4 Easy Christmas Crafts
Christmas is Coming!
Christmas time is the perfect time to break out the glue gun because some of the best Christmas decorations and gifts are handmade.
I am sharing my three favorite Christmas Crafts I have done this year, and as a bonus, I was generously allowed to post Lakelynn Salinas impressive handmade Grinch faux fireplace.
I am posting a few tutorials that are easy. I am terrible at telling others how to craft. So I hope the instructions are easy to follow. I wish I could have made a video. It's hard to hold a camera and sew. Enjoy.
I've seen some small pictures that were cute, but they were expensive. So I decided I would make my own for less. You need a small canvas and scrapbooking paper. Adhesive letters if desired. Modgepodge is the best way to keep it in place and keep it looking good for years to come.
This craft is simple you trace the canvas shape on the back of the paper and cut. Place it on the canvas and apply Modgepodge. Then let dry overnight. Apply the letters. This project is fast and easy, well if you exclude the drying overnight part.
Pillar Candle Holders-
I do not have the money to spend on decorative items for every holiday nor the storage. I wanted something I could use all winter if I wanted and I could change later. You can pick any candle holder you like with a smooth surface. Pick a ribbon you like I was happy to find snowflake ribbon at my local Joann's, and they have Christmas Tree ribbon too. Wrap some ribbon around before cutting to measure and snip. I prefer glue tape because hot glue, may seep through and burn you. Measure the glue tape out and apply. You could use a glue gun, but I would take my time and dot it along the candleholder then put the ribbon down. Glue tape and hot glue will pull off so you can remove the ribbon after the holidays and apply another for other holidays.
This one is easy you can sew it from memory with no pattern.
Here is what you need to do. Measure the waist where the waistband sits naturally on the child. That measurement will tell you how much elastic you need to the waistband. If the measurement is 21 inches, I add about 1/4 of an inch for when I sew the elastic together, so the skirt will not be too tight.
Then measure how long you want the skirt to be.
Here is where it can get complicated.
There are two ways of handling the elastic casing and the hem. If you own a serger, you can serge the raw edges. You only need to make seam allowances for the hem and the casing.
If you do not have a serger, you will need to fold down the hem twice and the casing twice. So you need to take that into account when measuring and cutting.
For example, let's say I serge the raw edges, and I need the skirt to be 21 inches. If my elastic is 3/4 an inch and I want a 1/4 inch hem, I add an inch and cut 22 inches long. I leave a little extra space for the elastic casing because if the tube is too tight, you won't be able to thread the elastic. The gist is your fabric will need to be 22 inches long. I add a pinch for the casing.
For example, let's say you do not have a serger and the elastic is one inch, and you want a half an inch hem. You want a 23-inch long skirt. You need to double the hem measurement and add a quarter inch to the casing. So you add an inch for the hem and 1.25 for the elastic casing. So that's 25.25 inches.
The width is what you want I use pretty much the width of the yard for bigger skirts. Cut the fabric and sew the edges together. Use a zig-zag stitch to finish the raw edges if you do not have a serger.
Then grab some pins and start measuring and pressing.
What you will do if you are not using a serger is the hem measure the length you desire for the hem. Fold the fabric over and press. Then do the same thing again. That way your raw edges won't fray.
At the waistband, let's say you want an inch so first measure 1/4 inch fold and press this is to tuck away your raw edges and prevent fraying. Then fold again but an inch and a tiny smidge and press. Then pin.
If you serged the raw threads, you only need to fold and press once.
Then sew the hem with a straight stitch.
Now start on the waistband or elastic casing. Use a straight stitch but do not close it. Leave about an inch. You need this gap for the elastic.
Mark the elastic, so you know you are sewing the right sides together to prevent twisting. What you want to do is use an elastic threader if you have one or use a safety pin to pin one side down and feed the elastic through until the opposite end comes out.
The sew the elastic together. Push it into the casing and close the gap. The tight elastic will magically gather the skirt for you! Wolla you have a skirt!
Lastly, I love this Grich Faux Fireplace. Lakelynn Salinas is incredible and let me post the picture, and I am linking you to Pinterest where she has written a tutorial. Her twist on the faux fireplace is the best Christmas craft I've seen in forever. She had to get creative this year when her daughter started getting worried that Santa could not visit because their new home did not have a fireplace. Is this not one of the best parenting wins you have seen in a long time?
Lakelynn is from Tenessee she works, she has four kids, and is pregnant with her fifth and managed to make that! She is a supermom. Her husband helped her with the painting of course. This craft may seem elaborate, but it's easy. I just love this so much. It's perfect for Christmas! Please follow her on Pinterest.
Which craft is your favorite? Are you making any gifts this year?