Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Handmade Christmas!

I know, I know...it's a little early to be thinking about Christmas!  But this year, I'd like to encourage you to make it a handmade Christmas!  That means you might need some extra time to get yourself organized, especially once the hustle and bustle of the holiday season really hits!  It can be hard to carve out a few extra minutes for anything, let alone crafting!  

This year, let's pledge to support local crafters and artisans by purchasing their unique handmade items.  And to save even more money, let's make some things ourselves!  Over the next few weeks, I will share a few fun tutorials for inexpensive gifts you can make at home.  To help your creativity along, here are some previously compiled lists with lots of free tutorials and ideas!

Disney has some great ideas here, including gifts kids can make and ideas for creative wrapping!  Check it out - http://familyfun.go.com/christmas/homemade-christmas-gifts/

Of course the queen herself, Martha Stewart, has a wonderful list with gifts to make for "her" here - http://www.marthastewart.com/307035/santas-workshop

This site has compiled a list of 101 handmade gift tutorials - http://www.everythingetsy.com/2011/08/101-simple-handmade-gift-tutorials/

If 101 ideas weren't enough, here are 137 more!  The post is in several parts so you'll have to keep clicking through.  Part 1 is here - http://www.craftynest.com/2010/08/inexpensive-handmade-holiday-gift-ideas-part-1/

Hope that gets you started with some fun ideas!  I know I have a lot of planning to do and several of these caught my eye!  Shameless plug - you can always check out my etsy shop (and lots of other amazing and wonderful etsy shops!) if you aren't the crafty type and just want to purchase a handmade gift :)  Visit me here - www.etsy.com/shop/cablesandbows

Merry Handmade Christmas!

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