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« Reply #30 on: December 03, 2013 04:19:39 AM »

Arrgh! I've misplaced my air-dry clay. Time for a complete rethink in some directions.
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« Reply #31 on: December 04, 2013 09:24:31 AM »

Since none of our family members have made any plans for Christmas, we have decided to invite them over either around the 22nd or the 25th day for lunch. (I'm an in-the-closet Pagan), but I want the day to be festive for the sake of the family. The only Christmas decor I have, is a rather small Christmas tree, so I need some low-budget decor.

I won't be crafting gifts but I'd like to make the following:

- wreath/garland (maybe from yarn or with CD's)
- table centrepiece
- Christmas crackers (and maybe make some sweet treats to fill them with)
- Some Christmas decor
- napkins
- serviette rings
- bunting?
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« Reply #32 on: December 04, 2013 04:17:53 PM »

Since none of our family members have made any plans for Christmas, we have decided to invite them over either around the 22nd or the 25th day for lunch. (I'm an in-the-closet Pagan), but I want the day to be festive for the sake of the family. The only Christmas decor I have, is a rather small Christmas tree, so I need some low-budget decor.

I won't be crafting gifts but I'd like to make the following:

- wreath/garland (maybe from yarn or with CD's)
- table centrepiece
- Christmas crackers (and maybe make some sweet treats to fill them with)
- Some Christmas decor

I was gonna say - yarn wreaths are cute but cheap!  I also love regular wreaths and they're pretty cheap to make as long as you utilize whatever you've got around - wrapping spare beads or crystals onto wire and sticking them in, dipping the edges of pinecones into glue and glittering them up, etc.  I love wreaths.

For a cheap centerpiece, I'd suggest candles or ornaments.  Our local dollar stores tend to always have candles but not a wide assortment of them.  By putting them on different things (an upside-down short vase, a tiny goldfish bowl, etc), it adds height.  If you don't have a lot of extra space on the table, do a hanging centerpiece!  I took a wire ring (about wreath size actually) and strung some dollar store ornaments on in a cascading design with clear fishing wire.  It was a PitA but I LOVED how it looked and it was super cheap.

Other decor that I think tends to be quick and cheap but nice-looking includes, as always, a string of lights.  We live in an apartment and have no desire to put up much around the place but we use one string along our entertainment center (and some on our tree) and it makes everything seem more decorated than it really is.  Last year I tried a pinterest idea - gluing a set of 5 dollar-store ornaments onto little round mirrors, putting a touch of ribbon on them, and sticking a bit of glittered spring into each and it really is kind of high impact for how minimal it is.  I've also taken existing stuff I have on the walls (art, mirrors, etc) and wrapped them up like presents.  It didn't turn out to be my favorite look in our big front room but used in a smaller area was cute and, again, is cheap and easy.

Hope that helps!  I love Christmas decor but hate actually decorating.   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #33 on: December 07, 2013 07:26:49 AM »

Thank you for the awesome budget-friendly suggestions rockmygypsysoul  Grin

I managed to make a wreath completely from stash and I'm pretty chuffed with how it came out  Cheesy



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« Reply #34 on: December 07, 2013 08:25:38 AM »

Pretty wreath! I love how the yarn sparkles.
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« Reply #35 on: December 07, 2013 10:44:58 AM »

Thank you for the awesome budget-friendly suggestions rockmygypsysoul  Grin

I managed to make a wreath completely from stash and I'm pretty chuffed with how it came out  Cheesy


Happy to help - I *love* Christmas decorations but am also all about budget-friendly stuff!

I LOVE your wreath!  It is seriously super, super cute!!  Especially love the heart in the middle and using curling ribbon - I've never thought of that!
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« Reply #36 on: December 09, 2013 08:04:30 AM »

Arrgh! I've misplaced my air-dry clay. Time for a complete rethink in some directions.

I'm doing my baby's handprints in cold porcelain. Maybe that could work? Minimal cost and looks nice.
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« Reply #37 on: December 09, 2013 11:29:31 AM »

Arrgh! I've misplaced my air-dry clay. Time for a complete rethink in some directions.

I'm doing my baby's handprints in cold porcelain. Maybe that could work? Minimal cost and looks nice.

You people and your kid-produced and kid-related gifts.  Sadly my family would not be overwhelmed by paw prints from our puppies.  Although I did do a little joke card on Father's Day for my dad that had a pic of the pups (we have two) and said "The only thing better than having you as my father is our puppies having you as their papa."  He has a bit more sense of humor than the rest of the fam.  Wink
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« Reply #38 on: December 09, 2013 12:56:50 PM »

Haha! No, I meant as an air dry clay substitute, not for prints specifically. Wink
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« Reply #39 on: December 17, 2013 05:44:01 AM »

Instead of modifying my earlier response (yet again... how many re-do's have I given myself this year?) I'm just posting again, because the plan is now drastically different... because I haven't started! And I have a week left! ACK!!!

So I saw one of those cross-stitch calendar kits (it gives you the embroidery floss, the pages, with the Xs printed on, and you just... stitch over the Xs, I guess) and I thought, I could do that. But customized. So I'm making cross-stitched paper calendars for everyone. And since I already have the materials, I'm making melt-and-pour wassail-scented soaps to package with them. (Because YUMMY-SMELLING!)

I'll be sure to post about the calendars once I get one done... Unless the plan changes YET AGAIN.
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