9 Easy and Affordable Holiday Crafts

9 Easy and Affordable Holiday Crafts

Sometimes, it’s difficult to admit our shortfalls but when we do, we have an opportunity to help others. Years ago, I was so fixated on making things perfect that I failed to budget. I felt perfection, appearances were more important than the cost. I won’t bore you with details but you can see the problems this would cause down the road. Over the years, I have seen other families fall into this trap, spending to not just keep up with the Joneses but to surpass them at all cost. Not good!

Christmas can be one of the worst times of the year for overspending. Mr. D always reminds me to avoid guilt spending, feeling an obligation to buy expensive presents out of guilt. I have learned many lessons over the years & I work to learn even more. One lesson I have learned it that we can have a beautiful home during the Holidays without spending a fortune. One way to accomplish this is by making our own decorations. right now, our home is filled with handmade decorations I have been working on the last few months. They didn’t cost much & they allow me to create a low cost version of the beauty & perfection I could never seem to buy.

This year, avoid spending so much on Christmas that you spend all 2015 paying for 2014! One way to avoid this is by making decorations like these 9 craft projects from All You.  Homemade decorations & gifts allow you go create unique items unlike any other. And to me, that is the best Simple Joy of all!

Affordable Holiday Crafts

20 Magical Ways to Use Mason Jars This Christmas

20 Magical Ways to Use Mason Jars This Christmas

A wonderful friend gave me a box of old mason jars recently. I must be honest. I really haven’t done much with mason jars before. However, I was excited at the prospect of creating mason jar snow globes. I have made a few & have a few more to make. Or, I might just switch over & make some of these fun crafts from Country Living. I am ALWAYS looking for new ways to use old things and these ideas are fabulous!

You can enjoy using old mason jars. Or new mason jars. And you don’t even have to buy a whole box to do it. The dollar store in my neighborhood carries individual mason jars for, well, $1! So you can buy one or two & try out a few of these fun Christmas crafts. I warn you though, you will be heading back to the store for more jars faster than you can say “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire!”

Tip: After make 1-2 crafts with dollar store jars, should you decide to create multiples as gifts, price a box of jars from the local neighborhood hardware store. You may find the jars are less than a $1 each when purchased this way.

Christmas Jars

DIY Holiday Ornaments You’ll Love

DIY Holiday Ornaments You'll Love

This time of year, I enjoy seeing all the elegant trees featured in magazines, on websites & shared by people on FB. I sometimes long for those perfect trees, decorated so carefully with items that coordinate with one another. Then I look at my tree. It is beautiful in its own way but there are a few items that would prevent it from being featured in any magazine. There’s the cloth ornament with “For Dad” on one side & “Fro Mom” on the other, made by The Child when she was young. There’s the faded ornament with my name written in glitter, given to me by our church when I was a toddler. There’s the 2 angels with The Child’s name on one & my name on the other. Our names were added with labels printed out by Mr. D. who wanted us to know we were HIS angels! These decorations may not be elegant but they are packed with memories & money can buy those no matter how hard we try!

Woman’s Day offers you the opportunity to create memories with your family this Christmas. They have developed a series of DIY ornaments that you & your family can make to added to your tree this year & in the years to come. Enjoy!

DIY Ornaments

18 Vibrant DIY Christmas Decorations

18 Vibrant DIY Christmas Decorations

One of the things I have learned making & selling my wreaths is that we all use a variety of colors to decorate our homes for Christmas. Red & green may be standard but they are by no means the only colors we use to celebrate Christmas. Christmas now allows us to incorporate all our favorite colors into our decorations. No matter what color combination you prefer, you can find it & use it to celebrate Christmas.

Woman’s Day agrees that any combination of colors can be used to create Christmas decorations. To help you discover new ways to use your favorite colors or to find new colors to use this Christmas, they have put together 18 decorations in vivid colors to use in your home! I’m sure you will want to add a few of these bright touches to your home this season!

What colors do prefer in your home? Are you a traditionalist or do you go way out with your color scheme? Do you add a few touches of bright & vivid colors or are all your decorations merry & BRIGHT? Please share your color schemes & ideas with us! We love to hearing how you bring Christmas cheer into your home!

Vibrant Decorations

31 Easy, Homemade Christmas Ornaments

31 Easy, Homemade Christmas Ornaments

When I decorate our Christmas tree each year, I am filled with memories as I hang various ornaments on our tree. The pin & white knit stocking made by a co-worker for The Child on her first Christmas. The bicycle ornament I gave Mr. D. when we were first married. The ornament the church gave me when I was a toddler. And especially, the wax filled ornaments my great-grandparents brought with them from Germany.

As beautiful as those ornaments are, the ones I love the most are the handmade ornaments from friends & made by The Child as she was growing up. Do you have handmade ornaments on your tree? If not, it’s time to add some! If you do, you can always make room for more!

Country Living shares their selection of 31 easy to make ornaments. Many can be made with & by your kids. Prepare them for your tree this year. Then, enjoy the memories they stir up each year as you decorate your tree!

What is your favorite ornament on your Christmas tree? Tell us about it! Share the history & why it means so much to you!

Easy to Make Ornaments

12 Wreaths to Get You in the Christmas Spirit

12 Wreaths to Get You in the Christmas Spirit

As you may have guessed, I LOVE making wreaths! I work to keep them simple so my clients may add their own personal touches to their wreaths. A wreath welcomes guests to your home & should reflect your personality & your home.

While I would be THRILLED to have you (& everyone else) purchase their Christmas wreath from me, I would also be happy to know you have created a Christmas wreath for your home. Good Housekeeping shares 12 wreaths you can make yourself. If you are like me, you will make more than one to decorate your home! Enjoy!

DIY Christmas Wreaths

35 Easy Christmas Crafts

35 Easy Christmas Crafts

I enjoy having a bit of Christmas spirit throughout my home. This can be expensive if you continue to buy new decorations for your home. It can also get, well, a little boring. If you spend a lot of money on decorations, you don’t want that expense to go to waste. So, you keep using your decorations year after year. This year, add Christmas spirit to your home without the expense or bother by making your own Holiday touches. Midwest Living has 35 projects to tickle your Christmas fancy! That should stop you from becoming bored!

Christmas Crafts

17 DIY Advent Calendars to Help You Count Down Christmas

17 DIY Advent Calendars to Help You Count Down Christmas

Kids are always SO excited about Christmas. They can’t wait for the big day to arrive & drive you almost CRAZY asking how soon it will be here. This year, help them count down the days until Christmas with an Advent calendar you (& your kids) can make. Country Living has a wonderful selection of projects that you can choose from, including this darling Box Calendar! Browse through them & pick the one that best suits your family! Advent is a wonderful way to enjoy the Christmas season all month long. What a Simple Joy!

Advent Calendars