November 26 ~ Deck the Halls

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It really is time to deck the halls! Remember to comment on any post this week for a chance to win one of our fantastic prizes, and tweet #handmadeholidays for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Make It

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Jen at Tatertots and Jello shares her Burlap Wreath tutorial where she used left over materials to create a new look for her door.
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Send someone a handmade Christmas message using our Something Special Card + Envelope from Jennifer of JCasa Handmade.
spacer Wax Pine Cone Christmas Decorations
Here’s a great kid-friendly project that uses old crayon pieces to create some holiday cheer. Donni shows you how to make these Wax Pine Cones one her blog, The Magic Onions.
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These gorgeous Hand-Stitched Ornaments at Annekata take a little more time, but Kathrin assures us that they look more complicated than they really are and well worth the effort.
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Bianca of Sadie and Lance shares her Christmas Tree Bunting which would look festive on any wall or mantel. Also, you may want to check out a project Bianca runs called The Toy Society where people make a handmade toy and leave it in a public place as a gift for a stranger. It’s a fun way to spread a little Christmas Spirit!
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Create a personal gift for friends, neighbors and family with an Initial Ornament from Kristin of Lu Bird Baby.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Advent Calendar, Stockings from a Vintage Quilt, Quilted Tree Skirt, Wrap & Present, More Deck the Halls, Write It & Wrap It, Holidays at Home Part One, Part Two, Part Three & Part Four, Celebration Tutorials

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for some of these projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Buy It

spacer Magic Snowball Candles from the White Magick Shoppe
Add a set of Magic Snowball Candles from The White Magick Shoppe to your table top or bathroom for a pretty and sweet smelling Holiday decor.

Mix It

spacer Salted Pistachio Brittle from The Kitchn
For those who don’t prefer cookies, here’s a recipe for Salted Pistahio Brittle at The Kitchn contributed by guest blogger Kristin of The Kitchen Sink.

Print It

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Download and print this Paper Christmas Tree template at KI Memories to make a pretty 12″ tree using your own festive papers. You can create a merry forest in no time!

Win It

Tweet #handmadeholidays anytime this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Comment in today’s post for a chance to win one of these books! Visit our prize lists to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

By Lotta Jansdotter
(Chronicle Books, $24.95, ISBN: 9780811872287)

From the Publisher:

There’s something so satisfying about stenciling: It’s easy, affordable, and it yields such impressive results. Especially when all the design work is done for you by the talented textile artist Lotta Jansdotter. Lotta’s hand-drawn stencil motifs are cut out of durable plastic so they can be used again and again on all sorts of surfaces, from walls to fabric to furniture. Simply wipe the stencils clean with soap and water and stow in the handy storage pocket provided. Project instructions and photographs demonstrate how to repeat a design on a structured grid to achieve the look of wallpaper (for a whole lot less money), or apply designs randomly for a unique, playful effect. At just $24.95, this package is a DIY decorator’s delight—a real bargain, and beautiful to boot!

By Amanda Carestio
(Lark Books, $14.95, ISBN: 1-60059-615-0)

From the Publisher:

‘Tis the season to make felt crafts-fa, la la la la! These 45+ festive Christmas projects will bring joy to crafters everywhere. Created by successful online designers from around the world, the adorable items range from a sweet garland of little birds to super-cute matryoshka doll ornaments. All can be made with simple sewing techniques, and there are both no-sew and eco-smart options, too. Both indie and mainstream crafters will love these fresh new ideas!

Material Obsession 2: More Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots

By Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke
(STC Craft, $27.50, ISBN: 978-1-584-79880-4)

From the Publisher:

By nature, quilters are fascinated by fabric, color, and pattern. And Sarah Fielke and Kathy Doughty have been feeding that fascination ever since the publication of their first book, Material Obsession (STC Craft, 2009). In Material Obsession 2, the popular team presents more than 20 new quilts in their trademark style, combining fresh, modern fabrics with traditional designs. The quilts were created in pairs: that is, the two quilters started with the same concept, then worked independently, producing completely different, equally beautiful results. Patterns range from easy to advanced, with a comprehensive technique section so quilters of all levels can join the fun.


From the Publisher:
Support Whipup by purchasing the third annual calendar. Featuring 12 beautiful crafty images from 12 amazing makers.

Print any or all of the three printable ebook formats (vertical a4/letter, horizontal a4/letter and vertical 2 printed to a page a4/letter) or purchase the already beautifully printed hard copy from Redbubble.

Print as many whipup 2011 calendars as you like to give for last minute presents and budget gifts. These also are fabulous to hang in your kitchen, craft room or office.

Green Grocery Bag Challenge
The Green Grocery Bag Challenge is a project to encourage sewists to wrap their holiday gifts in reusable cloth grocery bags, thus reducing the amount of wrapping paper entering the waste stream while simultaneously getting multi-use bags into the hands of consumers. Please include Mother Earth in your holiday plans. Read more here and join us on The Green Grocery Bag Challenge Facebook page where we’ll be posting wrapping ideas, sewing patterns and tips for reducing waste this holiday season.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)… Gift ideas for:

25 ~ Artists
24 ~ Co-Workers
23 ~ New Parents
22 ~ Scholars
21 ~ Sports Fans
20 ~ Audiophiles
19 ~ Deck the Halls
18 ~ Dads & Grandpas
17 ~ Hipsters
16 ~ Pet Lovers
15 ~ College Students
14 ~ Teachers
13 ~ Foodies
12 ~ Deck the Halls
11 ~ Sleepyheads
10 ~ Travelers
9 ~ Preschool Kids
8 ~ Outdoor Adventurers
7 ~ Tweens
6 ~ Crafters
5 ~ Deck the Halls
4 ~ Moms & Grandmas
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Girlfriends
1 ~ Imaginative Friends

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All links and photos from blogs on our Handmade Holidays posts are used with permission.

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491 Responses to November 26 ~ Deck the Halls

  1. Tanja says:

    Great ideas! Thank you!

  2. Amy C says:

    I need more time in the day. You keep posting all these amazing projects that my to-do queue is getting quite long. I’ll be well prepared for next year though!

  3. Christine says:

    Love the wax pine cones, and the blog from which it came is wonderful. It has great ideas, pic, and instructions. Thanks so much!!

  4. Natacha says:

    The wax pinecones seem very easy to do, and I have lots of wax crayons to use. Just wising I had time to hand embroider…

  5. Tiffany says:

    Looks like I need to make some more ornaments!

  6. AbberJabber says:

    Those snowball candles are so cute!

  7. Anna says:

    I think I need to make that paper tree right now.

  8. dorothy says:

    Love the something special card and envelope!

  9. Jasmeen says:

    Love the waxed pinecones.

  10. Jodanna says:

    Oooh thoes wax pine cone ornaments look fun!

  11. Kate says:

    LOVE the bunting! We have a string of christmas trees cut out of antique wallpaper that my grandmother made many years ago, and this reminds me of that… I may have to make one of these to decorate our mantel!

  12. Holly says:

    oh the books!! I want them all πŸ™‚

  13. ~Helena~ says:

    Fun ideas πŸ™‚

  14. Kristel says:

    One of the first two books would make me very happy!

  15. Leisha says:

    Oooooh beautiful embroidered ornaments!

  16. Stephanie S says:

    The little envelopes and cards are such a great idea!

  17. Katiegirl says:

    Love those snowball candles!

  18. Deb DeChurch says:

    I love the tree bunting!

  19. katevet says:

    the Hand-Stitched Ornaments are gorgeous!

  20. Jen C. says:

    i like the waxed pinecones.

  21. Blossom says:

    Those wax pine cones are so awesome – what a great idea!

  22. Rebecca says:

    I LOVE these tutorials. I am always looking for new creative decorations. I especially like the burlap wreath, because I can see that as a trans-seasonal project πŸ™‚

  23. Melwyk says:

    Those envelopes are really clever. And I’m thinking the initial ornaments would be perfect as gift tags as well! Thanks for all the ideas.

  24. Lisa F says:

    The paper Christmas trees are the perfect project to do with the kids. We are going to create our forest today!

  25. Mel says:

    I think im just going to make wreath for everyone on my list!

  26. Kelli says:

    Pistachio Brittle! YUM!

  27. Cass says:

    So many fantastic ideas, so little time! πŸ˜€

  28. Mary says:

    I wish I had more time to make those ornaments for everyone!

  29. Sarah says:

    Everything is so gorgeous!

  30. michele says:

    need to try those hand stitched ornaments! they are beautiful!

  31. Keri says:

    I just started decorating yesterday!

  32. Robyn says:

    Great Ideas!

  33. Natalie says:

    love all these ideas! I can’t wait to get decorating πŸ™‚ thanks!!!

  34. Sherri S. says:

    The little ornaments are so pretty…must carve out some more crafting time! Thanks!

  35. Keri Can says:

    The pinecones are perfect for my kiddos.

  36. Paulina says:

    I’m a big fan of embroidery, so the Hand-Stitched Ornaments are really appealing to me. also, a good project when you don’t have much time to decorate your house.

  37. Jennifer says:

    If I had time–I’d love to send those Something Special cards as my Christmas cards this year. Oh well, maybe next year??

  38. Southern Gal says:

    The Christmas Tree bunting is just what I need.

  39. c says:

    thats it, i’m making the tree bunting! and the felt book looks soo good too!

  40. Kimberly says:

    Printed paper trees, colored by my kids….perfect gift!

  41. Jessica says:

    The Christmas Tree bunting looks fun πŸ˜‰

  42. Clara says:

    The stitched ornament is so cute.

  43. Wendy D. P. says:

    I love the envelope tutorial! I used it just last week to hold a birthday gift card! They are so cute and be personalized perfectly!

  44. Sarah AJ says:

    Ooh, I think everyone on my list is getting an initial ornament! The pistachio brittle looks awesome too.

  45. Jeanne S says:

    Who would not love a gift card in those beautiful enevelopes?

  46. Ariane says:

    So many wonderful ideas!!

  47. mmmm… that brittle looks good.

  48. Carrie says:

    Pistachio brittle… yum.

  49. I’ll be making that cute Christmas tree bunting!

  50. Emily says:

    Great ideas!

  51. Stacy says:

    Love the Christmas tree bunting!

  52. Angela says:

    very cute ornaments. I would love to sit down in front of the fire and whip out a bunch of those.

  53. Celeste says:

    Gorgeous hand-stitched ornaments–they’re on my list for this year!

  54. BreannaS says:

    what a cute burlap wreath

  55. Kylie says:

    I think we’ll be making some wax pine cones this next week.

  56. Shawna says:

    Love everything again, especially the Christmas tree bunting!

  57. adrienne says:

    What fantastic ideas!

  58. Rachel B says:

    thanks for another great post!

  59. Sharon says:

    I should be sewing non-stop

  60. Lina says:

    That bunting is just perfect for my house.

  61. stacey says:

    i think i might have to make the initial ornaments with my kids…

  62. Chris Aiton says:

    such clever ideas – I hope I can find some time to make the embroidered ornament

  63. Danielle says:

    Thanks for the ideas!

  64. Katherine says:

    Oh, those envelopes are really cute! And I like the paper tree.

  65. Ange Moore says:

    I love the Christmas tree bunting – so much fun!

  66. Laura W. says:

    Adore the candles & will make those pinecones with my daughters!

  67. Mary Rheinschmidt says:

    some fun holiday ideas!!

  68. Tiffany says:

    Christmas Tree Bunting are so cute can’t wait to make some.

  69. Erika says:

    I especially love the tree bunting!

  70. brittany says:

    pistachio brittle looks amazing!!

  71. Charissa says:

    Love the ideas! Can’t wait to start decorating!

  72. Tabitha says:

    I really like the envelopes!

  73. Jennifer says:

    Those snowball candles are so awesome. They look so real!

  74. sarahjane says:

    Great ideas! Count me in!

  75. Sophia Patterson says:

    The calendar would look really good in my sewing area.

  76. SewLindaAnn says:

    The envelopes are my favorite, it can be used for so many things afterward. I must, absolutely must, download and make the trees! I’m going to try it in fabric with stabilizer.

  77. Missie says:

    I love the wax pinecones. How cute!

  78. nadine says:

    love the wax pinecone ornaments!

  79. Tish says:

    So much lovely!

  80. Paula says:

    I’ve been making ornaments like crazy these last few days and they never seem enough! Thank you for the inspiration; I’ll certainly try the Hand-Stitched Ornaments.

  81. Rebecca says:

    Oh, I love handmade decorations!

  82. megan says:

    LOVE the burlap wreath!

  83. Bonnie says:

    If there’s one thing we have a lot of around here (PNW) it is pinecones, and I need some new kid crafts, thanks!

  84. Paige says:

    I’ve got some burlap in my fabric stash and I’ve been wondering what I should do with it – now I know!

  85. kate C. says:

    I hope I can make some time in the next few weeks for all these great ideas!!

  86. These ideas are all wonderful!
    I don’t know where to start!

  87. Amy says:

    I love the waxed pinecone and the embroidery!

  88. WandaFish says:

    If nothing else, I simply must try that christmas tree bunting – just fab!

  89. Judith says:

    Those pine cones are look like so much fun! Which family doesn’t have a box full of old, broken crayons?!

  90. Catherine says:

    so many beautiful ideas- I especially love the envelope

  91. Margaret says:

    Love the burlap wreath and the tree bunting. πŸ™‚

  92. Beth says:

    Love the idea of dipping pinecones into old crayons! So green.

  93. Saskia says:

    Love the snowball candles.

  94. Pegj says:

    The pine cones will be so much fun. Am also downloading the paper tree pattern. Thanks for the fun ideas!

  95. Holly says:

    Love that bunting!

  96. sofie says:

    the embroidered ornaments are too gorgeous…

  97. Malia says:

    What a great idea to use Burlap!

  98. Jansie says:

    Totally digging the handmade ornaments this year.

  99. JennE says:

    LOOOVE the tree bunting!

  100. Heidi Anderson says:

    The brittle looks divine!

  101. Hannah says:

    I still think those envelopes are absolutely adorable.

  102. Michelle P says:

    Fab ideas once again!

  103. bess says:

    love those initial ornaments!

  104. Suzanne says:

    Oh, those hand stitched ornaments look well worth the time.

  105. Stacy says:

    Beautiful ideas!

  106. Morgan says:

    Love the bunting, and the wax pine cone ornaments! And the printable houses are awesome.

  107. Jasmine says:

    I love the wax coated pine cone idea!

  108. krystina says:

    The pinecones made with crayons… really great idea and beautiful result!

  109. iHanna says:

    Wow im always impressed with your huge and inspiring posts, full of eye cansy. Thanks!

  110. Lisa says:

    That burlap wreath is so cute without being too wintery looking–no fake snow for those of us in Florida!

  111. Lisa H. says:

    Oh, what a clever idea to use crayons to make the wax pinecones!

  112. Maria says:

    The wax pine cones are a great idea.

  113. Michelle M says:

    Great ideas, as always!!

  114. Shira says:

    nice ideas!

  115. Cinnamon says:

    Everything here is so cute! I want to make it all.

  116. Petra says:

    I love all the ideas especially the wreath and pinecone ornament, can’t wait to craft with the kids.

  117. Meghan says:

    Mmmm…. pistachio brittle! I can wait to try it!

  118. empirewaist says:

    Great ideas that put me in the holiday spirit! Thanks SMS!

  119. bruinbr says:

    I love the idea for the wax pine cone! So cool!

  120. Cherri says:

    The ideas just keep coming-fabulous!

  121. That reminds me… I really have to make a wreath this year…

  122. Ramona says:

    Love the hand stitched ornament. Hope it is as easy as they say!

  123. Caroline says:

    These are great! I especially love the wax pinecones!

  124. Alana says:

    This handmade series is so amazing. Enjoying it so much. Thank you!

  125. Emmmylizzzy says:

    Great idea for the wax pinecones πŸ™‚

  126. erin says:

    Falala felt looks cute!

  127. Mhairi says:

    Love the pinecone idea. Such an easy way to create a lovely decoration with children for the tree or table centrepiece

  128. Jen Richards says:

    Love the ideas! Thanks!

  129. Lynda says:

    The wax pinecone is neat!

  130. Christine says:

    wax pine cones = awesome

  131. Amanda says:

    I love the handsewn envelopes

  132. Lauren says:

    The brittle looks delicious!

  133. Amy says:

    love the wreath!

  134. Have been enjoying seeing all of the gifts to make and todays line up had lots of wonderful ideas to do.


  135. rene says:

    Yes! Love these projects! Will get in the Christmas mode in no time!

  136. jeni says:

    I was so tempted today to go out and buy some cheap-o craft kits to do with the kids, but I talked myself down…so glad I did! I knew you’d have some great ideas for me. The paper house prints from the other day, the tree template from today, and the wax cones! Genius! We’re gonna have so much fun!!

  137. Genevieve says:

    I love the pinecones! Last year we made bird feeders out of them. Just hot glue or tie a loop of string to the bottom of the cone, spread on some peanut butter and then roll it in bird seed. Hand it up outside your window on a tree branch and see how many birds come along to enjoy them!


  138. Brooke says:

    Love the wax pine cones!

  139. Lauren says:

    The Christmas tree bunting is so cute! With some clothes pins added to the backs of the trees, it would make a great display for Christmas cards =)

  140. Melissa says:

    Love the card & envelope. I’ve been looking for one, and this one is perfect!

  141. Dianne McLean says:

    I think I need the calendar to maybe get a wee bit organized!

  142. Beth says:

    What fun ideas!

  143. Fabienne says:

    Great ideas. I’ll probably wax some pine cones this weekend!

  144. Christa says:

    I love those hand-stitched ornaments! I’m looking forward to making them!

  145. kelli says:

    Stencils. Falala Felt, Material Obsession 2, the Whip up calendar…who needs Black Friday. You’ve got all the good stuff right here!

  146. L says:

    I’m looking forward to decking our halls over the next few days!

  147. Amanda B. says:

    Some more great projects, love the handmade envelopes and cards!

  148. Karen Compton says:

    I’d really love the felt book. Oh, and a great place to get felt in town. I’d really love that, too! πŸ™‚

  149. Wendy says:

    Excellent, kid-friendly ideas for kid-made gifts for all!

  150. Sarah says:

    All kinds of good stuff today.

  151. Tammy says:

    The fabric envelopes are sweet!

  152. Stephanie says:

    I’m starting to think about decorating, and now I have a bunch of new ideas to try! Thanks for the links!

  153. Kristin Orth says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas! I was hoping to be closer to done but I’m really just beginning!

  154. Can handmade holidays please last forever? I’ve gotten so many great ideas from all the posts. THANK YOU! Love the bunting and the ornaments!

  155. Erin says:

    Oh I love that stencil book!!!!!

  156. Molly DeFazio says:

    This is my favorite Deck the Halls yet. I especially love the link to the Toy Project. Rock on!

  157. Cindi C says:

    Great ideas! Can’t wait to try them out! Thanks

  158. I’m so excited to decorate!!

  159. Tanis says:

    The stencil book intrigues me.
    I love the waxy pinecone – cool idea!

  160. Morgan O. says:

    Thanks for the ornament tutorials!

  161. Hashi says:

    Oh how I love fabric envelopes!

  162. Sarah says:

    That paper tree looks fun!

  163. Kerstin says:

    I love the buntings, I never get sick of them!

  164. christy says:

    I’m off to make some tree bunting!

  165. yvonne says:

    Love the initial ornament. Really, love all the ideas! Thanks

  166. Samurai Mom says:

    Fa La La La Felts looks promising.

  167. Kimberly says:

    I love the pine cone ornaments. We definitely putting that on our to do list.

  168. laura says:

    fabulous giveaways, thanks so much!

  169. marie beck says:

    loving the inital ornament. so simple but so cute

  170. Catherine says:

    I love the initial ornament and can’t wait to make the pistachio brittle!

  171. Jenn Lee says:

    Those handstitched ornaments are lovely!

  172. Nandini says:

    Like the waxed pine cones! Adding some Glitter would make it more festive!

  173. Valerie says:

    Thanks for sharing the wax pinecone idea. We did it this afternoon and they look amazing! My kids already want to make more for the whole family!!

  174. Sheila Fisher says:

    Love all these ideas!

  175. JJ says:

    Argghhh and I just threw out that stray pine cone!

  176. Katie says:

    Those envelopes are lovely.

  177. Great ideas!

  178. Beth says:

    great ideas on this post – actually they look easier than most and I guess it’s time to start decorating!

  179. kate c. says:

    I love the handstitched ornaments, and would love a treeful! However, given that I’m already up to my ears in projects, I’ll probably only make one. That’s cool though, right? An ornament a year? A new family tradition!

  180. Heidi says:

    I love the wreath, and i would love that stencil book

  181. Mama24Monkeys says:

    Material Obsession is on my christmas list.
    kbsteuber at yahoo dot com

  182. Becky says:

    Once again bookmarking the embroidered ornament. Sweet!

  183. Jen says:

    Love the bunting!

  184. Chrissy says:

    I think my kids and I will be making some waxed pinecones this year!

  185. Liz says:

    Love the little pine cones.

  186. linda says:

    I just love the burlap wreath and, not kidding here, I went to the fabric store before I looked at this blog and just happened to buy some burlap.

  187. Holly says:

    Loooooooove the pine cones and snowballs!

  188. MelanieT says:

    Another great giveaway!

  189. Marcia W. says:

    The Print This Christmas tree is cute. I want an entire forest.

  190. Barbara Vanover says:

    Love the look of that calender!!

  191. Beth T says:

    Omigosh…you keep expanding my To Do list *and* my wish list! I don’t know whether to cross my fingers for Material Obsession II or get busy making some of those crayon-ornaments or fun paper trees.

  192. Kathy says:

    I like the Christmas tree bunting.

  193. Joyce says:

    Wow – so many cute ideas! Gotta get busy. Thanks for the fun

  194. Meadowlark says:

    So, just got the new sewing machine (it’s been 37 years since I last sewed!) and a Silhouette on the way. You’re just so full of it! Ideas, I mean. πŸ˜‰

    Much peace and love

  195. Francoise says:

    The enveloppes are cute!

  196. Kathleen C. says:

    Wonderful books for prizes! (especially Material Obsession II). I like every ornament in today’s post; the hand stitched one by Annekata is particularly interesting. Thanks for your giveaway (tho I don’t tweet).

  197. Megan P. says:

    Oooh, I love the ‘Something Special Card’!

  198. Laura says:

    I love the ornaments ideas!

  199. Tracy L says:

    awwww xmas tree bunting πŸ™‚

  200. Annie C says:

    great looking decorations!

  201. Sonja says:

    Love the envelopes!

  202. I’ve always wondered about waxed pinecones. I’m going to look it up.

  203. Mindy says:

    Love the material obsession book!

  204. Excellent — I’m so excited to put up Christmas decorations this weekend!

  205. Debra says:

    Cool tutorials!! Ready to get crafty….

  206. Ana says:

    Thank you for the kids can make it projects!! Super cute and a way to keep them busy πŸ™‚

  207. Patti says:

    I love the wax pinecones.

  208. Chasley says:

    The wax pine cones is ingenious!! Love it!!

  209. amy says:

    Love the bunting.

  210. Vale says:

    Looks like some great things to do with the kids, thanks!

  211. Angela says:

    The pinecone idea is very cute!

  212. Elaina says:

    Love the waxed pine cones. You would not believe the number of broken crayons we have laying around. Plus we can get pine cones from the backyard.

  213. Melissa B. says:

    Love the envelopes and the bunting!

  214. Carly says:

    love the wreath

  215. mama lusco says:

    Love those dipped pinecones!

  216. Annwen says:

    loving the wreath idea!

  217. annie says:

    mmm… pistachio brittle!

  218. Terri says:

    Love it all!!! : )

  219. Jane says:

    love the special envelope! that would be good to have a small stash of for using throughout the year…
    love the felt book – have seen it so many places online and am a little envious!

  220. Jennifer says:

    That pistachio brittle looks amazing!

  221. Elizabeth says:

    Love those candles…

  222. Stitchybritt says:

    Oooheeee I’m a sucker for anything Lotta, or anything Scandi for that matter!

  223. Linnet says:

    The wreath is a great idea!

  224. Consuelo says:

    I think I will try the wax pine cones with my kids!!!

  225. Brigette says:

    I like the letter ornament idea. Maybe a good gift for newlyweds!

  226. My favorite today is the Sew Special Card and Envelope!

  227. Rachel L says:

    I love the handstitched ornaments. I just wish there were more hours in the day to do all these lovely things.

  228. Michele says:

    The Burlap Wreath is very creative, love it!

  229. Kara says:

    I love the simple decorations. I’ve been thinking about doing some ornaments and decorations with the kids as Christmas presents.

  230. Kim says:

    Good time to get started on some ornaments!

  231. Nancy says:

    The Christmas tree bunting is inspiring me to make Chanukah bunting! Great ideas, as usual.

  232. Beth says:

    I love Tatertots and Jello! The burlap wreath is another one of her great ideas!

  233. Christina says:

    Loving those hand-stitched ornaments!

  234. Donna B. says:

    That pincone is too cute, it is just the right size.

  235. Debbie says:

    thanks again for all the great tutorials!

  236. trina says:

    Oh, those ornaments are absolutely beautiful. Definitely on my must-make list.

  237. Heidi says:

    I love the snowball candles.

  238. Alyssa says:

    Ooh, I love the printable Christmas Tree & those felt Christmas Trees on the cover of “Fa La La La Felt” – I’ve been looking all over the place for different Christmas Tree alternatives!

  239. kathyh says:

    Great ideas.

  240. kim says:

    must. find. more. time. to sew!

  241. Vanessa says:

    Great ideas! Love the fabric envelopes!

  242. kim says:

    love the bunting!

  243. Stacy S. says:

    The wax pine cones will be so fun to make with my daughter!

  244. lots of great projects for making our home festive and cheery! thanks!

  245. naomig says:

    Such great inspiring ideas. I love it!

  246. SewLindaAnn says:

    Going to check out the envelopes and Tree Bunting. I’ve been inspired to make one of those, especially on a quilt like I’ve seen on a blog.

  247. Crystal says:

    The modern quilt book looks enticing and as does the initial ornament.

  248. Danielle says:

    The paper tree ornament looks cute!

  249. Katie says:

    We’re cutting a tree this weekend and putting it up! I can’t wait!

  250. Mandy says:

    Beautiful ornament!

  251. Laura Reich says:

    Those envelopes are so cute and clever.

  252. Janet K says:

    I really like the bunting! Thanks for the ideas!

  253. Trisha says:

    I love the little envelopes and the garland!

  254. Katie says:

    i love the toy society idea

  255. Angela says:

    More amazing projects!!! How will I ever choose between so many fabulous ideas!

  256. linda says:

    Love the Something Special Card tutorial… very cool and I’m a huge fan of Lotta Jansdotter, so that book would be the coolest…will have to check it out!

  257. Julie says:

    You are a styling genius!! I love your picks!

  258. Kristi says:

    Great ideas!

  259. Sandy says:

    I love the Christmas Tree Bunting!

  260. Maya says:

    I like sewn envelopes and the tutorial above is a nice one.

  261. lesley says:

    The burlap wreath is sooo cute! Such great ideas. Once again!

  262. Rachel says:

    Fun projects!

  263. lindsay says:

    I was just thinking about dipping pinecones in wax! I think I’ll have to do it now!

  264. Natalie says:

    Beautiful decor!

  265. Debbie says:

    The Christmas tree bunting is so cute!

  266. Mrs. Pear says:

    I love the tree bunting!

  267. Lisa uotinen says:

    amazed as always at the incredible creativity your site features!

  268. Greeblygreebly says:

    What a sweet idea the Toy Society is!

  269. Gill says:

    I love the bunting and the hand stitched ornaments – Thanks!

  270. Love the initial ornaments–they would make great gift toppers, too!

  271. Nikki says:

    never tried Salted pistchio brittle but it sounds/looks really nice, yum!

  272. Madeline says:

    I know someone on my list who would love that burlap wreath! Thanks for sharing!

  273. patricia says:

    The Christmas tree bunting is such a great idea. I think I will make an initial ornament for each of my family members. Thank you so much.

  274. Courtney says:

    Love all the ornament ideas today!

  275. Mandy says:

    Something about burlap and Christmas make me think of old red barns covered in pure white snow. Beautiful!
    I plan on making a burlap tree skirt for our mini tree this year πŸ™‚

  276. Heather says:

    Some year I would love to embroider all of my ornaments like the ones shown here. Very pretty.

  277. those books all look great!

  278. Tamera says:

    I wish I had time to make all that cute stuff!! I love Lotta’s ideas too – I’d love that book!

  279. Trillian says:

    The Falala Felt book looks intriguing.

  280. Tierney Barden says:

    I’ve wanted to make the something special card & envelope set – thanks for sharing the tutorial. How special, Salted Pistachio Brittle – sure beats my traditional peanut brittle!

  281. Julia says:

    YAY!! I’ve been waiting all week for Deck-the-Halls Friday…Handmade Chistmas decor is my favorite kind *love*.

  282. Idalia says:

    Love the initial ornament!!!

  283. Papgena says:

    I like all ideas but the Initial Ornaments is my favourite!
    So simple and yet so effective!!!

  284. Charlotte says:

    I made one of the ornaments from Annekata and it was easy and fun, but getting the round shape when turning inside out was tricky.
    Love the books!

  285. Helen Conrad says:

    The ideas this year have been great. I love the pinecones!

  286. Heather says:

    Oh Fa la la la Felt. I am drooling over that book.

  287. Margaret says:

    More projects for my list. Thanks!

  288. Kate Sequeira says:

    As a teacher I’m always looking for new projects. I think that my kinders can make the garland and microwaving the crayons, which I probably have thousands of, is much safer than in a tin can on the stove.

  289. Alex Brierley says:

    The fa la la la felt looks wonderful!

  290. Cory says:

    Great ideas, Thanks!!

  291. Jennifer says:

    love the handmade envelope!

  292. Rebecca says:

    LOVE the Christmas tree craft ~ thanks for the link!

  293. Tong says:

    LOVE the Something Special Card + Envelope!

  294. Lisa Ann says:

    So many great ideas! I need to get my sewing and crafting in high gear.

  295. Kayci N. says:

    The pistachio brittle sounds amazing. I’ll have to make some for my family members who love pistachios.

  296. Anna says:

    Those stencils would be awesome. My bf and I are buying a house, and they would deff come in handy!

  297. Kate says:

    The brittle looks so good! I also love the printed Christmas tree.

  298. Holly U says:

    Those hand-stitched ornaments are great!

  299. Marta M. says:

    Love those handmade ornaments! I’d like to try them in felt, too…

  300. Cary says:

    I love the Toy Society idea. What a nice and fun way to spread some holiday joy.

  301. Sharon T. says:

    Lovin’ the initial ornament!

  302. Jennifer N says:

    We always deck the halls on 26th in honor of our first baby’s birthday and short life. It’s become a favorite family tradition to decorate on Rachel’s birthday. Thank you for sharing some great ideas. Maybe we’ll have to go on a pine cone hunt walk today.

  303. Jen says:

    I love these handmade ornament ideas!

  304. elsa says:

    love the envelope! it’s really wonderful ~ I’m giving some gift card (groan, don’t like to give them but they were requested) and this envelope is perfect for them! thanks for sharing everything. Love all the inspiration!

  305. Cindi C says:

    Great projects…..Love them all! Thanks

  306. Anita says:

    I think I should have stayed home and sewed instead of trying to get some black Friday deals.

  307. JennyS says:

    I love new ideas for Christmas ornaments!

  308. GM says:

    Thanks for all the giveaways!

  309. Lynn says:

    I can’t wait to get started on a few of these projects!

  310. Sheryl says:

    That brittle looks so good!

  311. Ida says:

    Wonderful ideas! Thank you!

  312. Sue says:

    Wonderful! ALL

  313. Naomi says:

    love the wreath

  314. sook hyun says:

    lovely gifts ideas πŸ™‚

  315. Suzanne says:

    Is there time to make the tree bunting?! I love it!

  316. Rachel says:

    I can’t wait to get decorating! But first…I have a masters project to finish… Darnit! Thanks for the great ideas.

    Love that felt book!

  317. Jessica C says:

    My fav is the burlap wreath!

  318. JJ says:

    I just found a pile of burlap in the closet and thought what can I do with this? Now I know!!!

  319. Mel says:

    Love the hand-stitched ornaments!

  320. Barbara says:

    Those cards and envelopes are so special. What a wonderful idea!

  321. Karen says:

    Those handmade ornaments are soooo sweet!

  322. Mary Margaret says:

    Y’all keep finding the cutest ideas! I wish I didn’t need to sleep!!

  323. Greeblygreebly says:

    The pinecone is so cute! It’s nice to have an idea for using up old crayons aside from muffin tin shaped crayons. πŸ™‚

    And oooh the Christmas tree bunting! Love it!

  324. Kristin H says:

    I love the something special card and envelope idea!

  325. KT says:

    Thanks for even more great ideas! I think my kids will have fun making the pinecones!

  326. Jill Lock says:

    Can’t wait to start decorating!!

  327. jessica says:

    Love the pinecones and fabric envelopes!

  328. Kristie says:

    I love the little envelopes. My daughter will have fun making them. Great idea.

  329. Jen says:

    great ideas

  330. Amy H says:

    I always love envelopes.

  331. Rachel Locke says:

    Those magic snowball candles look awesome!! Been wanting to get the Fa la la felt and MO2
    Thanks for another day of great ideas

  332. Lynn says:

    Love the Whip calendar and the fely book. Cute crafting ideas for the kiddos this time. thanks!

  333. meikjn says:

    that little fabric letter is neat.

  334. gotta love another bunting! that felt book looks amazing!

  335. jan says:

    so excited to get started on some Christmas gifts with some of these ideas… with Christmas tunes on!

  336. Deidre says:

    Great projects — I’ll be making the inital and hand stitched ornaments this weekend – Thanks!

  337. We have dozens of pinecones from this summer’s camping trip. I love the idea of dipping them and hanging them from our tree! Sweet.

  338. Kristin says:

    Everything looks lovely and the brittle looks yummy!

  339. Amy says:

    The burlap wreath is amazing! I love the other projects, too. And I wish I could stencil like Lotta!

  340. Nicole says:

    I like the burlap wreath, and it could so easily be customized for lots of different holidays and special events!

  341. jkeall says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  342. Dacia says:

    I am going to have to make those cute wax pine cones with my kids! so cute!

  343. Mel says:

    I love the Christmas tree bunting!

  344. Heather D says:

    I’ve loved following these holiday gift blog posts. Super cute ideas. Thanks!

  345. alcheme says:

    Love initial ornament!

  346. Erika M says:

    Wonderful ideas!

  347. Charmaine says:

    I love the pistachio brittle

  348. Lucie says:

    The handstitched ornament is absolutely darling!!!
    Lucie (

  349. Julie says:

    So happy to be spending the day with my family and making my handmade Christmas gifts instead of fighting the crowds for some impersonal Black Friday deals.

  350. Joke says:

    The handstitched ornaments are gorgeous indeed! πŸ™‚

  351. Katie says:

    Thanks for the chance!

  352. Susanne says:

    What gorgeous decorations — I wish I had time to make more handmade items. I’ll have to start in January for next year, I think!

  353. Cayce says:

    the paper christmas tree is beautiful!

  354. bfree says:

    tree bunting so cute!!

  355. Alex says:

    The wax pinecones look like a fun project!

  356. SofiAlgarvia says:

    The Hand-Stitched Ornaments are very beautiful, sharing pieces of love in every stitch πŸ™‚

  357. Jennifer says:

    I love that calendar! Inspiration for every month!

  358. Christina says:

    The hand-stitched ornaments are beautiful.

  359. Jackie says:

    great ideas!

  360. Jennifer says:

    I love the initial ornaments. Too cute!

  361. Cherie says:

    I love Fa la la la Felt!

  362. Rebecca N. says:

    Love the hand stitched ornament!

  363. ~Heather says:

    No kidding, every-single-one-of-those tutorials looks beautiful. How fun to try dipping our pinecone collection into old crayons! (Maybe with glitter?)

  364. susan mzf says:

    that christmas tree bunting is just adorable!

  365. liliana says:

    Love the wreath. I wish I had time to make one…

  366. Shara says:

    Love these ideas! That brittle is definitely going to be on my holiday sweets menu!

  367. rochelle says:

    Some great ideas in this list! Thanks!!

  368. Rachael says:

    Material Obsession 2 is wonderful! Thanks!

  369. beth says:

    I really love the hand stitched ornaments. I might try that on a larger scale for a pillow!

  370. beverly says:

    Yay! Decking the halls! Thanks for the tutorials to make it more personalized!

  371. Deanne says:

    Great ideas. I really like the envelope and card.

  372. Erika says:

    I love this wonderful handmade letter and envelope! That´s a very special idea – great! πŸ™‚

  373. Louise says:

    Lovely things again

  374. Amie says:

    I love these ideas! I just bought some burlap, so we may be making that wreath soon. Thanks!

  375. Jenn says:

    Again, love them all

  376. Love the stitched ornament.

  377. Erin says:

    Oooh, love that wreath!

  378. margie says:

    The something special card and envelope is so sweet. I need to get making it ASAP.

  379. Jenny says:

    im heading over to get the broken crayons now! my kids are gonna love this pine cone project!

  380. Sara K. says:

    What cute ideas!

  381. Beth says:

    Such sweet ideas. I love the gifts that kids can make, too!

  382. Texana says:

    Thanks for the pistachio brittle idea! and again, the books look fabulous!

  383. Julie Wolthuis says:

    My boys would love to help make the Christmas tree bunting!

  384. christine says:

    the brittle recipe looks so yummy!

  385. ste says:

    Fun ideas!

  386. sylvie says:

    I enjoy so much all of your gifts ideas, it is really appreciated! Tanks for the chance to win also!

  387. Carla says:

    These ideas are just perfect for my holiday crafts! The kids will enjoy making a lot of these items.

  388. Deidra says:

    I LOVE the idea of recycling crayons to dip the pine cones into. Great idea and lovely decoration.

  389. Liz Taylor says:

    I’ve been meaning to pick up Fa La La Felt for a while now. Thanks!

  390. Hilary says:

    love the paper tree and the christmas tree bunting.

  391. Amy says:

    I think I need to try that hand stitched ornament. Gorgeous!

  392. Cindy B. says:

    Fa La La Felt —I would love that books to pieces!

  393. Kim says:

    Love the xmas tree garland…I think that is a definite make up for this year…

  394. Cynthia I says:

    Love the paper tree and tree banner. Such a great use for scraps. I think the kids could help me make some of these!

  395. Whistlepea says:

    Those candles are so pretty!

  396. Bethany says:

    I love that burlap wreath. It’s such a fresh take on the traditional shape.

  397. Jill D says:

    I used to make peanut brittle every year. I bet this pistachio kind would really add something to it.

  398. Anya says:

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  399. Hannah says:

    Love the christmas tree bunting!

  400. Tanya says:

    Sweet ideas!

  401. Katie B says:

    Great ideas. I made Elizabeth’s advent calendar last year and can’t wait to get it out!

  402. Woodbines says:

    I love the christmas tree bunting πŸ˜€

  403. April says:

    Thanks for the tutorial for the initial ornament! I’m putting up my first tree this year for my son’s first christmas and would love to put our initials on the tree. It could even start a family tradition where for ever baby’s first xmas I could make them an initial ornament.

  404. Tez says:

    I’m going to need to pare back the list of projects I “need” to make, for the sake of time! So many awesome ideas.

  405. D'Lane says:

    wouldn’t that calendar be splendid? I want it!

  406. Kristin says:

    I love that crayon pinecone craft! That brings back some great memories of making those wax paper window hangings where you would shave crayons in between wax paper and then iron them together. How fun!

  407. Hall-decking is one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season

  408. Eve Nicole says:

    The hand stitched ornament is beautiful. I may try the Christmas tree bunting. Very Festive. Thank you!

  409. Elizabeth says:

    Really like those felt ornaments! I try to give my girls an ornament each year….this will be perfect!!

  410. lucy says:

    omg. love love love that stencil book!!!

  411. Morgan says:

    Yay! Can’t wait to get the house decorated!

  412. Suzanne says:

    Oh! Material Obsessions!!! I am just about to crack open the first one to start on a quilt gift. It would be great to have the second.

  413. Kay says:

    Salted Pistachio Brittle….nom nom nom! perfect to munch on while opening lovely presents. K.

  414. Addy says:

    Fun stuff! Now I know how to use up some of our old broken crayons!

  415. monica says:

    I’m sad that this month is almost over! All of the posts have been a blast.

  416. Nicole says:

    Yay…time to decorate! πŸ™‚

  417. Lynne says:

    More creative ideas! Thanks!

  418. Melissa says:

    The Christmas tree bunting is so cute!

  419. Susan C. says:

    Love the christmas tree bunting!

  420. Laurie Anne says:

    That brittle looks ah-mazing!!! Fa la la la Felt!! Oh how I want a copy of this! πŸ™‚

  421. jasmine says:

    Love it! Thank you

  422. Andrea says:

    cute lrtter ornaments.

  423. Becky says:

    Love the wax pine cones!

  424. Katiegirl says:

    love the pinecone idea!

  425. Sally Smith says:

    I would love to win one of all of it…but, I love the felt book!!

  426. Sonja says:

    Great tutorials, once again, Those initial ornaments will be the perfect touch for the packaging of our Christmas Cookie gifts this year.

  427. Sandy H. says:

    What lovely ideas. I’m done for this year so I can start planning for next year’s holiday. Retirement does have lots of advantages!

  428. Sarah McGrath says:

    Great decoration ideas!

  429. I love the bunting!

  430. Once again, lots of cool ideas! Thanks!

  431. Anya says:

    I love the hand stitched ornaments – they are beautiful!

  432. Laura says:

    I just realized – this is the last Deck Your Halls Friday! November has gone by so fast – less then a month till Christmas! Eek!

  433. Jill says:

    Love the envelopes! Great book giveaway today too! I’ve really been wanting the next “material obsession”!

  434. Johanna says:

    Thank you! It really is time to decorate and I have a hard time deciding what to do. That christmas bunting is simply perfect!

  435. Larissa says:

    That felt book looks great, and so does everything else! Keep ’em coming!!

  436. Louby Lou says:

    Thanks for another great lineup!

  437. melissa says:

    The embroidered ornaments are lovely – can’t wait to be done with my quilting projects for some time to make them.

  438. Chris says:

    I love the look of the calendar!

  439. Colleen says:

    thanks for all the decorating ideas!

  440. Antonia S-H says:

    I love the fabric envelope and note. I embroidered my husband a love letter and made an envelope for it for Valentine’s Day but I wish I had had a proper tutorial to help me.

  441. daniela says:

    lovely ideas, the wreath will be in production this after noon

  442. Abby says:

    so many great ideas!

  443. Natalie says:

    Love, love, love the envelopes!

  444. LMarie says:

    Oooo! Modern quilts with traditional roots! Looks fantastic!

  445. Louisa says:

    I love the initial ornament!

  446. Louana says:

    I love all those ideas, pinecones are super cute!

  447. Gali says:

    the stencils book look good. wouldn’t mind winning that…

  448. Claudia says:

    What a wonderful idea! Fabulous handmade gifts! And a giveaway as wellÒ€¦..I LOVE this!!!
    Kind regards from Germany sends

  449. Silvia says:

    The Burlap Wreath is beautiful!

  450. Don’t know which I like best, but I think the envelope is really a treasure!

  451. Squeaks says:

    LOVE that Christmas tree bunting – adorable!

  452. Hannah says:

    I love the Christmas tree bunting – I might whip some up this morning, in fact!

  453. Lixa says:

    Lots of great ideas today, I don’t know which one to pick!

  454. Jo says:

    Lovely projects love the bunting

  455. Abbington says:

    So many tutorials, so little time before Christmas!!

  456. Shira says:

    nice fabrics πŸ™‚

  457. sarahj says:

    Love the Christmas tree bunting!

  458. Melissa says:

    I love that card and envelope tutorial!

  459. Gina.S says:

    It’s great seeing all the new books that are out. πŸ™‚

  460. Melissa says:

    Fantastic.. I was looking for some xmas decs to make! Thanks for the chance to win a book too πŸ™‚

  461. Kat says:

    Mmm, salted pistachio brittle. How can I even think about food after Thanksgiving? I will be full for a week.

  462. Alexis says:

    Can’t wait to get started!

  463. caroline says:


  464. Leah says:

    Love the wax pinecones… need to dig out some wax!

  465. Such simnple but cute decorations!

  466. Jocelyn says:

    I love the wax pinecone idea!

  467. Love the envelopes!

  468. Jill B says:

    The bunting is so cute!

  469. Valerie says:

    I love all your ideas today…so many ideas, so little time…

  470. Erin Zackey says:

    oh, what fun these ideas are! will absolutely be trying out a few soon!

  471. Love the stitched ornaments and the gift card envelope!

  472. Janelle says:

    The hand stitched ornaments are adorable!

  473. Amy says:

    it’s finally time to decorate!

  474. Violeta Petrova says:

    I like the Christmas tree bunting πŸ™‚ Thanks for the ideas

  475. Rebmara says:

    great ideas, again!

  476. Katrina says:

    I really love the initial ornaments!

  477. Jennifer says:

    I love crafts kids can help with too!

  478. Jen B says:

    That bunting is so cute!

  479. Kelly Hall says:

    I adore the wax-dipped pine cones! Such a great idea for all those old crayons! πŸ™‚

  480. Serena says:

    Christmas Tree Bunting: brilliant.

  481. Star says:

    Love it! Going to make a set of the envelopes for my daughter to play mail. Thanks again!

  482. Mel says:

    Thank you for the links to all these tutorials. I am hoping that I have time to make just a few of these this year,

  483. Debbie says:

    Fa la la la Felt is on my Christmas wish list, I would LOVE it!

  484. Cynthia says:

    Those pine cones are beautiful!

  485. Jess says:

    Love those envelopes.

  486. SheilaC says:

    Thank you for the great ideas!


  487. Natalie says:

    Only a few days left before it’s time to start putting wllthose homemade decs up! Love the bunting & hand embroidered ornaments…

  488. Maeve says:

    So many really neat ideas! I’d love to win one of these books! Thanks for all the Christmas holiday ideas this month. Fabulous fun!

  489. Jessica says:

    Those look like some great projects! I like the list of project groups for handmade holidays.

  490. Mary says:

    Those wax pinecones are a very cool idea! Who doesn’t have a ton of broken crayons around??

  491. Judy R says:

    The garland and handmade ornaments are so cute.

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