Round Up of Crafts and Gift Ideas

I’m putting together links to all my previous posts on things to make and do for Christmas. I may have duplicates here, and I may have missed some I’ll have to add later, but this is a good start.=)

Quick and easy ‘countdown to Christmas’ paper chain, with a twist- write down an act of service, Bible verse to read, craft to make together etc. Ideas to write here.  Use this for other ‘countdowns’ as well.

Round up from other blogs of fun and easy, but often elegant or adorable, gift ideas to make.

Woven paper heart baskets

Getting organized for the holidays.

Easy craft for children- the paperbag gingerbread man

A plaything that entertained children of the depression and WW2 era.

A toy made with a corncob and chicken feathers.

Projects with a tin can

Origami ‘balloons’ (scroll to the bottom of the post for the balloons. The rest of the post is easy group games to play, games that require no parts or pieces).

German Papercutting– a craft made easy even to the ten-thumbed, thanks to scanners and copying machines.

Some of our favorite ornaments, two home-made.

A very easy and attractive Christmas ornament– even a toddler can make it! I stole borrowed this idea from Blest with Sons, and I LOVE it. It’s really lovely and very easy for even a small child to do- even our Cherub, with her multiple disabilities can do this, and it’s CHARMING!

Frugal Wrapping Paper, also here, with more pictures.

Glass Christmas Balls, decorated, and Christmas balls as a small terrarium.:

Homemade crackers and cheese-balls

Paperbag Mitten/Christmas card craft

Wax ornaments

Wax cookie cutter ornaments (simple, attractive, and they smell nice, too!)

Instant hot cocoa mix

Little House on the Prairie baked Christmas hearts

HOlly marshmallow cookies

Felt Mice to go over Candy Canes (cute- we just save the felt mice and use them again each year)

Balls from Christmas Cards

Crafts using Christmas cards.
Another Christmas card craft.

Glue dough ornaments and glue dough paint (I love these)

Some easy Christmas treats (suitable for gifts as well)

Glitter Birds

Glitter birds (these need a few days to dry, so start early)

Craft suitable for tiny tots- uses Christmas cards and toothpicks.

Easy Monkey Bread

Tiny folded paper lanterns, easy to make from a bit of ribbon and scraps of wrapping paper (or attractive paper of any kind), very pretty over Christmas lights. You can make these in a minute. Make a dozen in five minutes. See here as well.

Make your own giant ‘corker’ and make a scarf

Easy Origami crafts

Frugal Christmas Cards

A sweet, sort of toffee flavored oatmeal topping, easy, frugal, tasty on apples, ice-cream and other sweet treats.

Frugal and classy Christmas Gift– notebook

Make a Ribbon Bulletin Board

Christmas ornaments  easy for very young, adaptable for the more grown up. Pierced envelopes for sachets (linked).

Use old Christmas cards to make lovely Christmas balls for the tree (other uses suggested as well). Lovely, easy for a child of about six or over (if a child of six cannot do it, I probably can’t, either).

pierced paper ornaments, ornaments using a nail and a juice can lid
– the pierced paper designs are suitable for toddlers and preschoolers and look pretty nice when finished.

Crocheted bonnet

VERY easy crocheted bonnet for a doll or a child
– I promise, it’s truly simple. If you can crochet a chain stitch and double crochet you can do this.


Make a charcoal crystal garden kit for a child

Other kits to put together for gifts. Many of these use frugal things you probably already have on hand, some use things like egg cartons and film containers.

Cute picture frame using cardboard and cloth scraps

These no-sew bandana purses would be cute for girls to make each other- or a fun slumber party craft. (bonnet-tip to Lori’s Stitch in Time)

Felt mitten ornaments (I’d make mine without the pom-poms).

An old fashioned Christmas plan from a vintage book of things to make and do. 

Decorated Candles (also easy, very frugal, and classy). Here’s the same idea done with drawings by our young godsons.

Last minute Christmas Gift ideas, frugal, free, or easy,  using what you probably have on hand. Something for everybody.

paperplate craft– pop-up snowmen, menorah candles, trees, gingerbread men- whatever you can think of.

Cookie Recipe: We’ve been making this recipe for over five generations in our family.

Cranberry Ginger Cookies- easy, delicious, simple ingredients.

Other people like salt dough. I prefer this dough made with cornstarch or arrow-root powder, as the color is whiter, making it a truer surface for reflecting your paint colors. I tell you how to make your own paint, too.

Toilet paper tube village towers– or rockets, depending on who is making them.

Christmas Shopping for a Crowd

“Swedish” style Christmas tree for the dollhouse. I used items I had on hand or growing in my yard, including something made from the above dough recipe.

Make your own dry erase board. 

Home-made Gifts for Pre-Teen Boys

Ten Home-Made Gifts for Men

miniature felt doll directions,

coffee can, nails and yarn scarf direction,

baked honey hearts

Fabric ‘paper’ dolls

Altoids can sewing kit

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  1. Mrs. T
    Posted December 7, 2007 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    WOW! Thank you for posting this, I bookmarked it and will be referring to it a lot I’m sure!

  2. EdibleEducation
    Posted December 7, 2007 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I think I’d like to make the Little House heart cookies…it would be fun to make some as gifts and include a paper with the excerpt from the story.

    I always have loved anything Little House – only wish my kids would enjoy it as much.

  3. Lady Why
    Posted December 7, 2007 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for all these great ideas!!! I’ve been looking for some cute crafty things to round out our Christmas “school” season… you can hardly call baking and crafting school, but I’m counting it! 😉

  4. Amy
    Posted December 7, 2007 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Great ideas! My daughters birthday is coming up and the bandana purse is so cute. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted July 1, 2009 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Great ideas! Everything sounds fantastic! I would not know what to choose…Yours is a wonderful blog! Nice Post!

  6. Christmas Gifts
    Posted September 24, 2009 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Interesting text & very cute picture. You have a nice blog. Keep it up!

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