Deck the Halls


20 Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts - teacher gift, neighbor gifts, ornaments, pillows, christmas decor, diy nativity, scarf, and so much more!

Handmade Christmas gifts… one of our favorite things!  We love the thought and effort that goes into a handmade gift.  But that doesn’t mean the gift has to take days and days to make.  We’ve gathered 20 of our Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts.  (These won’t have you burning the midnight oil.)  They are so fun and personal, you’re going to love them!

20 Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts

DIY Pocket Hand Warmers from I Heart Naptime

20 Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts - teacher gift, neighbor gifts, ornaments, pillows, christmas decor, diy nativity, scarf, and so much more!

Free Stitchable “Unto Us a Child is Born” from U Create

20 Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts - teacher gift, neighbor gifts, ornaments, pillows, christmas decor, diy nativity, scarf, and so much more!

Rosemary Infuse Olive Oil from Pepper Design

Rosemary infused olive oil

Hand Stitched Tree Ornaments from The Crafting Chicks

hand stitched tree ornament

DIY Christmas Plates from Simply Kierste

diy christmas plates

Vintage Truck Christmas Pillow from The Crafted Sparrow

vintage truck christmas pillow

DIY Etched Soap Pump from Design Mom

diy etched soap dispenser

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri and Gift Tag from Yellow Bliss Road

christmas stovetop potpourri

DIY Striped Pillow from Infarrantly Creative

diy striped pillow

Homemade Bath Salts from The Idea Room

Bath Salts

50 of the BEST Neighbor Gift Ideas from The Crafting Chicks

50 of the BEST Neighbor Gifts!

Easy DIY Nativity from A Girl and A Glue Gun

diy nativity

DIY Ninja Turtle Ornaments from The Crafting Chicks

DIY Ninja Turtle Ornaments

Christmas Peppermint Striped Candlesticks from Simply Kierste

diy peppermint stripped candlesticks

Mason Jar Lid Tree Ornaments from Suburble

mason jar lid ornaments

Stamped Christmas Gift Bags from The Casual Craftlete

stamped christmas gift bag

Crocheted Winter Blanket Tutorial from Dream Crafter

crocheted winter blanket

Hand Stamped Wooden Spoons from The Idea Room

hand stamped wooden spoons

Jersey Knit Scarf from The Crafting Chicks

Jersey Knit Scarf

I am Brave from Barn Owl Primitives

I am Brave home decor

20 Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts - teacher gift, neighbor gifts, ornaments, pillows, christmas decor, diy nativity, scarf, and so much more!


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With all of the Holiday craziness, it is so easy for all of us to get distracted from what the real meaning of Christmas is…Christ.  We are sharing 5 ideas and ways to bring the true spirit of Christ into your home this Christmas.

5 Ways to Bring Christ in Christmas…

Soft Enough for a King

We love this sweet book and set.  It is called Soft Enough for a King and is a Christmas Tradition of Service that you can begin with your family.  We started this with my family this week and my kids are so excited to do acts of service.  Our family read the sweet story of little Abe who is doing acts of Service for others…and ultimately Jesus.  This is a great way to kick off the Christmas season this week.  You can read more at Softenough.com.

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Family Traditions

Love is what I think about when I think about Jesus.  He was the perfect example of Love.  A way we bring LOVE into our home during the Christmas season is through family traditions and activities.  I love bringing our family together for fun outings & activities.  Here are a few of our favorite traditions.

Seeing the Lights

Our family loves to go see the lights in our city and other nearby cities.  It is often to cold to walk through the lights, so we go for lots of “hot cocoa and Christmas lights” drives.   Here is a fun Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt that you can add to your Christmas drive this year.

Christmas-Lights-Scavenger-Hunt-Printable Gingerbread Houses with Cousins.  My kids LOVE this and especially sharing this fun activity with their cousins.  sm gingerbread house 4

The White Stocking for Jesus.

Not sure where we first heard of this tradition, but it has been such a great thing for our extended family on Christmas Eve.  We each write down a few goals or things we need to work on in the coming year.  We add these slips of paper to the “White Sock” as a gift for Jesus on Christmas Eve.  Our family also looks back on the last years’ goals.  We love this! sm stocking 6

Service Countdown

‘Tis the Season to Serve.  Most families have some sort of Christmas Advent or Countdown that they do together each year.  Try slipping these little Service Ideas into each Advent pocket or Box.  We did this service countdown last year and it really helped our family to remember Jesus and how grateful we all for all we have.  My kids loved getting in on the service action!

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12 Days of Christmas for Someone

We just shared gift ideas for the 12 days of Christmas this week.  My family finds an older woman in our neighborhood, and we leave them little goodies 12 days in a row.  We love to find someone who could use a little extra love this Christmas season.

Can you imagine how happy this 12 days idea could make someone you know?  Maybe someone who needs to be uplifted and loved this Christmas season.  We are excited for our round this year!  The kids love getting in on it…and they LOVE being my secret elves.

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Display a Nativity

Our family has a Nativity we display each year.  We put it in a place for all to see…and so we can remember each day what Christmas is about.

King of Kings from kiki and company 1 King of Kings Printable  You can download this free printable from our Kiki & Company to add to your Nativity Display this year. King of Kings from kiki and company 2

 

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Hi, my name is Havalah from Sisters, What! and I’m so excited to be here as part of the Deck The Halls series. Real quick, a few things nonsensical things about me: I eat burritos everyday, I like to tip toe and I love tickling little people. Anyway, today I’m sharing with you a wood plaque with my favorite Christmas song on it, Silent Night. I know it’s one of the number one songs sung, but I just love the words and the peace it brings.
I got this 8×8 wood plaque at Joanns a while ago with the intent of doing something, but it got lost and forgotten on the island of misfit crafts (name that movie). However, I was digging through the misfit crafts and suddenly thought of the perfect use for it. I originally planned it as Thanksgiving Gather Sign (see it here), but after I did the gather side, I hated to have the other side empty and useless. I used my silhouette to cut the stencil out, but you can easily free hand it as well.
DIY Silent Night Wood Plaque
Supplies:
Round wood plaque
Vinyl or contact paper forstencil
paint
Download Silent Night Stencil  –>>Silhouette File or JPEG Printable 
If you are using the cut out stencil, then place it on your plaque. Then paint. I painted my letters white and it was too light to read, but I had already taken off the stencil at the point. So I ended up putting the contact paper letters over the painted letters and it turned out better than expected.

 

Here are some of my other favorite Christmas Projects:

Glad I could stop by today.

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Jingle Bells Burlap Wreath
Create a simple yet stunning jingle bells holiday wreath, with only a few supplies!

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Hello there! I am Shonee from Hawthorne and Main. The place to find all sorts of rustic modern home decor as well as our adventure is remodeling an old 1950’s home, ourselves. I am so excited to share in The Crafting Chicks’ Deck the Halls series. Wreaths are such a simple way to add a festive look to your home. With Christmas right around the corner, I decided to show you how to make this easy jingle bells burlap wreath.

SUPPLIES:

-Wire Wreath (dollar store)
-Burlap Ribbon
-Rope
-Bells (dollar store)
-Hot Glue Gun

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TUTORIAL:

To start, wrap the burlap ribbon around the wire wreath. Use some hot glue to secure the burlap in place.
I like using the wire wreath because it helps to add some great texture to the overall look of a wreath.

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Now that the base of the wreath is done, it’s time to embellish!! My favorite part!

Using the hot glue, add the bells to the wreath. I originally bought 4 bells but the wreath looked best with only three. Play around with the placement. After the bells are secured with the glue, wrap the rope around the wreath to give it a little more interest and texture.

Add a ribbon or use a door hanger to hang it on your front door.

Now you have a fabulous wreath that you can display all winter long, not just for Christmas, yay!

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Hello! I am Katie Adams and I blog over at The Crafty Blog Stalker.

Create a fun and fabulous pennant banner using Jen Hadfield Home + Made papers and accessories. Paper crafts make great home decor!

I am super excited to be a guest blogger on The Crafting Chicks. Today I am going to be sharing a tutorial for this super cute 3D Decorative Deer that is perfect for your holiday decor.

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Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer. Had a very shiny nose…

I couldn’t stop singing this song the entire time I was making this fun 3D Decorative Deer. I love Christmas and quite honestly I’ve been listening to Christmas music since September. I know this reindeer doesn’t have a shiny nose, so instead, I think this reindeer’s name is Prancer.

I love to make my own decorations for Christmas because it gives me time to think of memories from past Christmases. When I was really little we had a 3D reindeer that was made of wood, I think my oldest sister painted it. It was one of my very favorite decorations and I would put it together and take it apart over and over again.

Now I have my own. It isn’t as sturdy as the wood one I played with as a little girl, but it still evokes the same memories.

Supplies Used:

  • Cricut Explore
  • Foam Board
  • Holiday Wrapping Paper
  • Craft Knife
  • Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive
  • Red Glitter Glue

This project started when I was browsing Cricut Design Space for some holiday inspiration. I came across this file called Deer Standup Icon. Isn’t it cute?

MediumComposite That is when I had my idea to trace the cut-out onto foam board to make him a bit more sturdy and dress him up with wrapping paper.

I wanted my reindeer as big as I could get it while still using my 12×12 cutting mat. I ended up stretching it to where the file would have to be cut out on two sheets of 12×12 cardstock. The body on one and the front and hind legs on the other.

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Here are my pieces once cut out. These became my pattern pieces.

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I used my pattern pieces and traced around them onto my foam core board.

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With a craft knife, I went around each line and cut the piece out. This was the most time-consuming part.

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I did have to cut the slit on both of the leg pieces a little bit wider than marked, and when assembled my cute little reindeer already looks awesome!

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I decided to cover my reindeer with wrapping paper because I would need 4 sheets of matching scrapbook paper, and I wasn’t sure I had that. But I knew I had enough wrapping paper.

Did you know that you can run wrapping paper through your Cricut? You totally can, but I would recommend using a mat that doesn’t have a lot of stickiness left to it. Wrapping paper is much thinner than regular paper and if you have a new or super sticky mat, it will be difficult to remove the wrapping paper without tearing it.

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Put your Cricut on the paper setting, and cut.

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I kept my file the same size as my pattern pieces and just cut them out of the wrapping paper. Then I went back in and mirrored the file and cut out another set so I could cover both sides of the reindeer.

To adhere the wrapping paper pieces to the foam board, I used Multi-Purpose Spray adhesive. I thought of using liquid glue, but I didn’t want my paper to bubble because it was wet. The spray adhesive worked perfectly.

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To hide the stark white edges I applied some Red Glitter Glue all the way around each piece.

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I put a bead along all of the edges and spread it out using a thin paint brush, only focuing on one small area at a time.

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To dry, I balanced each piece on top of a couple acrylic paint jars. I did this so the glitter glue wouldn’t drip and dry the pieces to my table.

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I let the glitter glue dry overnight. The next morning I assembled my majestic reindeer, Prancer. I couldn’t be more pleased with how my 3D Decorative Deer turned out.

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What was your favorite Christmas decoration you played with growing up?

 

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Hi everyone! This is Stephanie from The TipToe Fairy. I’m so excited to be sharing a fun DIY here at The Crafting Chicks. You can visit me for more fun DIYs, craft, recipes and more HERE. Now onto the fun!

Have you seen those tomato cage Christmas trees? They have lights wrapped inside. I just think they’re so cute, and a super easy DIY for yard art this Christmas.

DIY Santa Hat Tomato Cage Christmas Decor - an easy yard art display! | The TipToe Fairy

I bought 10 tomato cages over on Amazon and that is what I’m using to decorate the yard this year. Each is about 3 feet high. I got this idea to turn some of them into Santa hats. I made one today, and I just love it. I think this would be cute for outside, next to a tablescape or even next the fireplace. Let’s get started!

Supplies

  • 1 tomato cage
  • 1 string of 100 mini lights (indoor/outdoor use)
  • white pipe cleaners, cut in half
  • red pipe cleaners, cut in half
  • 1 6-inch styrofoam ball
  • 5-6 zip ties
  • 1 roll of 21-inch red deco mesh
  • 1 roll of 6-inch white deco mesh

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In the picture I have an extra roll of white deco mesh in 21 inch length, but I did not end up using it.

To make these decorations, you’ll need to work with the tomato cage upside down with the points facing up. Then, gather the points and zip tie them together.

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Next, you’ll gently bend the cage over to one side so it looks like a santa hat.

Now take the styrofoam ball and squish it down onto those pointy ends as far as it will go down, probably about 2-3 inches.

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Next, string the lights around and around the tomato cage down to the bottom. I used zip ties placed here and there to hold the lights.

Cut the white pipe cleaners in half and set aside.

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This photo is showing how I tied the deco mesh on with brightly colored pipe cleaners. I just used those colors so you could see what I was doing. I replaced them with white pipe cleaners so they wouldn’t show.

Take about a 6-inch length of deco mesh and pinch it together and wrap the pipe cleaner around it. You will do this for the entire roll of deco mesh. I was able to go around the cage about 3 1/2 times.

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This is what it will look like after you’ve used all the 6-inch deco mesh.

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Next, take the red pipe cleaners and cut them in half. Then, wrap one here and there all the way up and around the tomato cage to the top.

DIY Santa Hat Tomato Cage Christmas Decor - an easy yard art display! | The TipToe Fairy

Now this is a little tricky to explain. But, I’m hoping the picture shows exactly what to do. Start at the top of the cage and tie the raw edge with a pipe cleaner. Then, wrap the deco mesh around the tree. Then, a little further down, you’ll bunch up a piece of red deco mesh and tie it with a pipe cleaner. Then, wrap the deco mesh around the entire cage at that spot to cover the tie.

Do this every time you tie the deco mesh, then wrap an entire loop around the cage to hide it. This way you’ll get a smooth look to the cage and hide the ties. I thought this was the best way to keep it looking smooth like a santa hat.

You should have plenty of deco mesh to wrap around a couple more times, before tucking in the raw edge and tying it to the bottom of the cage.

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Now if you want to put these in your yard, I use three of these garden staples per Santa hat to secure it to the ground so it won’t blow away.

DIY Santa Hat Tomato Cage Christmas Decor - an easy yard art display! | The TipToe Fairy

Each Santa hat ends up being about 3 feet high. I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do.

Tag me on Twitter or Instagram if you make one so I can see it!

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Hi Crafting Chick fans! I’m Kara, and I’m happy to be participating in this “Deck the Halls” series. I blog at Creations by Kara where I share recipes, crafts, and thrifty DIY home decor ideas. I love Christmas music, and I’ve been listening to it since the beginning of November. (Don’t throw snowballs at me.) I have so many favorite Christmas Carols, and today I’m sharing a game that features several of them.

I love playing games, so I’m often asked to bring game ideas to Christmas parties. So you can bet that any time I play a fun game, I take note of it in case I need to use it later. I have a binder stuffed full of ideas from parties over the years.

This Christmas Carol Game is perfect for any size of Christmas party! Many, many years ago I played a mixed up Christmas Carol game at a neighbor’s Christmas party. I kept a copy in my Christmas binder just in case I ever needed it. This year I decided to take out that old dog-eared paper and re-type it so we could play it again. I even had my family help me update it with a few new titles.
Some of the songs are pretty easy to figure out, but some of them are a little more challenging. They are all pretty silly, so it’s good for a few laughs. Hope you have fun playing it at your next Christmas party! To download the Christmas game, just click the link below. The answers are printed on the second page.

Free Christmas Carol Game

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and that you take time to relax and spend time with the people that matter the most to you!

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For even more Christmas fun, here are a couple more free Christmas Games:

Free Christmas Games Don’t Eat Santa! / Christmas Songs Pictionary

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We always have an absolute BLAST with all of our readers at these parties so we decided that it had been FAR TOO LONG since we last partied all together!! I mean really?! Who doesn’t love an amazing, must-attend, thrilling party, from the comfort of their home {and yoga pants!}? Am I right ladies?? Pull out your virtual party hats and get your pinning-fingers ready because we are going to par-tay….

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Hi everyone!

My name is Sarah, and I blog over at Becoming Martha – a place where I share a lot of fun ideas for crafts, simple DIYs, parties, and since I’m a busy mom, things for the kids, too! I am so excited to be here today, showing you this great tutorial for a fun and easy way to make a Christmas play dress for your little one.

Make thie adorable Christmas dress in under an hour with just a pillow case and a tank top!

The idea came to me when I saw these fun candy cane striped pillow cases for $2. I thought they would make an adorable dress bottom, but I have such little sewing experience that I didn’t want to construct a top. Dealing with necklines and armholes seemed like a big task to me. Instead, I grabbed this plain white tank top (for $3!) to use on the top. Doing this made the dress so easy that I’m convinced even the most basic of sewing levels could complete it. I really and truly can’t sew much besides a straight line, so you can believe me on this one. But if you don’t, just read through this tutorial, and hopefully you will be convinced!

Simple Christmas Play Dress

To make your own Christmas play dress, you won’t need very much. Your supply list will look like this:

  • pillow cases (standard size) – I also used a plain white one underneath because the stripes were a little see through.
  • tank top or t-shirt
  • iron on vinyl
  • co-ordinating thread
  • wide ribbon (optional)
  • hemming tape (optional)

I took a picture of every single step, so to save space, I’ve grouped them together into main body and sleeve steps.

Make thie adorable Christmas dress in under an hour with just a pillow case and a tank top!

Step 1: Using a dress that fits your child, measure how long you want the skirt to be. Leave an additional inch for hemming. The hem of the pillow case will be the hem on the bottom of your skirt (hooray for saving time!) so make sure you cut the excess off the closed pillow case end.

Step 2: If you are using a liner, cut the liner about an inch (or a hemline) shorter than your printed fabric. You may also want to iron it, which I was too lazy to do, as you can see.

Step 3: Set your sewing machine to the longest straight stitch it has, and run the skirt (both layers) through the machine. Don’t backstitch at the beginning or end. Leave long tails at both ends so you can gather the fabric by pulling on the bobbin thread (the bottom one) until the fabric gathers. Spread the gathers out evenly.

Step 4: Cut your tank top using your dress as a guide (I always cut 3 inches down from the arm hole) and pin it to the skirt, right sides together. Run it through your sewing machine again, cut any loose or long threads, and flip the right way out. (PS – see the holes along the bottom of my top? Yeh… I kinda ran it through with the wrong side of the shirt facing the skirt… My seam ripper and I got pretty close that afternoon. But no biggie, it was covered up by the new seam.)

Make thie adorable Christmas dress in under an hour with just a pillow case and a tank top!

When you are finished these steps, your dress will look like the image above. If your shirt has sleeves or you want to make a tank dress, you could stop there, but if you want simple flutter sleeves, just follow these three simple steps:

Make thie adorable Christmas dress in under an hour with just a pillow case and a tank top!

Step 1: Fold the excess fabric from the pillow case in half and cut a small shape like the image above. When unfolded, it will look like a really skinny C. Use your first cut as a pattern for your second. I cut my sleeves to be the height of the arm hole.

Step 2: Sew a straight stitch along the curved side of the sleeve, backstitching both ends. The straight edge will be gathered, so follow the process above for gathering. (If you aren’t sure how to gather, I highly suggest watching a YouTube video – that’s how I learned.)

Step 3: Pin to the inside your shirt, lining the center of the sleeve up with the shoulder seam. Run it through your machine one last time.

Make thie adorable Christmas dress in under an hour with just a pillow case and a tank top!

And ta-da! You have a dress! You could stop here, but while we’re at it, I wanted to dazzle mine up a bit. I used some red iron on vinyl and cut out the phrase “ho ho ho” with my Cricut Explore. (The image is from their image library in Design Space if you want to use the same one!)

Make thie adorable Christmas dress in under an hour with just a pillow case and a tank top!

Once the vinyl is weeded, position it on your shirt, and using an iron on with the steam off, adhere it to the top of the dress. Always follow the iron on instructions, because usually they call for a layer of thin fabric between the iron and the vinyl. I use a (wait for it…) pillow case.

Make thie adorable Christmas dress in under an hour with just a pillow case and a tank top!

The only step I don’t have a picture of was adding the ribbon around the waist. It was a last minute addition, and not neccessary. The only reason I added it was because the tank top was quite as fitted as I had hoped – plus, who can say no to a pretty bow? I didn’t have any red thread, so I used hemming tape to fuse the ribbon to the dress.

Make thie adorable Christmas dress in under an hour with just a pillow case and a tank top!

My little sweetie just loved her dress, and she loved telling everyone that I made it even more! She even wore it to school today when she was “Ami du Jour” (friend of the day) so she could show it off.

So are you convinced? I hope you feel confident enough to make own yourself, and if you do, I would love to see it! Tag me on instagram – you can find me at @becomingmartha.

And if you want more simple ideas for Christmas, you have to see my nativity scene snow globe ornament and mini wood slice wreath. They both look so elegant, but are really easy to create.

nativity ornament 7 Create this wood slice wreath and impress the neighbours with your fancy new door decor this holiday!

Thanks so much to The Crafting Chicks for having me here and I hope you all stop by to visit me at Becoming Martha soon!

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