I have to admit: on dark winter nights, there’s nothing I love better than heading home after work and plunking down in front of a movie. And for whatever reason, watching a movie is even better when I have a craft project to work on. Despite the (apparent) non-ambition implied in increased couch-and-screen time, all of those hours end up well spent. Knitting, beading, sketching and stitching, not to mention endless Christmas card addressing, happens.
With the holidays knocking at the door, I’ve been making my annual list of projects to tackle. If the season finds you in a creative mood, here are a few holiday-related kits from Etsy sellers that inspire and delight. Happy crafting.
Gluing together and customizing this wooden menorah is a wonderful family project.
A snowflake you stitch yourself adds a warming touch to a simple holiday card.
Very young crafters will appreciate this make-your-own holiday play dough kit.
Knit star-shaped lavender sachets for your friends and coworkers.
Have a crowd coming over? Keep everyone busy painting their self-portrait on a keepsake ornament.
An assemblage of pretty tags and trimmings inspires creative wrapping.
Use this kit to make a charming set of felt finger puppets — a sweet gift for a baby’s first Christmas.
Assemble your own cardboard tree, then get creative with the decorations. A garland of mini silver jingle bells or tiny red pompoms, maybe?
It’s amazing how a few bits of strategically placed felt can transform a pinecone into a wee, winning gnome.
Dreaming of gingerbread houses but burn everything you bake? This paper version is an appealing alternative.
Counting down the days to Christmas is so much more fun with an Advent calendar you make yourself.
Add a personal touch to your celebration with menorah or Advent candles you’ve rolled yourself.
Turn wire, embroidery floss, and canvas into a unique feather ornament.
Curly antlers and swirling script make this stitching project special.
Print, cut and fold, then get ready to board the Reindeer Express.
Forget chilly fingers and winter boots — make a warm and woolly snowman instead.
What’s your favorite holiday craft?