12 Crafts of Christmas || A Child Is Born! Dish Towel

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Well, this is it. The last post in my 12 Crafts of Christmas series! I must admit, there were times during the past month when I wasn't sure I was going to actually make it to 12 crafts! Coming up with 12 blog-worthy crafts was a bit challenging, but it was so much fun! 

I thought I would wrap up the series with a project to remind us all of the reason we celebrate this time of year. It's not about presents or Christmas trees or 12 Christmas crafts. It's about remembering the birth of our Savior. It's about showing love to one another and spending time with family. Please don't get caught up in the rush of Christmastime and forget about what is really important this time of year. 

12 Crafts of Christmas || Granny Circle Ornaments

Friday, December 19, 2014

These simple granny circles are a great way to add some color to your Christmas tree! I like to use colors not typically associated with Christmas. I tend to get bored with the typical bright red and green we've all come to recognize as "Christmas colors." What about you? Are you a Christmas color traditionalist or do you like to stray from the norm as well? :)

Whatever colors you decide to use, these ornaments work up very quickly and would make a great gift. Since they only take a few minutes a piece, you could make a bunch of these guys in no time at all!

12 Crafts of Christmas ||Cross-Stitched Gift Tag

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

As you found out in my yarn-embellished gift wrap post, I love adding personal touches to gifts at Christmas-time. This cross-stitched gift tag is a quick and easy way to dress up your Christmas presents this year! I love how the simple cross stitch design looks so special and unique on the paper!

12 Crafts of Christmas || Picture Frame Ornament

Friday, December 12, 2014

2014 has been a big year! I wanted to make a Christmas ornament that will always remind Tyler and I of where we were in 2014. This Christmas, Tyler and I are engaged and it's our puppy's first Christmas! What better way to remind us of this year than with a picture of the three of us?? I love this picture of Tyler, Ned and I and thought it would be perfect for an ornament. :)

The ornament is very easy to make and only takes about thirty minutes. I'm thinking this should become a tradition in our family. Whenever a major event happens in our lives that we want to remember (wedding, kids, etc.), I will make an ornament for our tree. In the end, we will have a bunch of Christmas ornaments reminding us of everything we've been through together!

12 Crafts of Christmas || Yarn-Embellished Gift Wrap

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I always love adding personal touches to gifts whenever I can. These yarn embellishments were a quick and easy way to dress up and personalize my Christmas gifts. I love how just a little bit of yarn can make the plain brown paper so much more fun and festive!

12 Crafts of Christmas || Embroidered Leather Ornaments

Monday, December 8, 2014

These yarn-embroidered leather ornaments are incredibly easy to make and I love how natural they look! The combination of the natural leather and the craftiness of the yarn is so unique and special. I always love embroidering on things other than the typical cloth and embroidery hoop. 

12 Crafts of Christmas || Granny Square Stocking

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The next craft in my 12 Crafts of Christmas series is this mini granny square stocking ornament. If you've been following my blog for a while, you are probably already aware of my addiction to granny squares. I absolutely love them! The squares are so easy and can be combined to make just about anything. The stocking ends up being about 7 inches tall, a perfect addition to your Christmas tree! :)

- three colors of sport weight yarn (I used Sinfonia's 100% cotton in marino, gris claro, and agua fuerte)
- white DK weight yarn
- size F crochet hook
- scissors

Directions for Squares:
- Begin square either by chaining five and joining with a slip stitch to make a loop or by making a magic loop. (I prefer the magic loop method, it makes your square look much neater in the end.)
- Round One: ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2dc, ch 2, [3 dc, ch2] three times, join with slip stitch in top of first ch 3. You should have 4 shells and 4 corner spaces.
- Round two: Slip st to next corner. Ch 3 [2dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in same space (corner made).*Ch 1, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 corner space. Repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch in top of first ch 3. Bind off.

- Attach squares together into a stocking shape. There are a variety of different methods to join granny square, I prefer this one. You will need to make a front piece and a back piece (opposite of the front), then stitch the two together with right sides facing. Once all of your squares are attached, flip the piece right side out and make sure all of you ends are tucked inside.

- Attach white yarn to the top of the stocking. Evenly work sc around. It doesn't really matter how many stitches, just make sure it looks even. I ended up with 38 stitches.
- Work 10 rows of sc. Bind off, weave in ends, and fold over.

- Ch 21.
- Row One: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each chain across. Turn.
- Row Two: Ch 1. Sc in each st across. Bind off leaving a long tail for sewing.
- Fold hanger in half and sew to inside of stocking. I sewed it on behind the fold of the white section so that the stitches wouldn't show from the outside.

12 Crafts of Christmas || Salt and Pepper Shaker Ornaments

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

For several years now, my mom and I have been turning vintage salt and pepper shakers into Christmas ornaments. We collect them throughout the year from antiques stores and flea markets and then turn them into ornaments at Christmas time. They are always my favorite ornaments on the tree! I love the vintage touch they add.

- vintage salt and pepper shakers
- green floral wires (cut into pieces about 5 inches long)

- Take off the plugs at the bottom of the shakers and make sure there's not any salt or pepper left inside.
- Stick the two ends of your wire through two of the holes at the top of the shaker.
- Pull the ends through the hole at the bottom. It may be helpful to use a crochet hook to pull the ends through, but it isn't necessary.
- Twist the ends together several times.
- Hide your ends inside the shaker and put the plug back in.
- Pull up on your wire loop and twist it a few times at the top of the shaker.
- Hang your vintage ornament on the tree!

Linked to: Take a Look Tuesday

Wishlist || Christmas

Monday, December 1, 2014

Crochet || Meredith from One Sheepish Girl always has great patterns, and this christmas light garland is no exception. These lights are so fun and festive! I'm also quite jealous of her paper mache moose!

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