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Christmas is only 5 days away, but there’s still time to knock out some great handmade gifts – and we’re here to inspire you. Armed with Kim Stoegbauer’s Modern Christmas Card templates and more than a little motivated by Handmade Ryan Gosling, the HGTV.com editors took a craft break and churned out some seriously adorable cards and ornaments.

Yarn-Wrapped Christmas Wreaths

Seriously cute! Tiny, yarn-wrapped Christmas wreaths

These yarn-wrapped wreath ornaments have been blowing up Pinterest for weeks, and with good reason. They are inexpensive, easy and quick – taking only about half an hour from start to finish.

Liz Gray and yarn-wrapped Christmas wreath

Decorating Editor, Liz Gray, and her finished wreath

We started with piles of colorful yarn, mini-wreath forms and sheets of felt from the local craft store. Just wrap the yarn around the wreath, securing the ends as you go. You can stick with a single color, wrap multiple colors simultaneously or go for color blocks. For the felt flowers, cut quarter-size circles, fold them in fourths and attach with straight pins. There are also tons of tutorials out there, if you want more info.

TomKat Modern Christmas Cards

Kim's Christmas cards are easy on the eyes -- and easy to make!

Now for the Christmas cards…our featured blogger Kim’s printable template, some scissors and a two-inch hole punch make them so simple.

Farima Alavi and handmade Christmas card

Decorating editor, Farima Alavi, shows off her handmade Christmas card

Too pretty to toss come January, don’t you think?

Yarn-Wrapped Wreaths on Christmas Tree

Doing our job to brighten up cubeland

At the end of the day, we had enough wreaths and cards to deck the mini Christmas tree in our desk area. So freaking cute, am I right? Ryan Gosling would totally approve.


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12 Responses

  1. Karli_Scripps says:

    Fabulous! Love them all!

  2. Rachael says:

    Love those little wreaths! Colorful and simple. Good job ladies :)

    Rachael http://thethriftypicker.blogspot.com/

  3. Kayla@HGTV says:

    What a fun day! My kitties enjoyed my wreath more than my tree did, sadly :/ The yarn is all fuzzy now haha. They yanked it right off the kitchen table.

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  5. Marianne@HGTV says:

    Kayla, I am cracking up. Half ornament, half cat toy!

  6. I LOVE seeing my card designs being made!! Nice job, Farima!

  7. The yarn wreaths are so adorable, too!

  8. Marianne@HGTV says:

    Kim, they were adorable and I am now a little addicted to the giant hole punch.

  9. Lili@HGTV says:

    Kim, I got a shocked, "You MADE these???" from my husband. Kudos to you, and thanks for making me look like a pro with your designs!

  10. Ashley says:

    The wreaths are cute but I LOVE the cards! I'd like to do this at work. :)

    Thanks for the Handmade Ryan shout out – such a thrill!

Marianne CanadaMarianne is the Special Projects Editor for HGTV.com. She was the girl in college who saved her waitressing tips to buy a Knoll chair and the perfect vintage couch. All...


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