I realize that it’s only September, and that some of you may think it’s too early for posting Christmas gift ideas. However, crafters need an earlier start than most people do — because it takes more time to make your gifts than it takes to buy them. If you get started now, you have plenty of time to make handmade Christmas gifts for all the main players on your gift list this year.
We’ve collected a wide range of Christmas gift ideas and craft projects to inspire you, ranging from crocheted treasures to holiday cards. You’ll find free Christmas beading patterns, Christmas card making instructions, and a whole bunch of other free patterns and project instructions to make.
An Edible Christmas Arrangement Featuring Candy Canes
- Pictured here: A Christmas Candy Cane Dispenser you can make using dollar store craft supplies.
- Christmas Patterns – Find free knitting and crochet patterns for making a variety of different holiday gifts and decorations.
- Crocheted Gift Sets – If you’d rather give a handmade gift that can be used year-around, these gift sets might be just what you’re looking for.
- Don’t forget the giftwrap. You could try wrapping up your gifts in handmade baskets or gift pouches — or you can use this unusual idea for wrapping oddly-shaped gifts in paper giftwrap.
Correctly-formed crochet stitches all have components known as “loops”. There are front loops, and there are back loops. You can crochet into these loops in different patterns, a process that can be really interesting to experiment with.
Back loop single crochet stitch is one of the easiest examples of a stitch you can crochet using the back loops. There are many other stitches you can create as well. For more information, you may wish to view the following pages:
A Cheerful, Colorful Flower Arrangement Featuring a Sunflower
If you either
- Grow your own flowers, or
- Buy your flowers at the dollar store,
You can use them to create exceptionally frugal flower arrangements that are every bit as colorful and beautiful as the designs you’d buy from a florist. It takes a little creativity and ingenuity to bring them to life — but don’t worry, we have free instructions to share with you.
This pretty sunflower arrangement is made with a single silk flower stem. It’s easy to make, and doesn’t cost much at all, since the supplies for making it were purchased at the dollar store.
Someone with a bit more experience at flower arranging could use a real sunflower in this sort of design. The sunflowers are blooming right now, so if you have any growing in your garden or yard, be sure to take advantage of them.
Learn How to Sew by Watching Free Sewing Classes
Do you want to learn how to sew? Or perhaps you already know how to sew, but you’re not as good at sewing as you want to be. Either way, this month is a great time to learn some new sewing skills. Creative Live is going to offer some of their sewing classes for free. Whether you’re a complete beginner or you’re advanced enough that you want to start your own sewing business, either way there are classes that are likely to interest you.
You’d usually have to pay a small fortune to get access to all these sewing classes — so if you want to learn some new sewing techniques you’ll want to head over to Creative Live and RSVP for the free broadcast of these classes ASAP.