Going Homemade for Christmas

This year’s goal for our family is to have a good old fashioned homemade Christmas.  We gave the kids the challenge of making us our gifts.  Everyone is up to the challenge.  We have put on our thinking caps and have come up with several ideas.  Most of all we are looking for affordable good quality ideas.  Here’s what we have found:

Homemade scarves

If you knit or crochet, make scarves for the ones you love.  You can get one scarf from a skein of yarn.  You can spend $2.50 at Wal-Mart for a skein or you can spend up to $7-$9 at Michael’s.  If you don’t knit or crochet you can purchase fleece and go to www.stitchnsave.com/fleece/Fleece_Projects.asp for simple instructions for scarves and other fleece projects.  Either way, you will be wrapping family and friends in your love!

Websites with ideas

Go to www.mormonchic.com for a list of crafty ideas for gifts.  There are instructions for each project.  You can find candles, frames and a whole lot more!!

If you are an “About.com” nut, you can find several ideas athttp://familycrafts.about.com/cs/giftgiving/a/120400a.htm

If you have kids you don’t want to miss this website. They have broken down the crafts into age groups. So if you need a gift idea for your toddler to make this website is going to help!! http://www.amazingmoms.com/htm/christmasgifts_from_kids.htm

Sewing

I love to sew. I have found a great website that has free patterns. The patterns are for just about everything imaginable.  You just click and print.  Then cut out the pattern….. easy as pie!!  Check out www.burdastyle.com

Baking

If you like to bake for the holidays, you can find lots of Christmas cookie recipes athttp://www.christmas-cookies.com/

There’s cookies for everyone on your list!! EVEN SANTA!!

We are going to add tags to our Christmas gifts.  We will add the Bible story of Jesus’ birth.  We will write blessings and prayers.  We will even add something about Christmas hope, peace and joy!!!  We want all of our family to realize that Christmas is about Christ!!

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