3 Ways to Get Ahead on Holiday Crafting

Wintery DIY Wall Decor

Gift giving stresses me out big time. I spend way too much time running around and deciding what to get people, feeling like my mind is a blank slate. I am awful at it. Small gifts is not my love language.

Occasionally I have pockets of inspiration, and I feel like queen of the world when I discover (or make!) a great gift that someone appreciates. Reading Marie Segares’ post last year on 7 Tips for Getting a Head Start on Holiday Crafting and DIY Gifts seriously helped me reframe how I view gift giving and holiday crafting. I highly recommend giving it a read!

Peering at this list and coming up with a few ideas of my own, I give you this year’s edition of:

3 Ways to Get Ahead on Holiday Crafting

1. Start Immediately

Snowflake DIY Candy Jar

One of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is to Be Proactive, and that applies to Christmas crafting. We have a matter of weeks before the holiday is upon us, and if handmade projects like knit and crochet patterns take 1-2 weeks to complete, well, you can do the math! Starting now allows time to pick your projects, take breaks, make mistakes, fix them, and finish your presents.

2. Plan

Classic Infinity Scarf

Marie Segares talks about deciding who will get handmade gifts, and then planning what to make for them. Getting organized and writing out a plan (or pinning the projects you’d like to make, or crafting your plan in any manner of your choosing) will help you visually see how much time you have and how much crafting there is in store! My norm is to sit down and make as many scarves as possible (like my absolute favorite infinity scarf pattern by Fiber Flux, linked on AllFreeCrochet) and choose recipients after I finish the scarves. This is not the best method. It is, in fact, a terrible method. Be intentional with your gift giving and plan out your gifts and your recipients!

3. Have a Backup Plan

Tropical Leaf Watercolor Printable

Maybe that crocheted afghan you wanted to give your best friend isn’t going to happen in time. Maybe you can’t knit 16 pairs of slippers before December 25. That’s okay! Be gentle with yourself, and consider an alternative like free printables for making wall art, quick knit or crochet projects, and any of the ideas below! If all else fails, a store bought item or gift card never hurts.

Quick Homemade Gift Ideas

Half Hour Jumbo Tote


What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

Dollar Store DIY Home Décor for the Holidays

Budget-friendly materials for inexpensive DIY Christmas decorations are easier to find than you think! All you need is a great idea or an easy tutorial in order to make your own holiday decorations without busting your budget. Our favorite: Dollar Store craft ideas. They’re cheap, easy, and unbelievably beautiful crafts that all ages will enjoy. First of all, nobody will believe that you got these decorations from the Dollar Store, and secondly, they’ll be amazed to know you made them yourself. So, scroll through our list and choose your favorite because it’s time to get crafty!

Dollar Store DIY Home Décor for the Holidays

We’ve put together a list of our favorite Dollar Store DIY Home Décor for the holidays, so you can join the crafting fun! Take a look at any of these DIY wreaths or homemade ornaments to decorate your home. When you create homemade Christmas decorations, they’re simply the best because they’re so personal and unique. You simply can’t buy decorations for your home that are this special. Get the kids crafting too because some of these ideas are so easy, even your little ones will want to get creative!


Dollar Store DIY Home Décor for the Holidays


Dollar Store DIY Wreaths

Dollar Store Ornament Wreath

Forget buying an expensive wreath at a store and use one of these Dollar Store crafts as a better, more affordable option. Make one of these DIY wreaths for any space that needs a festive touch: your front door, fireplace mantle, or even above your garage door!

How to Make Wreath SUPER Fast: A Dollar Store Hack

Glowing Snowflake Wreath

Dollar Store Ornament Wreath – Watch the easy video tutorial!

Anthropologie-Inspired Pom Pom Wreath – Nobody will believe this is a knock-off!

Dollar Store Poinsettia Wreath – Only $1

Dollar Store DIY Home Décor

Gold Dipped Ornaments

Whether you’re looking to make handmade ornaments or some festive crafts for your home, these DIY home décor projects are budget-friendly and oh-so-pretty!

Gold Dipped Ornaments

Metallic DIY Home Décor – The perfect DIY decoration to add some sparkle and shine!

Make Your Own Mercury Glass

Enchanting Snow Ornaments

Darling Dollar Store Icicle Ornaments

Pine Cone Christmas Trees – Use Dollar Store and Recycled Materials!

Dollar Tree Revamp with Washi Tape



Let us know below, what’s your favorite Christmas craft?

11 DIY Christmas Wreaths to be Jolly About

It’s time to get down to some serious crafting folks. With the kids back in school, the summer winding down, and the fall holidays looming over us closer and closer, we really need to prep for…Christmas! Christmas?! You’re probably thinking I’m out of my mind, but those homemade mantle crafts and DIY garlands aren’t going to make themselves! I started sewing for Christmas about a month ago because I’m still a beginner and I wanted a head start on my homemade tree skirt. Plus, I wanted plenty of crafting time and an organized craft room for all the DIY Christmas decorations I have planned.

11 DIY Christmas Wreaths to be Jolly About

The best part of crafting — free sewing patterns, crochet patterns, and knitting — is that you can take a tutorial or a pattern and still be able to make the craft or pattern with your own personal touch. I normally change colors or patterns, but if you’re super creative, you can imagine an entirely other use. Take wreaths, for example and an adorable deco mesh wreath tutorial. That tutorial may be for spring with bright blues and greens, but you could easily adjust it for a red and green DIY Christmas wreath. Everything can be tailored to suit your needs and tastes.

Those cute deco mesh DIY wreaths are really trendy right now. Not sure what they are? They’re the homemade wreaths that look ruffled like an unraveled roll of ribbon. These were all over my sorority hallways with the names of the sisters in each room. They had these cute wreaths with their letters at the bottom and their names in sparkly letters. A DIY wreath would be a really cute dorm room decor to give as a graduation gift!

Excited for the holidays, I’m checking my supply list twice and heading straight off to the craft store to gather supplies for a few different DIY Christmas wreath ideas. I need to make at least two to cover the whole season. I can’t wait to learn how to make a wreath for every single one of my doors!

11 DIY Christmas Wreaths to be Jolly About


Ho Ho Ho WreathHo Ho Ho Wreath




Ornament WreathOrnament Wreath Video




Walnut WreathWalnut Wreath




Feather WreathFancy Feathers Wreath




Yarn Snowball Yarn Snowball Wreath




Berry ChristmasRed Green and White Christmas Berry Wreath




OrnamentJoyful Ornament Wreath and Sign




Candy CaneCandy Cane Wreath




Frosted GlassLight Up Frosted Glass Ball Wreath




Willow WreathWinter Willow Wreath




What do you use for outdoor decorations?

Christmas Crafts Show & Tell – And the Winner Is…

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Christmas Craft Show & Tell! We challenged you to share your best Christmas projects with the FaveCrafts community. For the last two days, blog readers have had the chance to vote for their favorite project.


And the winner is…


Joan submitted a crochet rose! Head over to Pinterest to view more of her work.


Thank you to everyone who linked up for this hop! You can see all the submissions and find great holiday craft tutorials by visiting the Christmas Craft Show & Tell post.

We’ll see you back here for the next blog hop!

Have a Handmade Holiday with the 10 Dollar Store Crafts for Christmas free eBook!

10 Dollar Store Crafts for ChristmasHave you been looking for a way to celebrate Christmas without breaking your holiday budget? Then you’re in luck; try our latest, free eBook on for size! This hand-picked collection of our thriftiest Christmas ideas, 10 Dollar Store Crafts for Christmas is your key to a handmade holiday on a budget. These dollar store crafts will help you decorate your home and your Christmas tree without spending more than you can afford. Save the cash this season and resort to your creativity instead of your pocket book. We’ve also included a handful of handmade Christmas gifts, because it’s the giving time of year. At AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com, we’re happy to share our favorite crafts for Christmas that aren’t only cost-efficient, but are gorgeous too! There’s no time like the present to get started on your handmade Christmas crafts!


Dollar Store Decorations for Christmas

10 Dollar Store Crafts for Christmas

Perhaps the most memorable moments leading up to Christmas Day are those spent together decorating the house and the Christmas tree. Looking at old family ornaments and heirlooms is a sure-fire way to spread the holiday spirit and bring families together. Add some more memorable moments to the mix and spend a few days working on handmade Christmas decorations. Don’t just reminisce on old handmade pieces; add some new gems to your collection this year. We have a handful of dollar store crafts that will help you make handmade ornaments, DIY wreaths, and more. Grab your copy of 10 Dollar Store Crafts for Christmas and get started today!


Handmade Christmas Gifts

10 Dollar Store Crafts for Christmas

Prepping for the upcoming holiday doesn’t stop at decorating. There are many other things to consider, and handmade Christmas gifts are on the top of every list. Making your own holiday gifts isn’t just a creative way to save some cash; it’s the perfect way to show your loved ones how much you care. From creative handmade gift wrap ideas (there’s even one including a mason jar!) to handmade soap and dinner favors, this collection has a gift idea for everyone! Why wait any longer? Grab your copy of 10 Dollar Store Crafts for Christmas and start prepping for one of the biggest handmade holidays of the year!



What’s your favorite go-to dollar store craft for Christmas?




Pretty in Patchwork: HolidaysBonus!

Enter to win a copy of Pretty in Patchwork and discover even more handmade ideas for Christmas! The deadline to enter is December 17, 2013 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays, by John Q. Adams, is a compilation of over 30 different patchwork sewing projects to carry you through all the holidays.

The Great Christmas Project Roundup

Beat the heat this July by planning ahead for the coolest months of the year, and get started on your early Christmas spree by browsing the 7 Secrets of Holiday Crafting, Part 1 and Part 2! While you’re getting ready, you can fuel your creative fire by checking out the Christmas Crafting Guide for some preliminary DIY Christmas planning.

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AllFreeChristmasCrafts Giveaway: Solar Snowflake Tree Outdoor Christmas Decoration!

Solar Snowflake Tree Outdoor Christmas DecorationOutdoor Christmas decorations just aren’t complete without lights. Whether you’re decorating trees or setting up Christmas figures in your front yard, the magic happens when night arrives and the decorations are illuminated.

You can add the magic of lights to your Christmas decorating with this Solar Snowflake Tree Outdoor Christmas Decoration. We are giving away one of these fabulous light-up trees. Enter to win here.

This gorgeous tree measures 40″ in height, and the light it gives off will extend much farther. The tree stakes easily into the ground, so this decoration will stay stable during the cold winter months. Surrounded by snow, this tree will shine even more brightly, and the white-on-white colors will only add to the serene and peaceful atmosphere. If you don’t live in a seasonal climate, this tree is a wonderful way to bring a little bit of winter to your home at Christmas.

The tree features 30 illuminated snowflakes, bendable branches, a stake base to secure it easily into the ground, and one “AA” rechargeable battery that is included. The simplicity of its design will perfectly compliment all other outdoor Christmas decorations. It’s easy to set up and gorgeous to view. The tree is a tribute to the beauty of snow and of winter.

AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com is giving away one Solar Snowflake Tree Outdoor Christmas Decoration to one lucky winner. You could win!

Learn more and enter to win here.

Contest ends December 3, 2013. You can enter once daily, return often to improve your chances of winning!


Decorate this Holiday Season with 12 Penguin Crafts for Christmas

Penguins are one of my favorite animals, and penguin crafts are a great way to add my Christmas decorations. They are so cute, and since penguins are a winter animal, I can keep my penguin decorations up all season long. It keeps the Christmas spirit around all winter, and who doesn’t want Christmas to last longer? It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

There are so many ways to add penguin crafts into your collection of DIY holiday decorations. Penguins are a big favorite with kids, and most people describe penguin crafts as adorable or cute. Penguin crafts are sure to be a lovely addition to any holiday home decor. Start adding these precious animals into your collection of homemade decorations this holiday season with this list of fun, easy Christmas crafts complied by AllFreeChristmasCrafts.

Penguin Gift Tag

DIY Holiday Gift Tags

An easy way to incorporate penguins into your Christmas traditions this season is by putting penguins on your homemade gift tags like these Punched Paper Gift Toppers do. It is such a simple way use these adorable animals. You can also try out this Penguin Gift Tag by using a wooden tag and some paint to create a unique piece that’s a perfect way to top off any gift.




Homemade Christmas OrnamentsPurple Penguin Ornaments

Unique ornaments are the best way to make your tree stand out during the Christmas season. Take a break from red and green and try these awesome Purple Penguin Ornaments. If you want an easy Christmas craft to create with your kids, a Penguin Pals Ornament is for you; it can be completed in no time, and will look great hanging on your tree. Below are some additional examples of penguin Christmas ornaments you can make for the holidays.


Recycled PenguinsRecycled DIY Christmas Decorations

Creating homemade decorations out of recycled materials is an easy and inexpensive way to add to your Christmas decor. These Recycled Penguins are made out of liter soda bottles. You could also make these Skiing Penguin Buddies made out of fruit cups. What an adorable and crafty way to go green this Christmas!




Haven’t quite found your favorite new penguin craft for Christmas? Try out these additional cute penguin crafts for your table top or mantel. Huggable Penguin Crochet Pattern






I love penguin crafts for Christmas, and I hope you do too! In addition to these adorable, fun Christmas crafts, go to AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com and to the AllFreeChristmasCrafts Pinterest Board throughout the season to see more penguin crafts. Enjoy adding penguins to your holiday decorations collection this Christmas!


What is your favorite Christmas character?



Woodland Christmas from Ric Rac: National Sewing Month 2013

It’s Day Thirteen of National Sewing Month! Too see the daily blog posts, projects of the day, and more National Sewing Month details, click here.


National Sewing Month 2013

Woodland-Christmas-1Hi, my name is Jodie and I blog at vintagericrac.blogspot.com. I am excited to be part of National Sewing Month, although I might need a National Sewing Year to finish off all the WIPs in my sewing room. I am foremost a toymaker but I dabble in all kinds of sewing and have been known to turn out the odd quilt or garment or practical item on occasion.

I have created this cute little holiday DIY ornament that you can make up in traditional colors, or mix it up with some earthy colors to create a little woodsman. It’s such a cute Christmas craft idea and they make even more adorable DIY gifts! Have fun!

If you have a Google Account (you can make one for free), here is the link to a Google Doc to download the whole tutorial including the pattern pieces: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3POraACAxjpUEtmRUpFb0hmNEE/edit

This little Santa and his tree have been designed to be hand sewn. All embroidery is done with two strands of stranded embroidery thread.

DIY Ornament



Cut for Santa:

  • 1 Base
  • 1 Body
  • 1 Hat
  • 1 Hat Brim
  • 1 Face
  • 1 Beard
  • 1 Mustache
  • 1 Belt to be cut on fold

Santa Construction:

Using the pattern placement guide, pin the beard in place .

Sew small seed or rice grain stitches at random over the beard .Woodland-Christmas-3

Place the face on top of the beard and pin in place.

Thread your teeny buckle onto belt and slide to the middle. Pin belt in place on Santa.


Backstitch face in place – I cheated and didn’t sew the very top as it will be hidden under the hat.

Pin mustache in place on top of face and seed stitch the moustache.

Add two single wrap French knot cheeks and two double wrap French knot eyes to your face.


Fold Santa along fold line right sides out and blanket stitch the center back seam, catching the belt ends as you sew.


Pin base in place and blanket stitch ¾ of the way around. Stuff Santa and blanket stitch the base closed, adding more stuffing as needed.


Hat Construction:

Pin hat brim to hat and sew small seed or rice grain stitches to secure it to hat.


Fold hat in half right sides out and blanket stitch center back seam.


Place hat on Santa’s head.

Pop your hat on.

Cut for Tree:

  • 1 base
  • 1 tree bottom
  • 1 tree middle
  • 1 tree top

Tree Construction:

Fold tree bottom in half along dotted line and blanket stitch the center back seam. Stuff and blanket stitch base in place.

Fold tree middle in half along dotted line and blanket stitch center back seam

Fold tree top in half along dotted line and blanket stitch center back seam.

Stack your tree pieces onto each other

Decorate with French knots, chain stitch – in fact, anything you fancy!

Requirements for Santa:

  • 7 ½ inch square of red felt
  • 4 ½ inch of white felt
  • 2 ½ x 7 ½ inch strip of brown felt
  • 2 inch square of skin coloured felt
  • 1 teeny buckle
  • Black, red and white embroidery thread
  • Hobbyfill

Requirements for Tree:

  • 6 ½ inch square of dark green felt
  • 5 x 3 ½ inches light Green felt
  • Red embroidery threads
  • Hobbyfill

Finished size approx: 5 inches high

For more sewing inspiration, visit Jodie’s blog, Ric Rac!

Have you started your Christmas sewing yet?


Crafts to Help You Kick-Start Christmas in July

Sparkly Santa Jar The sun is out, the sandals are on, and we’ve all got one thing on our minds…Christmas of course! Christmas in July is already here, but don’t worry. AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com has a list of 100 Easy Christmas Crafts for the Holidays to help kick-start Christmas in July! The magical holiday will be upon us before we know it so it’s time to check out these crazy holiday crafts.

Whether you’re looking for handmade Christmas decorations or easy Christmas crafts for kids, we’ve got you covered. Each project in this list of Crafts to Help You Kick-Start Christmas in July is easy to make and takes so little time. By December your home will be stacked with Christmas crafts from floor to ceiling!

Bask in the joy of Christmas in July with your friends. Invite them over for a crafting party and see who can make the most crafts from our list of 100 Easy Christmas Crafts for the Holidays. Between the handmade Christmas ornaments and the gift wrap ideas, you’ll have enough crafts to trade, give away, and keep for yourself.

With projects for gift-wrapping, ornament hanging, and spending time with your kids, you’re sure to find something in this list for you. It’s bound to be a craft-crazy Christmas in July!

Kids Crafts for Christmas

Easy Peasy Pom Pom Ornament

After a long day at summer camp, your kids will be overjoyed to come home to a table covered in Christmas craft materials. Get the kids involved in your Christmas in July crafting with these simple crafts for kids. They’ll love delving into their creative side to make Christmas crafts like Rudolph the Glove Reindeer and Fluffy Beard Santa. There’s nothing more magical than Christmas for a child, and they’ll love that they helped create that magic. These easy Christmas crafts for kids are minimal mess and maximum fun!


Chocoholic's Dream Ornament

Sweet Lookin’ Candy Christmas Decorations

No need to worry about cavities with these sweet lookin’ candy Christmas Decorations. Make these handmade Christmas decorations and let your eyes feast. You won’t believe how easy it is to recreate your favorite Christmas treats. There’s nothing sadder than when the dessert plates are empty at the end of the night but these sweet lookin’ candy Christmas decorations are here to stay!

Gift Wrapping Genius Crafts

Little Felt Gift Boxes

Become a gift wrapping genius with these gift wrapping genius crafts. Doesn’t it seem like every year you find yourself in a mad dash to purchase Christmas gifts for friends and family? Reduce the stress by making some handmade Christmas wrap this July. These gift wrapping genius crafts make every gift look special with bows, ribbons, and boxes. No matter what you give your loved ones, they’ll have a gift within a gift.

7 Easy DIY Christmas Crafts: Make Your Own Ornaments, Wreaths and More!



Hungry for more Christmas crafts? Check out our free “7 Easy DIY Christmas Crafts: Make Your Own Ornaments, Wreaths and More!” eBook!


 What type of Christmas crafts make you jump for July?