From gilded candles to miniature ruffled Christmas tree displays, here are five Christmas crafts you can do yourself to make your holiday home glow.
Christmas, Hanukkah, and all of the other winter holidays are always busy. Why not carve out a little “you time” this year and create something beautiful with your own hands? We’ve gathered five really easy projects that will add a festive touch to your decor … and also make great gifts. Come along and see which one you’d like to try first.
Gilded Candle Holders
(From City Farmhouse) Jennifer at the City Farmhouse has some of the best Christmas DIY crafts around. We love how she makes paper bend to her will. You’ll see that here, with luminous “copper” and glass candleholders made with kraft paper and paint. The secret is in tearing the edges to give the faux copper an organic look.
Lamb’s Ear Ornaments
(By South House) This project is a great way to upcycle some of those generic glass or (ugh) plastic ornaments you have in your collection. Diane has a thing for Lamb’s Ear leaves, loving their soft green shade and velvety texture. She clips them from her own garden and layers them on plain ornamants, using hot glue.
Painted Gingerbread Houses
(From Returning Grace) Making gingerbread houses is a beloved tradition but if you’re looking for a easy, no-mess shortcut, here it is. Stephanie snagged a trio of papier mache houses for $15 and some acrylic paint in a matte gingerbread color. The secret ingredient: white puff paint, used to create frosting embellishments that look like the real thing.
Rustic Christmas Bells
(By Lily Ardor) We love that this craft uses discarded soda cans and turns them into something beautiful. Genius! Lily in Idaho really nailed this one. Be careful when snipping and cutting the metal cans; the edges will be very sharp. If children are involved, manage the metal cutting yourself and give the molding and painting parts to them.
Ruffled Shabby Christmas Trees
(From City Farmhouse) What does coffee have to do with these delightful little ruffled Christmas trees? If you look closely, you’ll have your answer. The delicate ruffled “branches” are made with coffee filters! From the ever-talented Jennifer at City Farmhouse, these trees are easy to make using paper cone tree blanks, ruffled drip coffee filters and Mod Podge. Oh, and coffee, too, for the stain.