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Have a Handmade Holiday

Handmade fabric garland.

Handmade Decorations

This is another area where you can opt to make or opt to shop. Making ornaments and garland is a fun activity to do with friends and with your kids.

For kids, you might try something simple and classic, like a cranberry and popcorn garland. The only other things you need are a needle and thread. Kids will love deciding what to string next and hanging their creation in a doorway or on the tree.

You can even put your friends and family to work! At your next holiday party, try setting up a craft station with supplies for making decorations, and let folks have at it. Crafts are a great ice breaker, and you’ll be left with unique decorations that stir up lovely holiday memories. Stock the table with supplies like: reclaimed cardboard, wine corks, permanent markers, glitter, glue, googly eyes, string, needles and thread, vintage buttons, and ribbon. It’s fun to see what folks create!

If you prefer to buy handmade, Etsy is a fabulous resource. I searched “holiday decoration” and came up with over 100,000 options! You can also hunt for handmade decorations at craft markets and shops that sell handmade wares. Artists will often create holiday decorations just for the season.

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Image Credits:
Soup Mix. Photo by Becky Striepe
Handmade Bunting. Creative Commons photo by stampinmom

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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1:46AM PST on Dec 8, 2014


4:13AM PST on Dec 7, 2014

good idea..

12:58PM PST on Dec 6, 2014

I cherish my homemade presents from my family!

11:23AM PST on Dec 4, 2014


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9:58AM PST on Dec 4, 2014

There are plenty of tutorials on blogs/vlogs on how to make your own "vintage" type decorations, patterns can also be bought for a fraction of a decent Christmas decoration.

4:59AM PST on Dec 4, 2014

I love giving from my own time and creativity. I am giving away cookies this year. Next year my project is scarves... SO this year I am learning how to knit. Fun, fun, fun!

4:32AM PST on Dec 3, 2014

Colour our wonderful time

3:50AM PST on Dec 3, 2014

I like giving soup mixes and baking mixes (think brownies with mix ins) to friends. There are some excellent suggestions for recipes out on the web.

9:18PM PST on Feb 12, 2014

Last Night I have done a Design for Pohela Falgun. You know Pohela Falgun is our "first day of Spring in the Bengali calendar, celebrated in Bangladesh and West Bengal and in the other Indian states, including Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand and Orrisa." Actually my design is a Handmade Gifts for everyone. Now I am very happy.

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