Rumor has it that it's almost Christmas.
The good news for those with online craft businesses is that the rush is over – orders have been signed, sealed and delivered. So, with the arrival of the holidays, perhaps you'll have time for some just-for-fun holiday projects.
We delved into the world of craft tutorials, picking ones that would help those who've got last minute holiday details to iron out, stick on or sew up. Maybe you'd like to do a bit more decorating, or come up with a fun Christmas table setting. With kids home from school, it's a good idea to have some projects in your back pocket.
Since many of us still have gifts to wrap, let's start there.
Creative gift wrapping
- For anyone who is all thumbs when it comes to wrapping a gift and tying a neat bow (guys, you know who you are), here's a tutorial from Marigold Haske (we used one of her photos as the top photo on this blog post).
- If you love experimenting with different fonts and lettering, try this cool twist (below) on labeling gifts from Lupin Handmade.
- For that really special present, you may want to add one of those classic bows, but don't happen to have one lying around. How About Orange demonstrates how to make one from paper that you have lying around the house.
- If you don't like the waste factor of gift wrap, these fabric gift pouches from Zakka Life are a super idea. Keep in mind that fabric remnants can make a great gift wrap, too.
Just-for-fun holiday projects
- Check out these multicolored, felt-covered, happiness-inducing Christmas trees (above) from the blog Happy Together. Made with inexpensive ingredients, they're a no-brainer.
- These darling Kawaii Ice Cream Decorations come from Fern Treacy, all the way over in Australia, where people can actually jump in the pool on Christmas day. As Fern says, for those of us in northern climates, they're a nice reminder that summer will come again. Any day now.
- Living With Lindsay came up with this ultra-classy wreath made from the pages of a book, (above left) which costs about $2 to make. Her post on this is appropriately titled: "Librarians, please avert your eyes."
- Want to give relatives a creative photo gift? This tutorial on Felt polaroid ornaments (above centre) shows how to frame fave photos in felt and turn them into tree or wall decorations.
- From Craftapalooza comes this easy, red and white button wreath (above right). If you don't have buttons to spare, perhaps you can turn something else around the house into a wreath.
- We've all made cut-out paper snowflakes, but mine have never turned out like these paper snowflakes from Kerli. All you need is scissors and paper.
- Instead of the traditional placecard, try these fun, forest-inspired terrarium placecard holders (above left) by Blair Stocker, who designed these projects for Value Village and Savers. What you need is some fake moss, plastic toy deer and glass votive candle holders. Looks like a fun one for the kids.
- Speaking of kids, let's face it: Us parents just want to impress them. If you can find me a kid who's not impressed by these candy votive holders (above right) from Craft Tutorials, I'll send you a bag of M&Ms.
- For a bright, beautiful centerpiece, how about this Christmas ball bouquet from Indie Fixx? It's made with a vase, sticks and decorations – which may look even better up close on your table than hanging on your tree.
Craft in heavenly peace!