Sunday, December 9, 2012

Simple Christmas Ideas

Sooo in my last post I mentioned how fed up I am with Christmas. I won't go into a rant about it again but wanted to share some ideas I've been coming up with to transform our Christmas from a consumer/shopping holiday to a simple/handmade/giving holiday. If you want to read up on why I've made this decision, this is a wonderful place to find articles about it- Simple Christmas Links

Here are a few of my favorite links: 
The Case Against Buying Christmas Presents
Clutter-Free Gifts
The Top of Your Holiday To-do List: Breathe
Three Steps to a Simplified Christmas

In light of my desire to stay out of the market for Christmas, I've been searching for fun handmade ideas. I'm a little reluctant to decorate but I'm going to try to have some holiday fun with a few handmade things. Here are a few DIY decor ideas: 
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Pretty Painted Birds 
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Felted Christmas Trees
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Felt Rainbow Hearts
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Fortune Cookie Ornament
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Hoop Ornaments
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Felt Polaroid Ornaments
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Pine Cone Garland
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Christmas Clay Houses
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Christmas Clay House
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DIY Clay Ornaments
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For those clay ornaments above, you can even make your own polymer clay!! See recipe here

Here are some fun wrapping ideas: 
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I think these use scrap fabric?? Aren't they cute?! source

And here are a bunch of wonderful handmade gift ideas!  
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Tassel Necklace
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Beaded Necklace
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Crockpot Soap
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New Sew Slipper Socks
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Send A Hug!!
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Prudent Baby Book Guide
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Leather Covered Journal
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DIY Cement Coasters
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DIY Hammock
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Stitch Your Own Suspenders
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Sewn Slippers
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Photo Bookmark

Some other things I've been thinking about making for family members (ie the lovely gals in my family) are lip balm and lotion bars. Like the link above (Clutter-Free Gifts) I've been leaning towards consumable gifts, something that my family will want/find useful and won't just be clutter. Ya know?? Here are some awesome (and most importantly, simple!) recipes I've found:

1. This is a solid perfume recipe but I've been using it as lip balm too and it works great! Crunchy Betty
2. Natural Lavender Mint Vegan Lip Balm
3. Lip Balm/Cuticle Cream
4. DIY Lip Balm
5. Easy DIY Lip Balm
6. Three Simple Homemade Lip Balms
7. DIY Organic Lip Balm

1. DIY Lotion Bar
2. Super Easy Lotion Bars
3. Coconut Lotion Bar 
4. Homemade Lotion Bars
5. Natural Lotion Bars

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