Eep, it’s almost Christmas! How did it come so quickly? As usual, I will be scrambling ’til the last second to get everything done. How about you? Do you feel prepared yet? If you still need a few more inspirational ideas before your holiday festivities commence, here are some super simple ideas from our readers that you can whip up in no time!
Inspired by decorations she saw at a bed and breakfast, Drea from Dreawood made a festive, light-filled bottle. If you have a bottle laying around and waiting to be recycled, the cost for this project is nominal. Set them on your kitchen countertop, slide them into empty spaces in your wine rack, or display them on your mantle. [how to make a light-filled bottle]
If you’ve never visited Carolyn’s Homework, you should go check it out. She’s constantly amazing me with simple, elegant projects that look expensive but can be made on a very slim budget. Among her many Christmas projects, Carolyn jazzed up some plain taper candles with sequins. Gorgeous! [how to make sequin taper candles]
Even if you’re giving gift cards this year for Christmas, you can still add a touch of handmade! Over at DIY Newlyweds, Jenny posted a how-to for these great felt gift card holders. They only take a few minutes to make, and cost just pennies apiece! [how to make felt gift card holders]
Who doesn’t love a good Pottery Barn knockoff? At Faith * Hope * Love * Happiness, Jaclyn used twine and jingle bells to dress up plain candles for the holidays. She even used the same snowflake jingle bells that caught my eye at Dollar Tree the other day! [how to make Pottery Barn inspired jingle bell candles]
Need an easy handmade garland? This vintage-looking loopy yarn garland by Jenny of The WildCards is deceptively simple to make! The project was inspired by a similar yarn garland handed down from her mother that, after decades of service, was in need of replacement. Anyone with basic sewing machine know-how can whip this project out in a jiffy. [how to make a loopy yarn garland]
Clara from Bloomzine sent us these paper Christmas trees with star toppers. Incredibly, the entire thing is fashioned from a single folded-and-cut piece of pape. Use book pages, scrapbook paper, kraft paper, wrapping paper, magazine pages… So many possibilities! [how to make fold-and-cut standing paper Christmas trees]
Looking for a project to keep the kiddos busy? Ludicrous Mama from Biting the Hand That Feeds You has a fun crafty tradition with her daughter; each year she makes her own photo frame ornament to hold her annual photo with Santa. And you can use whatever embellishments you have on hand, making this a super cheap idea as well! [how to make a popsicle stick frame ornament]