Winter is here and so are the holidays. Crafts are a great way to get creative, de-stress, and get into the holiday spirit. Are you looking for some DIY inspiration? We can help! Crafts can include anything you’re inspired to create to get you into the holiday spirit – homemade gifts, holiday decorations, and DIY wrapping paper, to name just a few. In our Holiday Collection we have many options to help you get started. Craft books such as Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Inspirations and Holiday Crafting and Baking with Kids could jump start your thinking.
Like to work with yarn? Check out Holiday Knits or KnitSimple magazine. We have other holiday themed magazines as well, such as Martha Stewart Living, Everyday with Rachael Ray, and Cook’s Illustrated.
There are more DIY craft ideas with tutorials that are available online. In this YouTube video, Elaine shows you step by step how to make several holiday crafts such as styrofoam trees, candy stick vases, and yarn hat ornaments, using things from the dollar store. Looking to repurpose things from around your house? Try this Wrapped Flannel Holiday Wreath to use up any old shirts or fabric scraps. If you have too many Mason jars lying around (as if there could ever be enough Mason jars), try upcycling them into Snowflake Mason Jars or giving them as gifts with hot chocolate mixes inside like this. Another great idea for Mason jars is making candles. Here’s a great tutorial for a pine-scented candle.
Homemade gift wrap and holiday cards are fun to make too. Here’s a simple video tutorial on how to turn wrapping paper into a gift bag. You could also use kraft paper and stamp it to create a unique design like this polka-dot wrapping paper. Lastly, feel free to bring your own materials into the library to make a holiday card or snowflake banner using our Cricut machine. Sign up for DIY time here. For more ideas and inspiration, check out Pinterest.