In my continued effort to help make this a less stressful and less expensive Christmas for my readers, I have hit upon some GREAT inexpensive craft ideas. I’ll share them with you here.
They are from a book I forgot that I had. Farmhouse Christmas by Gooseberry Patch Publications. Tons of great recipes and old-fashioned goodness oozes from its pages. I highly recommend it!
Perhaps you can purchase the book and give as a gift long with one of these items that you made 🙂
Holiday Help Craft #1
- 36″ X 12″ Fabric
- 3/4″ wide fusible web
- 36″ long balsam or evergreen scented potpourri
- 2 rubber bands
- 6 yards raffia
- some sprigs of pine
- small pine cones
- glue gun
- Lay fabric flat, printed side up, and fuse a strip of webbing to one 36-inch fabric edge.
- Fold fabric in half, keeping printed sides together, and press with iron to fuse the long edges together.
- Allow webbing to cool completely (about 5 to 10 minutes)
- Turn roll right-side-out .
- At one end of the roll, gather the fabric about 3 inches from the end and secure with rubber band.
- Fill the roll (not too tightly) with balsam potpourri / scented rice or filling of your choice.
- Fill until about 3 inches from unsecured end of the fabric roll.
- Gather the unsecured ends and close with the second rubber band.
- Tie raffia at each end in bows and affix sprigs of pine and pine cones with glue gun. Allow to cool
Enjoy as a decoration yourself or gift as great gifts!
Holiday Help Craft #2
Layered Oatmeal-Chip Cookie Mix
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- cup crispy rice cereal
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
Layer the first 5 ingredients in order listed, in a one-quart, wide-mouth glass ball canning jar.
- Press down firmly on each layer before adding the next one.
- Combine flour, salt and baking soda together mixing well.
- Add the flour layer on top of the chocolate chip layer.
- Add gift card with the cooking instructions below
Directions: Mix jar ingredients with 6 tbsp. softened margarine, one beaten egg & one tsp. vanilla extract; blending well. Roll into one inch balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Makes 3 dozen cookies.
Handwriting the instructions on the card makes a nice touch! Decorate with stickers or rubber stamp holiday images on the card for an extra nice added touch! 🙂 Punch a hole in the card and affix to the ingredients jar with a bit of raffia or ribbon 🙂
So there are two more great Christmas gift giving ideas that won’t break the bank, come from the heart and will be loved and appreciated! Stay tuned for tomorow’s issue for a 4 recipe/craft/idea HUGE article! Chock FULL of Christmas Cheer!
Have a beautiful day! & All The Best To You!