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Man looking at a broken light on an Artificial Christmas Tree.

Pre-lit Christmas Tree Lights Not WorkingYou plug the tree in but not all the lights are shining. This can be a frustrating situation, especially if the tree is only 2-3 years old. Often, a Christmas light tester is the easiest way to locate the problem area. This page is about pre-lit Christmas tree lights not working.

 

Christmas Tree Hat - hat on child's head

Christmas Tree HatMake this cute, fun, and festive Christmas tree hat. I was able to make this hat for my daughter with leftover tree trimmings that fell from our Christmas tree. The rest of the supplies I already had on hand (i.e. cardboard, hot glue, and decorations).

 

A Christmas tree that has white flocking to resemble snow.

Homemade Christmas Tree Flocking?This is a page about homemade Christmas tree flocking. Instead of buying spray on flocking for your tree, or paying a lot for a pre-flocked one, make your own flocking at home.

 

hands holding a wrapped gift

12 Days of Christmas Gift IdeasThis is a page about 12 days of Christmas gift ideas. Planning a special Christmas gift giving event based on the old Christmas song can be lots of fun.

 

Peppermint Candy Bowls - edge view of larger crimped bowl

Making a Peppermint Candy BowlThis is a page about making a peppermint candy bowl. Hard peppermint candies are first on your supply list for making these pretty edible candy bowls.

 

Bleach Bottle Santa

Making a Bleach Bottle SantaThis is a page about making a bleach bottle Santa. Clean plastic bleach and detergent bottles are great to use in craft projects. Make this cute Santa for the holidays.

 

Clay Pot Angels

Making Clay Pot AngelsThis page is about making clay pot angels. Terra cotta clay flower pots are a great starting place for many crafts.

 

Stockings hung on a fireplace mantle.

Stocking Stuffer IdeasFinding the perfect yet inexpensive stocking stuffers can take some thought. Look here for great ideas for thrifty stocking stuffers. This page contains stocking stuffer ideas.

 

A Christmas present with a red ribbon.

Save Time, Money And Aggravation During the HolidaysAre you old-fashioned like me and still like to go to the store to see and feel the gift you are selecting? Do you still enjoy the process and thrill of finding that special gift, wrapping it, and giving it?

 

Felt Penguin Ornament

Making Ornaments for a Felt Christmas TreeThis is a page about making felt ornaments. These ornaments are perfect for using on a felt Christmas tree.

 

A finished popsicle stick snowflake, painted white.

Making a Popsicle Stick SnowflakeThis is a page about making a Popsicle stick snowflake. Popsicle sticks or craft sticks are perfect for making these decorative snowflake designs.

 

Teaching Kids About Holiday Giving

Teaching Kids About Holiday GivingHere are some ways to move away from the materialistic side of things, and keep your children focused on family by teaching them about the true spirit of giving.

 

The completed Organza Spiral Christmas Tree

Organza Spiral Christmas TreeOrganza and beads look great together. I used them to create this Christmas tree. You can use an LED garland instead of beads or make the Christmas tree without adding beads.

 

A wreath made from pine cones.

Pine Cone WreathI saw this on Pinterest.

 

finished snowman hot chocolate gift

Making a Coffee Mate Container SnowmanThis is a page about making a Coffee Mate container snowman. A Coffee Mate container is the perfect shape for making a cute snowman that can be filled with treats for a gift or used as a decoration.

 

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Tea Light Snowman Ornament

Tea Light Snowman OrnamentThis is a page about making a tea light snowman ornament. These cute little ornaments are quick and easy to make and look great on your tree.

 

little boy hugging the snowman

Making a Snowman With Plastic CupsThis is a page about making a snowman with plastic cups. Clear plastic cups and mini Christmas lights can be used to make a fun snowman decoration.

 

Father and young girl decorating a Christmas tree

Having a Good Christmas Without GiftsThis is a page about having a good Christmas without gifts. Christmas can still be a joyful giving time, even if you are not able to buy gifts for your family.

 

Mini Gumball Machine Christmas Ornament - two completed ornaments, one with pom poms and one with plastic beads

Mini Gumball Machine Christmas OrnamentI saw this idea at a craft boutique and since I had the supplies to make one, I made my own version.

 

A reindeer in the snow

My Son's Christmas MemoriesA couple of years ago, when the latest recession hit, I asked my then 21 year old son, who was home for Christmas, what his favourite Christmas gifts were when he was a child.

 

A couple with a Christmas gift.

Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas for CouplesThis is a page about Christmas gift ideas for couples. Deciding on a gift for a couple may require some thought to have it be something both people will enjoy.

 

Santa with a living Christmas tree.

Living Christmas TreeA living Christmas tree is ecological, practical and saves you money year after year. You can enjoy it year round on your balcony or in your garden.

 

Gift Grabbers AuctionEach holiday season we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as exchanging gifts, festive foods, and family get-togethers. We traditionally do this in my family by me screaming at the children to clean their rooms for a week.

 

Bead and sequin ornament.

Bead and Sequin Ornaments (Grandma...My grandma made the most beautiful bead and sequin ornaments and they have always been my favorites on our tree. This year I attempted to recreate these stunning ornaments. These are great decorations and also make a wonderful gift.

 

Paper Plate Snow Globe

Making a Paper Plate Snow GlobeThis page is about making a paper plater snow globe. A simple, inexpensive craft that can be customized to display a favorite holiday scene.

 

Gifts That Cost Nothing

Gifts That Cost NothingThis is a page about gifts that cost nothing. Gifts don't have to cost money to be awesome!

 

large tire snowman in desert yard

Making a Tire SnowmanThis is a page about making a tire snowman. Old tires can be repurposed to make a fun snowman for an outdoor holiday decoration.

 

The completed advent calendar on the wall.

Wall Tree Activity AdventThis advent is simple to throw together using Ikea's wall tree, and cardstock. Our family likes to do activity-based advents like this one and when I saw IKEA was selling this decoration, I knew I had to make it into an advent calendar.

 

Three medicine bottle carolers.

Medicine Bottle CarolersRecycled medicine bottles for carolers. I took 3 medicine bottles and turned them upside down. I painted the wooden balls a flesh color, let dry then painted faces with black paint.

 

A small jar containing hot chocolate mix.

Homemade Hot Chocolate MixThis hot cocoa is chocolaty with a hint of cinnamon. Not only is making your own hot cocoa mix delicious, but it can make a great gift for the holidays. My friend is a chef and he had to make special hot chocolate mixes each year for the hotel attached to the restaurant he worked at. We based this recipe on one of his favorites. This is also quite inexpensive.

 

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Felt Christmas Tree With Ornaments

Making a Felt Christmas TreeThis is a page about making a felt Christmas tree. Make your little one this cute felt tree so that she or he too can help decorate for the holidays.

 

A collection of handmade food gifts.

Handmade/Homemade GiftsChoosing the perfect gift for each person on our list means paying attention throughout the year and taking note of preferences. This is particularly true when making gifts.

 

Popsicle Stick Sled - red sled with wreath and tree decorations, hanging on the Christmas tree

Popsicle Stick SledHere is a family holiday fun project. It is easily made using Popsicle sticks, hot glue, and craft paints. You can use a variety of colors and embellishments. Here's how!

 

Grinch yard art

Harlean's Christmas Yard ArtHere are a couple pictures of the yard art that my husband and I make. They are hand cut from birch plywood and handpainted. The figures in the Charlie Brown Christmas display are about 24 inches tall, and the Grinch who stole Christmas is 48 inches tall.

 

Group of four yo yo trees.

Spool Yo Yo TreeHere is another cute yo yo Christmas tree project, for the yo yo enthusiast. You can make one or a whole grove.

 

VIntage jewelry tree made by aunt.

Costume Jewelry Christmas TreeI make costume jewelry Christmas trees as gifts for family. This one on black background was given to me 30 years ago and made by my 86 year old aunt. It is one of the most loved things in my home.

 

Photo of Santa picking up a cookie.

10+ Santa Claus TraditionsSanta Claus is an fun part of the many families Christmas celebrations. This page has several different traditions that people people have shared.

 

Propagating Plants Inside a Christmas Ornament Bulb - finished project

Propagating Plants Inside a Christmas Ornament BulbMake these cute and inexpensive ornament bulb propagation planters to give as gifts or simply to decorate your desk, bathroom, or home.

 

finished angel

Paper Plate AngelsAngels can be used as place settings for a festive meal or as a cover for a small plate of goodies to give away.

 

Snowman Place Setting

Making a Snowman Place SettingSpread holiday cheer all the way to the dinner table with a decorative place setting. This is a page about snowman place setting.

 

Cash Trees As Gifts - money folded as a tree in a gift box

Cash Trees As GiftsI decided to give cash gifts rather than gift cards.

 

Santa jars

Baby Food Jar Santa Candy JarThis is a vintage pattern that I used many years ago, but is still a popular recycle craft. It is a Santa candy jar made from a baby food jar.

 

Button Christmas Cards - light strand card completed

Button Christmas CardsOne of my favorite parts of Christmas is decorating Christmas cards! This year, I found some button card ideas that were too adorable not to try. All of the ones I attempted were really easy to do and turned out great! I think even older kids would enjoy making these cards.

 

Using Old Christmas Cards

Hanging Ball Made With Old CardsTake 20 used Christmas card (or any other card) fronts and cut out 4 inch circles. Using a triangle template, fold the edges of the circles up to form flaps. Glue the flaps together, add a hanging ribbon and you have an 8" decorative ball.

 

Wooden Spoon Deer

Wooden Spoon DeerHere's a fun craft made from 5 wooden spoons, pom poms, felt, ribbon, glue, bells and other trims.

 

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A female healthcare worker wearing a santa hat.

Gift Ideas for Coworkers?There are several occasions when you may wish to give a coworker a gift. This page features gift ideas for coworkers.

 

3D Paper Star Ornament - star hanging on the tree

3D Paper Star OrnamentIt's the first day of the Christmas month and today I'll start with smaller Christmas decorations. The most common ornament is the star. This one is very basic, but a little complicated.

 

gingerbread cookies

12 Days of Classic Christmas CookiesFrom the cookie left out for Santa to the gifts of cookies we give our neighbors, the cookie is one of the symbols of Christmas. Now a lot of people have gotten away from baking some of the great Christmas Classics so I present them here to you for your baking pleasure.

 

finished reindeer 1

Making a Wine Cork ReindeerThis is a page about making a wine cork reindeer. A recycled wine bottle cork is perfect for making this diminutive reindeer.

 

lighted buffet table

Decorating Your Table With LightsDress up your buffet table with a simple string of Christmas lights. It's easy to simply tape lights onto the side of your table then place your cloth over.

 

A young boy opening presents with his family on Christmas morning.

Youngest Child Opens Presents FirstOne tradition my husband introduced to my family when we married 42 years ago has become a custom of all of my sibling's families also. I would like to share it with you.

 

Glass block gift wrapped as a package.

Glass Block Christmas DecorationThis is a page about glass block Christmas decorations. Glass blocks can be made into beautiful Christmas decorations.

 

Christmas Party Decorations

Christmas Party Ideas?This page contains Christmas party ideas. The winter holiday season gives us many opportunities for festive gatherings.

 

Line of lighted jugs outside.

Milk Jug LightsRinse out your jugs and let dry. If it is windy in your area, you may want to put sand or rocks in the bottom of the jugs to keep them in place. Place one light into the mouth of each jug.

 

A penguin made from a decorated Coffeemate container.

Making a Coffeemate Container PenguinThis is a page about making a Coffeemate container penguin. Reuse small coffee creamer bottles to make these festive penguins.

 

Making Pinecone Christmas Trees

Making Pinecone Christmas TreesThis is a page about making pinecone Christmas trees. Pinecones used either alone or in clusters can be decorated to make delightful mini Christmas trees.

 

A plate of Candy Cane Rice Krispie Treats

Candy Cane Rice Krispie TreatsThese festive treats are super simple to make and really delicious. They make perfect gifts or a great addition to a holiday party.

 

Making 3D Paper Snowflakes

Making 3D Paper SnowflakesThis is a page about making 3D paper snowflakes. Try making this dimensional alternative to the traditional paper snowflake to decorate for the holidays or entertain the kids on a cold wintry day.

 

Paper Snow Globe Ornament - hand holding the paper snow globe decoration

Paper Snow Globe OrnamentHere is a mess free snow globe ornament you can make, it is a paper version. This ornament is made with construction paper and acrylic paint.

 

adding rows 2

Yo Yo Christmas TreeCovering a Styrofoam or paper cone with seasonal fabric yo yos is a fun way to make a Christmas tree decoration to grace your table or to brighten up a room for the holidays. This is a page about yo yo Christmas tree.

 

A girl opening a small gift.

Christmas Countdown Gift Ideas?This is a page about Christmas countdown gift ideas. You can establish a Christmas countdown tradition in your family, whether you count down the 24 days before Christmas or a shorter period. Presenting a small gift each day is a common practice.

 

A white feather on a white background.

Angel Feather Christmas Poem CraftsThis is a page about finding an angel feather Christmas poem. This cute poem can be made into a nice Christmas decoration for your home.

 

Christmas Wreath

Making a Christmas WreathThis is a page about making a Christmas wreath. Rather than buying your Christmas wreath this year try making one. It can become a family tradition and they also make a thoughtful gift. Let your imagination go and create a unique wreath for this year and beyond.

 

Chopstick and Bead Christmas Tree - finished tree

Chopstick and Bead Christmas TreeThis is a fun and quick way to make a little decorative Christmas tree, using stuff you might have saved in your house. I am a wooden chopstick hoarder. I find them so useful for crafts and projects. Here, I decided to rubber band them together to make this tree so I could use them again in the future!

 

Christmas Wreath - bows and other items glued in place

Christmas WreathAfter cleaning and organizing my crafts, I found a few items I could use to make a Christmas wreath. I purchased a wreath and some bows at an after Christmas sale and then added my craft items to make a wreath.

 

Real Christmas Trees Are Green

Real Christmas Trees Are GreenNot everyone likes the idea of sacrificing a living tree for the sake of celebrating a holiday, but it doesn't change the fact that trees harvested for the Christmas tree industry are a renewable and sustainable resource.

 

Saving Money on a Tree Skirt?Tips for saving money on a Tree Skirt as suggested by the ThriftyFun community. Post your ideas here.

 

Snowflake Bow for Oversize Gift - red tissue paper bow with a paper snowflake in the center mounted to a cupcake liner

Snowflake Bow for Oversize GiftDid you a get a gift for someone that is too big to be wrapped? Instead of just purchasing a bow, you can make one!

 

A Christmas tree with wrapped presents underneath.

Ways to be Frugal During the HolidaysStaying on a budget during the holidays is important. Therefore, to make it through this season of giving, there are several ways to shop for the best prices. One way to help your budget is to start your holiday shopping now and spread your spending over several weeks or months.

 

Popsicle Stick Wreath - finished wreath

Popsicle Stick WreathMy family and I love Popsicles. I have a drawer full of cleaned sticks that I've saved over the years. This is an awesome wreath you can make from those sticks. All you need is some glue, paint, and some foliage. This is a great craft for all ages.

 

Recycled Plastic Bottle Christmas Balls - finished balls hanging on a lighted piece of garland

Recycled Plastic Bottle Christmas BallsI'm pretty late with Christmas decorations this time. There is no time to buy new Christmas balls, travel time takes longer than shopping so I'd rather spend it making an alternative holiday tree ornament.

 

three fabric pinecone decorations

Making Folded Fabric PineconesThis is a page about making folded fabric pinecones. A fun way to use up fabric scrapes can be making these faux pine cones to add to a wreath or other holiday decorations.

 

Recycled Christmas Card Coasters - decoupaged card front coasters

Recycled Christmas Card CoastersI like to make Christmas coasters from recycled greeting cards. Cut the front off of a Christmas card and with Mod Podge paste it to the front of a 4 X 4 white tile. On the back paste a piece of sheet cork cut to fit. It takes about an hour to complete the coaster including drying time.

 

Wreath hanging on house.

Christmas Wreath from a Hula HoopHere is a photo of a large wreath I made for our back porch. I used a big hula hoop then attached branches from our old artificial Christmas tree. I went around one direction using the branches from the bottom 2 sections of the tree and alternated them.

 

Felt Christmas Treat Holders

Making Felt Candy Cane HoldersThis is a page about making felt candy cane holders. This easy craft project holds a candy candy and can be made as a Christmas tree, or another iconic holiday object.

 

snowflakes made from pasta

Pasta SnowflakesThis is a very easy, inexpensive craft that is fun to do with children of all ages! All you need is dried pasta, glue, and wax paper.

 

Rudolph Planter - snake plant in plain white planter with a red pom  pom stuck to the pot

Rudolph PlanterThis is a simple Christmas decoration I came up with. I used a snake plant in a plain planter and stuck a big red pom pom bow on it for the Rudolph nose. It might be a bit abstract, but I like it like that. You could add some big googly eyes if you like.

 

A Christmas card showing a knight with duct tape over his mouth

Christmas Card Photo IdeasThis page contains Christmas card photo ideas. There are many ways to create your own personalized cards for the holidays.

 

Candy Cane Puzzle

Candy Cane PuzzleThe perfect White Elephant gift! Use those leftover candy canes for this cute holiday treat. This edible puzzle is sure to give the receiver a good laugh.

 

Stocking Cap Ornament

Stocking Cap OrnamentThis is a recycled kids craft. The little ones can really get into this craft, and make something pretty to hang on the tree. Supplies are few.

 

A Meowy Christmas, a cat with a santa hat.

Christmas Card Photo Ideas IIWe have had so many great photo ideas submitted that we have broken this into two articles. Post your own Christmas card photo.

 

A boy with a Santa hat holding a large package.

Christmas Charities for ChildrenIn most communities there are organizations that can help you give your kids what they need for the holidays. This page is about Christmas charities for children.

 

Finished snowmen.

Little Snowmen Ornaments from Yogurt BottlesEverytime I drank one of the Dannon Drinkable yogurts this year I thought the bottles were shaped like little snowmen.

 

Red Christmas ornaments on a tree bough.

Enjoying a Family ChristmasThe Christmas of 2005 was the best I can remember. That's saying a lot since my Dad had just died, and Mom was dying! Since my two sisters and I had our own families, it had been a long time that ALL of us would go to Mom's for Christmas.

 

Saving Money on Christmas

Saving Money on ChristmasOne way to prevent Christmas from being a financial burden is to plan ahead. Here are some tips from the ThriftyFun community to help you save money on Christmas by planning ahead.

 

Closeup of finished ornament.

Silver Starburst OrnamentsThese ornaments can be used any time of the year if you use different colors of beads and sequins and they are lots of fun to make!

 

Pine cone filled basket.

Easy Lighted Christmas BasketsThis is a quick and easy gift that packs a big punch. This will light up anyone's Christmas and is a great gift because holiday decorations are always appreciated. Get the kids together and gather your own pinecones it will make for a great outing.

 

Finished Santa.

Broomstick SantaThis Santa makes a cute tree ornament, or just make a few to sit in little niches.

 

A holiday gift list

Christmas List Budget Worksheet (Printable)Here is the Christmas List Budget Worksheet I like to work off. I list the names of everyone I need to get gifts for, gift ideas and how much I am able to spend on gifts.

 

Making a Duct Tape Poinsettia - finished flower

Making a Duct Tape PoinsettiaMy local dollar store had duct tape for 50 cents a roll so I had to get some in holiday colours to craft with, of course! They're great for decorations or sticking onto a wrapped gift. Here is how to make a simple, but cute, poinsettia plant with duct tape, paper, and a stick.

 

Starburst Pipe Cleaner Tree Topper - closeup of the topper

Starburst Pipe Cleaner Tree TopperThis is an easy and inexpensive way to create a retro tree topper that's also fun to make. All you need is a package of silver pipe cleaners and that's all there is to it. If you want to change up your colors from year to year, this is also a great way to coordinate your topper to match your tree.

 

boyfriend and girlfriend at Christmas

Christmas Gift Ideas for My BoyfriendThis page contains Christmas gift ideas for a boyfriend. Sometimes choosing just the right gift for the special man in your life can be difficult.

 

Tootsie Pop Santa

Tootsie Pop SantaEasy to make Tootsie Pop Santa. To go along with my Tootsie Pop Snowman, this Santa would make the perfect treat a child on Christmas. These make great party favors or place cards.

 

Funnel and Broken Jewelry Christmas Tree - finished tree

Funnel and Broken Jewelry Christmas TreeThe other day, I had two funnels in my pantry. When I moved the biggest one, it knocked the next smaller one off the shelf. When I picked it up, I realized it sat on the larger one like it was stacked, like a Christmas tree. More on that later in the post. This was a labor of love and I hope you like it.

 

Photo of a pink sparkle ball Christmas Decoration.

Sparkleball DecorationI had so much trouble locating directions on the internet for making a "solo" cup light ball that I just created my own free website that gives easy to follow step-by-step instructions. I call them sparkleballs.

 

Outdoor Nativity SceneOutdoor Nativity Scene. Here is my nativity stable my husband put together. He made it out of skids sitting up on end and put wafer board around the sides.

 

Christmas Tree Pop-up Card -  inside of finished card with greeting added

Christmas Tree Pop-up CardMy kids' school project theme just switched to Christmas. They were required to make a DIY greeting card. This will be entered in a class contest and here's our entry.

 

Homemade sock snowman.

Making a Sock SnowmanThis is a page about making a sock snowman. With some simple accessories, you can turn a plain sock into an adorable snowman. They are cute decorations for around the house and make great gifts too.

 

Rainbow Unicorn Ornament - ornament hanging on the tree

Rainbow Unicorn OrnamentHere's a trending animal this year, unicorns. Of course my daughter was a unicorn for Halloween (one of her outfits.) With the left over colorful tulle I had, I was able to make this really simple unicorn ornament.

 

Family gathered for Christmas

The Family Christmas ListIt's difficult shopping for members of your extended family, and the number of people makes it expensive. Worse is when the family asks you for gift ideas. Make it easier on everyone and think of group gifts that can be purchased for the entire family.

 

Making a Felt Christmas Light Garland

Making a Felt Christmas Light GarlandThis is a page about making a felt Christmas light garland. This festive Christmas light garland would look great on the tree, in a window, or hung across the mantle.

 

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Homemade Christmas OrnamentsThis is a page about homemade Christmas ornaments. Adding shiny store bought ornaments to your Christmas tree makes it look great. However, some of the most cherished ornaments you will have are the ones you and you family make.

 

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