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DIY Animated Christmas Hearth Shirt - final look at the shirt with fire crackling

DIY Animated Christmas Hearth ShirtUgly Christmas clothes have been popularly funny for years. You can make this video animated fireplace top for under $10. My best friend throws an ugly Christmas attire contest every year. We realized we were spending at least $60 on our outlandish tops, trying to outdo each other when shopping for these items. I came up with this top for this year's party and it was such a hit.

 

Veggie and Cheese Christmas Trees - three edible trees

Veggie and Cheese Christmas TreesThese tiny little Christmas trees make for cute little edible crafts. You can get creative with the types of veggies you use to make these, you don't have to stick with cucumbers and carrots. The little star topper is made from string cheese. Using slices of round cheese sticks helps to make equal sized stars!

 

Minimal Cardboard Christmas Tree Decoration - two trees next to a plant on the mantle

Minimal Cardboard Christmas Tree DecorationYou can make these simple and minimal themed Christmas tree decor pieces using just cereal boxes or any thin cardboard pieces you may have laying around. They are perfect to place on your mantle as decor!

 

Pendant Ornaments -  pendant, silver cord, ornament hanger

Pendant OrnamentsYou can turn any pendant into a Christmas tree ornament.

 

Rudolph Planter - snake plant in plain white planter with a red pom  pom stuck to the pot

Rudolph PlanterThis is a simple Christmas decoration I came up with. I used a snake plant in a plain planter and stuck a big red pom pom bow on it for the Rudolph nose. It might be a bit abstract, but I like it like that. You could add some big googly eyes if you like.

 

Holiday Swag Decoration - swag hanging on the door

Holiday Swag DecorationMake a holiday swag decoration for your home. It can be placed indoors or outdoors.

 

Quick and Sentimental Ornaments - clear plastic ornament with beads inside hanging on the tree

Quick and Sentimental OrnamentsHere is a quick tip on how to make sentimental ornaments. Have your child select any "special" to them items and place inside clear plastic ornament. Add the year to the back of the ornament for memories.

 

Christmas Tree Hat - hat on child's head

Christmas Tree HatMake this cute, fun, and festive Christmas tree hat. I was able to make this hat for my daughter with leftover tree trimmings that fell from our Christmas tree. The rest of the supplies I already had on hand (i.e. cardboard, hot glue, and decorations).

 

DIY Wire Star Christmas Tree Topper - wire topper on a small table top tree

DIY Wire Star Christmas Tree TopperWant a custom one of a kind Christmas tree topper? You can make your own with craft wire. This worked perfectly because I couldn't find a light enough topper for our 2 ft tree that I bought last year for 90% off.

 

Making A Lantern Part Of Your Holiday Decor - ornament filled white lantern on a display stand surrounded by greenery, pine cones, and fairy lights

Making A Lantern Part Of Your Holiday DecorI love lanterns! You can use them inside and outdoors. I wanted to come up with a winter/holiday look that would carry through the New Year, this can be budget friendly with items you already have, along with nature items from outdoors. Here's how!

 

Handcrafted Christmas Ornaments - several ornaments lying on a table

Handcrafted Christmas OrnamentsI am now finding so much scrap from doing crafts! But, I don't throw away anything. A scrap is another craft in the making. Wait and see! This was my easiest fastest craft and it's cute and cheap. Kids will love making these!

 

Hot Cocoa Ornaments - ornament on lighted Xmas tree

Hot Cocoa OrnamentsThese hot cocoa ornaments are an easy gift for kids to make for friends and family. Each ornament holds one serving of hot cocoa.

 

Fabric Wrapping Paper - variety of gifts wrapped in red stretch velvet with green bows

Fabric Wrapping PaperFabric is a great reusable wrapping paper solution. It is a sustainable and thrifty gift wrap choice. You have to spend a little more up front, but as long as you get most of the wrapping fabric back, you can continue to reuse it for years to come.

 

A Christmas present with a red ribbon.

Save Time, Money And Aggravation During the HolidaysAre you old-fashioned like me and still like to go to the store to see and feel the gift you are selecting? Do you still enjoy the process and thrill of finding that special gift, wrapping it, and giving it?

 

Giftbox Christmas Countdown Calendar - calendar sitting on a shelf with the Merry Christmas sign and the doily tree sign

Giftbox Christmas Countdown CalendarIf you don't have a Christmas countdown already, this is a cute little project you can make! The supplies used are easy to get and inexpensive.

 

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Toddler Safe Christmas Ornaments - ornament with pom poms and one with gem stickers

Toddler Safe Christmas OrnamentsHere are two effortless and easy ways to decorate some Christmas ornaments for toddlers/kids. Not only will these ornaments be easy to make, but they will look lovely against your Christmas tree! Especially with the gem stickers, they look as if they were bought!

 

Hang Wreath with Ribbon

Hang Wreath with RibbonHere is my do it yourself on how to hang a wreath with ribbon and no nails in your door! It is also really quick, taking only about 15 minutes. This is perfect if your door does not have enough clearance for a wreath hanger (applies to me), or you don't want to purchase a wreath hanger.

 

Use Costume Jewelry as Mini Ornaments - closeup of an angel pin ornament

Use Costume Jewelry as Mini OrnamentsThe other day, I was going through a box of small keepsakes when I realized I've never worn a single pin I've ever been given. (Oops.) My favorite one is my grandmother's old butterfly pin that's too fragile to wear. Then I had a duh moment when I remembered I had no ornaments for my mini tree.

 

Making Accordion Christmas Trees - three finished trees with a tiny ball ornament on top, and pine cones and other decorations in front

Making Accordion Christmas TreesI have a project that is simply made. With scrape pieces of wood and wrapping paper, you can make a vignette of trees or just make singles to be placed throughout your space.

 

Notepad Stocking Stuffers - wrapped notepad

Notepad Stocking StuffersI love recycling paper into usable things that I need. When I am thinking of gifts to give to others - my first thought is to ask myself whether this gift would make me happy. This little adorable memo pad certainly would make me happy ;)

 

Marshmallow Polar Bears - two finished bears next to a cup of chocolate with a floating, melting polar bear

Marshmallow Polar BearsI love marshmallows, so naturally I have all available sizes in my kitchen. This is a fun edible craft that uses three sizes of marshmallows to make polar bears that can be eaten as a snack, or used to float on top of hot chocolate. This is a great all-ages project!

 

A Christmas box with a selection of summer sausage, cheese and jams.

Christmas Gifts: It's The Thought That CountsHow many times we've heard that old saying. Is it really true. I mean 'really'? When you've been dropping hints for the past three months you'd like to have a new BMW M4 for Christmas, only to wake up Christmas morning and find a Nissan Versa in the driveway with a big bow around it?

 

Dryer Ball Snowman Stocking Stuffer - snowman's head peeking out of stocking

Dryer Ball Snowman Stocking StufferI made dryer balls for my 3 adult girls and decided to wrap them to look like snowmen, just for fun!

 

An outdoor evergreen tree decorated for Christmas.

Didn't Have Much At ChristmasChristmas means a lot of different things to different people. One Christmas, my husband and I were really down on our luck, but I am a firm believer in things happen for a reason. I also believe that Christmas isn't about charge cards and buying and material things.

 

Girl with Present

Having a Thrift Store ChristmasShopping at thrift stores can be a good way to find inexpensive gifts for family and friends. Sometimes money is tight and having a thrift store christmas is the best way to celebrate the gift giving associated with Christmas.

 

Family at Christmas Dinner

Celebrating the Weekend After ChristmasSometimes family schedules don't allow celebrating Christmas with everyone you would like to be there. If this sounds like your family, try celebrating the weekend after Christmas to allow for everyone's busy schedules.

 

Woman with Christmas Present

Helping People Who Are Alone During the HolidaysThe holidays are typically a joyous time to spend with friends and family. But for those who face spending them alone it can be a sad and lonely time. This is a page about helping people who are alone during the holidays.

 

A Christmas tree with wrapped presents underneath.

Ways to be Frugal During the HolidaysStaying on a budget during the holidays is important. Therefore, to make it through this season of giving, there are several ways to shop for the best prices. One way to help your budget is to start your holiday shopping now and spread your spending over several weeks or months.

 

A female healthcare worker wearing a santa hat.

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

 

A donation box full of toys for the needy.

Helping a Needy Family This ChristmasMake each Christmas more memorable and charitable by helping out a needy family. This is a page about helping a needy family this Christmas.

 

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Christmas Bath Salts

Christmas Bath SaltsBath salts can make a great gift at Christmas time. This is a page about christmas bath salts.

 

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!

 

rosemary decorated as mini Christmas tree with tiny train encircling pot base

Rosemary Plant as Mini Christmas TreeI got this rosemary plant during the summer and brought it in for the winter. With a little trimming it became a wonderfully aromatic Christmas tree in the corner of my parlor. Double duty and lovely!

 

Golden bells on a sparkling background.

Start Preparing for Christmas in JanuaryChristmas is one of the best times of the year; spending quality time with family and friends; sharing some hearty meals and building new memories. Unfortunately it is also one of the most expensive times of the year, a time that could leave your budget in a complete mess.

 

Cranberry orange kale on plate

Cranberry Orange KaleThis warm kale dish is so easy to make with just a handful of ingredients. The colours of the red berries and bright green kale make a perfect dish for the holidays.

 

decorations for Christmas on garden arbor

Rose Arbor Christmas DecorationsThe roses at each end of my rose arbor are very young and have not climbed over the rose arbor so therefore at holiday times I decorate the arbor to reflect the holiday. At Christmas time I made a plywood ornament and the word Joy and then put other items to commemorate the holiday.

 

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.

 

Easiest Gingerbread Man Reindeer Cookies

Making Gingerbread Reindeer CookiesThis is a page about making gingerbread reindeer cookies. Gingerbread and reindeer are symbols of the holidays. These delicious cookies will bring a smile to your face.

 

play on Charlie Brown's poor little Christmas tree

My Roscoe Beagle Christmas TreeThis small cedar tree sprouted in our side yard a few years ago, I decided to put a small red Christmas ornament on it and call it my Roscoe Beagle Christmas tree. We had a Beagle named Roscoe. It is a "take-off" of the famous Beagle cartoon series with his friend Charlie!

 

filled cup

Christmas Cup Candy GiftI went into my Dollar General store and was looking for a gift for a few friends. I decided on a small seasonal themed drinking cup with a straw as a container to hold three small Christmas cookies, some candy, and gum. The little cup will be reusable after the gift is opened.

 

Double Sided Holiday Tablerunner

Double Sided Holiday TablerunnerA few years back I purchased this table runner for .50 at a thrift store. It has Thanksgiving fabric on one side and Christmas on the other. While I lived in Salem, OR, I had it magnetized to the front of my door for the months of November and December.

 

rolls of paper in upside down stool

Storing Rolls of PaperOf all the items in your craft area, rolls of paper are one of the most difficult to store. Because they are so long and thin it is hard to find a place where they will fit and they easily fall over, unravel, roll around, and get creased.

 

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.

 

Assign Each Family Member a Wrapping Paper

Assign Each Family Member a Wrapping...I love to buy wrapping paper at Costco. Their wrapping paper is super heavy and there is a ton of paper on each roll. The other neat part about their paper, is that it's double sided! This year I decided to wrap each person's presents with a specific wrapping paper.

 

finished bag

Easy Felt Stocking Filler BagThis Christmas, make this easy felt stocking filler bag. The bag in itself is a gift that could be used year after year, and you will earn double points if you fill the bag with a sweet little treat.

 

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Burlap_Bag_Advent_Calendar

Burlap Bag Advent CalendarI decided to get crafty and make my own advent calendar, since I was having trouble finding one that I liked. This calendar is very versatile simply made of 24 burlap bags, wooden clothes pins and rope. These small burlap bags are perfect for a piece of candy or a slip of paper with an activity you can do together as a family. I like to fill them with an activity but I like being able to choose to put a treat inside when I am feeling lazy. Each day I fill them before my kids open it, this way I can choose what I am in the mood for doing that day.

 

Natural Wreath of Memories - closeup of wreath

Natural Wreath of MemoriesWhenever I am on vacation or when I visit parks, beaches, or even just local walks, I love to collect pretty plants, pods, shells, etc. So this year I decided to glue my natural treasures onto a dollar store wreath and display them!

 

Photo of Santa picking up a cookie.

10+ Santa Claus TraditionsSanta Claus is an fun part of the many families Christmas celebrations. This page has several different traditions that people people have shared.

 

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.

 

Christmas Bath Salts

Christmas Bath SaltsI have a long Christmas list and a small budget, so I wanted to make cute personalized gifts that had a lot of bang for my buck. I have a friend that sells essential oils, so several ladies got together at her house for a crafting night to make scented bath products. I came up with this packaging idea.

 

Christmas Reindeer Headband

Christmas Reindeer HeadbandWho says you can't have fun during Christmas time? Make this cute reindeer headband and wear it to any social events you attend during Christmas time. A great way to bring festive cheer to the occasion! Whoo-hoo!

 

finished bag

Christmas Party Favor BagsI am in charge of a Christmas party every year for two school classes and always like to have a "goodie bag" of treats to send home. It's hard to find the right size bag, so came up with my own.

 

A candy cane place card

Candy Cane Place CardsThis should take no more than fifteen minutes and anyone can be enlisted to make the name cards. It takes little time and effort, but really adds something to your table.

 

finished decorated crackers

Absolutely Fab Christmas CrackerTurn ordinary Christmas crackers into glamorous décor items for your Christmas Eve table. Just by adding a few simple elements to something as ordinary as a cracker, it is possible to have a table that wows your guests without breaking the bank in the process.

 

A natural display for Christmas

5 Tips to Simplify ChristmasTo save time year after year, save all Christmas cards received and start an electronic database on your computer. Then print out all address labels and use pinking shears or decorative scissors to cut the labels out into charming shapes.

 

tree with candy canes in ribbon slots

Candy Cane TreeThis is very easy and should take an hour or less to make.

 

Christmas tree with money

Give 'em C-A-S-HDespite claims that the economy has improved somewhat, it has worsened for those on fixed incomes and on social services. Cash gifts go uncounted unless tied to some traceable source.

 

A Christmas present purchased at a small local store

The Store Next Door (Poem)This is a poem I wrote that I hope all will keep in mind this holiday season and every day of the year.

 

mini doughnut snowmen

Mini Doughnut SnowmenThis is a page about mini doughnut snowmen. These cute snacks are perfect for a holiday party.

 

Unique Gift Card or Cash Wrapping

Unique Gift Card or Cash WrappingTurn an old book into a box to hold a gift card or cash gift.

 

Supplies.

Decorating My Dogwood for ChristmasI didn't set up my Christmas tree this year, rather I added to the decorations that I bought last year, on sale at Target, to decorate my dogwood tree in the yard.

 

Santa with Piggy Bank

Celebrating Christmas on a BudgetThis page is about celebrating Christmas on a budget. When you choose at Christmas to only spend what money you have to spare, you can still enjoy what is important.

 

Decorating a Lamp for the Holidays

Decorating a Lamp for the HolidaysSomeone was giving away an older lamp with a dated dried flower decoration in the glass base. I took it and unscrewed the bottom off the base and added some spare Christmas decorations in it for a festive look for the holidays.

 

Photo wish list.

Making a Photo Christmas Wish ListSometimes when you are telling family members what you would like for Christmas, there is confusion. I know that sometimes when I am buying for someone, I wonder "is this the right item?"

 

Vintage Memories Christmas Tree

Vintage Memories Christmas TreeChristmas tree using cute vintage, quaint decorations: old childrens books, sheet music, old newspaper ads, paper dolls, old family photos and various items around the house!

 

Mini Doughnut Snowmen

Mini Doughnut SnowmenThese cute little snowmen are super quick to make and would be a great treat for a party.

 

Finished snowmen.

Little Snowmen Ornaments from Yogurt BottlesEverytime I drank one of the Dannon Drinkable yogurts this year I thought the bottles were shaped like little snowmen.

 

Cement birdbath and planter decorated for the season.

Decorate Your Birdbath for ChristmasRather than pack up our birdbath and planter this year, I decided to add some evergreens, holly branches, pinecones, and berries that I had on my property and around in my woods!

 

Christmas Party Decorations

Christmas Party Ideas?This page contains Christmas party ideas. The winter holiday season gives us many opportunities for festive gatherings.

 

A girl opening a small gift.

Christmas Countdown Gift Ideas?This is a page about Christmas countdown gift ideas. You can establish a Christmas countdown tradition in your family, whether you count down the 24 days before Christmas or a shorter period. Presenting a small gift each day is a common practice.

 

A couple with a Christmas gift.

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

 

boyfriend and girlfriend at Christmas

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

 

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