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A collection of handmade food gifts.

Handmade/Homemade GiftsChoosing the perfect gift for each person on our list means paying attention throughout the year and taking note of preferences. This is particularly true when making gifts.

 

Closeup of completed star

Button Star OrnamentThis craft can be made using collected buttons left over from old clothes to make a star to decorate your Christmas tree. I used wire from an old transformer, so this project cost almost nothing. You can use any other color of buttons.

 

The decorated reindeer Rice Krispie treats.

Reindeer Rice Krispie TreatsThis is a simple way to decorate Rice Krispie treats for Christmas. These cute reindeer treats are sure to bring anyone some holiday cheer.

 

The completed Birch Bark Snowflake

Birch Bark SnowflakeI like to use bark for crafts. This time I decided to make snowflakes from birch bark. You can hang these snowflakes on Christmas tree or use them to decorate Christmas gifts.

 

Finished Ruffle Christmas Tree

Ruffle Christmas TreeThis small Christmas made of organza and hot glue will perfectly decorate your interior. It's lightweight and durable, so you don't have to worry about dropping it. You can insert a Christmas garland inside.

 

Brussels Sprout Christmas Tree

Brussels Sprout Christmas TreeI thought this Brussels sprout stalk would make a fun table decoration. I was able to get the Brussels sprouts and cranberries on sale and the star and lights at the Dollar Tree.

 

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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.

 

Fabric Pinecone DecorationsThese Christmas pinecone decorations are a cute way to use up fabric scraps. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

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.

 

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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 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.

 

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.

 

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The completed Christmas bulb

Sticky Tape Christmas BulbThe simplest sticky tape is enough to decorate your Christmas tree. I figured out how to make a Christmas bulb out of transparent duct tape only using expired eyeshadow. Instead of eyeshadow, you can use any powder (of course, a powder that is safe for health), for example flour. So it will cost you almost nothing.

 

The finished Christmas ball ornament.

Christmas Ball from Plastic Roll-On ContainerDo not throw away empty roll-on antiperspirants or deodorants. You can make little Christmas balls from them. It won't take long and will cost you almost nothing.

 

The completed snowmen button bracelet.

Snowmen Button BraceletCelebrate the season with a DIY Christmas bracelet. I really liked the idea of forming different figures from buttons. This is a great use for buttons left over from old clothes. I decided to make a bracelet with snowmen.

 

The completed sweater

Ugly Christmas Tree SweaterMake your ugly Christmas sweater yourself! The advantage of this project is that the sweater will not be damaged. After the holidays are over, you can rip off the beaded organza ruffles and wear your sweater as usual.

 

The completed Birch Bark Snowflake

Birch Bark SnowflakeI like to use bark for crafts. This time I decided to make snowflakes from birch bark. You can hang these snowflakes on Christmas tree or use them to decorate Christmas gifts.

 

Closeup of completed star

Button Star OrnamentThis craft can be made using collected buttons left over from old clothes to make a star to decorate your Christmas tree. I used wire from an old transformer, so this project cost almost nothing. You can use any other color of buttons.

 

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Santa putting a present into a stocking.

Brainstorm: What makes the best stocking stuffers?What makes the best stocking stuffers?

 

A small Christmas gift in a hand.

Brainstorm: What have been your most memorable Christmas gifts?Tell us what your most memorable Christmas gifts have been. Is there something you have gotten that didn't cost much but made an impact?

 

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Light Settings on Christmas Trees?I've just purchased a Homebase prelit Christmas tree. There are 8 light settings but I can't find a way of choosing one of them. It keeps going through the cycle of all 8. Help!

 

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Children coming down the stairs on Christmas morning.

Brainstorm: Santa Tips for ParentsSanta is a tradition for many families around the world but keeping the Christmas magic alive can be tricky for busy parents, especially as your children get older, and more suspicious. Share your tips for Christmas Eve, stocking stuffers and all things Santa.

 

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Gift for Adult Stepchild Who Never Visits?Step child, age 31, always makes up excuses why she can't come to family events. She posted a comment on Facebook that she would not be celebrating Christmas this year to let her family know. However, she does go over to other places to have dinner, etc. with other people if her mother goes. They live together. We rarely see her.

 

An alarm clock next to presents.

Brainstorm: Last Minute Christmas Gift IdeasLet's brainstorm together! What are your go-to last-minute gift ideas?

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

A girl holding a gift from her grandmother.

Unique Gift Ideas for Grandkids?Grandparents often look to give their grandchildren gifts other than the typical clothes and toys. Think about more personal items that may cause them to think of you for years to come. This is a page about unique gift ideas for grandkids.

 

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.

 

Glass Christmas ornaments.

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

 

Three medicine bottle carolers.

How to Make Medicine Bottle CarolersGet creative with empty medicine bottles and make as many of these cute carolers as you like. This is a page about how to make medicine bottle carolers.

 

An array of neckties.

Making a Tree Skirt with NecktiesThis is a page about making a tree shirt with neckties. Men's neckties come in so many beautiful colors and patterns they are a great choice for your next craft project. One interesting choice is to craft a tree skirt using neckties.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

cardboard shipping box

Lightweight Gift Ideas for Sending Overseas?This is a page about lightweight gift ideas for family overseas. No one likes to spend more on postage than the value of the gift being sent.

 

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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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.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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Ideas for "Cheer Baskets"?I need ideas for creating "Cheer Baskets" for widows, shut-ins, etc in our community.

 

Cookie press cookies being decorated on a drying rack.

Original Mirro Cookie Press Recipe?Aluminum Mirro cookie presses were sold with recipes for holiday shaped cookies. You can find a copy of the originals online.

 

bottles of coffee syrups

Uses for Coffee SyrupsThis is a page about uses for coffee syrups. Flavored coffee syrups are not just for coffee, use them to flavor other foods as well.

 

Snowman Place Setting

Making a Snowman Place SettingSpread holiday cheer all the way to the dinner table with a decorative place setting. This is a page about snowman place setting.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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. :-)

 

glass block angel

Making an Angel Themed Glass BlockThis is a page about making an angel themed glass block. A unique holiday decoration can be fashioned using a glass block as a lighted base.

 

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.

 

finished snowman

Making Glove SnowmenThis is a page about making glove snowmen. Using a small white knit glove you can make this cute snowman decoration for the holidays.

 

A boy smiling looking through the opening of a giant Christmas wreath.

Making a Giant Christmas Wreath?This is a page about making a giant Christmas wreath. If you have an area outside where you can mount a large holiday decoration it would be fun to make your own giant Christmas wreath.

 

Plastic Canvas Snowflakes

Making Plastic Canvas SnowflakesThis page contains tips for making plastic canvas snowflakes. Plastic canvas is a versatile material that can be cut into all kinds of shapes, including snowflakes.

 

Japanese Christmas clown under the tree

Asian Themed Christmas Tree...This is a page about Asian themed Christmas tree decorations. Cultures throughout the world have uncommon ways of decorating for this Christian holiday. In Asia, tree decorations may be quite different than what you expect.

 

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Plastic Tablecloth Christmas Door Decoration?We are hoping to use a plastic tablecloth roll to decorate doors at work for Christmas. What will make the plastic tablecloth stick to a door?

 

Picture of rolls of wrapping paper.

Organizing Wrapping PaperThis is guide about organizing and storing wrapping paper so it's in good shape when you need it. Having wrapping paper on hand can save you money and time when you need to wrap a present.

 

Hot Cocoa Ornaments - added string for hanging

DIY Hot Cocoa OrnamentsCreate a cute hot cocoa ornament that is also a gift. The kids will love helping to make these for friends, family, and teachers. The project containing supplies and steps follows.

 

Neck tie Christmas wreath idea.

Neck Tie Christmas WreathThis is a page about making a neck tie Christmas wreath. Looking for a unique Christmas wreath making idea. What about one made from neck ties? Repurposing men's neck ties is a fun crafting experience. This is a page about making a neck tie Christmas wreath.

 

Christmas Wreath

Making a Christmas WreathThis is a page about making a Christmas wreath. Rather than buying your Christmas wreath this year try making one. It can become a family tradition and they also make a thoughtful gift. Let your imagination go and create a unique wreath for this year and beyond.

 

Striped elf legs over a pile of presents.

"You've Been Elfed!" Christmas Game?This is a page about "You've been Elfed!" Christmas game. This seasonal neighborhood gifting game is fun for all who join in.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Painted Glass Ornament

Painting Glass OrnamentsThis is a page about painting glass ornaments. Painting glass Christmas ornaments can become a tradition in you household. They are great as gifts too.

 

A blanket being used as a Christmas tree skirt.

Using a Blanket as a Christmas Tree SkirtChristmas tree skirts can be pricey. Since they are only used once a year many thrifty folks like to fine a better decorating solution. This is a page about using a blanket as a Christmas tree skirt.

 

Fudge in a white bowl.

Zachary's Crème Drops Fudge RecipeThis page contains a Zachary's Crème Drops fudge recipe. These vanilla cream filled, chocolate covered drops are often available around the holidays. Some stores carry them all year. Mix these sweet candies with peanut butter and a bit of butter then microwave and refrigerate for a easy to make treat.

 

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.

 

Santa hat with gold thread snowflakes

Making a Santa Hat PurseThis is a page about making a Santa hat purse. Make a cute purse for the holidays from a Santa hat.

 

Christmas Coasters

Making Christmas CoastersThis is a page about making Christmas coasters. These Christmas coasters are an adorable and useful decoration.

 

little boy hugging the snowman

Making a Snowman With Plastic CupsThis is a page about making a snowman with plastic cups. Clear plastic cups and mini Christmas lights can be used to make a fun snowman decoration.

 

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.

 

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.

 

finished reindeer 1

Making a Wine Cork ReindeerThis is a page about making a wine cork reindeer. A recycled wine bottle cork is perfect for making this diminutive reindeer.

 

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Making a Squeeze My Cheeks Santa?This is a page about making a squeeze my cheeks Santa. The Squeeze My Cheeks Santa generally dispenses chocolate kisses.

 

Crocheted Christmas Card Ornaments

Crocheted Recycled Christmas Card OrnamentsAdding a crochet border to recycled Christmas cards is one way to create pretty, unique ornaments for the tree. This is a page about making crocheted recycled Christmas card ornaments.

 

A tangled strand of Christmas lights.

Storing Christmas LightsThis is a page about storing Christmas lights. Those long strands of lights for your tree or home are easy to deal with right out of the packaging but can become tangled and a mess unless stored properly.

 

sports ball ornaments

College Football Themed Christmas Tree?This is a page about college football themed Christmas tree. Displaying your team spirit through the holiday season can be fun by decorating your tree with the colors and ornaments from your favorite football team.

 

finished Angel ornament

Darling Angel Christmas OrnamentWhen you think of Christmas, one of the ubiquitous motifs is the angel. Make your own little angel ornament working with the project found in this page. This is a page about making a darling angel Christmas ornament.

 

Baby Food Jar Christmas Tree

Making a Baby Food Jar Christmas TreeThis is a page about making a baby food jar Christmas tree. Simply and easily create a delightful holiday display by reusing baby food jars to make a Christmas tree.

 

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Squirrels Chewing Outdoor Christmas Light Wires?I have a squirrel or squirrels that are chewing up my Christmas lights. Does anyone know of a good repellent to keep them off my trees, at least during the lighting season?

 

Marshmallow Polar Bears - melting bear in a cup of hot chocolate

Making Marshmallow Polar BearsGet out your stash of marshmallows, in all three sizes, to make these cute tasty hot chocolate toppers. This is a page about making marshmallow polar bears.

 

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