I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but Christmas is in the air. Am I crazy for saying that? Justin Bieber’s newest album “Under the Mistletoe” has been blaring in my car all week (yes — it’s true), I’ve already seen the classic Hershey Kisses Christmas commercial at least twenty times and my most recent mall adventure included an obstacle course of Christmas trees, garland and artificially wrapped gifts. Ah, I love this time of year. For those of you ready to dive in and get to it, I have five fun and festive handmade Christmas projects you can create this weekend in a snap.
Starting December 1, you can count down the days till Christmas with this festive (and adorable) mitten garland advent calendar. Use twine to string up 24 miniature mittens, and hang below the mantel or wrap around the tree for an instant dash of holiday cheer. Get full step-by-step instructions here >>
Your friends and family won’t believe it when you tell them you handcrafted this eco-chic miniature bird necklace. With just a few tools and materials, you can create a customized gift a nature-lover will truly appreciate. Get full step-by-step instructions here >>
Check out other one-of-a-kind handmade Christmas gift ideas, from sweater scarfs for her to rough-and-tumble bar sets for him.
Break away from tradition this year by swapping out Christmas stockings for galvanized metal pails painted with vibrant, festive hues. Marian Parsons of Mustard Seed Interiors personalized these pails with polka dots, monograms and other fun designs. You can even pull the kids in on this project and let them decorate their own. Line them with tissue paper and fill with various treats and gifts for a fun Christmas surprise. Get full step-by-step instructions here >>
Who doesn’t love a good, from-the-heart handmade card? Break up the stack of store-bought cards your friends and family will receive this Christmas with this modern and sophisticated ornament card you can create for each and every person on your list. Get full step-by-step instructions here >>
During the holidays, no front door is complete without a stunning wreath, so dress it up with this natural moss-and-cranberry beauty. If you’re feeling especially creative, you can even bring the wreath inside and make it part of your Christmas centerpiece, too. Get full step-by-step instructions here >>
Head over to HGTV.com for hundreds of other handmade holiday ideas sure to satisfy your need for the season.