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

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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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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.

12:27PM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

Thank you!

9:29AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

I think handmade holidays are the most special, they are gifts from the heart and the time spend making them is precious.

3:25PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Thanks for the suggestions :-)

11:21AM PST on Dec 22, 2012

THank you. I have been doing this forEVER and appreciate you awakening people who are unaware. I also find if I make a handmade inexpensive give, everyone appreciates it more than a very expensive gift. Tears of gratitude are a given!

1:57AM PST on Dec 21, 2012

thanks for sharing

5:03AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

I've been doing handmade gifts for a couple years now and they have gone over beautifully. It's surprising just how much people appreciate the time and thought you've put into their gifts.

1:03PM PST on Dec 16, 2012

Thank you for ideas.

1:02PM PST on Dec 16, 2012

Thank you for ideas.

11:42AM PST on Dec 11, 2012

good ideas

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