The holidays are all about bringing friends and family together, and nothing does this better than crafts.
This makes projects with durable materials such as burlap, wire and clothespins especially valuable as it takes the stress out of storing them.
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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.
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.