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Poured Paint Christmas Bulb - finished bulb, reassembled and ribbon hanger added

Poured Paint Christmas BulbA friend gave me ten of these silver Christmas bulbs that someone had decorated with a writing paint, so I decided to upcycle them using the "paint pour" technique.

 

Christmas Dino Decoration - finished dino decoration on the mantel next to two potted plants

Christmas Dino DecorationHere is a cute dinosaur with a Christmas hat you can make with supplies from home. You can change the reptile/animal to your child's liking and add a Christmas hat. This dino would be a nice decorative piece to add in your home if you like your kid's artwork displayed.

 

Pinecone Reindeer Ornament  - ready to hang

Making a Pinecone Reindeer OrnamentEmbellish a pinecone with ribbon ears, pipe cleaner antlers, googly eyes, and a pom pom nose to create this cute reindeer ornament. Learn how on this page.

 

Clothespin Reindeer - color the bottom of the legs with a black marker to make hooves, add eyes and nose

Making Clothespin ReindeerYou too can make cute clothespin reindeer from both peg style and spring clip pins. Use them as decorations or hang on the tree. This craft is offered with a supplies list, instructions, and photos.

 

Photo of paper snowflakes.

Making Paper SnowflakesThis is a page about making paper snowflakes. Paper snowflakes are beautiful and simple decorations. Adorn your windows with paper snowflakes this year to get in the Christmas spirit.

 

Starburst Pipe Cleaner Tree Topper - closeup of the topper

Starburst Pipe Cleaner Tree TopperThis is an easy and inexpensive way to create a retro tree topper that's also fun to make. All you need is a package of silver pipe cleaners and that's all there is to it. If you want to change up your colors from year to year, this is also a great way to coordinate your topper to match your tree.

 

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Pom Pom Ornaments

Making a Pom Pom Christmas OrnamentThis video shows you the simple steps to making a Christmas ornament with pom poms.

 

Three Christmas tree treat holders made from felt.

Felt Christmas Tree Treat HoldersCreate these cute decorated tree shaped treat holders from felt. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

Felt Antique Christmas Baubles

Felt Antique Christmas BaublesLet your kids decorate their own felt Christmas tree with these cute antique inspired felt baubles. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

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Felt Christmas Tree With Ornaments

Felt Christmas Tree With OrnamentsA felt Christmas tree is a cute decoration and perfect for the little ones in your life. Learn how to make your own in this step by step video.

 

Paper Doily Christmas Tree

Paper Doily Christmas TreeLacy paper doilies are glued in layers to create this delicate snowy tree. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

Yo yo Garland

Yo Yo Christmas GarlandThis video leads you though the steps to making a yo yo garland.

 

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Money inside a M&M's Storybook.

Giving Cash in a Candy StorybookHere is a simple way to make giving cash a little extra special this holiday season. During Christmastime, there are always a few different candy companies that make a storybook style candy box. When I was a kid, I always got the Lifesavers book in my stocking.

 

Bent wire ornaments, in the shape of a star and Christmas tree, hanging on a Christmas tree.

Craft Wire Christmas Tree & Star OrnamentsThis year, I donated all of my glass ornaments so our Christmas tree is looking a little bare. I decided to make some wire ornaments. I made 2 so far and looking forward to make more.

 

A candy box filled with money instead of chocolate.

Gift Money in a Candy BoxThis is a simple way to give cash as a gift. You fill the spaces in a candy box with cash and give it as if it was just a normal box of chocolates.

 

A rolled bill inside a Pez dispenser.

Giving Money in a Pez DispenserPez is a classic holiday candy and kids love using the dispenser. If you are looking for a way to give cash that is not simply putting it into a card, you can try this trick.

 

Rolling a $20 bill into a sock.

Giving Money in Rolled SocksAre you looking for a more interesting way to give cash rather than the standard cash in a card? There is usually a holiday sock sale before the holidays, which is a great way to stock up on socks to wear and to give.

 

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One Row of Christmas Tree Lights Not Working?My tree has one row where the lights don't work. I bought the light keeper pro and checked the connection. Four strands have a steady beep, but the other strands don't. I have tired taking out one of the already lit bulbs and putting it in the one that doesn't work but nothing.

 

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Using a Balsam Hill Christmas Tree Without the Remote?Can my pre-lit Balsam Hill Christmas tree work without the remote? Can I just somehow plug it into the wall and not worry about color changing and bypass the remote some? If so how? I lost mine and can't afford to order/buy one and I am stuck with a pretty tree with no lights.

 

Repairing Dim Lights on a Pre-lit Christmas Tree - decorated tree

Repairing Dim Lights on a Pre-lit Christmas Tree?Our five year old, 10 ft Christmas tree's lights are about half the brightness they were last year. The bottom section is brighter than the rest of the tree, but overall the whole tree is dim. We contacted the company we bought the tree from and they suggested the transformer was going. We replaced the transformer, but they are still overall dim.

 

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Using Partially Burned Out Strands of Christmas Lights?I have a long strand of mini lights with the middle third of the strand burnt out (blackened bulbs). There are too many to fix. Is it unsafe to go ahead and use the strand (just bury the blackened section out of sight in the tree)?

 

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Fabric Door Bell Decoration?I was wondering what is the size of the pattern pieces to cut to make this decoration?

 

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Finding a Christmas Charity?Its 3 days before Christmas and I have no money to get my son anything for Christmas. I have reached out to many of the agencies who offer Christmas donations to low income families, but I am past the application deadline or they simply do not have anymore toys. Does anyone know where else I can apply this late? We don't even have a tree.

 

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Man looking at a broken light on an Artificial Christmas Tree.

Pre-lit Christmas Tree Lights Not WorkingYou plug the tree in but not all the lights are shining. This can be a frustrating situation, especially if the tree is only 2-3 years old. Often, a Christmas light tester is the easiest way to locate the problem area. This page is about pre-lit Christmas tree lights not working.

 

Pre Lit Christmas Tree

Setting Up a Pre-Lit Christmas TreeThis is a page about setting up a pre-lit Christmas tree. A pre-lit Christmas tree is supposed to be easy to assemble, an improvement over the traditional tree with separate light strings.

 

hands holding a wrapped gift

12 Days of Christmas Gift IdeasThis is a page about 12 days of Christmas gift ideas. Planning a special Christmas gift giving event based on the old Christmas song can be lots of fun.

 

A Christmas tree that has white flocking to resemble snow.

Homemade Christmas Tree Flocking?This is a page about homemade Christmas tree flocking. Instead of buying spray on flocking for your tree, or paying a lot for a pre-flocked one, make your own flocking at home.

 

Office Door Christmas Decoration

Christmas Decorating Ideas for Office DoorThis page contains Christmas decorating ideas for your office door. When you are working in an office, it's fun to add some seasonal decor to your door.

 

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Replacing Christmas Tree Lights with White Ring Base?Can the white ringed bulbs that have the safety fused lamps be replaced?

 

Lighted Outdoor Christmas Wreath

Repairing a Lighted Outdoor Christmas...This is a page about repairing a lighted outdoor Christmas decoration. Sometimes lighted outdoor Christmas decorations can be repaired rather than having to be replaced.

 

Buffet at a church Christmas party.

Church Christmas Party Ideas?This is a page about church Christmas party ideas. Sometimes planning a Christmas party can be more challenging than it seemed when you volunteered.

 

Funny Saying to Go With Crying Santa Picture?Need a funny saying to go with a crying Santa picture for Christmas cards.

 

VIntage jewelry tree made by aunt.

Making a Costume Jewelry Christmas TreePerhaps you have seen one of these at a craft show, but it was too costly. You can make your own Christmas tree wall hanging, using your old costume jewelry or pieces from yard sales and thrifty stores. This is a page about making a costume jewelry Christmas tree.

 

A boy with a Santa hat holding a large package.

Christmas Charities for ChildrenIn most communities there are organizations that can help you give your kids what they need for the holidays. This page is about Christmas charities for children.

 

Homemade Christmas Ornament

Homemade Christmas CraftsThis page contains homemade christmas crafts. Homemade Christmas crafts are a fun and inexpensive way to decorate your house. They also are great gifts for someone special. Here are some fabulous homemade craft ideas!

 

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Small Christmas Gifts

Small Christmas Gift IdeasThis is a page about small Christmas gift ideas. Trying to come up with ideas for small Christmas gifts for friends, neighbors, customers, etc. can be difficult.

 

Gifts That Cost Nothing

Homemade Christmas Gift IdeasThis is a page about homemade Christmas gifts. Every year crafters begin planning their homemade Christmas gift projects.

 

Close up of Christmas tree with lights and gold and silver baubles.

Top Part of Pre-lit Tree Not Working?This is a page about top part of pre-lit tree not working. It can be difficult to find the cause for a partial loss of lights on a pre-lit tree. If possible checking with the manufacturer may be the best solution.

 

A man repairing Christmas tree lights.

Christmas Lights Not WorkingThis page is about Christmas lights not working. Determining why you have strands of unlit lights can be challenging.

 

Bleach Bottle Santa

Making a Bleach Bottle SantaThis is a page about making a bleach bottle Santa. Clean plastic bleach and detergent bottles are great to use in craft projects. Make this cute Santa for the holidays.

 

Christmas Gifts

Giving Christmas Gifts to Adult Nieces and...This page is about giving Christmas gifts to adult nieces and nephews. Knowing when it is time to stop gift giving to someone you love can be a challenge.

 

Paper Plate Snow Globe

Making a Paper Plate Snow GlobeThis page is about making a paper plater snow globe. A simple, inexpensive craft that can be customized to display a favorite holiday scene.

 

A Christmas card showing a knight with duct tape over his mouth

Christmas Card Photo IdeasThis page contains Christmas card photo ideas. There are many ways to create your own personalized cards for the holidays.

 

Close up of thoughtful young happy Asian teenage girl smiling while holding gift box

Christmas Gift Ideas for Older Nieces and Nephews?This page contains Christmas gift ideas for older nieces and nephews. As your nieces and nephews get older, it can be harder to know what to get them for Christmas. Here are some ideas that may be helpful.

 

Hand Holding Small Christmas Gift

Frugal Christmas Gift IdeasThis is a page about frugal Christmas gift ideas. Christmas gifts do not have to be expensive; thoughtful or homemade gifts often mean more to the recipient than the pricey expensive ones.

 

Christmas Family Gathering

Christmas Family Gathering IdeasThis is a page about Christmas family gathering ideas. It is exciting, fun, and sometimes frustrating trying to plan the next family Christmas gathering.

 

Christmas Gift Ideas

Inexpensive Christmas Gift IdeasThis is a page about inexpensive Christmas gift ideas. A gift doesn't have to be expensive to be enjoyed and appreciated.

 

Gifts That Fit in an Envelope

Christmas Gifts That Fit in an Envelope?This page is about Christmas gifts that fit in an envelope. A small sized gift can mean a lot to those you love.

 

Father and young girl decorating a Christmas tree

Having a Good Christmas Without GiftsThis is a page about having a good Christmas without gifts. Christmas can still be a joyful giving time, even if you are not able to buy gifts for your family.

 

Group of adult friends blowing up balloons.

Pantyhose Reindeer Balloon GameIt is always fun to find a new game to play at a Christmas party. This is a page about pantyhose reindeer balloon game.

 

Felt Penguin Ornament

Making Ornaments for a Felt Christmas TreeThis is a page about making felt ornaments. These ornaments are perfect for using on a felt Christmas tree.

 

A candy cane puzzle gag gift.

Candy Cane Puzzle Gag GiftThis is a page about candy cane puzzle gag gift. While putting the candy cane back together may be out of the question the candy bits will still taste great.

 

Yo Yo Christmas Trees

Making Yo Yo Christmas TreesThis is a page about making yo yo Christmas trees. Christmas fabric yo yos can be used to make a variety of Christmas tree craft projects.

 

young man in camos holding a Christmas gift

Military Themed Christmas Tree?This is a page about military themed Christmas tree. Creating an annual theme for your Christmas tree can become a great family tradition. Honor family members who are or have served with a military theme.

 

A finished popsicle stick snowflake, painted white.

Making a Popsicle Stick SnowflakeThis is a page about making a Popsicle stick snowflake. Popsicle sticks or craft sticks are perfect for making these decorative snowflake designs.

 

Glass block gift wrapped as a package.

Glass Block Christmas DecorationThis is a page about glass block Christmas decorations. Glass blocks can be made into beautiful Christmas decorations.

 

A family taking a selfie with a new selfie stick at Christmas.

Novelty Christmas Gift IdeasThis is a page about novelty Christmas gift ideas. Novelty items make great inexpensive gifts and stocking stuffers for Christmas.

 

Clay Pot Angels

Making Clay Pot AngelsThis page is about making clay pot angels. Terra cotta clay flower pots are a great starting place for many crafts.

 

Putting glue on paper mache ball.

Making Paper Mache Ball Christmas OrnamentsIf you are looking for a homemade Christmas ornament project, this might be just the one. Cover inflated balloons with papier-mâché, allow to dry and then paint and decorate as desired. This is a page about making paper mache ball Christmas ornaments.

 

A female healthcare worker wearing a santa hat.

Gift Ideas for Coworkers?There are several occasions when you may wish to give a coworker a gift. This page features gift ideas for coworkers.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

Washington Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Washington. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

Wooden Spoon Deer

Wooden Spoon Reindeer CraftThis is a page about making a wooden spoon reindeer. Make a really cute holiday decoration using wooden spoons.

 

Trucks decorated for a Christmas parade

Christmas Parade Float IdeasFloat construction requires a lot of planning to successfully display your theme. This page is about Christmas parade float ideas.

 

Glass Christmas ornaments.

Repairing Glass Ornaments?This is a page about repairing glass ornaments. A treasured glass ornament is not easily replaceable.

 

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Need 50 Small Gift Ideas For 2 Secret Sisters?I need 50 small Christmas ideas for my 2 secret sisters at church. I had the daughter-then her mom moved in with her after it was too late to draw a name for her-so I adopted her also.

 

large tire snowman in desert yard

Making a Tire SnowmanThis is a page about making a tire snowman. Old tires can be repurposed to make a fun snowman for an outdoor holiday decoration.

 

Box of Christmas donations.

Helping Others at ChristmasThis page is about helping others at Christmas. Thinking of others can bring joy to you both.

 

boyfriend and girlfriend at Christmas

Christmas Gift Ideas for My BoyfriendThis page contains Christmas gift ideas for a boyfriend. Sometimes choosing just the right gift for the special man in your life can be difficult.

 

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Christmas Gifts for the Granddaughter With Everything?I would like suggestions for Christmas gifts for granddaughters who have everything already. Their ages are 2 and 7. Thanks.

 

woman handing an older man a gift

Inexpensive Christmas Gifts for Assisted...This is a page about inexpensive Christmas gifts for assisted living residents. For a resident living with supportive services, there are a variety of inexpensive things you can find for gifts.

 

A cubicle decorated for Christmas.

Office Christmas Decorating Ideas?This page is about office Christmas decorating ideas. When the winter holidays come around, it is fun to share your festive spirit at work with a few decorations.

 

hand decorating tree

Making an Artificial Christmas TreeThis is a page about making an artificial Christmas tree. Artificial trees can be quite expensive. With some creativity you can make your own tree and save a lot of money.

 

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Inexpensive and Weatherproof Outdoor Christmas Tree Decorations?I am in charge of decorating an outside Christmas tree for our village this year. I need something that is water-proof (in case it rains), non-breakable (in case it's windy), and cheap (in case they get "removed"!)

 

Popsicle Stick Tree Ornament

Making Popsicle Stick Christmas OrnamentsPopsicle or craft sticks have long been used to make a wide variety of crafts. This is a page about making Popsicle stick Christmas ornaments.

 

Santa holding a large magic key.

Santa's Magic Key Poem?This is a page about Santa's Magic Key poem. For those of us who don't have a chimney this cute poem lets Santa know we left a key.

 

Artificial Christmas Tree with lights

Pre-lit Tree Lights Keep Blinking?Troubleshooting issues with pre-lit trees can be tricky. Even if you can find the problem the next step is to determine if it is repairable. This is a page about pre-lit tree lights keep blinking.

 

A twig star outside in the snow.

Homemade Outdoor Christmas DecorationsThis is a page about homemade outdoor Christmas decorations. Outdoor Christmas decorations can be quite expensive. Making your own decorations can be fun and save you money.

 

Poured Paint Ornaments  - several colors of paint dripped down the inside of the ornament

Making Poured Paint Glass Ornament BallsPlain glass ornaments can be made fabulous with the addition of some paint poured directly inside. This is a page about making poured paint glass ornament balls.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

Massachusetts Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Massachusetts. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

Rhode Island Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Rhode Island. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

Christmas lights in a front yard.

Christmas Yard Decoration Ideas and...This is a page about Christmas yard decoration ideas and photos. There are many ways to express your holiday spirit with creative yard decorations.

 

Wreath hanging on house.

Making a Christmas Wreath With a Hula HoopThis is a page about making a Christmas wreath with a Hula Hoop. Using a Hula Hoop as the form, you can make a large outdoor wreath for the holidays.

 

A beautiful Christmas tree made from toothpicks.

Making a Toothpick Christmas TreeThis is a page about making a toothpick Christmas tree. Make a spiky toothpick Christmas tree decoration for you home.

 

Four women exchanging gifts.

Christmas Gift Exchange IdeasThis page contains Christmas gift exchange ideas. Christmas gift exchanges are a fun activity enjoyed in many workplaces as well as school. Coming up with ideas that suit a variety of people can be difficult.

 

A couple with a Christmas gift.

Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas for CouplesThis is a page about Christmas gift ideas for couples. Deciding on a gift for a couple may require some thought to have it be something both people will enjoy.

 

Candy Bar Christmas Tree

Making a Candy Bar Christmas TreeThis is a page about making a candy bar Christmas tree. Rather than giving a box of candy for the holidays try making this creative candy tree.

 

Stockings hung on a fireplace mantle.

Stocking Stuffer IdeasFinding the perfect yet inexpensive stocking stuffers can take some thought. Look here for great ideas for thrifty stocking stuffers. This page contains stocking stuffer ideas.

 

Recycled Christmas Card Slippers

Recycled Christmas Card Slipper CraftRecycle your old Christmas cards into these cute little slipper decorations. This is a page about making a recycled Christmas card slipper craft.

 

A girl writing a Christmas wish list.

Christmas Wish List AdviceThis is a page about Christmas wish list advice. Every year children and adults alike begin to prepare their Christmas wish lists.

 

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