You can keep the kids busy during St. Patrick’s Day with a variety of Irish-themed craft projects, Country Living says. Help them paint rocks to look like gold nuggets at the end of the rainbow, or create paper shamrock pots. Green party hats are a must for any kid-friendly celebration, and you can get them to help decorate with shamrock garlands. And just like you’d set cookies out for Santa, try creating a leprechaun “trap” featuring green-frosted cupcakes and gold foil-wrapped chocolates. Remember, you can usually find lots of craft supplies and inspiration at thrift stores supplied by ClothingDonations.org.
Valentine’s Day calls for a special celebration of relationships, but it needn’t cost a lot of money to show you care. You can use your creativity to craft a special gift. Good Housekeeping suggests an array of options including fresh-baked bread, hand-stitched sachets and a jar filled with a year’s worth of date-night ideas. Make a flower vase out of a disused Mason jar and make a heart-shaped bath bomb to pamper that special someone. Look for supplies at local craft stores and at thrifs supplied by generous donations to ClothingDonations.org.
One of the best ways to keep the holidays cheap is to rely on your own creativity to carry the season. Start today by making and sending handmade cards to your friends and family, HGTV suggests. With a few simple materials — paper, glue, felt, glitter and so on — you can easily make cards that look like they cost a fortune. Try creating a Santa card with a cotton-ball beard, for example, a winter scene with glitter “snow” or a card that turns into an ornament. Whatever you craft, it will be inexpensive and fun to spread a little bit of holiday cheer.
With just 26 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, this year’s shortened holiday season doesn’t leave much time to get cards in the mail. But you can get them together fast with a personal touch using easy ideas from The Spruce Crafts. Pretty much all you’ll need is paper, a pair of scissors and school glue, plus embellishments such as ribbons, buttons and glitter, to make unforgettable, one-of-a-kind greeting cards to send family and friends. Some can even be printed directly onto cardstock using a color printer, so it’s never been easier to wish people a happy holiday.
Southern Living says you can make Christmas cards every bit as clever and stylish as those you’d find in a store, and “be able to add personal touches to each and every card.” Make French knots on a card to illustrate a string of Christmas lights or a red-nosed reindeer, for example, or use decorative holiday ribbons to form the shape of a tree. Use buttons and bows to sew a wreath onto cardstock, or use glue and felt to create a holiday scene. Now get those cards in the mail — your addressees will appreciate the thought and creativity you put in!