Welcome back! Does it seem a little early to be talking about Christmas crafts? Nah. We need some time to make them, right? I love the idea of giving a handmade gift to friends and family each year. This is the time of year I start thinking about what craft I could make that others would like and appreciate. The weather is getting cooler and I'm finding myself inside a little bit more. Perfect craft time.
Past craft ideas:
Two years ago I took my kids to a fall festival at the beach in October during their fall break and one of the craft stations had them making 'God's eye' or 'Cat's Cradle' yarn projects. Do you remember these from camp?
Well, I went crazzzzyyyyy for this craft idea. I made ornaments out of yarn for 3 months to give as gifts and even did a whole tree theme in my family room with this idea and decorated a burlap garland piece over a threshold to our music room.
Here's where you can see pictures (from my old blog) of our family room God's Eye themed tree- I called in 'Winter Wonderland' and all of the ornaments were blue, white, or silver:
Last year, I was super motivated to learn how to make these sweet crochet snowflake ornaments. I must have watched this sweet lady's video tutorial a 100 times at least! You will see my attempts at this craft on my Cottage Blue Blog link above on my Christmas tree.
Needless to say, I only made a few because I was teaching myself how to crochet while trying to make these snowflake ornaments.
Here's the video tutorial-
So......what's this year's craft? Oyster shells. I was first inspired while at a restaurant at the beach that had oyster shell chandeliers. I added some oyster shells to a light fixture in my house. Recently I picked up tons more oyster shells while at the beach at the local oyster shell recycling center- let me tell you this was messy, disgusting, gross business! Those shells are getting a bleach bath before I touch them again. But I have a bunch of ideas of craft projects to use with the oyster shells that I will use to decorate my home during Christmas and to give as gifts over the holidays.
Do you like to give handmade gifts too? What have you given? Or received that you really appreciated?
Happy decorating & living,