Crafting and making art is one of my favorite forms of self care.  As a frequent traveler and a full time Health Advisor I find myself burning the candle from both ends. How do I avoid the burn out? By finding a project that fits my needs.

My favorite way to purge the stress is to make holiday crafts. Holiday decor can be expensive and hard to shop for if you’re going for a certain look. To make the most of my time and my budget, I’ve come up with a few ideas that don’t cost much to make, and range in difficulty in case you feel like crafting isn’t your strong suit.

01 Recycled Tree Ornament

Photo Credits: Fireflies and Mudpies

Supplies needed:

  • Scrap Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Dried tree twigs
  • Scissors

How to:

  1. Select several patterns and colors. You can use scrap ribbon or purchase a matching set. Alternate colors and patterns  until you create the desired look.
  2. Cut nine or ten lengths of ribbon. You’ll need several strands to cover each twig.  Cut them close to the same length to make sure you get a consistent look from ornament to ornament.
  3. Gather dried twigs/Purchase wooden stems, you can use fallen limbs from your own yard or local park. If you prefer, you can purchase twigs or popsicle stick from a local craft store.
  4. Tie each length of ribbon in a knot around the stick. Don’t worry about making the sides even since you’re going to cut them!
  5. Trim off the excess ribbon into a triangle shape. You can draw a triangle on a piece of paper and lay the craft over the top to make them even on each side.
  6. Add a twine loop to the top for easy tree hanging. You can also use thin ribbon if you have extra.

Pro Tips:

  • This can make for a great door hanger with large width ribbon! Just upscale the project to fit your front door.
  • Kid-friendly crafts are mom-friendly crafts. Set up your supplies and turn it into a family project.

02 Felt Tree Table Decor

Photo Credits: The Little House of Four

Supplies needed:

  • Felt
  • Wood Bark Discs
  • Dried tree twigs
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue/Glue Gun

How to:

  1. Cut felt squares into tree shapes. You can eyeball the first one and turn it into a pattern, or I’ve created a handy template here.
  2. Fold the cut trees in half and glue to the stick. Place the glue on the outside of the fold and use your scissors to press the felt against the stick to avoid burns.
  3. Repeat Step 2 until you feel the tree is complete. Each cutout makes 2 sets of branches.
  4. Stack and glue the wooden discs. Vary the height of each tree by using different sized discs.
  5. Glue the stick to the discs. Once the trees are dried, you can add them to the wooden base.

Pro Tips:

  • Use multiple color schemes to match your holiday look
  • Try patterned felt for a fun twist
  • Make this into a great table decor, or place in a window sill or your desk at the office.

03 Rustic Snowman

Photo Credit: The Craft Patch

Supplies needed:

  • Ribbon or Fabric
  • Wood Bark Discs
  • White acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Hot Glue/Glue Gun
  • Wooden Dowel
  • Drill & Drill bit

How to:

  1. Paint a white background on three wooden discs. Choose 3 discs of varying sizes to make your snowman look traditional
  2. Paint on the coal buttons and carrot nose. Once the paint dries, add a ‘scarf’ from ribbon or scrap fabric.
  3. Drill a hole in each wooden disc. The hole should be the same size as your dowel rod. Use a ruler to help make it even.
  4. Cut and insert a dowel rod into each hole. Use the dowel rod to help the snowman stand on his own. Adding hot glue to the dowel will help it stay in place.
  5. Stack and glue the wooden discs. Use a fourth wooden disc to make for a level base.

Pro Tips:

  • Paint a stack of pumpkins on the other side and use this at a piece of multi-functional decor!
  • Add a felt hat if you’re feeling extra crafty.
  • Create this with smaller wood discs and hang it like an ornament
  • Make this out of cut tree logs for a fun lawn ornament too!

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