Looking for a great Christmas
Crafts, decorating, food, and gift ideas
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Remember as a young child the joys we used
to feel when the holidays were approaching?
Well, it's quite simple, really. We grew up and realized all
those beautiful things that surround us during the holidays don't
just materialize out of thin air. The turkey doesn't cook itself,
the Christmas tree didn't decorate itself, and all of your grandmother's
pretty holiday crafts didn't make themselves. And hey, you never
had to think of your own Christmas craft idea.
Yet, even in our busy world we tend to over-stress ourselves
around these times meant to be relaxing and joyful. All of the
planning and preparations for the holidays can be joyful if we
learn to budget, plan, relax, remember to laugh, and above all,
remember to breath.
Christma Craft Ideas for the kids
Children love spending time with their parents,
especially around the holidays. This is the perfect time to share
something special with them. Even if you don't have any favorite
childhood Christmas crafts ideas, there's numerous ideas you can
find that you'll both enjoy. A popular one is the ice-cream cone
ornament. It's easy to do and you will more than likely already
have the supplies needed in your cabinets.
You can use any type of cone you'd like, though
the sugar cones are better because the top is even. Apply glue
to the inside top of the ice-cream cone, then place a round glass
ornament (any solid color) on top. Allow a few minutes to dry
Apply about a dime-sized drop of glue to the top
of the ornament, and use a toothpick to spread it over the top
half (work around the hook because you'll want to hang it up!).
Then sprinkle on rainbow sprinkles, glitter, tiny plastic jewels,
or any other "topping" you can dream up.
Here are some great links for children's Christmas craft idea:
Box - kids
Is it really Christmas without a wreath?
Some traditions have been given new twists. Here
is a very simple way to give the traditional wreath a new twist.
It will make your home look -and smell - beautiful. The perfect
Christmas craft idea.
Use small to medium branch clippings from your Christmas tree.
Twist plastic berries into pines in bunches of 1, 2, 3, and 4
(this gives it a more real effect as nature is not perfect). You
can usually find these at any dollar store or craft store. Tie
thin shiny ribbon (any color - I used gold and red berries and
gold and red ribbon) to the bark and curl with scissors. Thread
through the pines.
These look beautiful on top of a window valance, and you could
even thread lights through them. You could also hang them up,
make a candle holder centerpiece, or place them into a large vase
with decorative stones. These "modern" wreaths are pretty
Here's some more great ideas:
Wreath, Four Ways
for Christmas Centerpiece Projects
Elegance, style, and more ideas
If you are looking for Christmas craft ideas that'll add elegance
and style to your home for the holidays, don't stress. There are
lots of ways to do this without burning a hole in your wallet
or having to set your alarm clock 2 hours earlier. Check out these
crafts, decorating, planning
craft ideas from magazines and online magazines
Other related links:
Crafts for Women
craft ideas from About.com