For me, crafting is sort of like shopping. The idea of going to the mall and taking my clothes on and off and trying to figure out what looks good and what doesn’t is just so… exhausting. But I also love clothes and want to keep my closet stocked with cute shirts and nice jeans. So shopping is something that I look forward to and dread at the same time. That’s why I always go shopping with a friend. Not only is it great to have company and someone to commiserate with when pair after pair of jeans just won’t fit, it’s also a great motivation to actually GO shopping. My friend Alyssa calls me and says “we’re going shopping” and, as much as I don’t want to, I go. And guess what? I end up having a good time.
I’m the same way with crafting. It’s something I want to do and I always love the finished product, but the actual process, especially the whole “getting started” thing is a little bit intimidating for me. I never quite know if I have the right materials, if I’m doing the steps right, if my project is looking how it’s supposed to at each stage of the process and a whole host of other concerns.
That’s why it was such a huge moment for me when I first discovered craft tutorials on YouTube. I guess I had never thought about it before, but once I found one, I was hooked. Click after click after click, I just kept finding more awesome videos that actually SHOWED you how to make things. And the people giving the instructions were so nice and friendly. It was sort of like I had a whole new bunch of crafting buddies, except I had never met any of them before! Since I live by myself and usually am a solitary crafter, it was really nice to have some company while I made my projects!
With the holidays just around the corner, you’re probably planning a bunch of DIY projects. If you’re like me and would rather follow along with someone as they make something instead of just reading a list of steps, you’ll appreciate the collection of videos on the AllFreeHolidayCrafts YouTube channel. There are tons of great ideas for the upcoming holiday season, including a Christmas Card Gift Set and instructions to make Easy Poinsettia Flowers to decorate for Christmas. There are also some fun seasonal projects on the channel. My favorites are the Fall Blocks Tutorial and the Winter Wreath Tutorial.
Check out a couple of the videos below and then be sure to subscribe to the channel (it’s the little yellow “Subscribe” button on the left of the screen). That way you’ll know whenever a new craft video is posted!
Tell us: What kinds of videos would you like to see on the AllFreeHolidayCrafts YouTube channel? We’re taking suggestions!
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