Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Holiday Crafts to Make Spirits Bright

Are you looking for gift ideas for others, but have no money to buy them with? Look no further - here's a slew of homemade projects that others will love! No matter your talents, you can find something here to make for others.

These starry ball ornaments have a simple crocheted star wrapped around them, making an elegant new ornament out of an old one. You can make a handful of these before Christmas arrives and hand them out to friends and family in pairs. The pattern is also on Ravelry.

You must know someone out there - adult or kid - who would love a Brainmonster hat. Hats actually knit up pretty fast, especially when they're for a little head. This one is also on Ravelry.

This is a great recipe for Spiced Tea Mix, which my family always called Bohemian Tea. All Free Crafts provides lots of ideas and recipes for things in jars, from cookie mixes to hot chocolate. They even provide labels, like the one above, which you can print for free and attach to the jars. Add a sprig of evergreen or some cinnamon sticks, and you have a great gift with beautiful presentation.

You can include these coasters with the spiced tea mix, if you want to give something a little more involved, or you can give them individually. Mess For Less has lots of great craft ideas, but this one is especially fun, I think. Replace the Christmasy paper with whatever your giftee would enjoy, from Hello Kitty, to dreidels and menorahs, to skulls and crossbones.

Not enough ideas? About.com has a list of 100 homemade gifts you can give year-round. Most of these are gifts kids could make, so let them go wild - then you don't have to make so many gifts by yourself. Invoke your creative spidey-senses and personalize them all. A note on these: not all gifts are created equal. Some, like the fortune cookie, are cute and fun. Others, like this blanket with sleeves, are just a bad idea every time.

That last one sounds so familiar... Oh yes. Now I remember where I've seen that before.

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