Last year, instead of small gifts during the month of December, my children and I agreed to make a tree ornament together everyday from December 1 through Christmas! It was such a fun time we are going to do it again this year. Since last year, I have been hoarding spice lids for necklaces. And, while this could easily be turned into a necklace, we are hanging this version on our tree as ornaments!

Start with:

  • Spice Lid
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery Thread

Create it!

Step 1: Cut long piece of thread and knot several times, thread through top left hole of spice lid.

 Step 2: Thread through holes several times in shape of tree.

 Step 3: Repeat previous step to create second tree.

Step 4: Cut thread and wrap around top portion of the spice lid. Once finished, tie in knot.

Step 5: Tie a knot to top of thread for hanging on the tree! 

There is just something extra special about a handmade gift. Often we are pulled in so many directions during the holiday season it can be difficult to find time to make something for everyone on your gift list. This simple craft strikes a great balance for creating something unique and handmade!

Start with:

  • Sketch or doodle book
  • Pen/pencil
  • Colored cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Paper Fasteners
  • Single hole paper punch (optional)

Create it!

Step 1: Draw holly leaves and berries on corresponding colored cardstock.

Step 2: Cut out holly leaves and berries.

Step 3: Use single hole punch or simply poke paper fasteners through base of each leaf and center of berry cluster.

Step 4: Fashion leaves and berries on paper fastener to create a sprig of holly.

Step 5: Use single hole punch or press holly on paper fastener through cover of sketch/doodle book and secure.

So simple to make but adds a fun, festive look to a useful gift your loved one is sure to enjoy!


Any December babies? Just me or do December babies sometimes seem to have their birthdays nearly disappear amidst the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season? This hat is fun for December birthdays or festive holiday gatherings! We used a hot glue gun which could burn little hands without careful supervision. Join in the fun and make this project together!

Start with:

  • Cardstock (white and yellow)
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Long Roll of Green Paper (we reused shipping paper)
  • Multicolored Pom Poms 
  • Hot Glue Gun

Create it!

Step 1: Cut cone shape out of white cardstock. We didn't have a piece large enough so we cut and stapled three standard sheets together.

Step 2: Staple cone together to form base for Christmas tree hat.

Step 3: Unroll portion of green paper and begin twisting.

Step 4: Staple or hot glue end of twisted green paper to the bottom of the cone. Continue twisting, wrapping and gluing until all but the top portion of the cone is covered.

Step 5: Cut and staple small cone from yellow cardstock.

Step 6: Cut and glue star to small yellow cone. Place on top of Christmas tree hat.

Step 7: Glue poms to tree.

This hat comes together pretty quickly, just some waiting for the glue to dry. It's a fun and festive way to enjoy the holiday season!

Combining beautiful Autumn leaves and a few other treasures from nature to create butterflies! For this fun Fall craft, we used a hot glue gun which could burn little hands without careful supervision. Best (and more fun) to make together!

Start with:

  • Assorted Autumn Leaves
  • Pinecones (long and skinny work best)
  • Pine Needles
  • Wooden Beads
  • Hot Glue Gun

Create It!

Step 1: Heat hot glue gun and add glue to stem end of the pinecone. Attach wooden bead.

Step 2: Once glued bead has cooled, add glue to one leaf for wing and attach to pinecone.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 three more times until four wings are attached to pinecone body.

Step 4: Add drop of glue to top of wooden bead and attach two pine needles for antennas.

Just like a real butterfly, the wings will be delicate. Handle with care!