Friday Favorites–Quick Gifts to Make

It’s December 20th, so there’s no denying it any more – it’s crunch time.  If you think it’s too late to make those gifts you need to finish your list, you might want to check these out first.  From stocking stuffers to co-worker or neighbor gifts to gifts for a whole family, there’s a little bit of everything here.  Just don’t take too long reading it…you have work to do.

Friday Favorites - 10 Quick Gifts to Make - Crafty Staci

If you’ve got an ornament exchange coming up but still want to give it a little personal touch, try this One Minute Ornament from No Time for Flash Cards.  There are some great ideas for ornament fillers, but I just can’t wrap my brain around how she got those flat marbles in there.

If you have a little more than one minute, there’s always a Five Minute Infinity Scarf from Sweet C’s Designs.  This is a great idea if you still need a gift for a co-worker.

5 Minute Infinity Scarf from Sweet Cs Design

Gift cards are always appreciated.  Add a little handmade to them with a 10 Minute Gift Card Holder from See Vanessa Craft.

10-Minute-Gift-Card-Holders from See Vanessa Craft

If you need a gift for a family, this Root Deer Float Kit from Thirty Handmade Days would be fun to make and to give.

Root Deer Float Basket from Thirty Handmade Days

A tea-loving friend would enjoy this Tea Wreath from Dollar Store Crafts.

Tea Wreath from Dollar Store Crafts

Your neighbor might like this Peppermint Crunch Dark Chocolate Cookie Mix in a Jar from The Frugal Girls.  I love the Santa belt, wrapped in just the right spot.

Peppermint Crunch Dark Chocolate Cookie Mix in a Jar from The Frugal Girls

Do you have a young lady still to shop for?  Make her this Bottle Cap Necklace from Mrs. Greene.

Bottlecap Necklace from Mrs Greene

How about the guy who has everything?  Give him the gift of prognostication with this Fortune Telling Cube from DHagen on Instructables.

The Fortune Telling Cube from Instructables

We all need a little unwinding and pampering after the holidays are over, so this Cinnamon and Vanilla Sugar Scrub from the Idea Room is a great idea for just about anyone.

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub by The Idea Room

If you need something a little more substantial, but still pretty easy to pull off in a short amount of time, check out this Quick Drop Zone from The Shabby Creek Cottage.

Quick Drop Zone from The Shabby Creek Cottage

Here’s hoping you only need one or two of these!

Friday Favorites–DIY Christmas Decor

In my house, the day after Thanksgiving is reserved for eating leftovers, listening to the Christmas music my daughter complains about until one second after turkey day is over and doing a little shopping online.  The biggest, most important part of the day, though, is getting out the Christmas decorations.  I look forward to it all month, and it usually takes us a couple of days to get everything in its place.  That doesn’t even include the tree, which usually comes a week or so later.  When it comes to Christmas, I’m kind of a big kid.

10 DIY Christmas Decor Projects - Crafty Staci

For many years we had an artificial tree, so we put it up at the same time as everything else.  Now we’re back to a real one.  We have a beautiful red, swirly cast iron tree stand, so I kind of hate covering it up with a tree skirt.  However, this black and white beauty from Project Run and Play could make me change my mind.

Tree Skirt - Project Run Play

With a little planning ahead, this year’s tree could be used to make this Wood Slice and Burlap Christmas Wreath from Finding Home for next year.

WoodSliceandBurlapChristmasWreath - Finding Home Online

Do you remember the days when America Online used to send a CD in the mail about twice a month advertising their service?  I saved those for a craft project and ended up making ornaments with my nieces and nephews.  Extra CDs are less of a problem these days, but I’m going to have to scrounge up a few to make these ornaments from Crème de la Craft.

CD Ornaments - Creme de la Craft

Pillow covers are an easy, temporary way to decorate for the holidays, like this Holly Wreath Pillow on Skip to my Lou.

Holly Wreath Pillow - Skip to my Lou

I’d love to try making this Wire Wrapped Joy Ornament from The Crafty Sisters.

Wire Ornament - The Crafty Sisters

Makedo shares a template for making this cardboard tree on Instructables.

Cardboard Christmas Tree - Makedo on Instructables

I have a plastic mistletoe kissing ball, but this felt version from Apartment Therapy is so much prettier.

Mistletoe Kissing Ball - Apartment Therapy

These Quick and Easy M&M and Mike and Ike Christmas Lights from Hungry Happenings would be cute on so many Christmas goodies.

The Zipper Ornament from A Creative Princess is super easy to make and would be a fun gift tag.


There is nothing sweeter than a felt ornament, and this Nativity Stable from Wild Olive is just perfect.

Felt Nativity - Wild Olive

If you’re shopping in between your decorating today, don’t forget about my Black Friday Weekend Sale on Etsy and Zibbet!

Friday Favorites–Christmas

I have the Christmas decorations up.  My son braved the roof to string the outdoor lights.  The tree is in place.  I’ve spent some time listening to holiday music.  But even with all the traditions up and rolling, it just hasn’t completely felt like Christmas to me yet.  I’m pretty sure it won’t until my husband is back.  Lucky for me, I’m on my way to start the process of bringing him home.  I’m waving to you from Virginia right now.

I know that may sound a little bah-humbug, but I’m still spending plenty of time gawking at cute Christmas stuff.  One of the most adorable things I’ve seen this year is Emma’s Advent Calendar from Confessions of a Sewing Addict

emma_s advent calendar[8]

My husband’s large family is of German descent, so we all have the required Christmas Pickle ornament, or Weihnachtsgurke, complete with tag telling the legend on our trees.  Of course, it turns out it’s probably not a legend, but an American marketing ploy to sell more ornaments, but who cares when the pickle is as sweet as this one from Abby Glassenberg Design?


These Icicle Ornaments from Plastic Bottles by Cut Out and Keep are a great way to reuse some of those empties, and they look a lot like some glass icicles we put on our tree every year.


I love the nail beak on this Hummingbird Felt Ornament from Mostly Photos.


You may have seen these Faux Taxidermy Deer heads around.  I have, but I really like the fact that Know and Tell Crafts scaled this one down so it prints out on just a couple of pieces of cardstock.


This duct tape road from Miss P may not seem like a Christmas project, but as soon as I saw it I thought of my Lego Christmas village and how much it needs this road running in front of it.


This transformation of Easter dresses into Christmas dresses by Thrive is so clever. 


I have so many fabrics that would be perfect for these Fussy-Cut Polaroid Ornaments from Sew, Mama, Sew.  If you’re not familiar with the term, fussy cut just means you cut around a specific part in the fabric, like a little picture.


When I was a brand-new wife, I had a thing for cookie cutters.  I don’t know what that was about, because it’s not like I was making lots of cut-out cookies, but I still have a pretty good sized tin full of them.  These Cookie Cutter Ornaments from A Spoonful of Sugar would help me cut down my collection a bit.

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The house we live in has a fireplace, but our last one only had a woodstove.  We hung the stockings near it, but it just wasn’t the same.  This Build Your Own Fireplace project from Over the Big Moon is a fantastic solution to that problem.


Ready or not…Christmas is coming!

Stained Glass Cookie Ornaments

This project has been on my mind since before last Christmas.  In fact, that’s when I bought the supplies.  But time ran short and I didn’t get a chance to make them.  That sounds better than admitting I was disorganized and let that one slip through the cracks, doesn’t it…

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Melted Snowman Ornament

When I’m inspired by something, especially when I want to re-pin it or talk about it here, I make a huge effort to find the original source of the project.  It’s often not as obvious as it seems.  Greta Gluegun makes a project and happens to take a better picture than the original, and suddenly that idea is attributed to Greta.  There’s nothing wrong with sharing that great photo, but I like to make sure the person who first had the light bulb go on over their head gets credit…

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Friday Favorites–Christmas

Are you ready?  I’m not.  Too much left too do, not enough hours to do it in.  I might have to give up sleeping.  Still, I wouldn’t trade all the holiday chaos for the world.

There are so many great Christmas crafts out there.  I always have a huge list of them I want to try, and once in a while I actually cross one off.  Here’s a few that have caught my eye.

I always thought it would be funny to put something in my kids’ stockings that they would think was actually coal.  This Carbón Dulce (or Sweet Coal) from Diamonds for Dessert would be so fun to sit back and watch.  Wow, that sounded evil – I might find coal in my stocking.  I hope it’s edible.


Our house was built in the early 70’s, so we’re constantly working to update different areas.  Therefore, we have lots of leftover tiles, perfect for these Glass Tile Christmas Ornaments from Our Crafty Home.


Part of the reason I love this Angel Bunny from Joey’s Dream Garden is that it’s made from felt.  It also has lots of great embroidery, also a plus.  But, my favorite thing about it is just that it’s a bunny, which you don’t often see at Christmas.

Angel Bunny on top of our Christmas Tree 2010-1

This Sn”oap”ball from Greenbean’s Crafterole is much easier than it looks, and makes such a cute gift.


This Santa Hat from Fleece Fun is easy and can be downloaded in infant, child or adult sizes.


So many houses don’t have fireplaces these days, and I’ve often wondered how Santa gets in.  This Magic Santa Key from East Coast Mommy almost makes me wish I didn’t have one either.


I love how these Simple Christmas Ornaments from Cards by Paula combine a little felt and a little fabric.  Great way to use up some scraps.


My kids cannot see these Expandable Christmas Stockings from Instructables user scoochmaroo.  I’d never hear the end of it.


I love cake pops.  I also love Starbucks.  Needless to say, I have sampled the peppermint cake pops at Starbucks.  More than once.  With these Candy Cane Cake Pops from Hostess with the Mostess, I can make my own at home.  Dangerous.


I’ve never once, in my whole life, wanted a beard.  Until this Easy Santa Beard from Snazzle Craft


I hope your holiday plans are going smoothly!