December 13th!)
I’d seen these done online and wanted to add a couple to my mantle. They were so easy. All you do is paint on a coat of Mod Podge them and sprinkle on some Epson Salt! I glued on brown string and cut some leaves off of some old artificial greenery I had and added that. Then I added in two battery operated tea lights.
Grabbed a few sticks from the back yard and painted them gold!
Most people know how to make snowflakes from paper . There is a site where you can get patterns for these very beautiful ones. I purchased the entire CD but they have some free ones on this page. You will need some nice detail paper scissors for cutting these snowflakes.
8×10 Printable Quote
Download and print the pdf. Place your 8×10 frame glass centered over the paper text. Trace around it and cut out the quote. Insert it in your frame.
A blank slate!
With the lights off. This is our little chalkboard countdown.
Our Christmas spider post has a lovely little printable poem that comes with it.
These little wooden reindeer cost virtually nothing to make!
Make sure to grab this free printable quote on this post!
Let your visitors join in the holiday festivities by donning a Christmas cap that you keep conveniently hanging next to the front door! Choose one of four sayings or a poem that is sure to make them smile. You can get the hats at any Dollar store and the hanger whips together in no time very inexpensively. We created two different versions. For more fun and creative DIY Christmas decor ideas, check out our Whimsical Burlap Tree using 6 Hangers and our Poinsettia Twinkle Lights!
Christmas Caps Supplies
NOTE: We used some gold scrapbook letters for one of our plaques.
- Hot Glue Gun
- Santa Hats (Can be purchased at any dollar store or you can buy these felt one’s on Amazon for less than $1.00 each!)
- Regular Clothespins
- Red Pom Poms
- Green Cardstock or Construction paper
- Spray adhesive
- Quote download below
- Glue or Mod Podge for Quote
Quote & Poem Printables
Gather your supplies. You can use whatever color ribbon you like. You just need a nice 2.5″ to 3″ wide ribbon for the base ribbon .
We put bows on one set of clothespins.
Then glue bells on the bows.
Paint your clothespins and hot glue them onto your ribbon.
Glue your decor onto the clothespins. Paint your plaques. We used gold for one and white for the other.
Cut out the poem or quote you choose.
Cut out paper holly if you are using that.
For the holly, add red pompoms.
Glue your poem or quote onto your plaque. We use spray adhesive.
Clip on our hats and hang your plaque where it can be easily seen!
This rustic little tree is made with six plastic hangers, some twinkle lights and burlap. It’s a great little, easy upcycle project and would make a perfect tree for a small family or an extra tree for another room in the home. Set it in a window and light it up for a beautiful eye catcher as people drive by. Make some of our rustic Twig & Twine Wooden Reindeer to go with it or adorn it with Christmas Spiders. Now that would be unique!
Burlap Christmas Tree Supplies
NOTE ON BURLAP: Use tight weave burlap. We bought a roll of 12″ at Walmart that had silver threads running through it. It was 10′ long. We cut it into two 6″ strips and it just did one tree. However, we did not overlap ours very much going up. In retrospect I would have put them a little closer, which means I would have needed a bit more. You can also use thinner strips but you will also have to use more burlap to cover the tree that way.
- 6 Plastic White Hangers
- Glue Gun
- Burlap, tight weave. For 6″ strips you will need at least 20′. For 5″ strips you will need more etc.
- White Chenille Stems or Twistie ties
- 50-60 String LED Lights You can also use This Type Easily! I would have preferred the second type but used what I had on hand. You want LED lights that last a long time and don’t get hot.
- 1″ Jingle Bells
- Star Pattern Below
3D Star Pattern Download
You are going to take two hangers and lay them as shown on top of each other. I’m using a blue and white one so you can see how they lay out easier.
Cut some chenille stems for tying your hangers together.
Tie them in the spots shown.
Two on each side and one on the top.
Make three sets like this. These form the three sides of your tree.
You will not attach the side together using more chenille stems plus the ones already attached.
The side ones can be twisted together if you left them long enough.
If the side pieces are too small you can just add more chenille stems.
You will now attach the top parts together using new chenille stems as shown.
Attach the three together, twisting the chenille stems tightly.
This is how it will stand up once it’s secured.
Taking a 3rd piece of chenille stem, tie the entire thing together.
Tie it together at the bottom also.
Here is your tree base!
Get your burlap ready. We used a 12″ by 10′ piece.
We folded it in half and cut it so each piece is 6″ wide.
Cut a few more pieces of chenille stems for attaching your lights to your frame.
Weave your lights in and out around your frame. You would also put them into the center but I was concerned they would not be bright enough to show through.
Attach your lights where needed to keep them from slipping. You can also hot glue your chenille stems in place to help.
Keep weaving your lights around, in and out and down.
As I tried to push a big wad of the lights through my frame it broke one of my hangers. I tied it back together with a chenille stem and held it with hot glue.
Keep in mind all of the lights that stick out will be pushed to the inside as you cover your frame with burlap.
Make the frame more sturdy by gluing the sides together in places as shown.
I ironed my 6″ piece in half for a nice sharp edge then cut up in 1″ slits about 1″ from the top. ONLY CUT ONE LAYER.
This shows how I only cut one layer. This assures that the frame does not show through.
Begin gluing your burlap around your frame. You will cut each side piece separate and wrap it around for gluing.
Make sure each side is glued well.
Overlap each piece as you go around so none of the frame shows through.
Push the lights into the back if they stick out too much.
After you have done one row move onto the next, overlapping.
Keep going around as before, overlapping the sides. As you can see, I didn’t cut enough on one row and the frame showed through. See the next photo for the fix.
I cut a single strip to cover the open spot.
As you get closer to the top you will need smaller strips. Near the very top one strip will cover three sides and possibly all four.
Usually, one last piece will wrap around the top completely.
You will have to curve it in a way that it makes the point. Make sure you aim the back of it towards the actual back of your tree.
You can now glue on your bells. Do this while the tree is on its side as the glue will run. Also, metal is a heat conductor so use something to help hold the bells as they will be hot from the hot glue as you hold them!
Paper Star Instructions
Attach a chenille stem to your star.
Insert it down into your tree top.
Brighten up your holiday with these beautiful poinsettia lights made using twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper and some floral tape. They are just gorgeous and add a touch of magic to where you place them.
Poinsettia Lights Supplies
NOTES: LED Lights are COOL TO THE TOUCH and VERY SAFE. Also, we found some red and green glittery tissue paper at Walmart in the party section.
LED White Twinkle Lights w/green String (Get a GOOD brand that lasts. The ones linked to are not glass and will work great.)
Red & Green Tissue Paper (We used 12 sheets each of 20″ x 20″ (33 sq. feet for each color) and it was just enough to make 50 flowers. Possibly a few more.
Awl or something with a point to poke a hole in the tissue flowers with
Free Poinsettia Pattern
Video Of Poinsettia Assembly
NOTE ON STORAGE: Tissue paper is very delicate so DO NOT STORE WHERE DAMP. Store them carefully in a box with lots of room.
This is all you need!
I stapled my tissue paper together to help hold it as I was cutting more than one poinsettia leaf at time. FYI don’t cut too many as they tend to slide around. Start cutting out!
I stapled my tissue paper together to help hold it as I was cutting more than one poinsettia leaf at a time. FYI, don’t cut too many as they tend to slide around.
For each flower you will need three red and two green leaves.
Your finished Poinsettia!
Get all your items ready in an assembly line.
Layer the flowers as shown, making sure to keep them centered.
Using an awl or something sharp and pointy, poke a hole into the very center of your leaves. Wiggle the awl to make the hole a little larger.
The hole made using the awl.
Carefully push your light through the hole all the way down to the base. This will require a small amount of tearing. Just don’t tear it too much!
The underneath side of your flower.
Fold all your leaves over like a sandwich.
Try to fold them in the other direction, then scrunch them together.
Take a few inches of floral tape and start wrapping the base, squeezing it tightly as you go.
Keep wrapping as you move down.
The tape is very waxy and holds perfectly. If it tears just add more.
Carefully pull out the petals a bit.
Your finished Poinsettia!
What’s more festive at Christmas than a wreath and what fits the meaning of Christmas more than a Christmas peace wreath complete with a peace on earth quote? All you need is some inexpensive garland, some burlap, hot glue and foam board. You could even use cardboard for the wreath base instead of foam board. We also show you the best way ever to hang wreaths that doesn’t use a wreath hanger and doesn’t put a nail hole in your door! While you’re here, check out our Twig & Twine Wooden Reindeer and our Poinsettia Christmas Placemats!
Christmas Peace Wreath Supplies
NOTES: Cardboard can be used in place of foam board.
- Foam Board 20″ x 30″
- X-acto Knife
- Scotch Tape for pattern
- 24 feet green garland This is all Amazon currently had in stock. We purchased a 50 foot batch at Walmart for $8. You can try the Dollar store too.
- Burlap 12 plus 2 feet burlap, 2″ to 4″ wide. We used a glittery type similar to this one.
- Brown Twine
- Hot Glue Gun
- Large Thumb Tacks (I use the large for hanging all my wreaths though regular tacks can work but are less strong. They are an awesome, no-nail way to hang a wreath!)
- Tiny Cork I buy a package and use the tiny ones for my wreath storage purposes. They are perfect as you will see below!
- Small gold or copper Christmas balls – Check out the Dollar Store for these.
- Small wood plaque 3.5″x 5″ These sizes were the best fit, however we supplied quotes for a variety of sizes.
- Gold Paint
- Mod Podge
- Printable quote below
- Printable pattern below
Downloads Pattern & Plaque
Peace Pattern (pdf)
You will need two pieces of 12 foot garland and one piece of 12 foot burlap. They will be braided so you will need to hold them together on one end. I used a binder clip tied to a chair to help out.
Because you will be dealing with extra long amounts of items, you can wind them up if needed while you are braiding them. It is, however, very helpful to have one or two other people help you.
Because our burlap was so wide we opted for a different type of braid. I’m not sure what it is called but we took a video of it below so you can see how we did it. You can use whatever type of braid you like, just make sure to not make it super tight.
Here is a video showing how we “braided” ours.
Next you will print out your peace sign wreath pattern and tape it together.
After taping it together, cut it out.
Place your pattern over your foam board or cardboard and trace it.
Using an X-acto knife cut out your pattern. You are welcome to paint your cardboard or foam board to make it match better. The goal, however, will be to make sure that your braid covers the peace sign entirely so that none of it shows through.
You will start to hot glue your braid onto the foam board, again, making sure it covers the peace sign completely.
Glue the ends under.
Make sure to use enough glue to hold the braid down.
Once you have completed the circle you will carefully cut off your braid and tack the end with glue. You will use the remaining parts to make the peace sign feet, gluing them on as you did the circle.
To make the plaque, print out the quote and cut it out.
Paint your plaque gold.
Glue on your quote and Mod Podge over the entire plaque.
Add on the brown twine.
Add on any decor you like.
To hang your wreath, add a strip of burlap glued firmly to the top, barely enough to reach over the top of the door.
We used plastic balls and clipped off the part that stuck out so they could be glued onto our burlap.
Our plaque was glued on.
Two balls were glued on above the plaque.
A line of hot glue was placed along the top edge of the burlap to keep it from unraveling.
A large thumbtack was placed on the top for hanging. Glue the thumbtack onto the burlap.
This shows how it will hang on the top of the door. No nail needed! Place a tiny cork on the end of the thumbtack when not in use.
Make these beautiful 3D placecards by downloading our free printable below. Print it on cardstock and add a bit of gold glitter and you have a sparkly addition to your Christmas table. It’s a perfect match to our Poinsettia Placemats or Centerpiece! Also, even though you’re working with a tiny bit of glitter here, make sure to check out our How to Organize & Use Glitter post for tips on working with glitter easily and with less mess!
Christmas Placecards Supplies
NOTE: Everything linked to below is exactly what I use. Ü
These elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats can also be used as centerpieces or even wall hangings! All you need is a 12″ piece of square felt and some fake poinsettias and a hot glue gun. They are easy to make and would be great as a gift. In fact, you could hang one on your front door! These are exactly the same as our Quick Leafy Autumn Placemats we made for Thanksgiving using leaves we got at the local Dollar, store proving yet again that decor doesn’t have to be expensive to be classy! FYI you may notice that little white reindeer in the photo from a previous post. Learn how to make those simple Twig & Twine Wooden Reindeer here!
Christmas Placemats Supplies
NOTES: I used a 12″ x 18″ piece of red felt and made a 12″ circle for the base.
- Artificial Poinsettia (One 12″ circle took two large bunches from Walmart @$3.00 a bunch with some left over. Check the dollar stores or sales at craft stores! You need big leaves preferably.
- Large Felt This was the best deal Amazon had but it’s a variety of colors.I I suggest purchasing a single sheet locally if you can unless you need to stock up.
- Glue Gun
Grab our free printable poinsettia placecards to match your new placemats!
Gather your supplies.
Trace the size of circle you want. My deviled egg plate was the perfect size!
Cut out your circle.
Pull the leaves and flowers off the stems.
Clip the stems off the leaves. There were no wires so normal scissors worked on mine.
Do the same with the red portion.
Because these leaves are so large you will need to put a broad strip of glue at the base to hold them down.
Begin gluing on the green leaves around the edge of your felt piece overlapping as shown.
If you find that some are lifting up just add a little glue to tack them down more.
You can choose to do as many green and red rows as you like, depending on the number of leaves you have of each. I did two rows of green and then started on the red.
Offset the leaves as you go along, continuing to overlap them.
Once I got to the center it took five small leaves to finish it off.
We used ours as a centerpiece along with our Twine & Twig Wooden Deer.
The back looks nice and clean.
These festive little wooden reindeer are a mixture of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they’re complete! The best part is you can make them any size. And I mean any size. We made small 5″ ones but you could even make them from logs if you were so inclined! If you enjoy doing this, you might also like our unique little stand up Christmas Countdown from Wood Slices.
Wooden Reindeer Supplies
NOTES ON GLUE: For the tiny reindeer, I used hot glue in the essence of time. This is actually not a good idea if your branches have bark on them as mine did because the sticks will pull the bark off easily. Either use sticks without bark or use larger branches and drill holes to place your sticks into for a firm hold. For larger reindeer I’d suggest a drill and wood glue.
- Small Branches
- Carpentry Hand Saw OR Table Saw We have this table saw. It’s fairly inexpensive as far as saws go.
- Hot Glue Gun (Read notes as this does not hold well)
- Wood glue for larger reindeer
- Drill (for long term holding)
- White paint
- Gold paint
- Brown Twine
Our reference sheet can be helpful when cutting your wood if your making a small reindeer. It’s in pdf format.
Grab some branches. Or do like I did and call your dad up and have him cut you a few.
Decide on the length of the deer parts. We’ve included a basic sheet of sizes but you can adjust as desired.
If you are gluing, make sure to cut certain parts that go against the body at an angle.
I just cut up a bunch of pieces to pick from.
If some have rough edges, rub them on a piece of sandpaper.
Glue on your pieces. Remember, I learned that these don’t stick well with bark on the branches. Best to drill holes in that case.
You can see why we angled the leg pieces a bit.
Now to add on the little tail.
To make the antlers attach better I did drill a hole in the head piece which had the bark removed.
Make sure the antler pieces fit in and then remove them for painting. If you drill your legs in the same manner they will hold firmly.
Paint the antler pieces gold.
Paint your deer white. Paint the tips of his feet and tail gold.
Grab some twine and bells.
Put his antlers in and tie the twine around his neck and glue on a bell.
These memory photo ornaments from wood slices are a wonderful way to personalize your holiday! Give them as gifts to grandparents or family. Make one for each new baby. Fill your tree with photos through the years! No matter how you use them, they will be another way to make your holiday memorable. P.S. Small ones also make great magnets!
- Wood discs about 1/2″ thick cut from tree branch. (approx 3 to 4″ in diameter) The cheapest way is of course to grab a branch and slice it up with a saw. If you don’t have that option you can buy the slices at any craft store or on Amazon. Just make sure to get the size you need. The smaller sizes allow you to use 4″x6″ photos.
- Mod Podge
- String for hanging
- Cord trim
- Extras. Ribbon, bells, artificial foliage etc. We used a cut out graphic of a holly image.
Photo Ornaments Instructions
Gather the few supplies you need.
Drill a small hole in the top of your slice to hang string from.
Trace your wood slice over the photo for a rough estimate of where you will cut. You’ll be cutting INSIDE the line.
Cut out your photo inside your traced line anywhere from 1/4″ to 1/2″ so there will be some of the wood slice showing around the edge.
Mod Podge your image into the wood slice.
Add any trim you want. I put some cording around my image for a nice edge. You can glue ribbon etc. onto the top of the slice. I used a small piece of clipart for mine.
Yep… that’s me. Ü
Oh no… It’s two days till Christmas and you realize you forgot to get Aunt Lou a present. Or the neighbor you hardly see just brought you a small quirky gift and you have nothing to give them. Whatever the situation, if you need a quick personal gift and you need it fast, we can help.
We’ve got 16 easy DIY gifts below that are unique and classy. Give Aunt Lou a beautiful string dispenser. Give mom a lovely clothespin candle holder. Give grandma a CD Photo Album. Or give your friend with the awesome sense of humor an Aromatherapy Inhaler made from a tampon! We’ve even got quick customized pet bowls for the critter in your life. There’s something for almost everyone! If you’re looking for something even easier than this, check out our 22 No Prep Last Minute Gifts from Your Pantry which has 22 all new printable tags!
Easy DIY Gifts
It’s Christmas eve and the neighbors stopped by with a little “something” for your family. Now you feel guilty because you didn’t get them anything. Well we have your back! If you don’t find at least two or three items on the list below that you can use as a quick gift, we’ll eat our Santa hats! Our list of last minute gifts are things most people have in their kitchen or pantry and when you pair them with a cute tag and some ribbon, you’ve got a nice little gift! You’ll find twenty two tags you can print out that cover all the items listed including a couple of tags you can use for pretty much anything. If you’re looking for some quick things you can make yourself check out our 16 Last Minute Easy DIY Gifts.
Last Minute Gifts List
I love upcycle crafts where it’s hard to tell what the original item was. In my opinion, this one qualifies for that quite well. These DIY candle holders are made from plastic soda bottles. Typical taper candles fit snugly into the tops. You can paint them any color and decorate them for any occasion or holiday. We’ve given you four different ideas to get your creative juices flowing!
IMPORTANT: These are meant as decor items only. DO NOT light candles in these plastic holders.
What’s your favorite Christmas movie? I’ll bet you have more than one and I’m guessing, as an adult, they will be tied to your childhood or to happy memories with your own children. Because these movies go hand and hand with the holiday, we even created a free Christmas Eve Tradition kit packed of ideas to go with different Christmas movies.
Once December 1st hits, Christmas music plays non-stop in our home and the viewing of the holiday shows begin. I have a bundle of them that get watched pretty much every year. That list seldom gets added to, but about four years back I happened upon a movie I was totally unaware of: Noel from 2004. It had some top names in it so I was surprised I’d overlooked it. It stars Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams and Paul Walker, Penelope Cruz, and Alan Arkin. Most newer Christmas movies just don’t have the “feel” I tend to need for the holidays but I decided to watch this one. It had such a deep effect on me it was an instant favorite and I now watch it every year.
We tend to love movies because we connect with them in some way. It’s why I watch the old Rankin Bass claymation shows each year that I watched as a child and that my own kids watched. Powerful ties there and they bring back that deep, profound feeling in my heart that is what Christmas is all about to me.
I loved Noel, not because it was all holly jolly. I loved it because I came away from it vowing to be a better person and pay more attention to the things around me. Without spoiling anything I’ll just say that it’s about the human condition and the things many people face. It’s about an inner connectedness between all of us and how we’re here for each other. It’s about stepping out of our comfort zones to help others. It’s about growing through discomfort and how difficult situations can bring out the best in us if we let them.
So I wanted to share it in case you’ve missed it and in case it might make it onto your favorite movie list.
Where To View
I searched for a free place online to watch the movie but though there were a few sites that allow you to do so, I was unsure of their legitimacy. You can, however, stream it online for $1.99 on Amazon.
I love the digital age. There’s not a day goes by that I’m not grateful to be alive during the 21st century. We literally have the world at our fingertips, with any information we need just a click away. But there are rare occasions when I realize some things have been lost in our computerized world. One of those is the Sears catalog.
In the 80’s and 90’s, like many households, we received our catalog in the mail at least once a year. It was overflowing with goodies for adults and children alike. But as a kid, one of the great joys of the holiday season was grabbing a pen, finding a quiet spot and sitting down with that thick tome of wonder as we slowly turned each page, methodically circling the things we wanted Santa to bring. Though we never got everything we circled, (because we circled everything) there was excitement, anticipation and hope. The activity itself was the pleasure.
That tradition carried on with my own children and one year I snapped a photo of all of them lying on the floor with the catalog in the middle, as our oldest, Charles, turned the pages.
Time went by, progress was made. We were so busy with our noses in our gadgets we hardly noticed, but the catalogs stopped coming. A small bit of magic was gone.
I readily admit I can now quickly find online everything Sears and any other store sells, including digital catalogs where I can virtually turn pages. And let’s not forget the many trees that are spared from not printing those huge volumes. And yes, it’s basically corporate America trying to sell us their latest and greatest stuff. But that tangible catalog was more than those things. It was tradition entwined with promise and delight. And despite all those valid points, I still feel a tiny ache inside at this little slice of my past that’s gone and all the kids won’t get to experience it.
Luckily Christmas, in and of itself, has a special enchantment and there’s a never ending variety of ways to create those same feelings that children seem to specialize in. I just felt like I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge this small simple pleasure of my past and offer thanks. So here’s to the Sears catalog. Though your purpose was financial, you nonetheless brought joy, hope and a smile to millions of kids over the decades and that’s quite an accomplishment. Gone but not forgotten. At least in the heart of this 57 year old kid.
This peace dove ornament is not just for the holiday season. (Read the poem below and you’ll understand why.) The dove is a symbol of peace, which we tend to think about quite a bit during the Christmas season. But this little peace dove is meant to be used throughout the year as a reminder to keep peace in our hearts at all times.
Very simple and inexpensive to make, all you need is a foam craft sheet, glue and thread. We’ve included two sizes of printable patterns and of course the poem, also in various sizes. These make wonderful gifts for neighbors and friends. Feel free to use them as tree ornaments also!
Peace Dove Ornament Supplies
- Foam craft sheets
- Silver or gold thread
- Hot glue
- Small gems for eyes (optional)
- Poem printout
- Ribbon for poem (optional)
Peace Dove Pattern & Poem Download
Using the patterns trace your dove onto a foam sheet.
Attach a silver or gold thread into the wings. NOTE: You can also do this after you attach them which might make it easier to determine placement for balance.
Test the fit of your wings onto the top of the bird. The gap on the wings might need trimmed a little to make it fit perfect.
Place a thin line of hot glue on the top of the bird where the wings will sit.
Quickly place your wings on the glue.
If giving the peace dove as a gift, print and cut out the size of poem you will use.
You can attach a charm or bead at the bottom if desired.
You can also place a gem for the eye.
Most families have their own unique Christmas Eve traditions. Us? We watch The Muppet’s Christmas Carol and eat baked cinnamon rolls with O.J. and hot cocoa. For those of you who are looking for your own Christmas Eve traditions or just want a fun family idea for the holidays we came up with “A Movie, a Munchie & a Message”. Listed below are eleven holiday movies and shows paired with some fun treat ideas and a special Christmas movie quote you can print and hand out that sums up the movies message. Make sure to grab the full packet below with all the printables and details. The most important thing of all is to make wonderful holiday memories.
23 pages (pdf)
CONTENT: One Movie List – Eleven Movie Theme Sheets – Eleven Different Printable Quotations
Christmas Eve Traditions Ideas
The details below can be found in the packet along with more info and the printable quotations. Many of the movies below can be watched online at various places such as Amazon, Netflix Etc.
MOVIE: A Christmas Carol (any version)
MUNCHIE: Non-alcoholic sparkling grape or apple cider in wine shaped bottles. Plastic wine glasses or goblets for toasting with. Most grocery stores carry both of these items during the holidays. They are fairly inexpensive.
MESSAGE: a. Honoring the feelings and love of Christmastime all year. b. Many things are more important than money. c. Be grateful for what you have.
NOTES: Print and hand out the quote. Make sure to do a “toast” with your cider and everyone saying “God Bless Us Everyone.”
MOVIE: Elf, 2003
MUNCHIE: Buddy the Elf Spaghetti Treat. You could also have regular spaghetti and put the sauce in a washed out syrup container. (Or be brave and have regular syrup on it like Buddy did!)
MESSAGE: a. Wearing a smile makes yourself and others feel better. b. Do the things you love. c. Never give up.
NOTES: Print and hand out the quote.
MOVIE: The Polar Express, 2004
MUNCHIE: Hot Cocoa
MESSAGE: Sometimes, very small gifts can mean the most.
NOTES: Print and hand out the quote along with a large silver bell from the craft store.
MOVIE: A Christmas Story, 1983
MUNCHIE: Reddish Fudge. Cut into soap bar shapes. (Recipe in packet.)
MESSAGE: a. Family is what really matters. b. Never give into peer pressure. (tongue on frozen pole).
NOTES: Print and hand out the quote.
MOVIE: A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965
MUNCHIE: Snowflake cookies (Signifies Sally catching snowflakes on her tongue.) You can buy ready made cookies and draw on snowflake designs with store purchased icing in tubes.
MESSAGE: Remember what Christmas is really about and what’s important.
NOTES: Read the Christmas story as Linus did. Print and hand out the quote.
MOVIE: The Santa Claus, 1994
MUNCHIE: Chocolate Chip Cookies
MESSAGE: No matter what your age, never lose your belief in magic.
NOTES: Print and hand out the quote.
MOVIE: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, 1974
MUNCHIE: Large sugar cookies. Use icing to draw on a simple clock face.
MESSAGE: a. Don’t just wish for things. Work for them too. b. Don’t give up.
NOTES: Print and hand out the quote.
MOVIE: Frosty the Snowman, 1969
MUNCHIE: Snowman S’mores Recipe Example
MESSAGE: Embrace life and always be as alive as you can be.
NOTES: Print and hand out the quote.
MOVIE: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 1964
MUNCHIE: Cherry Gem Cookies (one recipe) or anything that resembles Rudolph’s nose.)
MESSAGE: Never judge others because they are different.
NOTES: Print and hand out the quote.
MOVIE: Miracle on 34th Street, 1947 & 1994
MUNCHIE: Cookies and milk.
MESSAGE: There is power in belief.
NOTES: Print and hand out the quote.
MOVIE: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (either version) 1996 & 2000
MUNCHIE: Green Pudding (make vanilla pudding and add green food coloring). Add a red heart in the middle with icing gel if desired.
MESSAGE: Christmas is about more than the presents and decorations.
Holiday Movie Quote Craft
As a bonus you can print out the quotes and mount them onto thin cardboard and hand them out with a easel as shown. Pull them out each year as part of your Christmas Eve Traditions.
- Thin cardboard i.e. poster board or a cereal box
- Glitter, bows, bells etc. (Optional extras)
EASEL TEMPLATE DOWNLOAD
Make the easel as shown using the downloaded template.
I made soda can carolers when my kids were young and decided to do an updated version here. It’s a great holiday upcycle for both children and adults and I’ll show you a variety of ways to create them. All you need are some soda cans, paint and glue to create your own Soda Can Angel Carolers! (We’ve provided some printable sheet music for them to hold.)
Supplies for Retro Christmas Angels
You have a variety of choices for some items.
- Soda cans
- Paint/Sharpie Marker
- Glue (I used hot glue)
- Printouts of sheet music
- Cupcake liners
- Small paper plates
- Paper doilies
- Pipe Cleaners (We used gold)
- Fake hair
- Spanish Moss
- Wood base if desired
- Free printables below.
These angels are super simple to put together and you can use a variety of extras to fancy them up. You have to bend them carefully and slowly, just enough so they face forward but don’t tip over. It’s a good idea to practice on some plain empty cans before bending your painted ones. NOTE: The hole edges can be a bit sharp so if you’ve having children make these be extra careful.
These show a variety of things you can use to make the wings.
Halos are fun and optional as is hair.
I grew up in Mesa, Arizona and fireplaces were in short supply. I had some pretty cool parents though and they actually bought a fake cardboard fireplace just so we could hang our Christmas stockings.
If you don’t have a fireplace, cardboard or not, you can make your own stocking holder with a dowel and some hooks and ribbon. It’s easy and inexpensive and you can hang it on any wall with a couple of nails!
Stocking Holder Supplies
- Wood dowel 7/8″ x 36″ (size can vary)
- 2 Wood balls with flat side. 1″ to 2″ in size
- Paint of choice. (We used gold.)
- Glue for attaching balls to ends of dowel
- 40″ of 1″ to 2″ wide ribbon. I used grosgrain. (Will be cut in half.)
- Metal cup hooks. I used 1/2″ size
- Drill with tiny bit (optional but helps in inserting hooks)
- Metal grommets (optional)
The sizes can vary slightly on these items.
Paint your dowel and wood balls. Glue the wood balls onto the end of your dowel.
Measure the spacing for your hooks.
If you can, drill a small hole where each hook will go.
Insert the hooks.
Cut your ribbon into two pieces, approximately 20″ each. I had a small grommet set so I hammered those into the ends of my ribbon. However, you can use any method you like to hang your holder to the wall!
Here’s a fun way to make a countdown from wood slices to some special event that’s coming up! Maybe a holiday, or someone coming to visit. Maybe its a long awaited vacation or days till you buy that special something you’ve been saving for. And of course the kids always count the days until school is out. Whatever the occasion this little countdown is a fun way to keep track of the time until it happens! It’s a lovely small piece that can sit anywhere to remind you of the wonderful things in your future.
- Wood slice discs. About 1/2″ thick cut from tree branch. (approx 3 to 4″ in diameter) If you don’t have a way to cut any you can find them on eBay and Etsy.
- Chalk paint
- Hot glue gun
- Silk flowers etc.
Make a Countdown For All Occasions!
Decorate your countdown however you like to match the occasion. I made a general one for any occasion and then one for the Christmas holidays. Make sure to put on TWO coats of chalkboard paint, allowing it to dry in between. It’s best to let the last coat dry overnight before use.
I had a little wooden lady bug that seemed to fit perfectly on this one.
Supplies used for a Christmas countdown.
Of course you can make a standard Christmas Countdown. We’ve also got more Christmas Countdown Ideas here.
Another fun style.
If you like creative gift wrapping ideas, this one will be remembered by the receiver as much as the gift itself! It’s perfect for giving a set of small items such as office supplies, makeup, jewelry, etc. They are fun to make and can be decorated in a variety of ways for any occasion. We’ve included some printable tags and adornments below but there’s no limit to how you can decorate these. Let your imagination run wild!
Creative Gift Wraping Ideas Supplies
- Tag printables, download below.
- 1 16 oz soda bottle. Any size can work depending on the gifts given! (Straight sides work the best.)
- Goo Gone sticky stuff remover (optional)
- Various ribbons, lace, tags, bells, etc.
- X-acto type knife
- Hot glue if needed
Tag Printables pdf
Remove the label from your bottle. There is always some residue that will not come off. I’ve yet to find anything that works as well as Goo Gone. Rub a little on and in 4 seconds the hard sticky stuff wipes right off!
Cut a vertical slit in the side of your bottle large enough to accommodate whatever you will be stuffing into it.
Insert whatever goodies or treats you like.
Make a gift tag. Use your own or grab our free downloadable ones.
Now these are creative gift wrapping ideas! Decorate your bottle and fill with anything that fits!
These little elf guys will add a bit of whimsy to your Christmas tree! You can make them any color you wish of course. Pine cones, a bit of felt and a couple pompoms are all you need plus a hot glue gun. I had some pine cones I had painted that I used. But doing them au naturel is just as nice and more earthy. Kids could even do these.
- Pine Cones, any size
- pom poms
- batting and white fluffy yarn is optional for different types of beards
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hat pattern you can download below.
NOTE: I supply a pattern for the hat which has three sizes. You can just as easily make your own depending on the size of your pine cone. The beard and trim does not have a pattern as you can just easily cut those.
Three Types of Beards
This Christmas Spider idea comes from back in the 90s when I made them as holiday gifts. I’m not sure where it originated but there were various stories that went with it. Being someone who loves to write poems I wrote one with some of the same concepts as the stories so it could be attached to the spiders. A tree filled with these for ornaments would be gorgeous and quite the conversation piece!
Please enjoy this idea and the free poem download that you can print and attach to your spiders for giving as gifts.
POEM THAT GOES WITH THE SPIDERS. (FREE PRINTABLE BELOW)
Christmas Spider Supplies
- 2 jingle bells of different sizes for each spider. Gold or silver. I used size 1 1/4″ and 1/2″ gold. 1″ would also work for the body. ( Too small of bells make it too hard to put the pipe cleaners into them. )
- 12″ pipe cleaners i.e. Chenille stems, gold or color of choice. 2 per spider.
- Tiny ribbon for bows.
- Hot glue gun for head bell if desired. (Or any thick glue that will hold well.)
- Very thin wire (Optional for tying bells together rather than gluing. )
- Downloadable poem tags printed on cardstock.
Christmas Spider Poem Printables
NOTE: The body works best with 1″ or 1 1/4″ bells. Smaller bells for the body will not hold the 4 pipe cleaners. The head can be 1/2″ or something close to that. You can glue the head on. Hot glue will not hold as well as epoxy or tying them on with wire or even string.
Gold spider with closeups of tying on the head and ribbon.
A tiny dab of hot glue will hold your spider onto this card.