In July, you decided you wanted to do a Handmade Christmas this year. Now it’s December 6th, and nothing is made. You’re beginning to regret the decision to be crafty. Don’t. I’ve collected quite a few gifts which can be made in an afternoon without many trips to the store. To save yourself even more time, and money, look at what you do have before picking one of these projects.
I am definitely making this gift for my husband with the help of my kids. Dads and husbands love to hear how important and special they are. Better yet – I think I have all the supplies I need right in my office closet. There are so many little moments to treasure in our almost 20 years of marriage. I’m sure you have many of your own.
This farm play mat is an easy afternoon project for anyone handy with a sewing machine. If you have supplies like scraps of fabric, Wonder Under, and an old sheet on hand, you can skip a trip to the fabric store and get cracking on this fun gift. Kelly made hers for her horse-loving daughter. A toddler would love the play mat, too. Adding in black scraps of fabric would create roads for a preschooler who can’t get enough of Hot Wheels.
One year I decided to make cinnamon ornaments with my kids. We kept them simple – star and tree shapes. Five years later, and those cinnamon-scented ornaments still smell fantastic plus they have stood up to little fingers touching them every Christmas. If you want a paintable ornament, salt dough ornaments are perfect. If you want folks to eat your creations, then try some festive sugar ornaments coated with Christmasy sprinkles.
When Trish shared this craft for me for this post, she mentioned how much she enjoyed making these homemade crayons with her boys. I can certainly see why! They’re also very frugal. How many of us have boxes and boxes of broken crayons we hate to throw away? Not only could you make these crayons in heart shapes, you could try circles or Christmas trees. Add in a pad of blank paper, a box of pencils, and you have such a wonderful art gift for a toddler or preschooler. Or you could pair the crayons with a homemade journal thanks to directions from Jersey Family Fun.
These edible Christmas wreaths are a great family project on a winter afternoon. Requiring easy to find ingredients, an adult can melt the chocolate and dip the pretzels while a young child can decorate with M and M’s and licorice bows. White sprinkles would add a snow effect to the wreath, and colored sugars would make them sparkle.
These buckeyes put the “O” in Ohio! I may try making them with bacon fat, just because. According to Jess, you’ll have leftover chocolate which means you have the chocolate you need to make the edible Christmas wreaths. Whew! I just gave you 2 easy afternoon projects. By Monday morning, you’ll be ready for gift giving!
Any little girl receiving her first piece of jewelry would absolutely love a one-of-a-kind gift box like these match box ones! Better yet, they can be made in an afternoon with leftover scraps of wrapping paper, ribbon, even colorful rick rack and buttons. The sky’s the limit when it comes to making these boxes fancy.
My Motivation Monday cohost, Steph of Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom had an epiphany 3 years ago when Christmastime rolled around – her gift giving needed to become more personal and more thoughtful. Her gift ideas include gifts of service (who wouldn’t want a coupon for babysitting) and Quality Time. It would be so easy to spend an afternoon writing notes to the ones you love suggesting ways to spend time with them that fit your budget and schedule. Include the kids in the process and you’ll have plenty of memories for a lifetime.