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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.

 

VIntage jewelry tree made by aunt.

Making a Costume Jewelry Christmas TreePerhaps you have seen one of these at a craft show, but it was too costly. You can make your own Christmas tree wall hanging, using your old costume jewelry or pieces from yard sales and thrifty stores. This is a page about making a costume jewelry Christmas tree.

 

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.

 

Bleach Bottle Snowman

Making a Bleach Bottle SnowmanThis is a page about making a bleach bottle snowman. Plastic bleach bottles are a popular item for use in craft projects.

 

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Tree Ornaments Have Black Spots?What causes old glass Christmas tree ornaments to get black spots on them? As far as that goes, I have some that are only a few years old that are starting to get them, too.

 

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.

 

Yo Yo Christmas Trees

Making Yo Yo Christmas TreesThis is a page about making yo yo Christmas trees. Christmas fabric yo yos can be used to make a variety of Christmas tree craft projects.

 

Mr. and Mrs. SantaMade From Reader's Digest Magazines

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Made from Reader's Digest...This is a page about Mr. and Mrs. Santa made from Reader's Digest magazines. Cute decorations can be made by folding the pages of magazines.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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Asking Family To Not Exchange Gifts?We have a very big family. Gift giving gets very expensive with Christmas and all the birthdays, etc. We are trying to buy a house and our income in a lot less then others in the family. Is there a polite way to bring up the "let's not exchange gifts" conversation?

 

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M&M Candy Christian PoemYou can type out in colored fonts and attach to a goody bag. Red is the color of the blood Jesus gave to forgive our sins so we can be saved.

 

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Gifts for Elderly FriendsIt is not easy to find a gift for elderly friends and relatives. I give them stationary, a ball point pen and stamps. By Jean Sterling

 

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Have a Recycled ChristmasWhile reading my ThriftyFun newsletter and leaving an answer for someone regarding less expensive Christmas shopping, an idea popped into my head.

 

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"Squeeze My Cheeks" Santa Pattern?Does anyone know where I can get a pattern for the Santa kiss ornament? You squeeze his cheeks and he will give you a candy kiss. Thanks.

 

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Lighted Outdoor Christmas Wreath

Repairing a Lighted Outdoor Christmas...This is a page about repairing a lighted outdoor Christmas decoration. Sometimes lighted outdoor Christmas decorations can be repaired rather than having to be replaced.

 

Tomato cage made into a light decorated Christmas Tree

Christmas Crafts Using Tomato CagesThis is a page about Christmas crafts using tomato cages. The tomato cage is not just for the garden. You can create some fun Christmas crafts using them.

 

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Ideas for "Cheer Baskets"?I need ideas for creating "Cheer Baskets" for widows, shut-ins, etc in our community.

 

Tabletop Christmas Tree

Making Tabletop Christmas TreesThis is a page about making tabletop Christmas trees. Small handmade Christmas trees are perfect for a tiny apartment or for any number of places in your home or office where you wish to add a festive decoration to celebrate the season.

 

Recycled Christmas Card Slippers

Recycled Christmas Card Slipper CraftRecycle your old Christmas cards into these cute little slipper decorations. This is a page about making a recycled Christmas card slipper craft.

 

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.

 

DIY Gift Baskets - wrapped large gift with tag

DIY Gift BasketsI decided to make gift baskets with items I got from Freecycle or elsewhere for free. The larger gift has a dish as the base, which will be a keepsake for the hostess. The smaller ones have six cookies and a travel sized bottle of shower gel from Bath and Body Works.

 

Christmas Envelopes

Personalize Your Envelopes With ClipartI personalize my Christmas card envelopes by inserting family or pet photos and dress up the envelope with Christmas clip art.

 

Wooden Spoon Deer

Wooden Spoon Reindeer CraftThis is a page about making a wooden spoon reindeer. Make a really cute holiday decoration using wooden spoons.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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Wooden Spoon Reindeer?I need the directions for making Christmas Reindeer out of wooden spoons. You use the whole spoon. The handles make up the legs and the spoon makes the body. You then decorate them with felt saddles, ears and googly eyes. I just can't remember the placement of the spoon for the face.

 

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Tips For Making Indoor And Outdoor Decorated Glass BlocksI have to tell you all that I have tried many different things and settled on the following because they look the best.

 

mini Nativity

Mini Nativity Scenes for Crafts?I used to make the nativity snow globes with my Sunday school class. Do you know where I can find those mini nativity scenes? The craft store where I bought them has closed. the pic below is one made in a clear glass ornament.

 

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.

 

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Felt Snowman Ornament

Making a Felt Snowman OrnamentThis is a page about making a felt snowman ornament. This little snowman won't melt as he adorns your tree.

 

Making a Paper Bag Gingerbread House

Making a Paper Bag Gingerbread HouseThis is a page about making a paper bag gingerbread house. A gingerbread house doesn't have to be a baked creation. If you want to make a more crafty version, try this paper bag gingerbread house.

 

A woman filling out Christmas cards.

Organizing Your Christmas Card ListThis is a page about organizing your Christmas card list. Putting together your Christmas card list is an annual ritual. Organizing your Christmas card list will speed up this task and ensure that your cards are done early.

 

side view of ivy bowl snowman showing the nose in profile

Making a Snowman Ivy Bowl LightThis is a page about making a snowman ivy bowl light. A glass ivy bowl is the perfect start to making this lighted snowman decoration.

 

Toilet paper tube soldier.

Toilet Paper Tube Wooden SoldierThis is a page about toilet paper tube wooden soldier. It is almost hard to believe that this cute little wooden soldier decoration began with a recycled toilet paper tube.

 

Making Bead and Sequin Ornaments

Making Bead and Sequin OrnamentsBeads and sequins together or separately can be used to make beautiful, sparkly ornaments. This is a page about making bead and sequin ornaments.

 

finished Angel ornament

Darling Angel Christmas OrnamentWhen you think of Christmas, one of the ubiquitous motifs is the angel. Make your own little angel ornament working with the project found in this page. This is a page about making a darling angel Christmas ornament.

 

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Pattern for Tomato Cage Santa and Mrs Claus?I am searching for a pattern to make Santa and Mrs. Claus made with tomato cages. The pattern I had was from a magazine in the 90s . I lent it to someone and they did not return it to me. I hope I can find the pattern so I can make them for my grandchildren for Christmas 2013. Thank you.

 

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Gift Idea: Fill a Tote With Useful ItemsFor Christmas this year, I decided to do something different than the usual gift cards. I bought laundry baskets or clothes hampers or storage totes for each person I was going to buy for. In the case of the kids, I bought inexpensive toy boxes.

 

Christmas Reindeer Headband

Making a Christmas Reindeer HeadbandA festive reindeer head decoration you can make to wear and share at holiday gatherings. This page is about making a Christmas reindeer headband.

 

Finished Clay Pot Angel

Clay Pot AngelsSweet little angels to sit on your desk. Paint the clay pot white (or any color you want as a theme for your angel). Paint the round bead fleshtone. Will dry in about 10 minutes.

 

Artificial Christmas Tree and Decorations in a Box

Storing an Artificial Christmas TreeThis is a page about storing and artificial Christmas tree. If you would rather have an artificial Christmas tree, you will need to keep it someplace the other eleven months of the year. Keep your artificial tree looking nice and ready for next Christmas by storing it properly.

 

Glass Christmas ornaments.

Repairing Glass Ornaments?This is a page about repairing glass ornaments. A treasured glass ornament is not easily replaceable.

 

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.

 

Flower Pot Snowman

Making a Clay Pot SnowmanThis page is about making a clay pot snowman. A simple holiday gift or decoration can be made with a flower pot.

 

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Making Bleach Bottle Santa Decorations?What other kinds of jugs can you use to make the"bleach bottle" Santa heads?

 

Snowman made with a 2x4.

Making a 2x4 SnowmanThis is a page about making a 2x4 snowman. Start with a piece of 2x4, some paint, and accessories and you can create a cute snowman decorations.

 

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Need 50 Small Gift Ideas For 2 Secret Sisters?I need 50 small Christmas ideas for my 2 secret sisters at church. I had the daughter-then her mom moved in with her after it was too late to draw a name for her-so I adopted her also.

 

Christmas Gifts

Giving Christmas Gifts to Adult Nieces and...This page is about giving Christmas gifts to adult nieces and nephews. Knowing when it is time to stop gift giving to someone you love can be a challenge.

 

Straw Hat Snowman

Snowman Craft IdeasThis is page features snowman craft ideas. Include some of these cute snowmen craft ideas in your holiday decorating plans.

 

Christmas Bowling Ball Ornaments

Christmas Bowling Ball OrnamentsOld bowling balls find their way into a variety of craft projects. This page explains how to decorate them as ornaments to use as holiday displays. This is a page about making Christmas bowling ball ornaments.

 

Christmas Memorial Ornament

Making a Christmas Memorial OrnamentA memorial ornament can be easily made to keep your loved ones' memory bright during the holidays. This is a page about making a Christmas memorial ornament.

 

Group of adult friends blowing up balloons.

Pantyhose Reindeer Balloon GameIt is always fun to find a new game to play at a Christmas party. This is a page about pantyhose reindeer balloon game.

 

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Get Yarn From Thrift StoresDo you like to knit or crochet? Yarn can be quite expensive and you can't always hit the sales.

 

Finished Santa.

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

 

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.

 

Recycled Raggedy Angel

Recycled Raggedy AngelMade from bits and pieces of old clothing, cloth, and a few craft supplies this angel could adorn your door or Christmas tree. She may have been made from recycled items, but she still has a sweet smile upon her face and an air of elegance about her.

 

Nativity made from clay pots.

Making a Clay Pot NativityThis is a page about making a clay pot Nativity. Clay pots can be decorated and painted to make a homemade Nativity scene.

 

fabric Christmas decorations: rocking horse, stocking and hearts

Easy Christmas Decoration Sewing...This is a page about easy Christmas decoration sewing projects. There are a wide variety of easy holiday decorations that you can make using a sewing machine or by hand sewing.

 

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.

 

A family taking a selfie with a new selfie stick at Christmas.

Novelty Christmas Gift IdeasThis is a page about novelty Christmas gift ideas. Novelty items make great inexpensive gifts and stocking stuffers for Christmas.

 

A Christmas tree with some of the lights out.

Half Section of Pre-lit Tree Lights Out?The bottom part of the top piece of my pre-lit tree went out. These lights are wired in parallel, so if one goes out, the others stay lit. The whole top section is on the same strand and I've checked every single bulb in the bottom part that is out and they are all securely in the socket. I've even checked the fuses, although the top of the strand is still lit. If I remove one bulb, the whole strand goes out. If I replace a bulb in the section that is out with one I've already tested, the section still stays dark. It doesn't make sense. I don't know what else to do. Any suggestions?

 

A pile of Halloween candy.

Save Halloween Candy for Christmas StockingsIf you are looking at your kids Halloween candy and thinking you really don't want them eating it all. You could consider "borrowing" some of their candy that is not Halloween themed and save it for their Christmas stockings.

 

A fancy dinner table decorated for the holidays.

A Little Holiday Entertainment Planning Goes Long WayWe have all heard this our entire lives: plan ahead. It's actually a good idea at any time of year, but in this run up to Thanksgiving and Christmas, this is a good time to look to the little things so they don't become big things. Here are some examples:

 

A gift featuring gingerbread Chex mix.

Gingerbread Chex MixI wanted to use a gingerbread themed gift to give to friends and neighbors. I found some cute gingerbread containers to put the mix in. The gingerbread designed napkins, cookie cutters, and candy canes add to the gift presentation.

 

The finished tree craft.

Pine Needle Christmas TreeThis is a craft my son thought of on his own and had our family do individually; it was a lot of fun! We collected pine needles, drew our own Christmas trees then decorated it!

 

The finished wreath ornament.

Needlepoint Canvas Wreath OrnamentI was given a lot of circular needlepoint canvas shapes and found this quick and simple ornament to make.

 

Spool ornaments hanging on the tree.

Personalized Spool OrnamentsTo celebrate my grandson's first Thanksgiving and first Christmas and to commemorate family who can't be here this year due to COVID, I created some cute but simple tree ornaments using just photos and empty thread spools for an old fashioned look!

 

Colorful gingerbread people decorating a wall.

Gingerbread People Wall DecorationsHere is an inexpensive/free way you can decorate your home for the holidays. You can cut out gingerbread people from cardboard, shipping boxes or craft paper then decorate! Hang the gingerbread people individually with tape or as a garland.

 

A colorful cheetah gift tag.

Christmas Rainbow Cheetah Gift TagHave your kids help partake in Christmas wrapping! They could design cute little gift tags or make as a flat homemade card. This is a cheetah my daughter designed.

 

Poured Paint Christmas Bulb - finished bulb, reassembled and ribbon hanger added

Poured Paint Christmas BulbA friend gave me ten of these silver Christmas bulbs that someone had decorated with a writing paint, so I decided to upcycle them using the "paint pour" technique.

 

Christmas Dino Decoration - finished dino decoration on the mantel next to two potted plants

Christmas Dino DecorationHere is a cute dinosaur with a Christmas hat you can make with supplies from home. You can change the reptile/animal to your child's liking and add a Christmas hat. This dino would be a nice decorative piece to add in your home if you like your kid's artwork displayed.

 

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.

 

Bent wire ornaments, in the shape of a star and Christmas tree, hanging on a Christmas tree.

Craft Wire Christmas Tree & Star OrnamentsThis year, I donated all of my glass ornaments so our Christmas tree is looking a little bare. I decided to make some wire ornaments. I made 2 so far and looking forward to make more.

 

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.

 

Reindeer Candle - finished candle

Reindeer CandleEver received a candle with no scent, but you hated to toss it? Here is an idea for making it into a holiday candle.

 

A pile of cut up Christmas cards

Recycling Christmas CardsWhat do you do with your Christmas cards? I decided to recycle mine! I took all my cards and turned them into Christmas gift cards for next year!

 

A homemade angel ornament.

Making Angel OrnamentsAngels are a popular decoration during the holidays, especially for the Christmas tree. Angel ornaments can be constructed from all sorts of inexpensive or recycled materials.

 

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Name for Preschool Christmas Musical?Our church and preschool will be joining together to sing some Christmas carols for our Christmas service. What could a fun name be for Christmas?

 

Felt Killer Hornet Ornament

Felt Killer Hornet OrnamentNothing says 2020 like an infestation of killer hornets! Do we even dare to ask "What's next?!"? You can make a single hornet or a whole swarm to adorn your tree.

 

Felt Toilet Paper Ornament - unrolling TP ornament with 2020 in pink felt

Felt Toilet Paper OrnamentWere you one of the lucky people that didn't have to visit a bunch of stores and stand in long lines just to get toilet paper? Most of us have the epic TP search seared into our brains. I know I will never under appreciate easy access to it again! Commemorate this wonderful necessity with a fun felt ornament. Add the year if you want too!

 

Face Mask Felt Ornament

Face Mask Felt OrnamentMasks, masks, everywhere! If this isn't symbolic of 2020 I don't know what is. Celebrate the glorious mask with this fun ornament!

 

Felt Clorox Wipes Ornament - felt wipes cylinder ornament

Felt Clorox Wipes OrnamentClorox Wipes have definitely been part of our daily lives during the Covid pandemic. Commemorate your fabulously sanitized surfaces with this silly wipes container ornament!

 

Holiday Tag Garland

Holiday Tag GarlandHoliday tags strung together to make a garland.

 

Felt Hand Sanitizer Ornament - bottle of hand sanitizer ornament

Felt Hand Sanitizer OrnamentIt seems like we have all been tackling germs this year with gallons of hand sanitizer! Another unforgettable staple this year that surely needs to be remembered for years to come.

 

A gift bag with a tag written with a dry erase marker.

Gift Tag DilemmaWe re-use our gift bags which is not unusual. But since we can't "re-use" the tag and using the sticky tags to put on a gift bag ruins the bag, I came up with this solution. I purchased from the dollar store some dry erase labels. Now I can leave the labels on the gift bag and erase them each time I use the gift bag.

 

Felt Killer Hornet Ornament

Felt Killer Hornet OrnamentNothing says 2020 like an infestation of killer hornets! Do we even dare to ask "What's next?!"? You can make a single hornet or a whole swarm to adorn your tree.

 

Felt Toilet Paper Ornament - unrolling TP ornament with 2020 in pink felt

Felt Toilet Paper OrnamentWere you one of the lucky people that didn't have to visit a bunch of stores and stand in long lines just to get toilet paper? Most of us have the epic TP search seared into our brains. I know I will never under appreciate easy access to it again! Commemorate this wonderful necessity with a fun felt ornament. Add the year if you want too!

 

A clear ornament with a Christmas tree decal.

Clear Ornament IdeasHere are two fun and simple clear ornaments ideas. The first one, I bought these rub on transfer Christmas theme last year for 90% and finally got to using them. For the second, in your backyard or on a nature walk collect flowers to press and use double sided tape or mod podge to adhere on clear ornaments!

 

A colorful cheetah gift tag.

Christmas Rainbow Cheetah Gift TagHave your kids help partake in Christmas wrapping! They could design cute little gift tags or make as a flat homemade card. This is a cheetah my daughter designed.

 

Face Mask Felt Ornament

Face Mask Felt OrnamentMasks, masks, everywhere! If this isn't symbolic of 2020 I don't know what is. Celebrate the glorious mask with this fun ornament!

 

Felt Hand Sanitizer Ornament - bottle of hand sanitizer ornament

Felt Hand Sanitizer OrnamentIt seems like we have all been tackling germs this year with gallons of hand sanitizer! Another unforgettable staple this year that surely needs to be remembered for years to come.

 

Felt Clorox Wipes Ornament - felt wipes cylinder ornament

Felt Clorox Wipes OrnamentClorox Wipes have definitely been part of our daily lives during the Covid pandemic. Commemorate your fabulously sanitized surfaces with this silly wipes container ornament!

 

The finished wreath ornament.

Needlepoint Canvas Wreath OrnamentI was given a lot of circular needlepoint canvas shapes and found this quick and simple ornament to make.

 

A framed artwork wrapped like a present.

Easy Christmas DecoratingAn idea for Christmas decorating is to use wrapping to wrap framed art work you no longer want or are tired of. Put a nice bow on it for a finished look and hang on the wall. At the end of the holiday, pack it away with your other holiday items.

 

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Making Christmas MemoriesIt's not always the expensive gifts that people remember at Christmas, but the feelings of the season. Those feelings build memories that are a part of all of us, and will hopefully never be forgotten.

 

A decorative candle made from styrofoam.

Decorative Styrofoam Holiday CandleRecycle white styrofoam egg cartons to make a large candle centerpiece. Cut off the lid and closure flap from each egg carton. Only the cup portions are used to make the candle.

 

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 finished Christmas treat cup.

Christmas Tree Treat CupsA quick and super cute decoration for your Christmas Tree. Especially great for any home with young children.

 

A yarn Snoopy ornament

Snoopy Tree OrnamentThis little yarn Snoopy is dressed up with a Santa Hat, and ready to hang on your tree. Or you could add him as trim to a package, or make a lapel pin.

 

A homemade Christmas ornament that resembles a striped North Pole sign.

North Pole OrnamentPaint the sticks as in photo (or however you want.) Let dry. Glue together as in picture. Glue on ribbon and hang and enjoy.

 

A mother and daughter reading a poem at Christmas time.

Christmas PoemsThe Christmas season brings out all sorts of creativity, including gifts of poetry. Special poems like "The Night Before Christmas" are treasured year after year. Other poems may have a more personal connection to your family but these lesser known poems can be forgotten over time.

 

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