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The completed spool tree.

Spool Christmas TreeMade from fabric and old wooden spools

 

Vintage Ancestor Ornament

Vintage Ancestor OrnamentMaking these for Christmas for each of my five children using vintage "1960s" pictures of my husband's family and my family.

 

Three versions of the wreaths.

$1 Store WreathI bought the wreath forms at Dollar Tree to make these three similar but different Christmas wreaths.

 

The completed goodie bag.

Christmas Goodie BagsSanta or elf "long johns" are filled with small candies for Christmas. I made these for my daughter-in-law's special needs students.

 

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.

 

A wreath made from pine cones.

Pine Cone WreathI saw this on Pinterest.

 

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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.

 

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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Amazing Grace Christmas Light ShowThis is one of the best light shows I have ever seen. It is amazing how well the lights go with the music. It starts out slow but really picks up mid way. This light show was designed by Holdman Lighting.

 

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Yo yo Garland

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

 

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Carol of the Bells Christmas Light ShowHere is a great light snow set to Carol of the Bells.

 

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 Christmas wreath decorated with small bows and colorful berries.

Decorated Christmas WreathBought plain wreath clearanced at craft store and decorated myself with my other craft supplies. Also just learned how to make these bows with my fingers. I'm not very talented with different types of bows.

 

Stockings hung on a branch as a Christmas decoration.

Christmas DecorationBought wood stockings, painted them, used lace, twine, buttons, beads. All materials I had on hand.

 

A wreath made from pine cones.

Pine Cone WreathI saw this on Pinterest.

 

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 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.

 

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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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.

 

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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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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Santa putting a present into a stocking.

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

 

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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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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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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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Fake Snow for Snow Globes?Does anyone know what I could use for fake snow on glass Christmas balls? I need it to be permanent and frugal as I'm making several dozen.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

Donation box full of food.

Georgia Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Georgia. 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 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.

 

Mrs. Claus Costume

Making a Mrs. Claus Costume?This is a page about making a Mrs. Claus costume. Don't let Santa monopolize Christmas every year, make yourself a Mrs. Claus costume and join in on the fun.

 

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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.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

New Jersey Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in New Jersey. 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.

 

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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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?

 

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.

 

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.

 

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Christmas Help?Does anyone know where to find Christmas help for our grandkids. We don't have funds this year. We don't matter but the kids do.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

Maine Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Maine. 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.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

West Virginia Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in West Virginia. 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Pre-lit pine garland on mantle.

Repairing Lights on Pre-lit Garlands?It can be frustrating to determine which bulb is causing the outage on your light string. This is a page about repairing lights on pre-lit garlands.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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Christmas Gift for Boyfriend Who Likes to Build Things?My boyfriend and I have been doing a long distance relationship for about 4 months, he lives in CA and I live in GA. I've thought of a few things to get him or make him, but I'm trying to think of something he won't expect. I want something really different.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Little girl giving to Salvation Army.

Arkansas Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Arkansas. 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

A Christmas gift in mittened hands.

Finding Help with Christmas Presents?This is a page about finding help with Christmas presents. Churches, as well as public and private agencies often distribute gifts at Christmas.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

My Frugal Holiday: Gift Ideas For ChildrenWhen money is tight and you have children to buy presents for it, is very easy to become disheartened and disillusioned about the whole notion of Christmas. But stop and think for a moment and you will soon realise that you can turn this difficulty to your advantage

 

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

finished reindeer

Making a Tootsie Pop ReindeerThis is a page about making a Tootsie Pop reindeer. These easy to make, cute Tootsie Pop reindeer are perfect to use for stocking stuffers or party favors.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Ceramic Christmas Tree

Shopping for Ceramic Christmas Tree Bulbs...This page is about shopping for ceramic Christmas tree bulbs and decorations. Finding the right size bulbs and ornaments for a tabletop ceramic tree can be a challenge.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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"!)

 

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

 

Little girl giving to Salvation Army.

Arizona Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Arizona. 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.

 

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.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

Indiana Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Indiana. 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.

 

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