There’s nothing more exciting than making Christmas decorations. Handmade decorations and gifts are not only fun to craft – they also add a personalized touch to your holiday events. Whether you are newbie crafter or skilled homemaker, the following ideas can help you grow your holiday décor significantly. Make sure to read the section below in bold about the ##sockmonkeyphotobomb contest.
DIY Sock Monkey
Need a holiday tradition to share with your children? It might sound silly, but making sock monkeys are a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. Not to mention, these sock-inspired toys ironically make great stocking stuffers. If you’re not feeling so hands on this holiday season, you can always choose from a wide selection of adorable sock monkeys at Personal Creations that are perfect for any kid, or kid at heart. Here’s what you’ll need to get started.
Sock Monkey Supplies:
- One pair of socks
- 2 Buttons
- Polyester fiber or cotton stuffing
- Needle and thread
Steps for Creating a Sock Monkey
- Create the legs and body. Turn the sock inside out. Lay the sock flat with the heel facing upward.
- Place two small stitches down from the heel to the top of the sock. Form the legs by cutting along the center of the stitches.
- Cut out the tail, ears, nose, and arms on the second sock. Stitch the edges of the material together to create the monkey’s body parts. Make sure to leave room at the top of the stitches for stuffing.
- Turn all the body parts inside out to fill with the stuffing. Attach the ears and arms to the body using an overstitch. Sew the tail at the edge of the monkey’s back. Fill the mouth with stuffing and attach it to the monkey’s face. Tie a small felt scarf around the neck to spruce up the toy.
- Make a smile on the face using embroidery thread. Sew two buttons on the front of the doll to create the eyes. If the gift is for children ages three and under, skip the buttons and embroider the eyes instead.
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DIY Paper Wreath
Decorating with jewel tones, crisp hunter greens, lush crimsons, and gold, or silver accents are a great way to infuse a pop of color into your holiday decor. To spruce up your mantel or foyer, make a striking holiday statement with a do-it-yourself, Christmas-themed paper wreath.
- White glue
- Glue gun
- Small paint brush
- Red or green grosgrain ribbon
- Heavy construction paper
- Old newspapers
- 12, 16 or 24-inch wire wreath frame
- Oak, ash, or maple leaf printable patterns
Steps for Creating a Paper Wreath
- Using a free printable pattern (that you can find and download online), trace the leaf pattern on your construction paper with a pencil. To create a Christmas-themed design, use red and green construction paper.
- Cut 65 to 100 leaves for the design. Fold each leaf in half.
- Lay three to four pieces of newspaper flat on a table. Place 25 to 35 leaves facing upward on the table. With a small paintbrush, sweep the white glue across the front of the paper leaves. Cover the leaves with gold or silver glitter. Let the leaves dry overnight.
- Hot glue the leaves to the wire frame. Glue the leaves into a circular pattern so that the tip of each leaf is overlapping the leaf in the previous row.
- Repeat until you’ve covered the entire frame with paper leaves. To create a uniform design, alternate every red or green leaf with a silver or gold-covered glitter leaf. Loop a solid red or green grosgrain ribbon around the wreath to hang.
DIY Salt Dough Ornaments
If you are looking to add a little flavor to your Christmas tree trimming, try a classic homemade craft: salt dough ornaments. Using a few common household products, you can upgrade the look of your holiday tree without breaking the bank.
Salt Dough Ornament Supplies:
- 1/2 of warm water
- 1/2 cup of table salt
- Small mixing bowl
- 1 cup of flour
- Rolling pin
- Various cookie cutter shapes
- Wire baking rack
- Baking sheet
Steps for Creating a Salt Dough Ornament
- Pour the water and salt into your mixing bowl. Stir the contents to combine the ingredients. Add the flour and stir again to create a doughy mixture.
- Sprinkle a few teaspoons of flour on a flat surface. Knead the dough on the surface for a few minutes until you create a ball shape.
- Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough. Make sure the dough is not too thin. It should be at least ¼ -inch thick. Create ornaments by cutting out the shapes with cookie cutters.
- Poke holes in the top of the ornaments with a toothpick or metal skewer.
- Lay the dough flat on a cooking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the ornaments at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for five hours. Let the cookies dry overnight on a wire baking rack.
- Decorate the ornaments with glitter glue, puffy paint, or permanent marker. Slip a grosgrain ribbon through the ornament’s hole to hang on your Christmas tree.
Felt Holiday Stocking
Nothing says Christmas morning like a stocking that overflows with presents and edible goodies. If you like a classic red felt stocking, you can create your own in 30 minutes or less.
Felt Holiday Stocking Supplies:
- Fabric scissors
- Red and white felt fabrics
- Permanent marker or chalk
- Felting needle and thread
- White thread and sewing needle
- Red ribbon
- Fabric glue
- Baby diaper or white towel
Steps for Creating a Felt Holiday Stocking
- Using a permanent marker or a piece of chalk, outline the front and back of the stocking on the large piece of felt.
- Cut out the felt using your scissors. Pin the edges of the stocking together. Sew around the edges to create the boot shape.
- To create the boot’s cuff, cut a white piece of felt into a 6-inch wide strip. Wrap the strip around the top of the stocking. Secure the white felt to the stocking with fabric glue. Let the stocking dry overnight.
- Remove any wrinkles out of the stocking with a warm iron. Because you may damage the felt by applying direct heat, lay a large towel or baby diaper over the stocking. Run the iron gently over the cloth to press the fabric.
- To hang the scarf, cut an 8-inch length of red ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half. Sew it to the inside of the white cuff to hang on your mantel or banister.