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An entirely homemade Christmas? Almost 60% of Americans say they plan to give homemade gifts this holiday season, such as baked goods or crafts. And, you can include me in one of the 60% that will be creating gifts this year.
Entirely Homemade Christmas?
Have you ever wondered if it was possible to have an entirely homemade Christmas? Would you be satisfied if you received only homemade gifts? Would your children?
I love homemade gifts and I happily receive them for just about any holiday there is. It doesn’t matter to me if the candle I get is homemade or from the bath shop at the mall. I’d be thrilled with a homemade quilt and my husband would be in heaven with a plate of homemade fudge. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy shopping just as much as the next person, but I’m trying to remember that shopping is not a sport and I no longer turn to shopping as a sort of retail therapy.
One of my goals this year is to be more meaningful in my gift-giving. I’m trying to create more gifts and to remember that presents that give the gift of your time are the most special ones of all. Now that the kids are older, I don’t get to spend as much time with them.
I remember when I would have been giddy with excitement over the thought of a few days without the kids, but all it does right now is make me miss them. I would much rather have a lunch out and a few hours of their time this Christmas than a gift they bought at the mall.
DIY Christmas ornaments as gifts
There are so many ways to make your own Christmas ornaments that having an entirely homemade Christmas just might be possible if you gift these. Here are just a few to start with.
- This cloche ornament is shatterproof so it’s a great choice for families with kids.
- Or, this Disney ornament would be simple for the kids to make.
- These hot chocolate ornaments are adorable and I bet they are yummy.
Homemade wrapping paper
DIY Christmas gifts
There are so many different DIY Christmas gifts. If you’re looking for ways to have a homemade Christmas, the important thing is to consider what the recipient would enjoy receiving. Here are just a few simple ideas that you can get started with.
- Crochet floral pattern blanket
- Make photo jewelry
- Pen caddy photo craft
- Peppermint body scrub
- Make salt dough magnets
Homemade Christmas chalkboard
In an effort to remind myself of that this year, I created a “Create It” chalkboard. It’s a reminder to not only create gifts but to create time and memories. Since the message is written in chalk, you can really write anything you want on it. This is the message that works for me.
You will need the following supplies to make the Christmas chalkboard that I made. If you don’t have the exact decorations on hand, then you can definitely use whatever you have in your craft box. I painted mine white. But, you could also paint it red, green, gold or give it a clear varnish. It’s all up to you.
- Chalkboard, unfinished
- White acrylic paint & paintbrush sponge
- Painters’ tape
- Decorations for the side: ornament, artificial greenery, wooden cutouts, etc.
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
If you want to have an entirely homemade Christmas, this Christmas chalkboard is a simple place to start.
- Line the chalkboard with painters’ tape to keep paint off the writing surface.
- Paint the chalkboard trim and allow it to dry completely
- Trim the decorations to fit and apply them with the hot glue gun
- Write your message
That’s all there is to it. You can erase and re-use the chalkboard to share any message you like year after year.
Crafts to make for an entirely homemade Christmas
If you love crafting as much as I do, here are a few more things you might want to make for the Christmas holidays. If you have to have an entirely homemade Christmas, enjoy!
- Homemade peppermint soap
- Mason jar candles
- Homemade popcorn seasonings
- Poured paint votive holders
- Easy advent wreath
- Stress-relieving bath bombs
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.