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Ideas for Christmas Craft Decorations to Make

Updated on October 15, 2014
Tree Ornaments made from Wooden Spools
Tree Ornaments made from Wooden Spools | Source

Craft Projects for Christmas or Holiday Decoration

This page contains pictures, videos and descriptions of arts and crafts projects to make for Christmas and the Winter Holiday, either as decoration or for gift giving.

The projects here will be of interest to paper crafters and mixed media artists. They may be too complex for most children.

You will find decorated wooden spools, Artist Trading Cards with a holiday theme, a snowman in a jar, a Merry Christmas postcard, some Christmas themed mini-albums made from old CD disks, some tags, an altered paintbrush, and an advent calendar intended as a gift for an adult.

I have also included some pictures of beautiful quilted, tree skirts made by my friend Joan McKnight and published with permission. They are just too gorgeous not to display.

For some of my projects, I used an electric die cutting machine called The Cricut. I have included some information, including the pros and cons of the Cricut.

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Photo Credit: June Campell
Photo Credit: June Campell

Snowman in a Jar

I made a snowman out of Styrofoam balls, grated Styrofoam, plaid ribbon, sandwich paper and white, opaque gesso.

I have to tell you that I will NEVER attempt to grate Styrofoam again. I tore my hair out trying to get that stuff to stop sticking to me, the countertop, the floor, the microwave oven and the cat. It is DEADLY.

That having been said, if you want to brave this product, you do end up with a cute little snowman in the end.

The text glued to the inside of the jar reads, "Help. Let me Out of Here!"

Poll: What Holiday Craft Projects Do You Do?

Photo Credit: June Campbell
Photo Credit: June Campbell

Remember -- You Are Creative!

Hand Made Gifts and Decorations are COOL!

Photo: CD Mini Book, Front

Photo: CD Mini Book, Front
Photo: CD Mini Book, Front
Cricut 29-0001 Personal Electronic Cutting Machine
Cricut 29-0001 Personal Electronic Cutting Machine

I use the Personal Cricut for die cutting. The Personal Cricut will handle paper up to six inches wide. It works well on card stock, scrapbook paper and vellum. You can purchase tons of wonderful cartridges to cut shapes for every imaginable occasion or project. I used the Cricut to make the shapes for the CD Mini Albums below.

 

Spotlight on the Personal Cricut - Electronic Die Curtting Machine

The Personal Cricut is an electronic die cutting machine. If you have never used one, they are essentially small computers that allow you to cut shapes. Unlike a non-electronic die cutting machine, the Cricut allows you to resize your shapes before cutting, and to perform various other editing functions.

The cons of the Cricut (plus other electronic die cutters):

  1. The price
  2. The need to purchase cartridges
  3. The cutting mat must be replaced frequently
  4. The cutting blade needs replacing from time to time

The pros of the Cricut:

  1. Versatility in size and shape of dies
  2. Wide variety of cartridges available

The Cricut comes in varying sizes. The one I own will cut paper that is six inches in width.

Cricut Cartidge, Joys of the Season
Cricut Cartidge, Joys of the Season

I used this cartridge to cut the die cut shapes that I used in the CD Mini Album. The cartridge contains shapes for the 12 days of Christmas, plus more. You can also use the shapes in ornaments, tags, cards and layers.

 

Video Demonstration of my Two CD Mini Albums - Scrapbook and Ornament

This video shows my two CD mini albums made with a Christmas or Winter Holiday theme.

Photo Credit: June Campbell
Photo Credit: June Campbell

ATC with Bells Made from Embossing Paste

Artist Trading Card

This ATC or artist trading card was one of two cards I made for a swap group. The theme is, "For Whom the Bell Tolls."

First, I stamped the text over white card stock, using silver pigment ink.

When the ink dried, I used a brass stencil and opaque embossing paste to create the bells. I affixed the stencil in place securely, using painters tape around all four borders.

While the paste was wet and the stencil was glued in place, I sprayed the wet paste with two colors of glimmer spray.

I removed the tape and stencil carefully, and allowed the paste to dry overnight.

I mounted the image on silver card stock. The silver appears black in the picture but that is due to my faulty photography.

Photo Credit: June Campbell
Photo Credit: June Campbell

Altered Spools

Tree or Other Holiday Decorations

These altered spools are made to be used as tree ornaments or as other holiday decorations. I made eight, all different colours, but only three are shown here.

I began by painting the wooden spools with craft paint.

Next, I used the Tim Holtz Rosette die to make the "skirts".

I glued the skirts in place, then dotted with glitter glue.

I used old clip on earrings to decorate the tops.

For some of the spools, I ran thread, ribbon or beads through the top so they could be hung.

Photos of Beautiful Quilted Tree Skirts

My friend is am amazing quilter. She made these beautiful, reversible tree skirts to give to her family for their holiday celebrations.

I include the pictures below as inspiration for those of my readers who are quilters. For the rest of us, its eye candy.

Quilted, Reversible Tree Skirts

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Front of tree skirt with Green RibbonReverse of tree skirt with green ribbonFront of tree skirt with red ribbonClose up of Tree Skirt, RedReverse of Tree Skirt with Red Ribbon
Front of tree skirt with Green Ribbon
Front of tree skirt with Green Ribbon | Source
Reverse of tree skirt with green ribbon
Reverse of tree skirt with green ribbon | Source
Front of tree skirt with red ribbon
Front of tree skirt with red ribbon | Source
Close up of Tree Skirt, Red
Close up of Tree Skirt, Red | Source
Reverse of Tree Skirt with Red Ribbon
Reverse of Tree Skirt with Red Ribbon | Source

Photos of Miscellaneous Holiday Crafts

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Christmas bag with iris folding.Another view of the altered jarVintage White Tag with Lord a Leaping dieFront of Two CD Mini AlbumsBack of Two CD Mini AlbumsCD Mini Album fanning openFancy Fold Christmas Card with die cuts from Joys of the SeasonHoliday Card using reindeer die cut form Memory BoxDoves of Peace Advent CalendarSmall Hand Made Calendar Front
Christmas bag with iris folding.
Christmas bag with iris folding. | Source
Another view of the altered jar
Another view of the altered jar | Source
Vintage White Tag with Lord a Leaping die
Vintage White Tag with Lord a Leaping die | Source
Front of Two CD Mini Albums
Front of Two CD Mini Albums | Source
Back of Two CD Mini Albums
Back of Two CD Mini Albums | Source
CD Mini Album fanning open
CD Mini Album fanning open | Source
Fancy Fold Christmas Card with die cuts from Joys of the Season
Fancy Fold Christmas Card with die cuts from Joys of the Season | Source
Holiday Card using reindeer die cut form Memory Box
Holiday Card using reindeer die cut form Memory Box | Source
Doves of Peace Advent Calendar
Doves of Peace Advent Calendar | Source
Small Hand Made Calendar Front
Small Hand Made Calendar Front | Source
Photo Credit: June Campell
Photo Credit: June Campell

Vintage White Holiday Tags

I made a few of these vintage white holiday tags using the Tag feature from Joys of the Season cartridge for the Cricut. The tag shown is one of the "ladies dancing" from the 12 Days of Christmas.

I made other tags using the Lords a Leaping die.

After cutting the die, I dry embossed using an embossing folder and the Big Shot. I rubbed distress ink across the embossed background, then added a smaller tag and a row of vintage lace.

Photo Credit: June Campbell
Photo Credit: June Campbell

Jingle Bells Postcard

I made this post card using light cardboard for the base. I stamped the background using a Jingle Bell stamp from Hero Arts. I applied color directly to the stamp using Marvy Markers. The ornament is cut with the Cricut using the Joys of the Season cartridge, and backed with red glitter.

Photo Credit: June Campbell
Photo Credit: June Campbell

Jingle Bells and Santa ATC

Artist Trading Card

I used the same stamping method for this ATC as I did for the postcard. That is, I used the Jingle Bell stamp from Hero Arts and red and green Marvy Markers for color.

The Santa is made with a brass stencil and embossing paste. After it was dry, I colored it with Marvy Markers.

The little green shape is cut with a punch.

Photo Credit: June Campbell
Photo Credit: June Campbell

Frosti, Bride of Frosty

An Altered Paintbrush

I made this altered art project for a swap in a group that I belong to. Art for the Creative Mind.

The project was to alter a paintbrush and the theme was Frosty the Snowman.

I went with Frosti, Bride of Frosty.

Frosti's wedding gown is made with sheer white fabric. Her veil is netting or mesh. Her headdress is fashioned from an old clipon button earring that I painted white.

The "arms" are supposed to represent twigs and they are made from a toilet paper roll cut and painted. She is holding a bridal bouquet that is actually an old Christmas brooch.

Frosti is wearing a necklace of pearls. She has beads for eyes and a lips cut from scrapbook paper.

The brush is painted first with opaque while gesso and then white acrylic paint. I sprinkled white glitter liberally over all, then touched up a bit with some Snow Writer.

Frosti

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    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @susansweaters: I have not tried to cut fabric but I seriously doubt if it will cut felt. If I get a chance, I will try to post but this depends on my time frame just now. LOL

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      susansweaters 

      5 years ago

      Interesting projects. I couldn't tell though if the Emma Ornament craft die would cut fabric. Nothing said if it would. Interested in cutting felt with it.

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Jawill: Yep, I did all these except for the tree skirts. My friend made them.

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      Jawill 

      5 years ago

      You did all these, what very unique ideas. My aunt is so into crafts I'll have to show her this.

      Nice job and thanks for sharing.

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