Dec 3, 2012

A Crafty Christmas and A Little Spice!

If you're on a budget (like me - hello, Harvard tuition and Boston rent!) you have three options.

First, you could save up all year to splurge on Christmas (guilty as charged).

Second, you can get really crafty at Christmas.

Third, you can do both - like me!

Anyway, here are some fun craft ideas if the holiday season gets your crafty instinct going!

From BabyCenterBlog

1) Homemade Holiday Cards
Get some card stock for your base, construction paper to cut out cute shapes (like Christmas trees, snowmen, etc.), GLITTER (that's not optional - heck, skip everything else but NOT the glitter, for goodness sake!), scissors, a glue stick, and some markers. Then get creative! Your family and friends will love getting homemade, personalized cards from you and you'll love a Christmas craft that doubles as a fun, cheap holiday activity and a Christmas card cost-cutter (nice cards from Hallmark cost around $5 each and still won't have the special something of your homemade version)!
From FaveCrafts

2) A Homemade Advent Calendar
A nice chocolate advent calendar is always good, but the chocolates are pretty small and often the quality isn't great. They're also just not as fun as customizable advent calendars, because they're the same every year. A better option is making advent calendars - so that yours is a surprise, make one for a friend/family member and have her/him make one for you. You can use little boxes, jars, baby socks, etc. for each day and fill them with little gifts - a voucher to help someone out with something, candy, chocolates of your choosing, energy bars (hint, hint!), etc. Make it awesome!

Oh, and extra points if you find a way to include glitter ;)

Craft stick advent calendar with origami boxes
From CraftyNest

3) Homemade Ornaments
You can papier-mache them, fill plain glass ones with GLITTER and paint, sculpt them out of clay, make them out of felt, roll them up out of yarn...the options are endless!

From Flea Market Style

4) Homemade Christmas Stockings
In case you aren't my personalized Christmas Stocking winner, you can always make your own gorgeous stocking! You can make it from scratch if you're super-talented, or you can do it the almost homemade way. Just buy a cheap stocking from the Dollar General and decorate it with fabric paint, stitchwork (if you can sew), buttons, gems (bedazzle it!), and GLITTER!

Hable Construction Wool Felt Stockings
From Inhabitots
5) Christmas Gift Baskets
Buying nice gift baskets can cost upwards of $50, but if you buy a nice basket from Michael's (around 5 to 10 dollars), you can fill a gift basket with goodies perfectly suited to the giftee for a whole lot less! Start early and take advantage of sales to fill the basket throughout the month with treats and trinkets as they go on sale!

From Cookerie Girl

The big take-away? Crafting at Christmastime can be super fun - and make sure you have plenty of glitter! Glitter makes it all better!

And now for the 25 Days of Giveaways portion of the post!

First, click to see if you're today's winner (of a handmade customized Christmas Stocking from The Stockings Were Hung).

Then enter today's giveaway - it's to win spicy, creamy, indulgent, and perfect for enjoying by the fireplace after some Christmas crafting!

Mexican Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Bella Rose Chocolates is giving away four Mexican Hot Chocolate sticks! These also make a beautiful, fairly unique gift for that gourmet chocolate-loving loved one :)

Like their other products, Bella Rose Chocolate Mexican Hot Chocolate sticks are made of only high quality ingredients - for these, it's Belgian dark chocolate infused with hot chili and fresh Saigon cinnamon.

Each stick makes one 8oz cup of gourmet hot chocolate with no fuss.

Mexican Hot Chocolate on a Stick

The giveaway is open to US readers and runs through December 17. Enter via Rafflecopter below!

If you haven't already done so, swing by my giveaways page to enter my other current giveaways! There are lots more tasty treats and Christmas delights - several of them are also open to international readers!


  1. this is sooo amazing! thanks for sharing all these brilliant ideas, definitely will help out alot for Christmas :)

    I would like to invite you to my giveaway:
    (sunglasses & prescription glasses)

    hope you have a fab day gorgeous! ~ XO
    Chriissydollxo's Blog

  2. I love the idea of making cards. I actually really want to get some funny ones to do that too saying have a holly jolly Christmas LOL.

  3. I think homemade cards are lovely, such a nice touch!

  4. All of those crafts are awesome! I need to work on my crafting skills a little so I can make nice homemade stuff for people.

  5. Ooh, the fruit chocolates look really good!

  6. I'd like to try the 1/2 Pound Assorted Chocolates.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

  7. Mint Hot Chocolate on a Stick looks great!!
    shopjinx at gmail dot com

  8. I have to admit, I just really want to try the hot chocolate sticks, in any flavor! Plus the toffee looks amazing;)

  9. I have to admit, I just really want to try the hot chocolate sticks, in any flavor! Plus the toffee looks amazing;)

  10. I'd like to try the toffee!

    barbs562 AT gmail DOT com

  11. I would love to try the gourmet fruit chocolates!

  12. candy cane hot chocolate on a stick? oh my goodness genius!!

  13. The mint hot chocolate on a stick!! looks so yummy! :)

  14. The toffee looks yummy!

  15. The peppermint bark looks great!

  16. The Toffee and Peanut Brittle look amazing!

  17. I want to try the fruit chocolate.

  18. Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate on a Stick

  19. I'd love to try the peppermint bark!

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

  20. The peppermint bark looks amazing!

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  22. The toffee looks really good, but I would also consider the mint hot chocolate on a stick.

    Happy Holidays :)

  23. The chocolate covered toffee looks divine!

  24. I like the Belgium Hot Chocolate Gift Set.

  25. yum, the popcorn looks delicious! thank you!

  26. Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate on a Stick!

  27. I keep seeing peppermint bark for sale - it is really calling out for me to indulge


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