Online Finds: Recent Favorite Christmas Crafts

Arts & Crafts, DIY

For me, the holiday season officially started at the end of October this year when I played through my Christmas playlists for the first time. I’ve had Christmas on the brain since then, especially crafts, even if I haven’t exactly had ample crafting time.

That hasn’t stopped me from stealing a few minutes here and there to browse for inspiration. I meant to pick one favorite. But. You know what? I can’t pick one, so I’ll just share a bunch of my recent favorite Christmas crafts.

Hope you enjoy as much as I did!

Amber Kemp-Gerstel at Damask Love made holly berry twist ties:

Damask Love Amber Kemp-Gerstel Holly Berry Twist Ties

The twist ties take just floral wire, green felt, red felt balls, glue and wire cutters. The perfect topper for a handmade gift and very, very pretty.

Dot Hutchison shared her SIL’s crafting success on Twitter:

Twitter Dot Hutchison Sesame St Martian Xmas Stockings

The adorable Sesame Street Martian stockings were apparently crocheted, with a pattern found on Pinterest.

Menucha at Moms and Crafters crafted with felt as well, but she glued shapes on the outside of tea light holders for a mosaic look:

Moms and Crafters Menucha Felt Mosaic Tea Light Holders

Here is an absolutely GORGEOUS arrangement of cascading bauble ornaments by Tanya at Dans le Lakehouse! And hanging sounds easy, too: tension rod and thread.

Dans Le Lakehouse Tanya Cascading Baubles

Claire Armstrong at Pillar Box Blue made mini wreaths made from acorn caps and felt balls.

Pillar Box Blue Claire Armstrong Mini Wreaths

So cute!

Here are colorful, cute, small felt tree ornaments:

Say Yes Felt Tree Ornaments

The tutorial is by Liz Stanley assisted by Stephanie Gardner; crafting and sewing is by Gaby Viglas.

Last but definitely not the least, Kara Whitten at Kailo Chic used paper mache cones to make ombre tiered trees with a gold accent:

Kailo Chic Kara Whitten Ombre Xmas Table Trees

Acrylic crafts paints in different colors and a gold pen are all you need. So, so beautiful!

Do you have a favorite holiday project, new or old? Do share!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

It’s a Valentine’s Day Sale!

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In honor of Valentine’s Day – or friends’ day as it’s known in Finland – I’m running a sale at Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy.

Get 15% off orders of $20 and above, no codes nor coupons needed.

2020 Feb PGH Valentines Sale Collage

Here’s the small print:

  • Sale ends on February 15, 2020, at midnight (EST)
  • Minimum order: $20 (USD)

P.S. Remember that I also have a shipping promotion: $35+ orders ship for free (sorry, U.S. only).

Yarn Winter Wreath from Upcycled Materials

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Fabrics & Materials

Last year I tried my hand at making decorations out of upcycled materials (like the ribbon remnant ornaments I already blogged about). Here’s the quick and dirty how-to for a small wreath.

Yarn Wreath on Vase w Spruce Branches

For the wreath form, I cut out the plastic ring at the mouth of an instant oats tube. I used a sharp knife and went as close to the plastic without cutting into it as I could. Some bits of the cardboard did remain, but they were nicely covered by the fuzzy yarn.

Yarn Wreath Basic Materials

I covered the form with white wool-blend yarn unraveled from a sweater I wasn’t using, and also made three pompoms out of the same yarn for an accent. Finally, I made a bow for the top of the wreath out of a pale pink satin ribbon I’d saved from a gift box.

Yarn Wreath Collage

Granted, the wreath isn’t very big at all – the diameter is about 5″ / 13 cm. But for a whopping $0 it’s not too shabby, wouldn’t you say? 🙂

What crafting successes have you had with recycled materials?

Online Finds: 2x Felt Winter Wreath

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Fabrics & Materials

What lovely felt wreaths these are:

Country Hill Cottage Cyna DIY Felt Wreaths

Cyna at Country Hill Cottage

I really love both versions – they combine the different shades so thoughtfully. And Cyna even provides a file for a precision cutting machine AND a pdf template for hand-cutting, plus measurements both in inches and metric.

Tutorial by Cyna at Country Hill Cottage. Lovely job, and thank you for sharing!

Next week I think I’ll post about a small wreath with pompom accent I made last year. Time to dig it and the rest of our Christmas decorations out of storage! *<:)

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Reminder: Today Is the Last Recommended Order Date for Christmas

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Today is the last recommended order date for Christmas at Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy!

2017 End of Year Collage

I deliberately set the date so early because USPS shipping speeds are beyond my control, and I’d rather not disappoint anyone with an unduely delayed package.

Also, now through December 10, 2019, save 15 % off orders of $29 value at minimum, excluding taxes and shipping. I also offer free U.S. shipping for purchases of $35 or more.

And, a final final reminder: I will close my shop for the season on Wednesday, December 11 at 9 p.m. EST.

Happy shopping! 🙂