GET YOUR CHRISTMAS ON: CRAFTING

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This week, we get to have a little fun and start Christmas crafting! This is not necessarily the same as gift making, but it might be if you give Christmas-themed gifts.

There is something about the Christmas season that makes just about everyone we know want to get crafty. We are not sure why we think that playing with glitter and glue is a good idea with the myriad of other time-consuming commitments we all have; but let's face it, who can resist glitter and glue? And this year won't it be wonderful to have a few projects done early.

If you don't have any craft projects on your list yet, we have a few easy-peasy ones that should satisfy any creative urges that may come over you. All of our choices are great projects to plan a get-together around for children or adults! 

We came across these adorable framed Christmas card cut-outs, and LOVE them for our own decorating or to give as early gifts. In miniature frames, they would be perfect as table decorations and dinner guest favors.


Speaking of love, what about this miniature tree on top of a toy car?


Denise:

A few years ago, I made these bird ornaments for Tessa to give to her fellow cast members of White Christmas at our local community theater. I copied the sheet music on tan paper, traced the bird pattern a bazillion times, and got busy cutting and gluing. I am still crazy about them and would not mind making more using different scrapbook papers.


This is by far my favorite Christmas craft of all time. A group of friends got together at our house several years ago to make Christmas countdown calendars. We sprayed cheap cookie sheets or bar pans with chalkboard paint, and everyone bought this and that to share for creating pieces for each day. Every single one makes me happy. This is a perfect time to start gathering supplies, and it's a perfect project to use up the little piddly things that you never know what to do with.


And if you want a project that is quick, easy, and addicting, this is the one! Even though I made many, many feet of this last year, I plan on making some more this year. I just bought some red and gold straws on clearance at TJ Maxx. I don't think you can ever have enough bead and straw garland, right? The pom-pom one was fun, too, and was just strung with a needle and thread.

We hope you are making progress on your Christmas gifts and plans. We sure are!

Week One: Get Your Christmas On. We made our lists.

Week Two: How to Work Those Lists Like a Boss. We bought or gathered supplies for our projects and started working our gift lists.

Bonus: Five Photography Must-Haves

Week Three: Season's Greetings. We scheduled our Christmas card photo shoots.

Week Four: It's a Wrap. We picked out our wrapping paper.