Hello! And Welcome to Christmas Get Crafty. I am posting this in October, to hopefully inspire you and give you LOTS of time to Get Crafty this Christmas season. Do take a look and do have a go. Christmas is such a special time of the year, that craftiness makes it all the more fun! I have also added a stocking filler section and if you read the individual features carefully, there are many more crafts linked for you to go and explore. There just wasn’t space for everything!
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I know that September should really have been Autumn, but we are catching up with it now. I would love to see your pine cone creations, sticks, conkers and leaves. Get out there. Get Crafty. Come back. Submit by Friday 29 October 2010. Don’t forgot that you can also link up WEEKLY for KIDS GET CRAFTY every Wednesday.
Get Crafty with Children
When Jude at Artful Adventures sent me the link to these, I was in awe of the simplicity and yet effectiveness of these “Glitter Pine Cones“. Aren’t they simply something? Kids love glue. Kids love glitter. We love pretty things. Everybody wins.. Gorgeous.
If you are quick, you will still find some Poppy Flower Husks, there are plenty around in autumn. Soak them in a little water and you have nature’s snowflake stamp. Use sparingly with paint or an ink pad and hey presto, you have wrapping paper, greeting cards or artwork!
Meni at Dalle un Colinho has some lovely print outs for us, to make life easier in the crafting world. Print out the “parts” for these Christmas trees and make them with your kids! Here she has some Santa Clause tags and here some Reindeer Tags. Very cute!
You can’t have Christmas crafts without angels! Cathy at Nurture Store made these lovely little paper plate angels with her girls. I just love the glitter detail. So cute. And I am amazed time and time again at what people come up with using paper plates! x
Ahhh, is this lovely – a handprint Christmas tree?! I love how it looks like a lush bushy fir tree. Lovely. And handprint craft is such a nice way to get little ones involved. Cass at Frugal Family shows us how! Why not also hop over to check out their Saltdough Christmas Tree decor? All with the help from the children! Fabulous, just what Christmas crafting is all about!
You think that this is “just” another Christmas tree? Think again, turn it round and you will find a decorated paper roll filled with sweets! I love how Allyson not only Gets Crafty with her children at Christmas, but encourages them to give. Check out how they made these trees and paper plate snowmen here, as well as their Egg Carton and Jam Jar gift bonanza here!! I think I may do something like this with Red Ted for the grandparents and the elderly lady across the road!
Get Crafty for Children (or older children)
Earlier in the year, I brought you Swedish Christmas Hearts. I love them any time of year, which is why we did the post at Easter. However, in Sweden, these are made at Christmas and filled with sweets, then hung on the tree. I adore traditions like this! They are a bit fiddly at first, but once you get the hang of them, they are easy and really worth the rewards!
Look at these cute little Reindeer Decorations that Aly at Life’s Laundry made. Not only are they cute, but what is really great, is that you can either sew these or glue these. So whatever level of craftiness, you should be able to have a go. I know Red Ted would LOVE the gluing bit!
What I love about these snowflakes, is that they steer away from all the normal “glitz and Santa Clause” (not that I don’t love them!!!), but sometimes it is nice to have some natural calm and decor. These snowflakes are simplicity in themselves beautiful!
I simply LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas ornaments. And when I think of “Christmas Get Crafty” these are the sort of ornaments I think of. They are simple, traditional, pretty an effective! Lovely.
Oh again, these are the sort of “traditional” Christmas ornaments that I think of during the festive season. They are so pretty and easy to make. Tresa created the design for these herself and shares them with us on her blog Reese Dixon. Be inspired and make some lovely hearts. Wouldn’t they be nice as a little gift too?
In Austria Christmas without Advent Calendar is just wrong! It is an integral part of childhood and at the very least you have a paper one with little pictures to look at! Increasingly, you get wonderful calendars that parents fill for you ahead of time. So this calendar made my Maria at Fabmums, really is FAB! I love it. Totally what family traditions and childhood memories are made of! I love the fact that this folds away nicely at the end of the “season” and can be brought out year after year. Fabulously Chrismassy colours too!
Lucky for me, there are plenty of crafty mums out there making fab advent calendars. I really like this one too, as you get to make all these gorgeous little decorations. I love how, as the days get closer to Christmas, you get to take more and more decorations out of the numbered boxes and decorate the tree. No overload on chocolates or expensive gifts to buy, but a beautiful way to decorate for Christmas. More lovely family traditions!
Here is another Advent Calendar. If you don’t like sewing much and prefer painting and sticking, this one is for you. I have to say, I saw this a few months back now and fell in love with it. Isn’t it just the most amazing calendar? So different! Yet still Christmassy. This may take a little while to make, so get cracking! That Artist Woman shows us how.
You know me and Paper Crafts! Here is another wonderful little activity you make out of paper – Paper Snowflakes. They are simple, but fun and great for slightly older children who have mastered their cutting skills! See here for more.
I love this very simple “12 Days of Christmas Garland“. Christie at Childhood 101 found an old copy of the 12 Days of Christmas at the Charity shop and turned it into this very original decoration. Very simple, very cute. Worth keeping an eye out for old books that have “no other use”. She also has some lovely little Christmas Tree decors and another Christmassy Garland here.
Meni at Dalle un Colinho show us how to make another very lovely and Christmassy fabric bunting. So special and made with so much love! Fabulous! This will be made once and will last you many many years! Don’t be put off by the Spanish, there is a Google Translate button you can hit!!!
Make these out of news paper, spare wrapping paper or festive colours and you have instant pressie decor! Nicole from Made by Nicole shows us how in this Guest Post. Lovely jubbly.
Get Crafty for Adults (or older children)
Now, although I am the sort of person to bring you a tutorial on how to make Christmas Crackers from scratch (just think, all those wonderful loo rolls you could use!!), I do think Luschka’s crackers, are a cracking (bad pun, I know). If you haven’t got the time, but want decent gifts in your crackers, follow Luschka’s cheat’s guide to great crackers! And then add some her gift tags!
I have always wanted to make stockings and still haven’t got round to it! Do I knit some or sew some? Decisions decisions. I love Maria at Fabmum’s stockings – they used left over felt and for the detail GLITTER glue, what a clever and easy way to add a name. Brilliant. Go be inspired!
Ok, how cute are these elves! I love all things made from Pine Cones. I don’t know why, I just do. They make me happy! As do these elves… go visit them and find lots more elfish things! Like Elf Cookies and Elf Cloth Pegs. Or if unlike me you hate pine cones, they have some Cloth Peg Elves too.. worth a look!
Get Crafty – Ooooh
Yet another wonderful tradition, that I associate with a Germanic upbringing and childhood Christmases – making AND eating Gingerbread Houses. Zoe over at Playing by the Book introduces us to a wonderful (Austrian) illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger. Luckily for us, the only book she could “get hold of” was Hansel & Gretel, which meant that Zoe and her girls then went to make this fantastic gingerbread house. Go visit. See how much the girls loved it and be inspired to Get Crafty in the Kitchen!
Oh my oh my oh my, aren’t these simply too cute? If the “big” gingerbread house above is too much for you, Denise at SnafflesMummy made these last year and her post about them is simply delightful.. Go have a look and then follow the her links to recipe! Also check out Denise’s Gift Section of her blog, she has so many great ideas, from Union Jack pinboards, to sweetie jars to t water bottle covers, you WILL find something for your family and friends!!
I think you know enough about me by now, that I love traditions and I love things that make childhood special and magical. Well Kelly at Little Wonders’ Days, really has come up with a magical childhood tradition: Magic Peppermints! With the help of the elves and magic dust and special seeds, you “grow” your own lollipops over the Christmas season. How adorable is that? Go to Kelly’s and take a look what she made to complete the package!!
I found these on Flickr by Turtle Mom 4 Bacon. How fun would it be make these with your kids? Just dig out your favourite chocolate cookie recipe, some choc chips, Smarties and pretzels and off you go, an afternoon’s activity sorted!
I know that Martha Stewart is already a well know craft resource, but if you haven’t look recently, you really should go and have a look! I love these Reindeer Gingerbread Men or is it Gingerbread Men Reindeer?! Whatever! It is just a fun way to decorate your “usual” gingerbread and make it a little different. Great as a small gift to a neighbour or friend! Check out the rest of Martha Stewarts Christmas crafts.
Get Crafty – Stocking Fillers (Previously on Red Ted Art)
Here are some How To’s that I have brought you over the last few months, which could also double up as fabulous stocking fillers:
If you missed sending something Christmassy through to me, why not visit Violet Posy and join her Thrifty Christmas link up party: