Cold winter days are great for crafting. And, holiday themes make crafts more fun. Make your house more like a home with these fun projects sourced from Moms all over the interwebs.
1 and 2 – Mason Jar Cozies and Sweater Ornaments
Christina, from thediymommy.com, makes the cutest upcycled gift items. Check out these cozy candles and soft stars – adorable!
For the Mason Jar cozies you will need:
*Mason jars, any size
*a thrifted sweater in your preferred color
*(needle and matching thread optional)
For the sweater stars you will need:
*star cookie cutter or template
*matching or coordinating yarn and large-eye needle
*(sequins or beads optional)
For instructions on making these crafts, including an instructional video, visit Christina’s website here.
If you want funny rather than elegant, check out this idea for
3 – Ugly Christmas Sweater Jars
Diana of dianarambles.com designed these super easy sweater jars. Cover plain Mason jars or new food jars and use as hostess gifts for your ugly Christmas sweater party or white elephant gift exchange.
You will need:
*stretchy Christmas colored socks
*Christmas crafting baubles
Get the instructions from Diana here.
4 – Gold Hand Lettering Christmas Ornaments
Lorita of angelichigo.com has a wonderful tutorial for these shiny and girly Christmas ornaments. She has a secret trick for making hand lettering simple and easy to do. Of course, if you are still intimidated by hand lettering, you can make these with dots, stripes, chevron, or any other pattern. These would be pretty in silver or black-and-white, too.
You will need:
*plastic ornament balls or other shapes
*gold Sharpie pen
*small pearls or other baubles for inside
Check out the full tutorial which includes Lorita’s secret to perfect lettering on her website here.
For more Sharpie magic, try these
5 – Christmas Light Mugs
Michelle of michellejdesigns.com came up with this cute Sharpie design for dollar store mugs. Of course, you can let the kids make their own designs or you can personalize mugs with names or messages. Use them for gifts or to dress up your coffee corner in the kitchen for Christmas.
You will need:
*oil-based Sharpies or other oil-based markers in a variety of colors
*an oven for baking the design for permanence
*rubbing alcohol and cotton balls or Q-tips to clean up an oops!
Visit Michelle’s page for full instructions on baking your mug designs.
Also from Michelle, a gallery of
6 – Christmas Printables
Michelle has created a number of pretty printables in classic, vintage, and holiday movie quote themes. And, they are FREE! If you have a color printer or easy access to a print shop, you can have some easy decor at your fingertips. Dress up your mantel, large packages, or swap out a few pictures around your home with Michelle’s fun Christmas printables. The download link is available at her site here.
7 – Embroidery Hoop Wreaths
Thalita, from thelearnerobservor.com, made these beautiful wreaths from dollar store finds.
To make these wreaths, you will need:
*faux branches and leaves
*clear stretchy cording (the kind used for jewelry making)
*small nails and/or Command hooks for hanging
For instructions on how to make these wreaths, visit Thalita’s website here.
8 – Holiday House Candle Holders
Sabrina from pinklittlenotebook.com made these Scandinavian-inspired minimalist candle holders. Make one or two for a candlescape on your shelf or table. Instead of the traditional light-up Christmas village, make several of these for a clean-lined version on your mantel.
For these candle holders, you will need:
*Scrap wood cut and glued into house silhouette or similar pre-made wooden house shape from a craft store
*paint and/or wood stain in desired color
*1” hole drill bit and drill
*tapered candles about ¾” diameter
*copper pipe, ¾” round
*optional hot glue for anchoring the pipes
For detailed instructions for this craft project, visit Sabrina’s blog here.
9 – Fabric Ornaments
Do you like to sew? Have a child who wants to learn some basic quilting techniques? Here is a simple sewing project that will make cute ornaments or fun gift toppers. Jamie from scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com came up with this quick-and-easy sewing craft.
To make these ornaments, you will need:
*6-7 holiday fabrics, scraps or fat quarters
*batting, flannel, or fleece for the inner layer
*scissors or rotary cutter and mat
*sewing machine, thread, and basic sewing supplies
*downloadable template from Jamie here
Jamie’s instructions with pictures are here.
10 – Framed Monogram Winter Wreath
Amanda, from domesticallycreative.com created this uniquely shaped wreath using a thrift store frame. Round wreaths are pretty but predictable. Try this easy statement-making wreath instead.
You will need:
*An empty wooden picture frame (can be beat up or the wrong color, just freshen up with new paint) – choose a light color for a dark door, a dark color for a light door
*holiday ribbon, preferably outdoor safe ribbon
*faux greenery and other baubles
*large wooden initial, painted in the color of your choice
For full instructions from Amanda, visit her blog here.
11 – Rustic Candy Cane Ornament
Leanna from faeriesandfauna.com created this rustic and beautiful ornament. Hang it on your tree, use it for your wreath, or decorate a gift with it.
In order to make these rustic candy canes, you will need:
*a candy cane form (Leanna used candy-filled plastic ones from the dollar store, but you could also find suitable plastic, wooden, or foam forms at a craft store)
*rustic twine or colored yarn
*a coordinating ribbon or length of lace
Instructions with pictures are available at Leanna’s website here.
Leanna also created this elegant
12 – Holiday Banner
This banner is simple and beautiful, a great way to welcome guests into your home during the holiday season. You could even use an outdoor upholstery fabric or canvas to make this suitable for your door instead of a traditional wreath.
You will need:
*cloth sewn into the above shape (for a no-sew version, use iron-on hem tape) – all cutting and sewing instructions on Leanna’s blog
*a dowel rod or small, lightweight curtain rod and string/fishing line for hanging
*letter stencils – or better yet, Leanna includes a fabulous tutorial for making your own message template with multiple fonts like the one above – you can copy hers exactly or create your own message
*optional garland or decorations
For complete instructions and plenty of pictures of the process, visit Leanna’s blog here.
We just love Leanna’s projects! Here is another simple and rustic craft idea.
13 – Christmas Tree Birdhouses
These are so elegant in white with birch accents and snow, but they could easily be made with color and decorated with sparkles for a completely different effect.
In order to make these cute birdhouses, you will need:
*leftover cardboard tubes in different sizes
*hot glue and craft glue
*a utility knife is helpful for cutting the tubes
*for the rustic look above use: twine, bark, white felt, twigs, etc. – swap out these items for colored felt, ribbon, lace, baubles, holly berries, evergreen bits, etc. for a different look
Complete instructions and plenty of pictures are available at Leanna’s website here.
14 – Gingerbread Sugar Scrub
If you love to make your own bath and spa products, try this holiday-themed sugar scrub from Jaime, one of the contributing Moms for couponsandfreebiesmom.com
To start your Christmassy spa project, you will need:
*a glass or plastic jar for your scrub
*optional ribbon or label (here is Jamie’s downloadable gingerbread label)
*sugar scrub ingredients listed along with instructions here
15 – Essential Oils Mulling Spices
Keri of shakentogetherlife.com created this recipe for Christmassy mulling spices. Package in a jar for your own kitchen or as a gift. Put in cotton tea bags to use for mulling or as a sachet in your car. The printable message and recipe cards are available on the website, too.
You will need:
*jars or reusable tea bags
*mulling spices (purchase pre-made or make your own – a good recipe for mulling spices can be found at goop.com)
*printables (Keri has a variety of messages available to choose from)
*orange essential oil
Visit Keri’s website for instructions and printables.
Don’t forget to stay organized – use your Picniic app to make a Shopping List for your craft supply run.
You can add this shopping run and your craft night to your To-Do list as well as your Calendar. Share your crafting night with friends and extended family for even more fun. Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting from the Picniic Team!