Christmas Crafts to Spruce Up Your Home
I love doing arts and crafts, something I got from my mom, it's fun and relaxing and you have something special to show for it when you're done. However, I always hear from my friends "I could never do that, I just don't have the talent." I say, "yes you do you just have to give it a try". So here are some easy Christmas Crafts for you to try. Some might be a little more time consuming than others but none are hard. You just have to give it a try and remember....it's all about the fun.
Wreaths are fun, pretty and really easy to make. You can had as much or as little to them as you want, hang them on the wall, door or mantel and voila, you have yourself a nice decoration. You can use fresh items, like leaves and flowers or use silk, ribbon, yarn...your imagination is the only limit here. The link below provides a lot of ideas and step-by-step instruction. The video is great, MayMay does a great job of showing you how to use the latest craze in wreath making; deco mesh.
Ornaments are something you can do with the kids. You will not only have the memory of creating the ornament together but you also have a tangible item to keep for years to come. I still remember making Lifesaver ornaments and dough ornaments with my mom. Use magazines, internet, friends, stores or just about anywhere you look for inspiration. The following video is a good starter video for making dough ornaments.
Centerpieces are the focus of your holiday table so you want it to 'pop' and be eye catching. I personally have a huge vase of silk Poinsettias with a smaller arrangement next to it as my centerpiece. You can use flowers (real or silk), candles, fruit or just about anything else you can think of as a centerpiece. You just want it to stand out and make a statement.
Now that I have a mantel, I've had to search for some cool ideas. I've seen fun, classy, understated to very elaborate. I like the clean, classy look best. Some garland, lights and candles are prettiest to me. It also depends on the shape, height, width and style of your mantel as to how much and what you can do with it. I haven't quite figured out yet what I want to do yet, but I'm thinking a couple of potted Poinsettias (tying it in with my wreath) and some green garland wrapping the bottom and maybe some gold glitter enhanced pine cones. This video shows what I was talking about between the simple classic vs. more fun and color.
Making your own Christmas cards allows you to personalize each one. Some are simply stamped and colored others are a bit more involved even having a 3-D effect. The only drawback to this is that it does take some special tools in some cases; depending on how elaborate you want the card to be. Otherwise there are tons of ideas out there and again let your own creativity flow.This video shows some great examples of handmade Christmas Cards.