No Money for Christmas Presents? No Problem!

You don’t need much or any money to make this Christmas special for those you care about.

I’m making everything handmade this year out of things I already have around the house and or materials I can get for super cheap!

Everyone loves a handmade gift and it’s a lot more thoughtful than some cheap plastic thing bought at a store!

 

Here are some awesome projects you can make for Christmas this year:

There are so many awesome things you can make by just going outside and gathering things already around where you live.

DIY outdoor jar candle display

cranberry jar christmas candle

Ripe cranberries naturally float to the top keeping your floating candle up.

 

branches wall christmas tree

A cat proof Christmas tree? Not likely! lol

 

felt and pinecone bearded ornies

pine cone elves

Cute an DIY’able!

 

orange candle

 

mason jar winter candle

Here is how to make this:

-Mason Jar
-Lamp Oil
-A drill to make a hole in the lid
-Lamp wick with glass sleeve (Michaels, Hobby Lobby or online at the oillampman.com)

-Potpourri, Pine Cones, Greenery, Cranberries, Nuts, Lemons, dried orange slices, flowers, glass beads, etc.

First, you are going to remove your lid. Take an old piece of scrap wood and place your lid on top of it. Now drill a hole in the center of your lid.

Insert the glass wick. If your wick doesn’t fit you may need to widen the hole a bit, I used a large nail.

Now fill your jar with whatever lovely items you would like.

Now fill your jar up with the Lamp Oil and put your lid on and light.

This would make a great gift too!

 

homemade clay ornaments

Here’s how to make homemade clay ornaments:

Clay Christmas Decorations

If you want to make colored clay add food coloring to the water before you mix it with the cornstarch and baking soda. The clay can be sealed in an airtight container and kept in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Just bring it to room temperature before you use it. This recipe can also be doubled to make a larger batch of decorations.

What you’ll need:
-1/2 cup cornstarch
-1 cup baking soda
-3/4 cup water

-parchment paper

Making Clay:

In a medium sized pot combine the cornstarch, baking soda, and water.

With an adults help the kids can stir this mixture over medium-low heat. After a couple of minutes, the mixture will begin to thicken.

When it looks like smooth, mashed potatoes, remove the pot from the heat.

Spoon the ball of dough into a bowl and cover it with a damp cloth until it’s cool.

When it’s cool, knead it on a smooth surface until smooth.

Add more cornstarch if it feels sticky.

Rolling, Cutting, and Baking:

Preheat oven to 175 degrees.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roll out clay to 1/4 inch thick on a surface lightly dusted with cornstarch.

Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.

Transfer shapes to the prepared baking sheet.

Use a straw to poke a hole in the center top of each decoration.

Place them in the oven for about an hour, turning them over halfway through cooking.

Paint or decorate them and thread a piece of ribbon, twine or yarn through the holes.

http://woodsidekitchen.blogspot.com/2010/11/clay-christmas-decorations.html

You can get more great ideas on Buy Nothing Christmas for more great handmade gift ideas!

 

Stay kawaii!!

 

^  u  ^

 

 

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