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Holiday Craft Articles

From Cards to Gifts – Craft Ideas for All the Holidays

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Holidays are a great time for crafters. It’s a time for vibrant colors, exotic papers and fabrics – just a time to let your imagination run free.

Here are our Holiday Crafts and the tools you need to make them. We cover everything from Christmas to Thanksgiving and are constantly adding more.

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Holiday Craft Index

Holiday Craft Planning App
Anyone who hand crafts for holidays or other special occasions needs to plan ahead. Handcrafted things take time. Download our craft holiday planning app.


Add a Crafty Touch to Make Even a Simple Gift Special
Make last minute quick Christmas cookie gifts.

“Angels We Have Heard on High” Christmas Card Pattern
Instructions for a stamped handmade Christmas Card.

Quick Beaded Ornaments For Kids

Acrylic Bead Ornament – Variation One
Acrylic Bead Ornament – Variation Two
Acrylic Bead Ornament – Variation Three
Colorful kids Christmas crafts.

Artificial Foliage Miniature Wreath Ornaments
Make artificial foliage miniature wreath ornaments from wooden curtain rings and bits of artificial foliage saved from gift toppers, arrangements, etc.

Baby Shadow Box: Great Gift for New Mom
Make a baby shadow box for new parents or for Mother’s Day. Mixed media artist Stephenie Hamen inspired the design in an online Creative Live class.

Beaded Card stock Ornaments
Colorful, easy-to-make by kids Christmas ornaments.

Beaded Christmas Ornament
An elegant addition to your tree.

Beaded Fringe Christmas Angel
A beautiful Christmas decoration.

Beaded Icicle Christmas Ornament
Easy to make colorful Christmas ornament.

Bread Dough Candy Cane Ornaments
How to make bread dough candy cane Christmas ornaments – a perfect craft for kids.

Bread Dough Clay Holly Leaf Ornament
Easy to make bread dough ornament – Christmas Craft for Children.

Candy Cane Candle Holder
Easy to make Christmas decoration.

“Caroler’s” Collage Christmas Card Pattern
Instructions for a handmade Christmas card using wet embossing and collage techniques.

Character Light Bulb Ornaments
How to make light bulb ornaments that add character to your Christmas Tree.

Cheap Christmas Wreath: From Puny to Grand in 2 Steps
How to expand a small inexpensive Christmas wreath into a grander one in two easy steps.

Child Art Christmas Card
How to feature your child’s art on your family Christmas cards.

Christmas Bookmark Pattern
An easy CreataCard project for a kindergarten class looking to make Christmas gifts for their parents.

Christmas Cotton Angel Instructions
How to make a cotton boll Christmas angel.

Christmas Decorating on a Budget
Some ideas for low cost do-it-yourself Christmas decorations.

Christmas Ornament Decoration Questions
Answering reader questions on applying glitter to Christmas Ornaments.

Christmas Ornament Ideas
Simple attractive ornaments using everyday craft materials.

Christmas Ornament Making Tips
Tips on making colorful Christmas ornaments.

Christmas Ornament Recipes
Easy home cured clay recipes to use to make Christmas ornaments.

Christmas Scene Diorama Ornament
Make Christmas scene diorama ornaments using wooden peg people to create characters like Jesus, Mary & Joseph, Santa & Mrs., nutcracker, drummer boy, etc.

Christmas Stocking Advent Calendar
How to make a colorful and different Advent Calendar to delight your children or grandchildren.

Christmas Tree Place card Holder
A delightful addition to your holiday dinner table.

Christmas Tree Scrapbooking Layout
How to combine pictures and graphics into a Christmas tree scrapbook page.

Christmas Window Decorating Ideas
Nine Christmas window decorations that won’t wreck the halls.

Christmas Wrap Hack: Shrink a Gift Bag
This Christmas wrap hack shows how to quickly make cute little packages, complete with matching tags, from tall wine gift paper bags you have laying around.

Clay Pot Baby Snowman Ornament
Another cute Christmas decoration.

Clay Pot Nutcracker Ornament
A cute Christmas ornament.

Clay Pot Reindeer Ornament
Use as an ornament, centerpiece or place card holder.

Clay Pot Snowman
Christmas decoration.

Clothespin Christmas Ornaments
How to make these cute Clothespin Christmas Ornaments – Handmade Christmas ornaments make special keepsakes.

Cookies-To-Go Box Directions & Template
Make cookies-to-go boxes for guests to take home some tasty home baked goodies. Cookies-to-go boxes are also perfect for a Christmas cookie exchange party.

Cork Reindeer Ornaments
Recycle old corks into cute reindeer Christmas tree ornaments.

Country Look Angel Holiday Ornament
Step-by-step tutorial on how to make a Country Look Angel Holiday Ornament.

Craft Ideas: Christmas Keepsake Album
Decoupage your Christmas cards and letters, creating a memorable keepsake.

Crafty Christmas
A compilation of Christmas craft ideas.

Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees
Cone shaped cupcake liner Christmas tree are everywhere. Directions & technique tips make them quick & easy to make. Use red & green or more modern colors.

Decoupage Hand Decorated Christmas Ornaments
Using decoupage techniques to decorate your ornaments.

Digital Images for Handmade Ornaments
How to transfer digital images to handmade ornaments.

Easy Christmas Earrings
How to use lamp work beads to make Christmas earrings.

Embellished Christmas Wreath
How to make a silvery pearl-embellished Christmas wreath.

Embossed Velvet Gift Bag
Elegant gift giving.

Fabric Paint Decorated Christmas Ornaments
Decorate your ornaments with fabric paints.

Festive Ways to Decorate Your Backyard This Holiday Season
Ideas to dress up your yards for the Christmas Holidays.

Five Christmas Card Ideas to Delight the Senses
Five unique ways to make your Christmas cards special this year.

Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments
Make gingerbread cookie ornaments for the tree or as gifts. Personalize them with messages on the back like, “Sugar and spice make Christmas so nice!”

Gingerbread House
How to make gingerbread and construct a gingerbread house.

Glitter Designs on Christmas Ornaments
Using glitter to add Christmasy designs to ornaments.

Glitter Glue Ornament
An easy to make handmade ornament.

Glittery Christmas Ornaments
Add sparkle to your tree with these glittery Christmas ornaments.

Gold Washed Etched Glass Votive Candle Holders
How to make etched glass candle holders for gift or sale.

Handmade Christmas Card Pattern
A collage based Christmas card design.

Hand Made Glittery Christmas Ornaments
Add sparkle to your tree with these glittery Christmas ornaments.

Hand Decorated Christmas Ornaments
Decorate your own Christmas ornaments and create memories.

Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments
Materials safe enough for children to use.

Holiday Decorations
Use a little gold spray paint to add glitz to ordinary items and make your Christmas decorations more festive.

Holiday Preparations Bring Memories
Getting ready for Christmas plus heritage Christmas cookie recipe.

Holiday Visuals
Ditch the holiday letter by using digital scrapbooking techniques.

Holiday Gifts for Assisted Living Facilities and Orphanage
Some ideas for to bring Christmas cheer to assisted living facilities and orphanage.

Iridescent Ornament
Christmas craft for children of all ages.

Jingle Bell Wreath Ornament
Jingle bell wreath ornaments are fun and easy ornament to make from wood curtain rings, hot glue & bells. They make great gift toppers or wearable pins too.

Kids Crafts for Christmas
Patterns for simple Christmas crafts your kids can do.

Lace Snowflake
How to make elegant holiday decor.

March of the Penguins Crafty Holiday Cheese Ball Display
Recipe for a penguin and igloo cheese ball for holiday parties.

Miniature Pine Cone Christmas Wreath
Make a miniature pine cone Christmas wreath with tiny pine cones, Mardi Gras beads, mini-bow and a wooden curtain ring. The 3-in. wreath is a tree ornament!

Non-Traditional Christmas Decorations
Using old radiators as Christmas decorations.

A Parade of Ornaments
Five hand painted glass ornament ideas.

“Peace” Christmas Card Pattern
Instructions for an embossed handmade Christmas card.

Pillow Snowman
Simple kids craft for Christmas.

Pinecone Ornaments
Make your own glittery pine cone ornaments.

Poinsettia Wired Ribbon Christmas Ornament
Make your ornaments fancier.

Post-it Note Holders for the Holidays
Here’s a quick and easy gift idea – handy Post-it note holders with a holiday theme to carry in purse or pocket. Scor-it project of the month December 2008.

‘Pretty in Pink’ & Lime Christmas Stockings
How to make ‘Pretty in Pink’ & Lime Christmas Stockings: a new take on traditional red & green.

Puny Christmas Wreath Makeover
How to take a puny store-bought Christmas wreath and make it over into something more exciting.

Quilted Christmas Place Mat
Festive holiday decorations.

Reindeer Gift Card Mini-Bags
How to make these darling gift bags for a gift card, for money, or any little trinket.

Ribbon Angel Christmas Ornament
How to make an attractive handmade Christmas ornament.

Ribbon Christmas Ornament
Colorful, easy to make ornaments.

Rub On Christmas Ornaments
Very simple and easy Christmas ornament idea – rub on ornaments.

Santa Pop Up Place card
How to make festive Christmas place cards using the Scor-It tool.

Silver Poinsettia Christmas Ornament
Elegant but simple.

Snowflake Christmas Ornament
Colorful, glittery snowflake patterns.

Stamped Christmas Card
How to make quick, simple and easy handmade Christmas cards using stamps and stickers.

Starry Gift Bag
A shimmering, starry gift bag, excellent for Holiday gift giving.

Tassel Christmas Ornament
Fancy, but easy to make.

“Tip Frosty’s Hat” Christmas Card Pattern
An unique photo-album card that replaces the annual Christmas newsletter.

Two Easy Elegant Christmas Ornaments
Handmade Christmas ornaments make special keepsakes – Two easy elegant holiday ornaments for the tree.

Uniquely You Christmas Ornaments
The best ways to personalize Christmas ornaments.

Victorian Candy Cone Christmas Tree Ornaments
Pictorial tutorial on how to make these ornaments.

Vintage Angel Tree Topper
Simple and inexpensive Christmas ornament.

Wine Gift Tube Santa Fits Many Gifts
A wine gift tube can hold gifts other than wine. Think body lotion, perfume, plush toys. Detailed illustrations directions to create a wine gift tube Santa.

Winter Scene Christmas Ornament
Make a wooden curtain ring, acrylic paint and crackle medium plus bits and pieces you have lying around the house into a winter scene Christmas ornament.

Wire Ribbon Christmas Candle
An easy to make decorative Christmas Candle.

Wrapping Paper and Floral Cone Christmas Trees
An easy Holiday craft.

How to make Christmas or year round wreaths.

How to Make Yule Log Cookies
How to make cookies into the shape of a yule log.


Art Deco Glittered Egg
How to add glitter or seed beads for special Easter eggs.

Box Easter Bunny
A cute gift idea made of craft boxes.

Easter Craft Gifts
Sometimes the best craft ideas come as gifts.

Clay Pot Easter Bunny and Chicks
Simple clay pots make cute spring and Easter decorations.

Decorating Easter Eggs
From the traditional to the modern: many ways to beautifully decorate Easter eggs.

Preparing Eggs for Decorating
How to blow out eggs.

Easter Cards
Simple to make, Easter-themed cards.

Easter Crafts
Some ideas for crafts appropriate for Easter time.

Easter Egg Cup
How to make a colorful Easter egg cup decoration.

Easter Egg Seed Cards
How to make Easter Egg seed cards – each one comes with a spring surprise inside.

Easter Egg Tree
Preparing and decorating your eggs for your annual Easter Egg Tree.

Easter Potted Egg Centerpiece
A colorful addition to to Holiday table.

Easter Grass DIY: Free and Easy
Easter grass DIY using a hand crank pasta machine requires nothing more than green tissue or crepe paper. Use the same method to make faux raffia.

Easter Scrapbooking Ideas
Plan an Easter-themed scrapbooking layout.

Easter Symbol Clay Charm Bracelet
Display symbols of Christianity with this polymer clay Easter symbol charm bracelet.

Decorated Easter Eggs

Dyed Sticker Egg
Glittered Egg
Decoupage Egg
Marker Egg
Gold and Silver Leaf Eggs
Waterslide Decal Egg
Rub-on Decal Egg
Gold Embossed Egg
Rhinestone Egg

From Dollar Store Plastic Bargain to Elegant Easter Eggs

Book Page Paper Mache Egg
Wedgewood Blue Ribbon Easter Egg
Natural Look Speckled Easter Eggs
Butterfly Bedecked Speckled Easter Egg
Nature Collage Speckled Easter Egg
Blue Floral Egg
Pastel Decal Easter Eggs
Easter Egg Salt and Pepper Shakers

Embossed Easter Card Designs
How to make embossed Easter cards, with three different design variations.

Hatching Bunny 3D Decoupage Card
How to make a cute Easter card using decoupage techniques.

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
Use ingredients from your garden for unusual Easter egg finishes

Spring Easter Lamb Place Card Holder
Reusable Lamb Place Cards Holder For Your Spring Festivities

Victorian Rose Embellished Goose Egg
How to prepare and decorate a Victorian Rose Embellished Goose Egg


Bewitching Halloween Card
Directions for bewitching Halloween card featuring cute witch layered die cut embellishment found in the Silhouette Design Store. Tips for hand lettering.

CD Ghost
Halloween craft for kids.

4 Halloween Crafts Inspired by Broadway
Some spooky Halloween craft ideas inspired by Broadway shows.

Halloween Apple Shrunken Heads
Ghoulish Halloween craft.

How to Make a Halloween Bag Topper
Our Halloween bag topper is pop-up pumpkin design with spooky fonts adds a personal touch to Halloween treat bags.

Halloween Costumes: To Make or to Buy, That Is the Question
How to decide whether to make or buy your child’s Halloween costume this year.

Halloween Crafts for Kids
Wacky Spiders – an easy Halloween Craft for children.

Halloween Cup Cake Holder
A holiday centerpiece.

Halloween Electric Card
Press the cat’s tail of the Halloween electric card to make the pumpkins & black cat’s eyes light. How to make using the Dazzly Circuit Marker & die cuts.

Halloween Glow in the Dark Garland
A spooky Halloween party decoration.

Halloween Spiders
Simple, easy to make, Halloween crafts.

Halloween Treat Basket Template & Directions
Make inexpensive Halloween treat baskets using this Bat Out o’ Hell design or use the blank template and choose your own paper and embellishments.

Halloween Treat Bottles
How to design and make these cute ‘Pick Your Poison’ Halloween treat bottles.

Homemade Halloween Cupcake Topper
How to design homemade Halloween cupcake toppers in Photoshop, then customize, print & assemble the toppers. Or simply download the free designs provided.

Milk Jar Ghost
A spooky Halloween craft.

Plastic Jug Halloween Jack-o-Lanterns
Recycle clear plastic jugs into Halloween jack-o-lanterns or treat dispensers.

Recycle Clear Plastic Jugs into Halloween Ghosts
How to make Halloween ghosts by recycling clear plastic jugs and bottles.

Independence Day

Independence Day Party Wrapper
Templates for USA and Canadian Independence Day party wrappers.

Mothers Day

A Digital Mothers Day Card
Step-by-step instructions for making your own digital card designs.

Eyeglass Lens Pin
Turn old eyeglasses into pretty pins.

Flower Pop Up Card
Tutorial on how to make a flower pop up card, a great handmade card for Mom.

Hand-Stamped Shopping Bag Using Apples
A great gift for Mom – a hand stamped tote bag using apples as the stamp.

Heart Garland
How to make a heart garland to show your love on Mothers or Valentines Day.

Jute Decorated Flower Pot
Tutorial for an easy to make jute covered flower pot – a great gift for Mom on her day.

Handmade Mothers Day Card Patterns
Four handmade card patterns.

Mini-Mannequin Jewelry Holder
A one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day gift.

Miniature Planter or Candle Holder
How to make and decorate miniature candle holders, a perfect Mother’s Day gift.

‘Mom u Rock’ Paperweight
A simple gift kids can make for their moms.

Handmade Mothers Day Card Patterns
Four handmade card patterns.

Mother’s Love Photo Holder
Display your photos with love.

Pretty Pen Pot
A colorful Mother’s Day gift.

Spring Photo Flower
Another Mother’s Day gift idea.

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Fathers Day Gift Bag Design
Directions and template for Fathers Day gift bag made from an envelope & dressed up in a man’s dress shirt & tie. The tie & collar lift up to open the bag.

Heart Cutout Card for Dad
This flap fold card is just one way to create a manly card with the downloadable heart cutout card and shirt & tie templates. Directions and tips included.

Oil Paint Markers Baked on Ceramic Mug
Performance test of Sharpie Regular Markers compared to Sharpie oil paint markers when baked on a ceramic mug. Colors stay true. Design is dishwasher safe.


Artifical Pumpkin
A easy to make artificial pumpkin for Thanksgiving or Halloween.

Fall Table Runner
A colorful addition to your Thanksgiving table.

Goofy Turkey Place Card Pattern
Add some fun to your Thanksgiving table with this fun place card pattern.

Golden Leaves of Autumn Place Cards
A colorful place card pattern to print out on your computer.

Personalized Thanksgiving Clothespin Magnets
How to make useful personalized magnets to use as gifts at Holiday time.

Pumpkin Centerpiece
An easy to make pumpkin centerpiece for fall or Thanksgiving entertaining.

Rice Mix Recipe and Free Bag Topper
Directions for making a bag topper for my rice mix, plus the recipe.

Thanksgiving Blessing Place Tags
When all the guests find their places and are seated for dinner, ask them to flip their name tags over and read the Thanksgiving Blessing place tag verse.

Thanksgiving Coloring Book
Turkey shaped coloring book to amuse the kids on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Decor: Playing House
Thanksgiving decor combining elegance with a touch of playfulness to appeal to guests of all ages. Everything done ahead makes for a relaxed hostess.

Thanksgiving Doily Bowl
A special holiday table decoration.

Turkey Goodie Bags for Young Guests
How to make turkey goodie bags to send Thanksgiving guests home with leftovers, candies or little toys. Fully illustrated step-by-step directions.

Turkey Napkin Rings
Clay napkin rings for your Thanksgiving table.

Turkey Place Card Holder
Decorations for your Thanksgiving entertaining.

Valentines Day

Altered CD Envelopes
Dress up the lowly CD envelope by adding digital artwork – with a Valentine’s Day Theme.

A-Mazing Heart Valentines Day Cards
Be inspired by these winners in our Valentine’s Day Card Contest.

“Cherish” Handmade Greeting Card Pattern
A simple to make, but elegant handmade card.

Chipboard Heart Bracelet and Earrings
Tutorial on how to make chipboard heart shaped bracelet and earrings – fun jewelry for all occasions.

Classmate Valentines Cards
Simple, easy and fast to make cards that your children can do for their whole class.

Collage Heart
Making Collage Hearts for Valentine’s Day.

Crayon Heart Card
How to make a Valentine’s Crayon Heart Card, a card and gift in one.

Crepe Paper Covered Blown-Out Egg Heart Shaped Ornament
Ornaments aren’t just for Christmas anymore check – tutorial for a crepe paper covered blown-out egg heart shaped ornament.

Decoupage Heart Ornaments for Valentine’s Day
Ornaments aren’t just for Christmas anymore. Read how to embellish & decoupage heart ornaments for a Valentine tree or anywhere else you want to hang them.

Digitally Designed Valentines Day Card
Add WOW to handmade cards using digital styles.

Etched Heart Champagne Flute with Beaded Charms
An elegant romantic gift or party favor.

Foam Heart Magnets
A very simple Valentines craft for children of all ages.

Four Handmade Valentines Day Cards
Patterns for four easy to make Valentines Day cards.

Hand Painted Monogrammed Mug
How to hand paint a monogrammed mug for festive gift giving.

Heart Beaded Decor Candle
These beaded candles are easy to make and appropriate for many occasions.

Heart Shaped Jewelry Holder Pattern
Directions for a no-sewing, padded jewelry holder.

Heart-Themed Valentines Card
How to make a heart-themed card for Valentine’s or anytime you want to let someone special know you care.

Painted Heart Champagne Flutes
A romantic Valentines gift idea.

Pin Weave Valentines Card
Colorful Valentines keepsakes.

Pretty In Pink Valentines Cards
Three simple Valentines Card ideas.

Puffed Heart Valentines
Original Valentines gifts.

Quilled Pastry Hearts with Key Lime Curd
A crafty Valentines Day pastry recipe.

Stamped Valentines Cards
Decorate your Valentines with art stamps.

Sweet Hearts Bookmark
A easy to make Valentines gifts for the readers you love.

Tea Bag Hearts
Tea bag hearts make simple, but, special, Valentine’s Gifts.

Valentines Bagalope
A cute Valentines Day gift bag.

Valentine Garland Candle
A simple idea to dress up a candle for Valentines Day or any other holiday.

Valentines Heart Beaded Key Ring or Cell Phone Bob
A great Valentines gift.

Valentine Heart Box
Directions for quick and easy Valentine heart box to fill with sweet treats or thoughts. Download free template, print, cut, assemble and fill with love.

Valentines Crafts for Kids
Easy to make valentines gifts.

Valentines Crafts Ideas
More simple Valentines idea.

Valentine Garland Candle
A simple idea to dress up a candle for Valentines Day or any other holiday.

Valentines Scrapbooking Layout
Creating a romantic layout to preserve Valentines memories.

Year Round

Della Robia Wine Glass Collars
A colorful way to identify wine glasses at a party. It also makes a nice place setting.

Golden Leaves of Autumn Place Cards
A colorful place card pattern to print out on your computer.

Holiday Gift Bag Pattern
An easy to make craft pattern for a Holiday Gift Bag.

Lighted Holiday Potpourri Jars
A festive, easy to make potpourri jar that makes a great gift or product for your craft business.

Holiday Wine Glass Charms Pattern
Brighten up your Holiday parties with these festive Christmas wine charms.

Pop-Up Place Cards
Place cards for any occasion.

Lighted Holiday Potpourri Jars
A festive, easy to make potpourri jar that makes a great gift or product for your craft business.

Holiday Wine Glass Charms Pattern
Brighten up your Holiday parties with these festive Christmas wine charms.

How to Make Holiday Window Cling Vinyl Decals
How to make your own holiday window cling vinyl decals.

Wine Corsets
Dress up your holiday wine gifts.

Seasonal Crafts

Fall Findings Wreath of Greeting for All Fall
32-inch diameter fall findings wreath to grace the front door from Halloween through Thanksgiving includes yard “debris”, handmade flowers and more.

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  1. where do you buy your christmas oraments this time of year? I can’t find glass balls anywhere.

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