A THRIFTY CHRISTMAS, THE CRAFT EDITION

Don't despair that Christmas is a month away and there's no money in the kitty to spread across those you wish to give gifts to. The...

Don't despair that Christmas is a month away and there's no money in the kitty to spread across those you wish to give gifts to. There's still time to make presents that will be appreciated for their beauty and function, and because they've come, handmade, by you.

katiecrackernuts.blogspot.com.au || handmade christmas face washers with a crocheted edge

CROCHET-EDGED FACE WASHERS

Bring a personal touch to a store bought face washer, or flannel. Add a beautifully scented soap and you're done.

katiecrackernuts.blogspot.com.au || handmade macrame hanging lanterns

MACRAME HANGING LANTERNS

These are made from jute string but could just as easily be done in a cotton strong, macrame cord or even fluoro plumber's line. An empty jam jar and a tea light candle finish the job. Make a pair to add a little sparkle to an outdoor patio or balcony.

katiecrackernuts.blogspot.com.au || handmade furniture polish

HOME MADE FURNITURE POLISH

For house-proud relatives this indoor and outdoor furniture polish is an easy to make and inexpensive gift. A glass jar is a great storage container. Avoid plastic. Cut down thrifted flannelette sheets and pair it with your jar of polish to finish the gift.

katiecrackernuts.blogspot.com.au || handmade soft fabric head scarf

FABRIC HEAD SCARF

Make this simple, stretchy head scarf for an adult or a child using an old T-shirt. The pattern is printed on using potatoes and a small amount of fabric paint, or find an already patterned shirt and follow the instructions.

katiecrackernuts.blogspot.com.au || children's drawing transferred to pillow slip

CHILD'S PAINTING PILLOW SLIPS

This is my sister's idea. My niece and nephew drew pictures on fabric transfers that were then ironed onto plain white pillowslips. They were a Christmas favourite and are still being used in our house years later.

katiecrackernuts.blogspot.com.au || handmade christmas tree decorations felt and embroidery

HAND CRAFTED TREE DECORATIONS

I make a tree decoration for our four, now adult, children every year. Their individual stashes are quite substantial now and the tradition is being passed down. Handmade tree decorations are also a lovely, personal gift for friends and work colleagues.

katiecrackernuts.blogspot.com.au || handmade christmas gift swing tags

VINTAGE CHILDREN'S BOOK GIFT TAGS

Hunt down children's picture books that are well past their happy life on a child's bookshelf and turn them into gift tags for your Christmas gifts. I don't have any fancy cutting tool, I trace around a glass or similar and cut these out by hand. The cardboard is old cereal boxes I flatten out and cut into strips. Punch a hole through the two pieces and tie together, to swing freely, with a piece of jute string.

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4 comments

  1. Some great ideas here Katie....I love the face washers and I haven't seen macramé around since I did it in the early 80's...they look fantastic. I love handcrafted gifts...I've made a few scented soy candles again this year...I need to pick up a few of your ideas. :-)

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    1. Candles are such a great gift. A friend of mine gave me a beautiful candle for Christmas last year. I barely need to light it, the scent as I pass is just lovely.

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  2. I can just imagine that Christmas is a thoughtful and peaceful time at your place Kate. Your gifts are gorgeous, particularly the gift tags. I have been packaging up wood oven home dried apricots today as gifts. I also have pre-baked house parts for mini gingerbread houses in the freezer ready to be decorated and gifted. Anything to avoid the shopping centres I say :)

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    1. Yum! Wood-oven dried apricots sounds exquisite. I am enjoying the opportunity to do Christmas at a slower and more considered pace than past years. This is the first year in some time where I haven't slumped into Christmas, stressed, burned out and decidedly crabby. It's been a slower, kinder pace these past two months - timed perfectly for spring in the garden and the coming summer. I'm looking forward to time on the beach and a lot more summer reading, cooking and evenings with friends and family.

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