There’s nothing like making gifts or decorations by hand (and with a little heart and soul) to get people in the holiday spirit. From cookies to ornaments to personal gifts, ideas are abundant during the holiday season for adding a personal touch to every step of the process. If you’re itching to get crafty, here are a few places to turn to for great ideas.
Magazines Offer Some of the Best Holiday Craft Ideas
One of the best places to look for ideas are popular women’s magazines. All year long, publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple and many others are chock full of ideas for redecorating on a budget, making a stellar holiday meal and saving money on decorations without sacrificing your lifestyle.
Martha Stewart Living is currently presenting ideas for cooking delectable turkeys, handmade holiday sewing projects, personal gifts for him or her, and decorations. Try your hand at making a lighted wreath, crocheting a cute reindeer, putting your own decorative spin on votive candles or baking dozens of tasty cookies. And don’t worry if you’re a beginner. Martha’s got you covered.
Real Simple is offering a party planning checklist, creative cupcake ideas and a wine and food pairing guide. You can save your money on gift bows and learn how to make your own package adornments, or get tips on giving your table setting a snazzy holiday makeover.
Disney Family Fun magazine has a website tab dedicated entirely to crafts. Click on the link and you will find ideas for you and your kids that are broken out by holiday – from New Year’s Day to Valentine’s Day – even April Fool’s Day! One idea they have for the holiday season: homemade wrapping paper. Let your kids create a collage on 11 x 17 paper with family photos or cutouts from magazines or both. Then photocopy the design as often as needed.
Independent Websites for Crafts
Website Holiday Crafter offers ideas on recipes, projects and gifts. Take, for example, lavender bath tea bags, easily made by opening a tea bag, pour out the tea into an air tight container, and replacing it with lavender power or chips. Replace the string and cardboard tab with a satin ribbon and a set of six makes a nice gift for a hard-working mom. To use them, lower a lavender tea bag into the bath while the water is filling.
Popular kids’ site Kaboose has an entire tab of craft ideas with separate links for Christmas, parties, scrapbooking and cards. There are 10 different choices for how to make an angel, including from coffee filters, clothes pins, paper, stained glass, a cardboard tube angel, a singing angel pin and more.
At Craftown, you can watch videos on how to make a Christmas ornament, while Stampin’ Up provides everything you’ll need for creating your own cards (at Stampin’ Up, you will need to connect with a demonstrator. Stampin’ Up works off a party model like Avon and Mary Kay).
Sites for Professionally Made Personal Gifts
At Zazzle, you can create your own calendar. Showcase your family, your art, your photography, even your favorite vacation. You can also create custom t-shirts, postage stamps, greeting cards, envelopes and buttons.
Turn your family photos into a coffee table book at Kodak Gallery with more than 40 backgrounds and layouts to choose from. Think your baby’s cute? Mail out all your holiday cards with a picture of your baby on the postage stamp, or order them as a gift for someone you love, from Stamps.com.
At Personal Creations, you can add your children’s names to Christmas stockings, ornaments, backpacks, or figurines. They’ve also got personalized Hanukkah gifts, including candles, picture frames and keepsake boxes.
At Williams-Sonoma, you can embroider an apron with your loved one’s name, create a personalized recipe journal, or monogram any number of items, including glasses, an ice bucket or cheese server.
Whether you make it from scratch or have someone produce it for you, the Internet offers an unlimited number of ways to add a personal touch to your holiday season. However you celebrate the holidays, enjoy.