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Editor’s Picks: Holiday Crafts and Kits

Nov 20, 2013

by Stephanie Madewell

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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.

A plain paper village begs for paint, glitter and decoupage.

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.

Tissue tassels in frosty shades of blue and silver make any room a winter wonderland.

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.

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Folded paper diamonds add a festive and modern touch.

Use Jane Foster’s kit to stitch together your own set of huggable holiday pillow people.

A little birdie told me this kit would be a lovely gift.

Curly antlers and swirling script make this stitching project special.

Simple paper ornaments are a kid-friendly activity.

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?

Browse Craft Supplies on Etsy

Hot Chocolate Ornament PDF PATTERN
Hot Chocolate Ornament PDF PATTERN
$7.00 USD
Needle Felting Kit, DIY gift, Craft Kit, Winter Penguin, wool ornament, White, blue, holiday decor, felt tree ornament, beginner, how to
Needle Felting Kit, DIY gift, Craft Kit, Winter Penguin, wool ornament, White, blue, holiday decor, felt tree ornament, beginner, how to
$14.00 USD
Putz House Christmas Craft Kit - Build + Decorate Your Own Christmas Village - Putz House Kit of 4 Pre-Cut DIY 3.5"-4.75 tall buildings
Putz House Christmas Craft Kit - Build + Decorate Your Own Christmas Village - Putz House Kit of 4 Pre-Cut DIY 3.5"-4.75 tall buildings
$47.00 USD
Chritmas gift tag kit Winter tags embellishments for making tags and mini cards
Chritmas gift tag kit Winter tags embellishments for making tags and mini cards
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WINTER FRIENDS Finger PUPPETS Kit Make Your Own Childrens Sewing Kit Festive Activity Kit Finger Puppet Toy Festive Friends Toy Reindeer Toy
WINTER FRIENDS Finger PUPPETS Kit Make Your Own Childrens Sewing Kit Festive Activity Kit Finger Puppet Toy Festive Friends Toy Reindeer Toy
$13.85 USD
christmas train set - favor box and party centerpiece, holds candy canes, small gifts, cupcakes - printable PDF kit - INSTANT download
christmas train set - favor box and party centerpiece, holds candy canes, small gifts, cupcakes - printable PDF kit - INSTANT download
$5.99 USD
Snowman DIY Kit - Needle Felting Kit - Snowman Kit - Christmas Kit - Make Your Own - Christmas Decoration - Craft Kit - Christmas Craft
Snowman DIY Kit - Needle Felting Kit - Snowman Kit - Christmas Kit - Make Your Own - Christmas Decoration - Craft Kit - Christmas Craft
$29.00 USD

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