Each holiday season, parents find themselves absorbed in holiday prep which usually includes things such as getting out the holiday cards, taking family pictures, preparing for the holiday meal, etc. In all of this prep, things can start adding up – especially when the decorating for the holidays takes center stage! Instead of going broke this holiday season, why not try some special handmade decorative projects?
Whether you live in a climate that receives snow or not, you can craft a snowy wreath for your front door. Take a standard wreath and add your own floral touches. It really doesn’t matter what flowers you use because they’ll all end up covered in “snow” in the end. Don’t forget the berry sprigs and glittered pinecones to visually space things out. Once finished, your children will love getting to spray the whole wreath with fake “snow!”
Glass Frame Terrarium
Did you know you can upcycle old wooden glass frames to create a terrarium for the plant lover in your life? The best part about this gift is that, unlike many DIY gifts, it truly doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You can head to your local dollar store for the frames (unless you get lucky at a garage sale). You’ll just need four to make the base/sides and probably another four to create the roof (varies depending on the base you’ve created). Here’s a quick tutorial on creating a glass frame terrarium.
No-Knit Monogrammed Decor Pillows
Decor pillows – especially festive ones – are a must-have during the holidays, but what if you have zero sewing skills? That’s an easy fix – purchase inexpensive store-bought decor pillows (solid colors work best for this) and you can still monogram them for a personalized touch! Employ the older kids for this craft. Just take some (fairly thick) baker’s twine and stitch the first initial of your last name on each. Done!
Cork Christmas Tree
Grab your little ones to join in this fun craft! Gather some corks, a hot glue gun, paint, and paintbrushes, turn on some Christmas music, and spend some time making memories with your kids. Simply hot glue the corks in the shape of a tree, allow them to dry and paint the tree. Get creative! Paint a few corks in different colors for ornaments, add a star on top or string some tinsel… The sky is the limit!
For this gift, you’ll need two vases that are the same shape and one will need to fit right inside the other with a gap of space. You can fill that gap of space with marbles of various colors and sizes (though red and white make for a festive holiday combination). If this is meant to last the entire holiday season, you’ll probably want to include silk flowers instead of real ones. All of the pieces for this can be easily found at the dollar store!
Whether you want some affordable, unique decorations for your own home or are looking to create a special gift for a loved one, any of these crafts will fit that bill. Spending an afternoon making memories with your children will be the greatest gift of all!
Naomi White graduated with her B.S. in Christian Elementary Education and went on to earn her Early Childhood Education certification. She has taught preschool and elementary school in both Christian and public schools. She loves to read and write, is a pastor’s wife and stay-at-home mom, and is eagerly awaiting the day her son is old enough for them to start their own homeschool journey. Originally a Georgia girl, Naomi currently lives in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina with her family.