DIY | Winter Holiday Crafts

As the seasons turn from fall to winter, I love creating a warm environment inside my home by decorating for the holidays. Getting out the decorations acquired over the years brings back wonderful memories and creates excitement for what lies ahead this season. After the decorations are up, there always seems to be an empty space that needs something new. This gives me the perfect excuse to head to the craft store.

The first craft uses the same mason jars that were used for the Halloween decorations posted on QCMB in October. This craft can be done for very little time and money, and with reusing the mason jar, you save even more.

Cinnamon and Berry Jar

What you need:
Mason Jar
Cinnamon Sticks
Berry Garland
Wire Cutters
Tape

Measure berry garland to fit around the rim of mason jar.
Cut to size with wire cutters.
Fill mason jar with cinnamon sticks.
Attach each edge of the garland to jar with tape.
The next project is easy, inexpensive and can be designed to coordinate with any decorations you already have. This project is great for the holidays or you can pick papers that work for any occasion.

Holiday Wood Letters

What you need:
Wood Letters (I used white letters I purchased at Michael’s. If you use plain wood letters, paint the sides of letters with spray or acrylic paint.)
Mod Podge
Brush
Scissors
Scrapbook/Cardstock Paper

Instructions:
Lay your letter face down on the back of the paper of your choice and trace.
Cut out the shape of the letter traced. *Save the excess paper for the gift wrapping idea below!
Place paper on top of the letter and make any adjustments necessary.
Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the wood letter.
Place paper on letter and smooth out any air bubbles with your fingers.
Allow glue to dry.
Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the surface to seal (optional).
While I just used paper for my letters, feel free to get creative with buttons, ribbon and stickers for extra embellishments.
Hang letters on a wall or prop on a shelf to create the perfect decoration for the room of your choice!

 

Gift Wrapping

After you complete your crafts, be sure to keep any extra paper and berries to make your gifts a little extra special this year. You can use the extra paper scraps to cut out words or shapes and glue them to your packages to make your wrapping a little extra festive and personal. I used the extra paper from my Noel craft to add my son’s name to one of his wrapped packages. This is also a great way to use extra scraps of wrapping paper that are too small to use otherwise. Left over berries from the mason jar craft can be used to spruce up simple gift bags. I love the classic brown paper gift bags with berries wrapped around the handle. In the photo of the bag you can see I also added an ornament for decoration. Each year I hit the sales after the holidays to pick up ornaments on clearance for decorating gifts the following year. I usually spend anywhere from ten to fifty cents per ornament, so for very little money you can add a special decoration to a package that is also an extra little gift!

8 Responses to DIY | Winter Holiday Crafts

  1. Erin Turner Haluska December 5, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    Love the DIY projects!!!!! Makes sprucing up the house so easy and affordable!

  2. Tracy December 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    I’m going to try the wood letters project! I actually tried this when I was pregnant – I was going to do them for my son’s room. Long story short…I failed. Miserably. I wish I had your instructions back then 🙂

    • Marie Feehan December 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

      We’ve all had our share of ‘failed’ craft stories! Good luck with this one…I’m sure your letters will turn out great!

  3. Sara Meehan December 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    these are great! i actually have a kit for the letters “ho, ho, ho”. i’m planning to do that with my kids this weekend! i also love your idea of hanging the ornaments over the bags, that looks adorable! i love hitting the sales after christmas…there’s no better way to shop! 🙂

    • Marie Feehan December 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

      Thanks Sara! Maybe we’ll see one another when we are out hitting all the after-Christmas sales!

  4. Mad December 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Hi there,

    these are great ideas!

    what kind of oil did you use in the base with the cinnamon sticks???

  5. Things are different now though – this time it was something really serious that made him wwlk
    out, and your crying is doing absolutely nothing for him.

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