Crafts for Christmas

@janet069 (663)
United States
December 2, 2006 11:15am CST
Does anyone else make homemade Christmas gifts? I usually try to each year. I would like to know what kind of things other people make and maybe exchange ideas.
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@dalilac1 (862)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Holiday Gifts - handmade gifts
We make ornaments, and candles for the holiday gift giving,also coffee baskets. These are great things to do that you can have children get involved in too. With the coffee baskets, we put different flavor coffees, dipped stirring spoons, cookies that we baked,mugs,napkins that go with the decor of the recipient's home.
@janet069 (663)
• United States
9 Dec 06
Great idea, something they can use without adding to their "junk" collection. Every year we usually get something that ends up in a yard sale because we all have too much stuff.
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@dalilac1 (862)
• United States
12 Dec 06
That is a shame when peopel don't realise that there are things that are always needed and appreciated in homes:( I love trying to add to a persons collection, like my sister has clowns all over the place, I try to find her something different each holiday that has to do with a clown or clown themed.
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• United States
10 Dec 06
I make jewelry with beads and string. I also make little teddy bears, snowmen, people, and small things out of clay. Clay is a lot of fun to work with. Those are hobbies for me. I'm more into writing and photography. You can make gifts with photos too.
• Australia
10 Dec 06
My cousin is really into scrapbooking. She has such a flair for it.
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@bricantra (101)
• Australia
9 Dec 06
Rose whirly gig - Hand painted suncatcher. Hope it comes out ok.
Last year I made suncatchers that I paint myself. I have heaps of photos. They are time consuming but everyone loves them. They spin around in the breeze and I am making new designs all the time. I do really well selling them at the markets.
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@janet069 (663)
• United States
9 Dec 06
I bet you do well. I'd love to know how you make them.
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@bricantra (101)
• Australia
9 Dec 06
beaded christmas balls - These are fiddly but I am sure everyone will love a handmade christmas ball this year.
This year I am making bauble decorations that have the beaded swags over a round ball I will see if I can find a picture.
@janet069 (663)
• United States
9 Dec 06
They are very cute. I like them a lot. Great idea.
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@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
7 Dec 06
I am not very crafty so I usually stick to making gift baskets and candles. A few years ago I was able to get a great deal on bottles(empty ones) that you see in restaurants that are filled with oil and herbs. I went and bout the large containers of herbs and spices in the supermakert and filled the bottles like the kids do with sand art. Then tied a bow around the top of the neck wih a card attached with a recipe in which the herbs couodl be used if they wished to use them and not keep them for decoration.
• Australia
7 Dec 06
thats a really sweet idea!!!!!!
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• United States
3 Dec 06
Last year I made fleece scarves. Everyone seemed to appreciate them. However, I have yet to see anyone wear them except me. Oh well. This year I'm going to make some hats. If I wanted to make everyone a hat, I should have started earlier. I'm using this loom from Micheals, it's the coolest and easiest thing. Which reminds me, I need more yarn.
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• United States
10 Dec 06
I have this loom, and I'm currently working on making a pancho for my granddaughter. This is really a cool, I love working with this loom. I also made some hats and scarves last year.
@TheoMom (110)
• United States
11 Dec 06
I all way make handmade Christmas gifts. It's from the heart and shows you put a lot of thought into it and time. From my heart, made by my hands for you.
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@suscan (1959)
• United States
10 Dec 06
Victorian Santa - Old Fashioned Santa with sack of toys
I started making gifts years ago. I make candy and give it in nice containers. I also crochet and loom knit gifts. Two Christmases I gave all my cousins a photo book with pages with family pictures starting with our grand parents down to their kids. Now I have updated it,added a Christmas letter with some poetry or thoughts about our family. This has been a great experience for me,looking through all the old pictures,all the memories
@SanDslnrs (269)
• United States
10 Dec 06
I am making a pancho's for the smaller kids on a loom I bought at Michaels, it is really easy and fun too! I made hats and scarves last year on the loom and also some crocheted. I am going to try and make some cards this year, but I'm not to artistic and also I do make Candy Wrappers for candy and pinch bags for little gifts, candy, etc. I love your card it is really cute! I wanted to make some cookie jars, but don't know if I'll have time. Have a nice Christmas.
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• Ireland
9 Dec 06
I'm not much good at crafts although I really haven't tried many. I always knit scarves and mittens as gifts for children at Christmas.
@yarntales (639)
• United States
5 Dec 06
I usually make a lot of crocheted dishclothes. This year I havne't gotten many done. I have made a few pairs of slippers. And a few scarves. Not as much as I usually do.
@sunsham68 (1378)
• India
6 Dec 06
I love crocheted stuff - do you make clothing too?
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• United States
6 Dec 06
Yes, I have made some shawls, and a sweater. I have another sweater 1/2 way done. It is for me so you can see why I haven't gotten it finished.
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• United States
12 Dec 06
I like to knit dishrags with the "sugar and Cream" yarn. Everybody loves them and you can always use a nice absorbant cloth for cleaning counters and tables.
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
8 Dec 06
coins afghan - This is a close-up of the afghan I am making for my son this Christmas.
I love to crochet and make a lot of gifts. I am working on an afghan for my son and his fiancee, hope I get it done in time!
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@janet069 (663)
• United States
9 Dec 06
Keep going, I'm sure you can do it.
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• United States
10 Dec 06
Wow, Jill that is pretty!
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
18 Dec 06
Thanks, I am working hard on it. I need to make it longer than the avarage size since my son is 6'4"! I need to do one more row of motifs and then work around the edges. I guess if I don't get it done by Christmas I will let them know it's for them (they've seen me working on it, I didn't tell them who it was for) and I'm sure they will forgive me for being a little late! It really is going to be lovely, if I say so myself!
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@Kscott (634)
• United States
6 Dec 06
I usually bake anyway around the holiday's, so I bake extra around Christmas and give away either a cookie plate (usually a plate that says "Cookies for Santa" with a matching mug, cookie basket, cookie box, or cookie tin. I dont limit myself to just cookies, I throw in some fudge, can of nuts, a few pieces of fruit, wrapped little candies, maybe some homebaked bread.......These usually go over with such a loving warm response, because a lot of people don't have the time to bake......One year we bought presents instead because I didn't feel like baking......and everyone said "AWWWH you didn't make any goodie baskets this year?", so I guess they kinda look forward to them. We as a family enjoy this, because everyone chooses a cookie to make. We also try every year to make a ornament for our own Christmas tree, using a photo of our whole family......so you could take a picture of your kids or family, or whatever and make a ornament.....we use popsickle sticks and arrange them into a house (usually takes just 5 to make the house, and after you paint and insert the picture, one behind to secure the pic) after you glue your popsickle sticks together.....paint or decorate any way you choose....we usually fasten a ornament hook at the top between the peak of the roof and then you can hang from the tree. I usually make sure I put the kids' name and ages, or the year on one of the sticks of the house.
@janet069 (663)
• United States
9 Dec 06
Sounds like you come from a close family. I like that.
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@Kscott (634)
• United States
10 Dec 06
Thank you, and yes my family is pretty close, but I am trying to raise my 4 children to be very close nit and to do special things together as a tradition, to keep them close when I'm gone someday. My brothers and sister and I are not very close at all, although we did a lot of family stuff when we were younger......Happy Holidays!
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@bterrier (308)
• United States
18 Dec 06
Great Topic! I remember making links out of construction paper and we would hang them in the doorways or on the mantle.
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@janet069 (663)
• United States
18 Dec 06
Yea, I guess we can all get ideas for next year. Everybody left some pretty good comments.
@medako (33)
• United States
18 Dec 06
I've made tote bags, heating pads, LOTS of baked goodies, cross stitch pictures, personalized etched casserole dishes, photo boards, and put together many many gift baskets.
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@matt608 (843)
12 Dec 06
I sometimes make homemade cards but not gifts. Normally the my mates and I just make a pack that we are not going to buy each other presents and we just save out moeny!! (Its boring I know). That means that the people I do give presents to area almost all my family and so they value cards I made by self quite alot.
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@claudia413 (4284)
• United States
18 Dec 06
One year I bought the clear glass ornaments at a craft store and decorated the inside with swirls of different colors of the "tulip paint" in tubes. Everyone seemed to enjoy receiving them, and I did enough to decorate my own tree also.
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@janet069 (663)
• United States
18 Dec 06
This is a very good idea. I bet it was an expensive project.
@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
17 Dec 06
Yep I do but not only for xmas but all year round. fetes nursing villages birthday and even egg cosies at easter.
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• United States
18 Dec 06
Gourd mobile Dancing Girls - The top is a slice of gourd. Each doll has a wooden bead for a head and a pipe cleaner body and flower petal skirts.
You took the words right out of my mouth. I give gifts year round but not for Christmas per se. I give them for the Sabbats, birthdays, to cheer someone up, to charity, or whenever the mood strikes me. Because people need to be loved and appreciated year round. I want to make some gifts for a Twelveth Night celebration in January next. I just got the Knifty Knitter Loom so maybe I'll make something with that. My favorite craft is gourd art though.
@ladygator (3469)
• United States
12 Dec 06
I made crafts one year and that was tons of fun! But this year I am just not able to do this
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• United States
3 Feb 07
This past Christmas I made everyone a neck wrap that could be heated in the microwave. I found a pattern online. I made mine with fleece fabric, and then they are filled with rice. Everybody loved them!! Simple to make and inexpensive too!! :-)