Some families can spend hundreds of dollars on gifts for Christmas. In this kind of economy that is not something that every family can do. Christmas is not about how much money you spend but about who you are spending it with.
The tradition of gift-giving can be less expensive when you decide to make it a homemade Christmas. Instead of purchasing gifts, everyone makes gifts instead. This can make for a fun and unique Christmas celebration.
When you think of homemade, most people think that you need to possess special artistic skills but that is not always true. A home-baked gift or a mix that you make and include instructions makes a nice gift. Craft projects do not have to be elaborate either.
You can take a photo and decorate a plain picture frame using painted macaroni, buttons, gemstones or whatever trinkets you can find in your junk drawer. The trick is to use your imagination.
If you do have a talent like being able to sew, knit or crochet you can make a thoughtful handmade gift that will be treasured. Who doesn’t like a nice warm hat when the New Jersey snow starts falling or a warm afghan to cozy up under?
Allow your children to discover their creative side by providing them with craft supplies and letting them come up with ideas. Re- purpose items and create a new treasure. A shoe box, for example, can be covered in scraps of fabric and decorated to use as a catch-all box.
For more ideas on do it yourself projects, check out your local AC Moore store. You will get inspired to create a unique homemade gift and have a very special holiday.
Check out these links for more ideas on how to have a homemade Christmas.
Recycling Old Furniture
Making Beaded/Sequin Ornaments