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Frugal Christmas Crafts

on 11.29.2012 at 10:11am

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Easy ways to do some last minute decorating inexpensively!

Okay, Thanksgiving is over and now I think we’re all scrambling and trying to decide how we’re going to decorate for Christmas.  Our family loves decorating and it’s always fun to make some of the decorations ourselves!  One of our favorite Christmas crafts is to make a sheep ornament out of cotton balls.

We’re going to talk about DIY Christmas decorations and gifts.

This first one takes a bit of time (a few hours), but I think it’s worth it for a beautiful ruffled tree skirt.  And you don’t have to haul out your sewing machine and worry about sewing straight lines!  This is a no sew ruffled tree skirt.  You’ll need some scissors, 4-5 yards of fabric (the original called for linen, but use cotton as a cheaper alternative), glue sticks and a glue gun.  The directions also call for canvas drop cloths that you cut into a circle to glue the ruffles on, but I think you can save around $10 more by just gluing the ruffles directly onto a tree skirt that you don’t like anymore.  Once you have the base layer of the tree skirt, cut or rip the fabric into strips about 2-3 inches wide.  You’ll glue them onto the base layer by laying down a strip of hot glue a few inches at a time, put top of the strip of fabric along the glue and pinch it into ruffles before the glue dries.

In our Fall crafts, we talked about a pumpkin made out of an old paperback book.  Here’s an example of Christmas trees to make out of paperback books.  Find books at almost any thrift store for around 50¢ if you don’t have any laying around that you want to cut up.  You can really make it into any shape, whether you want the leaves on the tree to be curved like this, sharp leaves or even just cut straight down to make a cone-like shape.  You can use either scissors or an Exacto Knife… whichever one you’re comfortable with.

My friend made these along with snowflakes made out of old book pages last year and they’re still in good shape to use a few more years.  The snowflake ornaments were just your run of the mill snowflake shapes with a twine loop on the top to hang on the tree.  Both of the projects go together nicely to create a theme throughout the house (and it’s really frugal)!

This one is a craft, game and ornament all wrapped in one tiny clear ball.  It’s called an I-Spy Ornament and it’s fun to make and fun for the kids to play with during the Christmas season.  If you have any charms or small objects to fit in the ornament, gather up a few of them and make a list of what you have.  In a clear ornament (preferably plastic or non-shatter) but all the objects inside and pour some filler beads on top of them.  Then hot glue the metal part of the ornament back on.  You have not only a beautiful ornament, but something your kids can go to the tree and play with to find all of the items on the list.

For this project all you need are cotton balls, clear fishing line or thread and a needle to make it snow inside your house.  Just thread the string through the cotton balls (you can make a knot under each one to keep it in place).  Make a lot of different strands and hang them in your kids’ windows so it will look like it’s snowing all Winter.  You probably already have these materials on hand which make this project completely free!

I wanted to throw in one DIY Christmas gift.  I don’t know about you, but many times when I try to make my own gifts they end up costing more in materials than they would in the store.  For this craft all you need are paper clips, yarn or string and earring hooks (from Hobby Lobby or the jewelry craft section).  Just shape the paperclips into a triangle and spin the yarn around the clip in any design you want.  Secure both ends of the yarn and attach the earring hook.  Now you have beautiful earrings that cost little money and didn’t take long at all.

To get more ideas for DIY Christmas Decorations and Gifts, follow the Southern Savers Frugal Christmas Crafts Pinterest Board.  

What’s your favorite Christmas craft??