Welcome to Day 2 of Blogmas here on Chaotic Critic. For those that are new readers, Blogmas (similar to vloggers on YouTube) is a post a day until Christmas. I’ve created many holiday themed DIYs featuring recycled materials you may have in your craft stash. This post is a cumulative list of quick and easy budget friendly Christmas-themed DIYs. Read, Set, CRAFT!
As always, be sure to click the links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.
I hosted an Ugly Christmas Sweater party two years ago and my ugly Christmas sweater was a hit. Well, at least it was to me. It wasn’t hard to make and I actually recycled a lot of what I already had that I wasn’t necessarily wearing/using. Here’s what you’ll need to recreate a similar style:
- Old Sweatshirt
- Pom Poms
- Hot Glue
The sweatshirt that I purchased was from KMart. You may have an old holiday or red/green sweatshirt lying around. Mine was under $10. The placement of the ornaments/pom poms are up to you. I didn’t go out and buy ornaments for the purpose of the sweater. I actually recycled ones that I was going to throw away. If you do not have any ornaments on hand, you can purchase them inexpensively at Dollar Tree. I took mine to the next level of tacky by using scissors and hot glue to add in LED tee lights. They still wok to this day. I hand wash this sweater as it is definitely not washing machine friendly.
Another alternative to swap out the ornaments is to use foam that you can get already cut out at your local craft store. Dollar Tree has a limited selection as well. If you’re having a party and everyone is decorating a sweater, using felt and recycled ornaments gives plenty of options for the friendly competition. You can purchase kits which can get pretty pricey so recycling is a cheaper alternative.
This DIY is super quick with limited supplies:
- Photo Paper/ Card Stock
- Stamps / Stickers
The trick to this DIY is drawing a string of lights. It’s as simple as a squiggly line. I used a stamp to add in a little extra. I used 4″ x 6″ photo paper because that’s what I had on hand. Feel free to use cardstock. I would use that over regular computer paper as it’s thicker. On the back of these cards in particular there was a scripture. These cards were a part of gifts to a local nursing home that I do outreach with through my church. Instead of using stamps you can use Christmas stickers and voila. Cards like these are the easiest and cheapest for me to make due to the large amount (anywhere from 40-60) that I make.
Working at a daycare for 6 years resulted in me getting creative and thinking outside of the box when it came to kid friendly crafts. I would love to do these with my nephews and for all those parents/aunties/uncles out there, these could be made gifted as well. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:
- Popsicle sticks
- Foam / Pom Poms
- Construction Paper / Tissue Paper
- Pipe cleaners
- Hot Glue
As not every child celebrated Christmas, I had a Hanukah project in mind. For those that do Celebrate Christmas, they made a Christmas tree and Rudolph. Children that celebrated Hanukah made a menorah and a dreidel.
Popsicle sticks and hot glue were the foundation of all four crafts. Each child colored the sticks what they wanted and I assembled them together. Once assembled they decorated how they wanted. The Tree was decorated using foam as a tree topper along with glitter and other sequin pieces we had on hand. To add an extra element I used hot glued green string in a crisscross pattern. Rudolph was super easy by coloring the popsicle sticks brown and adding googley eyes, a red pom pom and pipe cleaners for the antlers.
For the dreidel and the menorah, each child colored the popsicle sticks themselves and I just glued them into the shape. Construction paper was used as the flame for each candle, but tissue paper is another option.
So, there you have it. Super quick and easy Christmas DIYs that can be altered to work with any holiday you celebrate. Projects can be made with items purchased from your local craft store or what you can find around your house. I have new DIYs I’ll be sharing this holiday season so stay tuned!