The hol­i­days are all about bring­ing friends and fam­ily to­gether, and noth­ing does this bet­ter than crafts.

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This makes projects with durable ma­te­ri­als such as burlap, wire and clothes­pins es­pe­cially valu­able as it takes the stress out of stor­ing them.

CON­NEC­TIONS THROUGH CRAFT­ING

Take the vin­tage look of your home and trans­late it to your gifts by fol­low­ing Myer’s in­struc­tions on how to cre­ate col­lage-style hol­i­day cards. This project is perfect if you have old-fash­ioned wrap­ping pa­per, pic­tures or books you don’t mind cut­ting up. Sim­ply cut the cards into var­i­ous shapes, such as Christmas trees, stars or Santa caps, then over­lap them on your card.

You can also fol­low th­ese in­struc­tions to cre­ate cus­tom­ized gift tags. In a time where text mes­sages reign supreme, re­ceiv­ing a card in the mail, es­pe­cially a home­made one, is al­most as ex­cit­ing as open­ing presents on Christmas morn­ing. You can also make th­ese from Christmas cards you re­ceive this year, then send out your home­made cards the week after Christmas as thank you cards. The sea­son of giv­ing is a perfect time to show that it’s also a sea­son of grat­i­tude with your home­made notes.

How of­ten do peo­ple say, “Wow! That smells like Christmas,” when catch­ing a whiff of cin­na­mon or ginger­bread? Th­ese scents have be­come syn­ony­mous with the sea­son and evoke an im­me­di­ate cheer­ful re­sponse. Work­ing with th­ese foods is likely to make you feel the warmth we so love about the hol­i­day sea­son, and when you’re done, your whole house­hold can en­joy the scents and aes­thet­ics of an adorable ginger­bread home or wreath. If you’re a fan of the fra­grance of cloves—an earthy and warm hol­i­day fa­vorite—try out Myer’s clove-filled Christmas tree or­na­ments that will keep your Christmas tree smelling won­der­ful for the whole sea­son.

For all of you sewing fans, flip to the back of her book so you can learn some of her fa­vorite stitches, both practical and decorative. Sit­ting in a comfy arm­chair by a roar­ing fire­place with your lat­est project in your lap gives a sense of by­gone era. In­vite your fel­low seam­stress friends over, and you can all work on in­di­vid­ual projects while en­joy­ing one an­other’s com­pany. Try out the bob­bin tree dec­o­ra­tion guide to cre­ate a rus­tic-look­ing gift perfect for the sewing afi­cionado in your life. Tree or­na­ments are some­thing peo­ple keep their whole lives, and if one is hand­made, it’s es­pe­cially pre­cious.

SHOW­ING OFF

Scandi Christmas gives step-by-step in­struc­tions on how to turn your home into the warm, invit­ing hol­i­day space so many of us long for dur­ing the win­ter months. Whether it’s stock­ings, gar­land or can­dles, Chris­tiane Bell­st­edt Myer gives plenty of in­spi­ra­tion and in­struc­tions for cre­at­ing a home that’s fes­tive and beau­ti­ful. Make two of each when it comes to th­ese projects so you can en­joy your hard work by dis­play­ing your project in your home, and also bring hol­i­day cheer into some­one’s life by gift­ing the other one. In­vite friends and fam­ily over to show off your dec­o­ra­tions, and imag­ine how fun it will be to tell them you cre­ated the de­signs they’re en­joy­ing.

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