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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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 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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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 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.

 

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Cleaning a Flocked Wreath?Does anyone know how to freshen up a white flocked Christmas wreath. I would re-spray it but flocking cannot be purchased anymore.

 

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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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

crochet ice skate, Santa hat, and stocking

Simple Crocheted Christmas Decoration...This page contains crocheted Christmas ideas. Fun holiday ornaments and decorations can be crocheted for you or given as Christmas gifts.

 

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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Buying Christmas Lights Offseason?I'm looking for small boxes of Christmas lights. Can anyone help me locate these? I forgot to buy some when they had all the Christmas items marked down. Now all the Christmas stuff is gone. I don't really want to wait till next year to start my craft projects.

 

Fused Plastic Straw Ornament - ready to add a piece of string and hang

Making Fused Plastic Straw OrnamentsColorful plastic drinking straws are the main supply needed to create fused plastic Christmas ornaments. Follow the detailed instructions to make this cute Christmas tree.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Three ornaments made from cinnamon and applesauce.

Making Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas...This is a page about making cinnamon applesauce Christmas ornaments. Your whole house will smell of apples and cinnamon when you make these baked dough ornaments.

 

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.

 

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A pine cone dripping tree sap.

How to Remove Tree Sap from Just About...Spring and late summer are the prime seasons for sticky, gooey, tree sap. The stuff seems to ooze onto everything with ease. Getting it off, however, can be a whole different matter. Here are some sure fire methods for removing tree sap from just about anything.

 

Gift Ideas for a Youth Minister

Gift Ideas for a Youth Minister?This is a page about gift ideas for a youth minister. Finding just the right gift for your church's youth minister can be difficult.

 

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Mothball Christmas Display?I have seen mothballs that move up and down in water. I would like to make this for a Christmas display. Does anyone know how to do this?

 

finished snowman hot chocolate gift

Making a Coffee Mate Container SnowmanThis is a page about making a Coffee Mate container snowman. A Coffee Mate container is the perfect shape for making a cute snowman that can be filled with treats for a gift or used as a decoration.

 

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.

 

Christmas Tea Party

Christmas Tea Party TipsThis is a page about Christmas tea party tips. Whether you are looking for new ideas for your traditional party or hosting your first Christmas tea party, you can always use some helpful tips.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Felt mouse pin.

Christmas Pin Craft IdeasThis page contains Christmas pin craft ideas. Fun projects for gifts or personal decoration are pins with a Christmas theme.

 

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.

 

Nativity made from clay pots.

Making a Clay Pot NativityThis is a page about making a clay pot Nativity. Clay pots can be decorated and painted to make a homemade Nativity scene.

 

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.

 

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 paper angel cutout hanging from a clothespin.

Making an Angel Christmas CardThis is a page about making an angel Christmas card. The angel motif is a common one found on Christmas cards whether purchased or handmade.

 

Handcrafted Christmas Ornaments - glue snowman ornament to the ring on the inside

Mason Jar Ring Christmas OrnamentsCover Mason jar rings with holiday ribbon, add a cute little ornament such as a snowman, and you have a handcrafted Christmas ornament. This can be an inexpensive project, especially if you already have some of the supplies on hand.

 

Family Playing Checkers by Fire

Family Night Gift Basket Ideas?A fun gift to give a friend or family member is a personalized Family Night basket. Include a movie, games, snacks, and more. If they have young children, consider a book. This page is about family night gift basket ideas.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

completed card

Yonder Star Homemade Christmas CardMake a lovely Christmas card focused on the Nativity star. This page contains photos and instructions for making a Yonder Star card.

 

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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.

 

Gingerbread Men Ornaments

Making Gingerbread Men OrnamentsThis page is about making gingerbread ornaments. Very cute holiday decorations can be made with this cookie shape.

 

Printable advent calendar.

Printable Advent CalendarsThis is a page about printable advent calendars. Advent calendars are a fun way for the kids to countdown to Christmas Eve. Use these printable advent calendars as a great frugal option for you advent calendar this year.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

Line of lighted jugs outside.

Milk Jug LightsRinse out your jugs and let dry. If it is windy in your area, you may want to put sand or rocks in the bottom of the jugs to keep them in place. Place one light into the mouth of each jug.

 

Candy Cane Christmas Sleigh

Making a Candy Cane SleighThis page is about making a candy cane sleigh. A simple craft for the holidays can be made with candy canes.

 

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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.

 

A plate of Candy Cane Rice Krispie Treats

Candy Cane Rice Krispie TreatsThese festive treats are super simple to make and really delicious. They make perfect gifts or a great addition to a holiday party.

 

A wreath made from pine cones.

Pine Cone WreathI saw this on Pinterest.

 

Ornament hangers stored on plastic bread tabs.

Store Ornament Hangers on Bread TabsLast year, I put my ornament hangers on bread tabs and it worked out great. They were not tangled up, which was a big help.

 

The open Covid Christmas Car Kit.

Covid Christmas Car KitBecause I was given a lot of fabric, and I generally make and distribute treats to friends and neighbors at Christmas time every year, I decided to change it up a little and made these "car kits" with hand sanitizer, kleenex, and masks to keep handy in the car.

 

The finished angel ornament.

Keepsake Christmas OrnamentMade from my Grandmother's old perm rods. I wanted to do "something" with them and so I fashioned these two different ornaments; an angel and a Christmas tree.

 

Adding ribbon to the container.

Five-Minute Thrifty Goodie ContainersMade from berry containers from the produce department, I used Christmas fabric and plan to use to gift homemade fudge in them.

 

The completed Organza Spiral Christmas Tree

Organza Spiral Christmas TreeOrganza and beads look great together. I used them to create this Christmas tree. You can use an LED garland instead of beads or make the Christmas tree without adding beads.

 

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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.

 

The completed accordion Christmas tree.

Accordion Christmas Tree from Plastic BottleDon't spend a lot of money on Christmas décor, rather use what you have at hand to create it. I figured out how to make this wonderful Christmas tree from a plastic bottle. I used a green plastic bottle, but you can use it in a different color, as Christmas trees don't have to always be green. You can also use any other decoration for such a Christmas tree, for example crystals, beaded garlands or even buttons that you can sew with threads if you don't have a suitable wire.

 

An alarm clock next to presents.

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

 

Santa putting a present into a stocking.

Best Stocking StuffersWhat makes the best stocking stuffers?

 

Four small decorated candy jars

Santa and Friends Candy JarsMake plain candy jars into Santa and friends. Simple, affordable fun!

 

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Alternative to "Secret Santa" for the WorkplaceThis year only half the office wanted to have Secret Santa (gift exchange where you pick someone's name). Even those who agreed gave a lukewarm response to the idea. The people opposing the idea did not want to spend the money, some others mentioned that they usually get gifts that they don't use/like at these gift exchanges.

 

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

 

A drawn Christmas scene with stick people.

How Can Santa Come If I Have No Money?Every year, there are financial troubles around the holidays and this year will be no different. Christmastime can be hard for families, especially with young children, if funds are tight. Here are some ideas submitted by our ThriftyFun community. If you have any tips, please post them here.

 

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Painting Santa On Old Bottles?I am looking for a pattern to paint Santa Claus on an old wine bottle or glass soda bottle. If anyone has any ideas where I can find that I'd appreciate it.

 

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Coffee Can Santa?I am looking for a cute pattern to make the coffee can santas and snowmen.

 

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Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus Air Freshener Covers?'m looking for a pattern of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. It was from Atlanta Puffections some years ago. It was sewn together fit over air fresheners.

 

The completed glitter stars with small red ball ornaments attached.

Stars from Fishing Line and Hot GlueI figured out how to make beautiful stars from fishing line and hot glue. Thanks to the glitter and beads, the stars shine perfectly. You can hang them on a Christmas tree or use for decoration.

 

Two crocheted Christmas hats.

Miniature Christmas Crochet HatThis miniature Christmas crochet hat is such a cute holiday decoration. Attach them to a string of yarn and create a pretty garland to hang in your home. Use them on a wine bottle cozy outfit or use as a handmade hat ornament. Such a cute way to make your home décor festive.

 

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Spanish Fruit CakeCream butter and sugar until light. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy. Sift dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.

 

A glass ornament with ribbon inside.

Decorated Glass OrnamentsThese ornaments are a simple, but elegant way to dress up your tree. They also make great keepsake gifts for friends and family. You can make the ornaments with your family, too.

 

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 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.

 

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