Are you looking for an easy craft to make for those last minute gifts? If so, then you’ll love these!
This time of year with all the hustle and bustle, it’s kind of nice to relax and let your creative side take over with some easy to do crafts. I don’t know about you, but I love to give homemade gifts to family and friends almost as much as I love receiving them.
Creating gifts like these allows you to personalize them for the recipient, making it special for them!
Both of these crafts would also be fun to do with older children, a church group, or for girls’ night out!
If you missed my easy holiday craft on painting festive floor mats, you can find it here. These are super easy to do as well and are not only functional, they’re cute too!
Easy fill and share ornaments.
Honestly, it doesn’t get much easier than this Christmas craft.
I picked up this giant container of 25 clear plastic ornaments at Michael’s on Thanksgiving weekend for only $5! Regular price was $19.99. SCORE!
This year, I’ve seen clear ornaments filled with different things so I figured I would give it a try. I shopped my craft cabinets and founds some unique little things to use. If it will fit through the top, then it will probably work!
- Clear plastic ornaments
- Ribbon, jute twine, or other embellishments
- Items to put in the ornaments – I used coffee beans, tiny clothespins, buttons, quotes that I rolled on the ends and feathers
- Low temp glue gun and glue sticks (if needed to attach an embellishment) I tied mine at the top and didn’t need the hot glue
- Remove the top hook piece of the ornament
- Add filler of your choice
- Replace the top piece
- Add ribbon, jute twine, or other embellishments around the neck of the ornament (I opted not to add this to most of them)
Hanging Pinecone Door Decoration
Our tree farm is nearly 40 acres of Loblolly pines so needless to say, I have a LOT of pinecones for crafts!
On a recent visit to the farm, I gathered a large bag of pine cones to decorate with.
I purchased 4 aluminum cookie sheets from Dollar Tree so that I could bake the pinecones to get rid of any bugs and to help them dry out and finish opening.
You could line a regular cookie sheet with foil if you prefer. I didn’t want to take any chances of getting sap on mine so I opted to get inexpensive foil ones.
If you Google information about this, some directions say to bake more than 30 minutes and some say to bake them at a little warmer temperature. The following worked for me.
If your pinecones are bigger or are wet, they may take longer and need a higher temperature.
If you purchase pinecones then you can skip the first step in the directions. Also, if you prefer, you could use ribbon in place of the jute.
- Prepared pinecones
- Jute twine
- Low temp glue gun and glue sticks
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and spread the pinecones on the cookie sheets, allowing room for them to open up then put the cookie sheets in the oven and bake for 30 minutes – DO NOT LEAVE THESE UNATTENDED!
- When baking is complete remove them from oven to cool (let the pinecones sit for a day)
- Select 12 pinecones – NOTE: baking them makes them extra prickly – so handle with care
- Make a large jute bow for the top (this can be as simple or as ornate as you want)
- Then make 12 regular bows to add to the top of the jute on the pinecone
- Cut 6 pieces of jute in varying lengths (mine were approximately 18 to 36 inches long) knot the ends to keep them from unraveling
- Gather the six pieces of jute and knot them together near the middle (this will give you 12 different lengths in one cluster varying from 9 to 18 inches in length)
- With the glue gun attach a pinecone to the end of each length of jute
- Once all of the pinecones have been attached, hot glue your jute bow to the top
These look really pretty as a door decoration in place of a wreath. These are also gorgeous when added to a garland.
Since I wanted to hang these on my office door, I made it full looking with 12 pinecones, but you could easily do it with less.
I hope you will give one or both of these easy projects a try! If you do, please share photos of them with me on Facebook or Instagram.
Do you have a craft you like to do with clear ornaments or pinecones? Let me know as I love trying new projects and pinecone craft ideas would be awesome to receive!
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