It’s so fun to really get into the holiday spirit by jazzing up your home, work on some holiday-themed crafts, and wish your loved ones a happy holiday via card (or strangers, for a random act of kindness). Here now are a few easy and fun ways to do so:
Cute and EASY Christmas Crafts, Cards and Decor Ideas!!
1. Christmas Blocks
My friend Ashley came up with this idea, and her husband Jed made and cut all of the blocks for us, thank you so much you two!! Once Jed handed over the blocks, Ashley and I went to town painting them. Now she’s in the process of making something more sculptural, involving clay snowmen (very ambitious!) and I just went for painting them. I cannot believe how cute they turned out:
how cute are these?!
Jed brought us the plain wooden blocks, and I painted all of the sides a solid color background using dark green, light green and white acrylic craft paint. You don’t have to make the blocks yourself, either… check hardware and craft stores for pre-cut blank blocks (the Tanners hand-made ours to get the perfect size!).
plain block getting painted with some greens
For the non-lettered sides, I stuck with easy-to-paint very recognizable “holiday” shapes. I did bells, and wreaths, Christmas trees, snowflakes, Angels, stars, ornaments, candy canes, hearts (because I love hearts)… now come to think of it, I didn’t paint any Crosses, oh man, I so should have done some crosses! Doh.
I freehanded everything, but it would be easy to make stencils (or buy stencils) and go with that. You can print stencils from just googling around for them! I chose things that are super easy to do though, snowmen (circles), ornament (circle), candy cane (hook with stripes), the angel was easy too – it’s just a circle for the head, with a ring around the circle as the halo, and then a triangle body with wings coming out of the top. Easy-peasy!
the blocks on our mantel, aka: top of the tv stand! (we have no real mantel here. boo!)
2. Let It Snow – Paper Snowflakes
I did this one last year, and I saved the snowflakes and re-did it this year too! I live in Hawaii where we are without snow, and thus to make a sparkly flaky Christmas, I had to take matters into my own hands.
I literally just made paper snowflakes and then taped them to the ceiling in our front hall. This year I upped the anty by wrapping the framed crappy art in the hallway with snowflake wrapping paper. Ooooh, fancy!
I think this is one kids would have so much fun with. Also, you can do the classic snow-flakes-taped-to-a-window thing.
snowing, yay! (this is last year)
love the masking tape, classy!
3. The easiest Christmas Card you’ll ever hand make
I featured one of these cards on a post a couple days ago:
simple, but cute!
It’s a flat card, like a postcard. Just write your holiday message on the back.
I made a whole mess of trees, and Duggs (my wonderfully supportive and awesome husband) cut out the cards from a big posterboard that I had. We chose to use white because it’s what we had on hand, you could use any color though!
some of my painted "trees"
As you can see, the “trees” are just triangle with a litany of squiggles, stripes, polka dots and what-not.
trees and cards
now put the trees on the cards, any ole way you like!
Glue them down, I use those photo stickers from scrapbooking. Just affix the trees to the cards, and then bust out some markers to decorate. And then! You’re done.
Now all you need is someone to give your card to. I suggest bringing them to a soup kitchen when they serve Christmas dinner, or maybe to an assisted living facility. Or maybe your brother-in-law. It’s up to you!
These would also be great for other holidays or occasions. Cut out yellow stars of David onto blue paper = super cute Hanukkah card!
4. What to do with last year’s cards!
I kept all of my cards from last year. It’s an easy up-cycle and a way to fill up a wall or hall, or wherever you need some Christmas cheer!
wall o' cards!!
This is a wall in our kitchen. Usually there’s a big tie dye sheet that hangs up there, but now it’s become a giant card collage. I love it!
when trimming the tree, i had this leftover weird beaded garland thingy. nice, huh?
Now, all said and done… It can be a little difficult to warm up the coldness of a base housing home, everything is so industrial! But I’ve tried my best this year, and I think I’ve done okay for myself.
One last photo, of the ole gift-wrapped photos on the walls:
cozy christmas couch!
Good luck with your own holiday decor attempts … if anyone has any other idea ideas, post them, or link me to them! I’m still in the mood to keep going and going. (Besides, this stuff all stays up ’till after New Year’s anyways!).
Happy Crafting, everyone!
And as always… thanks for reading. xoxo, hhr
Ashley made this really great Christmas sign. So there’s one more idea for you. I give her all credit, it was her project entirely. She took a big piece of wood, and just painted it. She wrote “Merry Christmas” on it, then adorned it with some painted snowflakes. She finished it with a snowy border of white paint!
especially since she's wearing my "smock," i think she and i look alike - but here's ashley, painting her great christmas sign!
I don’t have a photo of the finished product, but you get the idea! It’s super easy and will look great in your home, or maybe out by your front door.
Okay, now I’m really done. Love you all, thanks for reading!!