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Homemade Printed Tissue Paper - closeup of tree paper

Homemade Printed Tissue PaperWith just a few supplies, a computer, and a printer it is super easy to make small pieces of custom tissue paper for the holidays!

 

A small jar containing hot chocolate mix.

Homemade Hot Chocolate MixThis hot cocoa is chocolaty with a hint of cinnamon. Not only is making your own hot cocoa mix delicious, but it can make a great gift for the holidays. My friend is a chef and he had to make special hot chocolate mixes each year for the hotel attached to the restaurant he worked at. We based this recipe on one of his favorites. This is also quite inexpensive.

 

Mini Gumball Machine Christmas Ornament - two completed ornaments, one with pom poms and one with plastic beads

Mini Gumball Machine Christmas OrnamentI saw this idea at a craft boutique and since I had the supplies to make one, I made my own version.

 

Felt Toilet Paper Ornament - unrolling TP ornament with 2020 in pink felt

Felt Toilet Paper OrnamentWere you one of the lucky people that didn't have to visit a bunch of stores and stand in long lines just to get toilet paper? Most of us have the epic TP search seared into our brains. I know I will never under appreciate easy access to it again! Commemorate this wonderful necessity with a fun felt ornament. Add the year if you want too!

 

Felt Hand Sanitizer Ornament - bottle of hand sanitizer ornament

Felt Hand Sanitizer OrnamentIt seems like we have all been tackling germs this year with gallons of hand sanitizer! Another unforgettable staple this year that surely needs to be remembered for years to come.

 

Felt Clorox Wipes Ornament - felt wipes cylinder ornament

Felt Clorox Wipes OrnamentClorox Wipes have definitely been part of our daily lives during the Covid pandemic. Commemorate your fabulously sanitized surfaces with this silly wipes container ornament!

 

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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.

 

Paper Poinsettias Wreath

Paper Poinsettias WreathThis paper wreath with poinsettias is a beautiful way to celebrate the holidays. Find out how to make it in this short video.

 

A planter made out of candy canes and a tin can.

Candy Cane PlanterHere is a cute planter made from candy canes and a recycled tin can. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

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A headband that looks like reindeer antlers and ears with a decorative bell.

Christmas Reindeer HeadbandMake these adorable Christmas headbands for a festive air to any holiday party. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

A bowl made of melted peppermint starlight candies, filled with M&Ms

Peppermint Candy BowlsUse this festive candy bowl as a colorful centerpiece for your holiday table or give it as a gift with your own sweet treats. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

A wreath made from cardboard sections of a paper towel tube.

Cardboard Tube WreathCreate this beautiful Christmas wreath from paper towel or toilet paper tubes. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

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A pile of cut up Christmas cards

Recycling Christmas CardsWhat do you do with your Christmas cards? I decided to recycle mine! I took all my cards and turned them into Christmas gift cards for next year!

 

A fancy dinner table decorated for the holidays.

A Little Holiday Entertainment Planning Goes Long WayWe have all heard this our entire lives: plan ahead. It's actually a good idea at any time of year, but in this run up to Thanksgiving and Christmas, this is a good time to look to the little things so they don't become big things. Here are some examples:

 

Colorful gingerbread people decorating a wall.

Gingerbread People Wall DecorationsHere is an inexpensive/free way you can decorate your home for the holidays. You can cut out gingerbread people from cardboard, shipping boxes or craft paper then decorate! Hang the gingerbread people individually with tape or as a garland.

 

Spool ornaments hanging on the tree.

Personalized Spool OrnamentsTo celebrate my grandson's first Thanksgiving and first Christmas and to commemorate family who can't be here this year due to COVID, I created some cute but simple tree ornaments using just photos and empty thread spools for an old fashioned look!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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Repairing a Pre-lit Christmas Tree?We just got a 9 ft Christmas tree (National Tree Company) that has 4 sections and 10 different light settings. The 3 section is out of sync with the other 3 sections. When it is white the others are colored and vice versa. Is there any way to sync them?

 

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LED Lights on Christmas Tree Not Working?I have a four year old pre lit Christmas tree. In the top section (3rd) some of the lights are not working, while others do. I followed the cord from the plug and they seem to split off with one side working the other not. I also did a current check and there is power running through the side with the non functioning lights.

 

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Vacuum Plugged into Outlet with Christmas Tree Blew Lights?I plugged my vacuum into my pre-lit Christmas tree outlet and every last light bulb on my tree is blown. Is there anything I can do?

 

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Brainstorm: 2020 Christmas Card Greeting Ideas?

Brainstorm: 2020 Christmas Card Greeting Ideas?What are your Christmas card message ideas for 2020?

 

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Looking for Christmas Help In New Jersey?I am currently a single mother of 5. Unexpectedly I found out as I was giving birth on November 2nd that I was having twin boys. i am currently out of work and would love to give my kids a decent Christmas. The other 3 are girls, ages 7, 11, and 13. If anyone knows somewhere that will help in Cumberland County, NJ, please let me know ASAP.

 

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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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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.

 

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.

 

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Yo Yo Christmas TreeCovering a Styrofoam or paper cone with seasonal fabric yo yos is a fun way to make a Christmas tree decoration to grace your table or to brighten up a room for the holidays. This is a page about yo yo Christmas tree.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Mr. and Mrs. SantaMade From Reader's Digest Magazines

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Made from Reader's Digest...This is a page about Mr. and Mrs. Santa made from Reader's Digest magazines. Cute decorations can be made by folding the pages of magazines.

 

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.

 

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Making a Grape-Vine Tree?Does anyone have the directions on how to make a grape-vine tree?

 

Making Bead and Sequin Ornaments

Making Bead and Sequin OrnamentsBeads and sequins together or separately can be used to make beautiful, sparkly ornaments. This is a page about making bead and sequin ornaments.

 

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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.

 

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50s Christmas Scene Plastic Cup Ornaments?In the 1950's my mom and a friend made Christmas ornaments using small, clear plastic cups. They glued items in the cups, then melted them in the oven. The result was a mini Christmas scene inside the melted cup. Are there specific instructions for this project?

 

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.

 

Cardboard Christmas tree photo from an earlier Thriftyfun project.

Making a Cardboard Christmas TreeThis is a page about making a cardboard Christmas tree. Interested in an eco-friendly alternative to a Christmas tree? Want to expand your recycling efforts? How about making a cardboard Christmas tree? Not only will you have a unique tree, but the making of it will be a fun activity for the whole family.

 

Vanity Lightbulb Snowman - finished ornament

Recycled Vanity Lightbulb SnowmanRecycle those globe vanity lightbulbs into a cute snowman or other character. This page shows you how. This is a page about recycled vanity lightbulb snowman.

 

Making a Pinecone Penguin

Making a Pinecone PenguinThis is a page about making a pine cone penguin. With all of the pine cones on the ground, now is the perfect time to make some of these cute little penguins.

 

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.

 

Photo of a pink sparkle ball Christmas Decoration.

Making Sparkleball DecorationsSparkle balls are lighted holiday decorations you can make quickly and economically at home. This page contains information for making sparkleball decorations.

 

Pasta Angel Ornaments

Making Pasta Angel OrnamentsThis page is about making pasta angel ornaments. Using different kinds of pasta you can create special ornaments for gifts or your tree.

 

Santa wearing a graduation cap.

Combining a Graduation Party with a Christmas Party?Adding a second reason for celebration to your annual Christmas party will just increase the fun. This is a page about combining a graduation party with a Christmas party.

 

Styrofoam Ball Ornament

Styrofoam Ball Ornament IdeasThis is a page about Styrofoam ball ornament ideas. Styrofoam balls are used in making beautiful ornaments.

 

Online Advent CalendarsThere are a lot of sites on the internet that have online advent calendars and a few sites with printables to make your own. Here are some links to some of the best sites.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Felt Christmas Tree With Ornaments

Making a Felt Christmas TreeThis is a page about making a felt Christmas tree. Make your little one this cute felt tree so that she or he too can help decorate for the holidays.

 

Christmas Cracker

Homemade Christmas CrackersChristmas crackers are a common holiday tradition in numerous countries. When pulled apart, they make a popping noise and a small gift is revealed. Making them at home is easy and a great kid-friendly activity.

 

Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - ornaments hanging on the tree

Making Plastic Bottle Cap Christmas OrnamentsThis is a page about making plastic bottle cap Christmas ornaments. You don't necessarily envision cute Christmas ornaments when you look at plastic bottle caps. But add some paint, glitter, sequins, ribbon, and beads to create these adorable ornaments.

 

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.

 

Peppermint Candy Bowls - edge view of larger crimped bowl

Making a Peppermint Candy BowlThis is a page about making a peppermint candy bowl. Hard peppermint candies are first on your supply list for making these pretty edible candy bowls.

 

Tomato cage made into a light decorated Christmas Tree

Christmas Crafts Using Tomato CagesThis is a page about Christmas crafts using tomato cages. The tomato cage is not just for the garden. You can create some fun Christmas crafts using them.

 

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.

 

Giving Christmas Gifts to Neighbors

Giving Christmas Gifts to NeighborsThis is a page about giving Christmas gifts to neighbors. The holidays are a good time to spread the cheer and remember your neighbors, either with a gift or an invitation to join in your family's celebration.

 

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Gift Idea: Fill a Tote With Useful ItemsFor Christmas this year, I decided to do something different than the usual gift cards. I bought laundry baskets or clothes hampers or storage totes for each person I was going to buy for. In the case of the kids, I bought inexpensive toy boxes.

 

three fabric pinecone decorations

Making Folded Fabric PineconesThis is a page about making folded fabric pinecones. A fun way to use up fabric scrapes can be making these faux pine cones to add to a wreath or other holiday decorations.

 

Felt Christmas Lights

Making Felt Christmas Light OrnamentsThis is a page about making felt Christmas light ornaments. These cute felt Christmas light ornaments may not shine, but they will still brighten your tree.

 

Toilet Roll Father Christmas - finished Father Christmas complete with hat including a bell

Making a Toilet Roll Father ChristmasThis is a page about making a toilet roll Father Christmas. Here is another fun project that uses empty toilet paper tubes. This Father Christmas project is fun to make and display for the holidays.

 

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.

 

A pile of Halloween candy.

Save Halloween Candy for Christmas StockingsIf you are looking at your kids Halloween candy and thinking you really don't want them eating it all. You could consider "borrowing" some of their candy that is not Halloween themed and save it for their Christmas stockings.

 

The finished wreath ornament.

Needlepoint Canvas Wreath OrnamentI was given a lot of circular needlepoint canvas shapes and found this quick and simple ornament to make.

 

A colorful cheetah gift tag.

Christmas Rainbow Cheetah Gift TagHave your kids help partake in Christmas wrapping! They could design cute little gift tags or make as a flat homemade card. This is a cheetah my daughter designed.

 

Reindeer Candle - finished candle

Reindeer CandleEver received a candle with no scent, but you hated to toss it? Here is an idea for making it into a holiday candle.

 

The finished tree craft.

Pine Needle Christmas TreeThis is a craft my son thought of on his own and had our family do individually; it was a lot of fun! We collected pine needles, drew our own Christmas trees then decorated it!

 

A gift featuring gingerbread Chex mix.

Gingerbread Chex MixI wanted to use a gingerbread themed gift to give to friends and neighbors. I found some cute gingerbread containers to put the mix in. The gingerbread designed napkins, cookie cutters, and candy canes add to the gift presentation.

 

A homemade angel ornament.

Making Angel OrnamentsAngels are a popular decoration during the holidays, especially for the Christmas tree. Angel ornaments can be constructed from all sorts of inexpensive or recycled materials.

 

Holiday Tag Garland

Holiday Tag GarlandHoliday tags strung together to make a garland.

 

Felt Killer Hornet Ornament

Felt Killer Hornet OrnamentNothing says 2020 like an infestation of killer hornets! Do we even dare to ask "What's next?!"? You can make a single hornet or a whole swarm to adorn your tree.

 

Face Mask Felt Ornament

Face Mask Felt OrnamentMasks, masks, everywhere! If this isn't symbolic of 2020 I don't know what is. Celebrate the glorious mask with this fun ornament!

 

A decorative candle made from styrofoam.

Decorative Styrofoam Holiday CandleRecycle white styrofoam egg cartons to make a large candle centerpiece. Cut off the lid and closure flap from each egg carton. Only the cup portions are used to make the candle.

 

A mother and daughter reading a poem at Christmas time.

Christmas PoemsThe Christmas season brings out all sorts of creativity, including gifts of poetry. Special poems like "The Night Before Christmas" are treasured year after year. Other poems may have a more personal connection to your family but these lesser known poems can be forgotten over time.

 

A finished Christmas treat cup.

Christmas Tree Treat CupsA quick and super cute decoration for your Christmas Tree. Especially great for any home with young children.

 

Stocking Cap Ornament

Stocking Cap OrnamentThis is a recycled kids craft. The little ones can really get into this craft, and make something pretty to hang on the tree. Supplies are few.

 

A yarn Snoopy ornament

Snoopy Tree OrnamentThis little yarn Snoopy is dressed up with a Santa Hat, and ready to hang on your tree. Or you could add him as trim to a package, or make a lapel pin.

 

A homemade Christmas ornament that resembles a striped North Pole sign.

North Pole OrnamentPaint the sticks as in photo (or however you want.) Let dry. Glue together as in picture. Glue on ribbon and hang and enjoy.

 

Brainstorm: 2020 Christmas Card Greeting Ideas?

2020 Christmas Card Greeting Ideas?What are your Christmas card message ideas for 2020?

 

A beautiful table at Christmastime.

Christmas Salad RecipesAt Christmastime, even the salads are festive. Red and green ingredients are very popular. They can be made with fruits, veggies or a combination of both.

 

Veggie Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree VeggiesWith a little arranging on toothpicks, your veggie platter can be an adorable standing Christmas tree. You can use any veggies and cheeses you desire. Happy holidays!

 

The completed advent calendar on the wall.

Wall Tree Activity AdventThis advent is simple to throw together using Ikea's wall tree, and cardstock. Our family likes to do activity-based advents like this one and when I saw IKEA was selling this decoration, I knew I had to make it into an advent calendar.

 

A candy jar with a red bow.

Money Gift in a Candy JarThis candy jar is a fun way to gift money in a surprising way.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

A pizza cooling on a trivet.

Christmas Eve Low Carb Crust PizzaWith all the rich food during Christmas, this is a nice change of pace. It's also an easy and quick Christmas Eve meal when you're rushed during the holidays. You can decorate it with tiny stars cut from red and green bell peppers to make it more festive. :-)

 

A Christmas scene in Omaha, Nebraska.

Nebraska Christmas CharitiesEvery 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. This is a page about finding Christmas charities in Nebraska.

 

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