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    Christmas Time Craft Project and Gift Ideas 2008

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    Cookgirl
    Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:47 pm
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    May I double park these ideas here for safe keeping:?

    Craft Idea #1

    This is a little project of mine that I like to do every year at Christmas. Take a box or two of plain, clear glass ball ornaments. The cost of the ornaments will usually run about US$3.99 for 6 (however I buy them on sale at JoAnn's using a discount coupon.)

    *Keep in mind that you will probably shatter at least one of the ornaments. icon_wink.gif




    Decorate the inside of the glass balls with a variety of items but not limited to: dyed cotton balls, ribbon and trim, sequins, glass beads, yarn, scrap material, old jewelry findings, etc. As long as the items aren't too heavy or too big to fit through the opening, you won't have any problems.

    It's simple: carefully remove the top and place the items inside. I use the eraser end of a pencil or knitting needle to carefully stuff the crafty items inside.

    This was the best image I could find online:

    I'll post pictures of completed decorated ornaments soon!

    Feel free to post any of your Holiday decorating projects.

    cg icon_wink.gif


    Last edited by Cookgirl on Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:28 am, edited 2 times in total
    Cookgirl
    Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:45 pm
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    Craft Idea #2

    Here's an easy gift idea for the sewer/crafter on your Christmas/Birthday/Hostess gift list. I found this in SewNews Holidays' magazine. These are sold on loraliedesigns.com but I thought to myself, wouldn't it be more fun to choose your own mug and fabric designs and make your own themed mug gift set?
    Need:

    -mug
    -4 to 5 rolls coordinating fat quarters
    -ribbon or raffia
    -name tag

    1. Buy a coffee mug of your choice and fill with 4-5 rolls of coordinating fat quarters.

    2. Tie ribbon or raffia around the stack of fat quarters and attach name tag!

    Simple!

    PS> I'm sure this would also work with a (mini) teapot!


    Last edited by Cookgirl on Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:02 pm, edited 4 times in total
    Cookgirl
    Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:57 pm
    Forum Host
    Craft Idea #3

    Easy 3D Christmas tree greeting card to make:
    (from SewNew)

    Need:

    -1 piece of card stock or paper of your choice that is greeting card size

    -3 coordinating pieces of scrap fabric in Holiday print

    -1 Christmas tree stencil pattern that will fit on the greeting card (any simple Christmas tree pattern). Cut 3 of the same size. *Another option I thought of is to cut out 3 different sizes: small, medium, large. ~fyi~

    -small amount of glue

    -sewing machine and coordinating thread

    1. Stack the three Christmas tree pieces together aligning the edges.

    2. Position the unfolded note card right side up. Center the stack of Christmas trees right side up on card front. (If you want, you can add a dab of glue to hold stack in place.)

    3. Use a long running stitch length and beginning at upper edge of card, sew vertically down the center of the card through the stack of Christmas tree fabric pieces all the way to the bottom of the card. (If it helps, mark your sewing line with erasable marker to guide you.) Don't backstitch though! Trim threads.

    *Note: if you use a short running stitch it causes the paper to tear (think perforation.)


    Last edited by Cookgirl on Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:20 am, edited 1 time in total
    Cookgirl
    Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:20 am
    Forum Host
    Craft Idea #4 Original by CG <<--


    Make up batches of a variety of spice and herb mixes of your choice, such as these for example: (I always make them salt-free. fyi)

    Auberge Blend - Herbes De Provence
    Old Bay Seasoning #2
    Five Spice Mix
    Garam Masala
    Fennel Spice Rub for Turkey (Michael Chiarello)
    Jamaican Jerk Rub
    Za'atar
    Roasted Curry Powder #2
    Salt Free Taco Seasoning




    Place the mixes in small fabric pouches that are muslin cloth lined. If you wish, you can fit a small plastic bag ziploc bag (available in bead/craft stores) inside the pouch then add the mix, and tie with ribbon, raffia, metallic chenille stems, etc.

    The pouches can then be arranged in an open gift box or other festive container.

    *To make the gift extra special, add a corresponding recipe to each spice/herb mix. (Hand written is nice!)

    Easy!

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    PS Keep the spice/herb bags away from heat and moisture.
    Cookgirl
    Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:21 am
    Forum Host
    Craft Idea #5


    This idea is from familyfun.com:

    Gumdrop Tree

    Need:

    -one cone shaped styrofoam piece
    -green gumdrops
    -green toothpicks, cut in half
    -star topper (star shaped candy?)
    -small round piece of fabric for the tree skirt

    Insert one end of a toothpick into a gumdrop and the other end into the Styrofoam form. Repeat until the ball is covered with gumdrops. Arrange on the fabric tree skirt.

    My idea for the star topper is to find star shaped candy and attach to the top of the tree...what kind of candy I don't know yet.)


    You can embellish the tree by adding a "string" of lights such as candy. (I haven't quite figured out how to do that. Give me a day or two.)

    PS> You can do other shapes-round for making pumpkins and adding orange gumdrops, black eyes and mouth, green stem.
    Chef #604017
    Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:01 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    OK guys, I really need some gift ideas. I make my Christmas gifts every year and people tell me that they can't wait to see what I've made each year. I've got no ideas this year and I'm panicking because I usually start in August. So I like to come up with one idea and make all the men & women in my family the same things. Some things I've made are very simple large square quilts, I've made the no sew fleece blankets and had each person's name embroidered on the blanket, I made a basket filled with homemade canned jams, apple butters, apple sauces & a homemade incense burner, a box filled with a crocheted scarf, homemade lip balm, homemade hard candy. I had thought I would make everyone a flannel robe this year but the pattern I bought is proving to be a pain in my rear and I don't think I would be able to stand making 27 of them. I don't want to dissapoint anyone this year and I don't mind making something that is a lot of work I just really need some ideas. I would reeeeeaaaalllly appreciate any ideas anyone could give me. Thanks!!!!!!!
    Cookgirl
    Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:40 am
    Forum Host
    Without getting too opinionated regarding the Holidays and gift giving, with that many family members, (I know the feeling, we have a large family, too) I would do the ol' pick a name out of a hat trick.

    Each person is assigned one person to give a gift. That way you don't spend your time fussing and fretting over the thought of making 27+ gifts which simply is not only fun, it's out of hand.

    Furthermore, you will be able to make a special, personalized homemade gift for that one person.

    Are you really expected to give out 27+ gifts?
    Chef #604017
    Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:39 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    I have my family and my in-laws. Both families have always given gifts to everyone. No one seems all that receptive to the pollyana type thing. They all enjoy giving gifts to each person.
    That's what generally makes it harder for me, trying to find something thats good for men & women. I truly don't mind making that many of whatever I make. I'm used to my fall being filled with present making & I really enjoy myself.
    Cookgirl
    Wed Oct 08, 2008 1:25 pm
    Forum Host
    What about those cookies-in-a-jar gifts?
    Or soup-in-a-jar?

    You could find some pretty Ball brand canning jars
    second hand and use those to hold the contents.

    Add a scrap of fabric to the lid and a pretty bow...??



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    Kitchen Queen
    Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:26 am
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    I am only an aspiring seamstress, but my sew cool girlfriend is making flannel pj pants for her parents and kids. She claims they are dead easy and economical to make, too icon_wink.gif

    What about those in a holiday type print?
    Cookgirl
    Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:56 am
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    I made some flannel pjs for our daughter's little cousins. They aren't Holiday-themed but they are super easy to make. Most patterns are two pieces-front and back but I have a pattern that is only one piece. You could whip up several pair of pj bottoms in nothing flat.

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    PS> flannel is cheap, too.
    kiwidutch
    Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:45 pm
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    These are quick and easy and look great !

    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Thu Oct 09, 2008 2:31 pm
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    Cookgirl wrote:
    Craft Idea #2

    Here's an easy gift idea for the sewer/crafter on your Christmas/Birthday/Hostess gift list. I found this in SewNews Holidays' magazine. These are sold on loraliedesigns.com but I thought to myself, wouldn't it be more fun to choose your own mug and fabric designs and make your own themed mug gift set?
    Need:

    -mug
    -4 to 5 rolls coordinating fat quarters
    -ribbon or raffia
    -name tag

    1. Buy a coffee mug of your choice and fill with 4-5 rolls of coordinating fat quarters.

    2. Tie ribbon or raffia around the stack of fat quarters and attach name tag!

    Simple!


    I like!
    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Thu Oct 09, 2008 2:38 pm
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    [quote="Chef #604017"]OK guys, I really need some gift ideas. I make my Christmas gifts every year and people tell me that they can't wait to see what I've made each year. I've got no ideas this year and I'm panicking because I usually start in August. So I like to come up with one idea and make all the men & women in my family the same things. Some things I've made are very simple large square quilts, I've made the no sew fleece blankets and had each person's name embroidered on the blanket, I made a basket filled with homemade canned jams, apple butters, apple sauces & a homemade incense burner, a box filled with a crocheted scarf, homemade lip balm, homemade hard candy. I had thought I would make everyone a flannel robe this year but the pattern I bought is proving to be a pain in my rear and I don't think I would be able to stand making 27 of them. I don't want to dissapoint anyone this year and I don't mind making something that is a lot of work I just really need some ideas. I would reeeeeaaaalllly appreciate any ideas anyone could give me. Thanks!!!!!!![/quote]




    This is an idea that went over so very well at a past Christmas school fund raiser. Of course, it requires a person who has nice penmanship!


    We purchased inexpensive glass ornaments like these:




    and painted the person's name on it in a fancy calligraphy type script. Then we put the year very small on the top near the hanger thingy. We sold them like CRAZY!

    Of course, some people opted to use a paint pen rather than a paint brush- which imho looked much nicer.

    These made a gorgeous ornament that became a keepsake to lots of people.

    Forgot to say- we also tied a bow at the top. Ours looked nicer (fancier) than these but you could make them any way you choose.


    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Thu Oct 09, 2008 2:53 pm
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    [quote="Chef #604017"]I have my family and my in-laws. Both families have always given gifts to everyone. No one seems all that receptive to the pollyana type thing. They all enjoy giving gifts to each person.
    That's what generally makes it harder for me, trying to find something thats good for men & women. I truly don't mind making that many of whatever I make. I'm used to my fall being filled with present making & I really enjoy myself.[/quote]


    For one side of the family- thank goodness- we opt not to exchange and instead we add up what we WOULD have spent on gifts that the recipient may or may not use or even like and total it up. Then we give that amount to a charity in honor of the recipients or memory of someone, etc...


    We get so much more joy from knowing that we added to another's holiday who may not have had one at all.

    Many times we give to something our church has going on like our Angel Tree- which is made up of mostly of elderly, nursing home and shut ins, indigent and just families who are in need etc... People WE KNOW are in need or have no one who visits them etc....

    The funds go to purchasing items they may have requested in a preliminary 'interview' (basically someone visits with them and asks them what their plans for the holiday may be and what they would want 'Santa' to bring to them etc..

    The people coordinating that project assign a number to the person and an 'ornament' that the sunday school kids make gets hung on the tree with that number written on a removable ribbon. Whoever wants to give picks an ornament and receives a piece of paper listing what the person may want and a little about them. Like nursing home or single parent with 3 kids etc... Then the person who chose the ornament can shop for them and return the items to be placed under the tree or they can get info and deliver the presents in person.
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