Making homemade crafts for Christmas gifts is an inexpensive (and often free) way to give thoughtful presents when you are on a tight budget. Using craft items you already have at home as well as recycling items into new gifts allows you make Christmas presents that will cost you nothing but still come from the heart.
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Gifts in a Jar
There are many ways to give a "gift in a jar" for Christmas. Recipes in a jar are made by putting the dry ingredients of a recipe (such as cookies or brownies) in a jar and writing directions on how to complete the recipe on a piece of card stock. Other ideas for gifts in a jar include homemade candy or other baked goods, jams and jellies, bath salts and body scrubs as well as layering different types of granola, nuts and small snack items.
Use whatever you have at home to decorate the jars such as stickers, paint or glue and glitter. Wrap a ribbon around the lip of the jar, or if you don't have ribbon use a shoelace or string from a gift bag you have available.
Make a paper ornament using decorative papers or wrapping paper you have at home. Draw the ornament shape on the back of the paper and cut it out. Use this template to cut out four more of the same shape so you have five in total. Fold four of the cutout shapes in half to make creases in them. Glue half of one folded shape to half of another folded shape. Repeat the process until all four shapes have been glued together to create a pop-up ornament. Wrap a piece of ribbon or string into a loop and glue it to the back of the ornament. Cover the ribbon piece with the remaining cutout ornament shape.
Recycle and repurpose a baking tray to make a message centre gift. You will also need magnets for this craft; if you do not have them in your craft supply section, you can pull them off old magnets you don't use anymore. Cut out self-adhesive shelf liner, decorative paper or wrapping paper to fit the back of the baking tray. Attach the shelf liner or glue the paper to the back and allow it to dry. Punch a nail through the top centre of the pan's rim with a hammer to make a hole for hanging. Make a pencil holder out of an empty can by covering it with wrapping paper or shelf liner and glue a magnet to the back of the cup. Make bottle cap magnets by gluing magnets to the inside of bottle caps and cover the magnet with a piece of decorative paper.
Recycle your old magazines to make a bouquet of paper flowers for your loved one for Christmas. To make it a more festive bouquet, use Christmas wrapping paper. For the flowers, cut out several different flower shapes from the paper in varied sizes. For each flower, you want about three or four different-sized flowers on top of each other. Glue each flower together and let dry. Make flower stems by rolling wrapping paper or magazine pages into a tube and securing it with glue or tape. Secure the tube to the paper flowers with glue or tape. Bundle them together into a bouquet with string, yarn or ribbon.
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