Christmas Crafts in Under an Hour
Quick and Easy Holiday Projects
This Christmas can be festive and merry and still be economical. We found the perfect book for those crafty people out there that are short on time and may need to do Christmas on a budget. One-Hour Christmas Crafts, in the Clever Crafter series, is a book that all who love to create gifts, holiday decorations and ornaments, must check out. The craft ideas detailed in this well organized and beautifully illustrated book are fabulous and all of them can be completed in under an hour! Patterns and a glossary of additional instructions are included in the back of the book.
Handmade gifts make the season merry for the creator and those on his or her list. Enjoy!
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My Three Favorite Craft Projects from the Book
One-Hour Christmas Crafts - Leisure Arts
Many used copies of the great book are available for pennies on Amazon.
It was hard to choose, with there being so many wonderful ideas, but I narrowed it down to feature one craft in each of the three sections. I've provided a description and directions for each craft and when I finish mine, I'll post some pictures.
One Hour Gifts
Cozy Snowmen Sweatshirt in 40 minutes
This sweatshirt featuring three happy snowmen will be a hit for anyone on your gift list and can be worn through the entire winter. You'll have fun sponge painting these cute little guys.
You'll need tracing paper, compressed craft sponge, paper plate, white fabric paint, sweatshirt, toothbrush, paper towel, and assorted colors of dimensional paint.
Trace the large snowman pattern onto tracing paper and cut it out. Use the pattern to cut the shape from the sponge.
Use the sponge shape to paint on the front of the sweatshirt by following the instructions in the back of the book.
Let the snowmen dry, then use dimensional paint to add faces, scarves, buttons, arms and snow details. Allow to dry.
Use the toothbrush to lightly splatter white fabric paint over the front of the shirt. Dip toothbrush bristles into fabric paint. Blot bristles on paper towel to remove excess. Hold toothbrush just above the sweatshirt and pull thumb across bristles. Allow paint to dry.
White Poinsettia Card on Zazzle
Supplies for Poinsettia Placemat
Poinsettia Christmas Card Template by Gladditudes
The poinsettia on the placemat is arranged much like on the Christmas card. A white poinsettia looks good on a red placemat and a red one is nice on green.
Red and White Silk Poinsettias
Poinsettia Place Mat in 25 minutes
Add pizzazz to ordinary place mats by fusing the petals and leaves of a white silk poinsettia on to the corner of a red, green or plaid cloth place mat. Add highlights with gold glitter dimensional paint.
You'll need one white silk poinsettia with eight to ten petals, aluminum foil, paper-backed fusible web, red fabric place mat, and gold glitter dimensional paint.
I normally use the name brand "Wonder Under", but others work well, too.
Using Wonder Under Fusible Web to Applique - Another Quick & Easy Gift
More Poinsettia Projects
Here are some of my own ideas for napkin rings to go along with the poinsettia theme. One uses florist's tape and silk poinsettias and the other red and green sheets of felt. The felt can be sprayed with starch to stiffen the fabric and to aid in cutting out the pieces.
Matching Poinsettia Napkin Rings
Add a special touch with easy to make matching poinsettia napkin rings. Get some extra poinsettias and form a ring with the stems. Use green floral tape to cover the stems and finish off the ring. See the finished napkin rings, done with red poinsettias in the photo above.
Felt Poinsettia Napkin Rings
Another easy to make and inexpensive napkin ring can be constructed from red (or white) and green felt. Use the pattern below to cut out the pieces of each napkin ring. The long red piece measures 8 3/4 inches by 2 inches at the widest point. The flower shaped pieces measure 3 inches at the widest point.
Felt Poinsettia Napkin Rings
Cross Stitch Cardinal
One-Hour Tree Trimming
Cardinal Ornament in only 7 minutes
Use Delta Fantasy Snow, a large pine cone, 12 inches of 1/8 inch red ribbon, an artificial red Cardinal bird, a small sprig of artificial berries and craft glue to create this lovely ornament of a male Cardinal sitting on a snow capped pine cone.
Form the hanger from the red ribbon by folding it in half and tying a knot 2" from the fold. Glue the ribbon end under one wing of the bird.
Apply the snow to the wide end of the pine cone (this will be the top) so it looks natural. Leave a 1" diameter opening at the center of the top of the pine cone for the bird.
Glue the bird onto the snow, covering the opening. Glue the berry sprig to the snow. Let it dry.
Artificial Red Cardinals
Add a pine cone, some artificial greenery or berries and a little fantasy snow and you'll have a dozen lovely cardinal ornaments for your tree.
Here is the special artificial snow which will give the right effect.
More Easy-to-Make Christmas Crafts
- Angel Crafts for Christmas
Creating Christmas decorations and crafts is a tradition in my family. Here I show you how to make many Christmas angels including ornaments, pins and tree toppers and links to more ideas and books.
- Natural Christmas Wreaths and Other Crafts
Gathering nature's bounty for Christmas wreaths and decorations is a family tradition. Here you will find directions and ideas on making your own natural holiday wreaths and other crafts.
© 2010 Yvonne L B