To celebrate the coming 2010 Christmas, you may love to make Christmas crafts by yourself to get a more meaningful Chrsitmas. So I collected 30 creative ways to add a personal touch to the Christmas holiday. And here they are:
Easy DIY Christmas Crafts–Star Christmas Ornament
Create noteworthy ornaments that show off favorite songs. Copy sheet music; then gather scissors, white glue, ribbon, cording from a trim or crafts store, and a corrugated cardboard box (break it down and peel apart the layers to reveal ridged sheets). Cut out stars (see template below) from cardboard and music; tie bows of cording; layer stars and bows as shown; glue. Once dry, glue a ribbon loop to the top back of each ornament to hang.
Easy DIY Christmas Crafts–Cornucopia Christmas Ornament
Add these little cornucopias to your tree as vessels for sprigs of holly and berries. Use a 12- to 14-inch bowl to make circles on brown paper or brown grocery bags. Cut out each circle, then cut it in half. Fold each semicircle into thirds so that the “corners” come in to form a triple-thick flattened cone. Cut through the three layers along the top to create a scalloped edge. Fold over the scallops in the “front” of the cone (this will be the side that faces you, if the cone is lying flat on a surface, and the overlapping “corners” are underneath). Squeeze in the sides to create a three-dimensional cone shape; staple together in “back” to secure. Thread with twine to hang. Fill with holly and berries.
Easy DIY Christmas Crafts–Eco-Friendly Christmas Wreath Projects
Have a green Christmas when you make these eco-friendly wreaths from reusable materials you probably have lying around the house.
Eco-Friendly Christmas Wreath Projects–Mixed Greens
This woodsy design, studded with fruit and plants, blends faux and real. From the crafts store, purchase a 16-inch grapevine wreath and artificial Granny Smith apples. Use a hot glue gun to affix the apples, spacing them equally around the ring. Select an assortment of seasonal flora from the florist or the forest — pinecones, fragrant eucalyptus, and juniper — and weave them into the grapevine, filling in the areas between the apples.
Eco-Friendly Christmas Wreath Projects–Take It from Him
Turn Dad’s old ties into door decor. You’ll need a 14-inch wire wreath form from a crafts shop and 19 ties. Cut all ties but one into 15-inch lengths. Position the narrow end of first cut tie, front side up, on a section of the wreath. Wrap tie around form until pointed end is positioned as shown, hiding the rolled tie;secure with pins. Repeat, overlapping ties slightly. Flip wreath over; sew rolled-up ties to the backs of points. Pin on the uncut, bowed tie.
Eco-Friendly Christmas Wreath Projects–White Christmas
Matte white spray paint transforms au naturel grapevine, twigs, and pinecones into an icy-looking Arctic circle. At your crafts or floral supply store, purchase an 18-inch grapevine wreath. At the floral supply area of the craft store, look for natural pods in a variety of shapes, pinecones, and seasonal nuts from anassorted-mix package to add texture and variety to the wreath. Using a hot glue gun, add these dried decorations to the wreath. To make stick stars, use sticks from outdoors broken into 3- to 4-inch lengths or use cinnamon sticks. Glue them on top of each other to form the star shape and add them to the wreath. When all the pieces have been added, place wreath on newspaper or another surface you don’t mind getting messy, and spray-paint the entire thing white. Allow to dry. Loop with wire in back to hang.
Eco-Friendly Christmas Wreath Projects–Christmas Ball Wreath
A shimmery stunner takes Christmas ornaments off the tree and onto the wall. Buy a straw wreath about 22 inches in diameter from the crafts store. Using 1/2 yard of white felt cut into 3-inch-wide strips, wrap each piece around the wreath, pinning to secure and overlapping the edges. Take assorted Christmas balls and attach to the felt with a low-temperature glue gun, using the smallest balls to fill in holes and gaps. This is also a great way to use older ornaments that may not look good from all angles. You can also add small stars, snowflakes, or other ornaments to give your wreath a unique look. Hang with wire, wrapped securely around “top” of wreath. (Note: You’ll need to add the wire before you cover the wreath completely with ornaments.)
Eco-Friendly Christmas Wreath Projects–Recycled Wreath
Recycle holiday greeting cards into holly leaves for this one-of-a-kind decoration. Using a holly leaf stencil, trace onto old cards and cut out holly shapes. With a glue gun, glue a toothpick onto the backside of each of the leaves to form a 1-inch pick at the “bottom” of each leaf. Take a 10-inch Styrofoam wreath and insert these leaf picks around the shape until it is completely covered, fanning and overlapping them as shown. Cut out more holly leaves as needed to cover the wreath with regifted greetings.
Eco-Friendly Christmas Wreath Projects–Pop Out the Cork
Add pop to a dining room with wine corks wired to tiny red jingle bells. Take about 22 corks of the same size and 22 small (3/8 of an inch) red bells bought from a crafts store. Drill a small hole (just big enough to fit your wire through) 1/4 of an inch from the top of each cork and another 1/4 of an inch from the bottom. It is very important to make sure all the drilled holes at the top line up with the holes at the bottom. Using long, green floral wire, push the wire though all the bottom holes of the corks. Leave enough wire at both ends when finished for tying closed later. Cut another long piece of floral wire to string the tops of the corks together, alternating with the bells. Tie ends of wire at the top and bottom, twisting to close and make a wreath shape. Hang with length of ribbon.
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