101 Days of Christmas: Fabric Gift Bags

I think I should make a special badge or button for projects like this. It would simply say, "If I can make this, anyone can!" Sewing a fabric bag may seem overwhelming if you don't do a lot of sewing, but it's actually really easy. Easy enough that I did it! I love how this…

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101 Days of Christmas: Kraft Paper Wrapping
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101 Days of Christmas: Kraft Paper Wrapping

If you're looking for a simple, neutral alternative to traditional wrapping paper, kraft paper makes lovely wrapping paper. It's also less expensive -- without being flimsy or cheap -- than traditional high-quality wrapping paper. But it doesn't have to be boring! In fact, you can dress up kraft wrapping paper packages a number of different…

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101 Days of Christmas: Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

I love the scent of cinnamon (and smelling it has been shown to increase your energy level too!), and these ornaments are not only cute but also smell wonderful. If you use an artificial tree, you could even hang these rather than purchasing a synthetic pine scent spray! This is another great craft to do…

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101 Days of Christmas: Paper Ornaments

These paper ornaments are a classic craft that many of us probably made in school when we were kids. But they have a modern-vintage feel to them (I may have just made that up...) that I love, and you could use these as gifts or to decorate your home for an inexpensive and festive touch.…

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101 Days of Christmas: Operation Christmas Child

In the midst of busy Christmas preparations, it can be easy to lose sight of how truly blessed we are. And let's face it -- if you're reading this on a home computer or smart phone, you are blessed. The reality is that billions of people worldwide can barely put food on the table while…

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101 Days of Christmas: Yarn Dolls

Yarn dolls are a great gift to make with your kids for their friends or as a service project, or they can be used as a fun stocking stuffer. These remind me of a simpler time, when toys didn't flash and beep entertain, and I love them for their simplicity. They're also very inexpensive (you…

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101 Days of Christmas: DIY Felt Bows
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101 Days of Christmas: DIY Felt Bows

Looking for an inexpensive, reusable accessory for your Christmas presents? These DIY felt bows are so simple to make and can be used again and again! And really, once you know how to make a bow, you could make it out of any material...magazine pages, scrapbook paper, burlap, etc. Supplies: felt fabric glue scissors Directions:…

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101 Days of Christmas: Photo Block Ornaments
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101 Days of Christmas: Photo Block Ornaments

These photo block ornaments are really very simple, but the final result is an ornament that would make a special gift or keepsake. I love how these turned out and hope to make some more of them in the coming months! I used vintage-y scrapbook paper on my blocks, along with a picture of one…

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101 Days of Christmas: Button Ornaments

Like our button cards, my mom and I found all of the buttons for these adorable ornaments in our family's button box, and we had so much fun creating the various designs. I love the way they all turned out, but I think the Santa Claus may be my favorite! This would be a fun…

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101 Days of Christmas: Printable Stencil Cards

When I first planned to make these colorful stencil cards, I was not thinking about how very tedious it is to outline and color in 10-15 letters per card, not to mention trying to get them all aligned just perfectly, etc. Because my goal for this series is to provide realistic, doable DIY projects, I…

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