Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Crafts

I've had fun making holiday crafts lately. First of all, I made these little yarn hat ornaments that came across my Facebook page. They are made with a toilet paper roll and leftover yarn. I got my directions from this YouTube video here. Aren't they adorable!?

Another craft I have wanted to try for a long time was making these little chairs out of champaign cork holders. Bending the wire was more difficult than I had anticipated and they didn't turn out very well. If you want to tackle making them the instructions can be found here. I used my jewelry making tools to bend the wire. If you make them, let me know if you find an easier way to bend the wire :-).

My hat and chair ornaments on our Christmas tree.

An ornament I would like to try is this one below that is made out of the top of a mason jar lid. How very simple and clever, right?!

I saw the idea of "sugaring" a Santa on Jennifer Rizzo's blog here. First, I painted the Santa all white but it took several coats of white craft paint, then a coat of primer, then more craft paint to cover the red. I didn't think I'd ever get to sugar him - it was a lesson in patience. I do love the results.

With the thought of sugaring Santa, I decided to also sugar my nativity set I showed you here. I LOVE how the pieces sparkle now under the tree each time I walk by it. 

And finally, I put together a vintage Christmas junk journal. As a member of the Junk Journal Junkies on Facebook, I have been greatly inspired with the Christmas journals the members have shared there. I printed off many of my favorite images, added envelopes, paper and other embellishments and bound it together with my Cinch machine. 

In the collage below you can see the front and back of the journal. Also, I sewed two large playing cards together for December 25th and added images I reproduced along with other old papers.

I really enjoyed making this journal and want to thank the Junk Journal Junkies for the inspiration!

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is search for Christmas kitsch in the antique shops and listen to the vintage holiday music they play.

Here is a great booth for that!

While there, I treated myself to some goodies to use in my creative endeavors. Do you recognize the top card in the stack on the right? I reproduced it for the cover of my junk journal.

The cards are so pretty, I wanted to share some of them with you.

I hope you are enjoying the last few days before Christmas. It won't be long now!


  1. So pretty Patty! in love with the Champagne chairs the most! thank you for your lovely card and have a wonderful Christmas!

  2. Such cute creations and great finds. The vintage cards are so wonderful!

  3. So many pretty/festive ideas! You have been busy.
    Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  4. Love this post Patty, everything is so charming and festive! Wonderful images and crafts, so inspired to make some ornaments now --- hoping to be more industrious in 2015.
    Wishing you and all those dear to you, the very merriest of Christmases!

  5. Your little hat ornaments are adorable Patty! It wouldn't be the holidays without crafts :-) Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a joyous new year

  6. Hello from Spain: Fabulous little hat ornaments. Nice pics and crafts. It's the best time of year. Merry Christmas. Keep in touch


  7. Feliz Navidad, espero que el próximo año venga cargado de proyectos mágicos, y mucha ilusión. Un abrazo y muchos besos des de, Os espero .( • ~ • )

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