4 Moms Talk About Quick and Easy Holiday Crafts

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My favorite crafting happens in the kitchen, calls for lovely things like butter, sugar and chocolate, and ends up in my mouth.  Unfortunately, that sort of crafting is probably not what the other 3 moms had in mind when we agreed on this topic.  In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s not, because we’re covering that sort of crafting next week.

No, I’m pretty sure we are talking about inedible crafts right now.  Are you a crafty mom? I used to want a t-shirt that said, “I’m so crafty I make people,” but I’m afraid it would be misleading.  Sometimes I think babies are the only project I ever finish – or even start.

Im SO Crafty I Make People Button

But I’m trying to do better.  I now own spray paint in two colors, and I have used both.  But my new craftiness doesn’t end there.  My new-to-me bedframe has drawers built into it, and one of the drawers on my side holds actual crafting supplies!  I have scissors, tacky glue, glue sticks, construction paper, a few stencils, bottles of acrylic paint in Christmas colors, and 2 varieties of Mod Podge.  Yes, now I have your attention.  Now you know I’m serious.

But even though I really am serious, I have to confess that my Mod Podge stash has only been used for one craft so far.  It’s simple but cool and turned out amazing, but I can’t show you because the intended recipient reads this blog.  And, well, I didn’t do the actual crafting, although I did help a little.  That counts, right?

So far the only other Christmas crafting we have done is making Christmas cards.  See?

homemade christmas cards

All of the girls down to Becca worked on these.  They thought about initialing the back of each creation, but then decided that they would only do that on the ones they really liked.  If they weren’t entirely happy with one, they decided to sign someone else’s initial instead. ;)  And since we have so much time and effort in them already, I’m almost positive we’ll actually mail them this time!  I can use what’s left of the 100 Christmas stamps I bought last year.  I think I have 100 left.

But I have spent a few minutes several hours a little time on Pinterest, and I hope to do more crafts this year than we have in the past.  It shouldn’t be hard, since we’ve already done two and I think that may tie with our previous record of two.

If our Clementine Candle counts, we’ve already done three and we’re in record territory.

Clementine Candle: this really works!  No wick needed - just pour in some olive oil and light the little string that grows up the center of the clementine!

Not our photo, but it’s easy and beautiful.  Kaitlyn managed to peel her clementine with half of the skin plus the inner part of the stem intact.  She just poured in a little olive oil and lit the tip of the stem.  It was gorgeous!

Here are some others that I have in mind for this year:

These paper ornaments would be a snap to assemble.  I love that little kids could help with something that looks this classy.  Of course we could vary the colors: red & white are what we use to decorate for Christmas.  Then we could replace the red with gray for a more wintry feel and leave them up until spring!

Pretty paper ornaments/decorations that the kids can make - even preschoolers could help with these!

Since the girls are always bringing home clearance tea cups from Vison Forum, I think we should try some of these teacup candles as gifts.  We would need to buy wicks from Hobby Lobby and 1 or 2 big cheap candles from a dollar store.  Then we can color them with leftover bits of used candles, and scent with a few drops of essential oils.

teacup candle

If we do our own cards again next year, I think it would be a lot of fun to try pop-up Christmas cards like these.  A web search would turn up other pop-up ideas for Christmas cards.

And even though we would be starting late, I want to do an Advent calendar of some sort.  Do you have a suggestion for one we could do with very little preparation?  I have friends who have 25 candles, and each night when they do their Advent reading they light an additional candle, i.e. one on the first night, two on the second night, until they finally light all 25 candles at once.

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Comments

  1. Thank you for the post…..it has got me all geared up for crafts!!
    Do your girls bring enough clearance tea cups to make some available
    to us interested readers?????!!!

    Have a wonderful week.
    Blessings,
    Sandy

  2. I hate crafting, which is probably good, because I stink at it. I know when something looks nice with my eyes, but when I try to copy it with my hands…..no such luck. I used to be discouraged about it, even to the point of tears, but I eventually realized that that was no less than discontentment. The Lord has gifted me musically, so I now pour my energies into using that to serve Him. I still enjoy looking at other peoples’ craftiness, but not with envy anymore (usually!). I use other people’s creations to decorate my house, and enjoy it all the same. Well, almost the same. There’s certainly something fulfilling about admiring one’s own handiwork. Oh well….. :)

    • What a great attitude, Amy! I’ve reached that point with gardening, although it certainly doesn’t mean I’ll never try. I just know it’s not my strong point and have decided not to feel guilty about it.

  3. Christmas crafts are some of the best crafts out there! But I love anything crafy and DIY. I think I might single-handedly keep Hobby Lobby and Michael’s in business. :)

  4. “My favorite crafting happens in the kitchen, calls for lovely things like butter, sugar and chocolate, and ends up in my mouth.” That is me exactly. The bulk of my creativity goes into baking/cooking, trying new recipes, tweaking existing ones, etc.

  5. I am not crafty AT ALL. Any time I attempt it ends in disaster. I just wanted to leave a comment as I was laughing so hard about your stamps and christmas cards. I just looked out the leftover cards etc from last year and I found about 30 cards in envelopes and addressed! It would save me a job if we had not had an addition to the family this year darn!! Blessings to you all over this fun and festive period! x

  6. Hannah Hargis says:

    I love crafting , I like to pick up craft supplies and scrapbooking stuff at garage sales :) also Hobby Lobby is my favorite place, its my happy place :)

  7. I love crafting, but sometimes it can get pricey. I love that your kids made those cards! At some point I want to start sending out cards again, but no luck this year, just ran out of time and triing to not stress out.

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