Christmas Crafts – Homemade Gifts and Decorations For a Traditional Holiday Season With Less Stress

By Penny Vedrenne

It’s a great time to start thinking about Christmas crafts because after all Christmas is on the way! Yeah, that’s right. Already! Well, if you find that lately you’re greeting the holidays with sighs of anxiety instead of the anxious excitement of past years than maybe it’s time to make some positive changes. Bring back the simpler times when Christmas was more about sharing special moments with the people in your life and not so much about crowded afternoons in the mall stressing over the perfect gifts for everyone on your list.

There are so many reasons to return to the simpler times when we exchanged homemade Christmas crafts. Here are just a few of the best reasons:

First and most important, I think we all need to use this time to step back and reconnect with our family and friends on a personal level. We spend our lives emailing and texting from the carpool line. We rush through days and events sometimes not knowing if we are coming and going. Do you ever wonder what you might be missing? I know it’s not easy to put aside a block of time but do it anyway. Trade off some of the time you will be standing in a line at the mall for time at home crafting some decorations or gifts or cards. Invite some friends over to share ideas or get the kids involved.

You’ll save money by making homemade gifts, cards and decorations! These days everyone can use a little of this. But don’t feel guilty about giving homemade gifts. A gift should never have a dollar obligation amount attached to it. It really is about what comes from the heart and a homemade gift shows that you took the time to make something special for a loved one and what is more valuable than your time. Besides with some great ideas you’ll be delivering gifts that everyone will enjoy!

Looking for a stress buster? Well, creating Christmas crafts is a great way to reduce stress for a couple of good reasons. First, if you make some great gifts and decorations, that’s less time in the stores and malls (and what’s more stressful than fighting the crowds and worrying about if what you bought is the perfect gift). Second, it’s very relaxing and enjoyable to create. Not to mention that you will feel uplifted and motivated to think about the nice gifts that you are making for the special people in your life or the wonderful decorations that will enhance your holiday décor.

Want to make someone feel really special? I will always remember the time a friend of mine cried because she loved my homemade gift so much. The truth is that if you give someone a gift that came from your hands that is truly an item that they cannot get anywhere themselves. No matter how much money they have or what resources they can pull from, a homemade gift is unique!

Christmas should be about the people in our lives, right? Then I have a great idea! Plan some time to get together with friends and family to work with Christmas craft patterns. It’s a great way to share ideas and work out some one-of-a-kind decorations. Have a wine and cheese and crafts party. Better yet, get the kids involved. They love making things and can you think of a better way to encourage their creativity. Arts and crafts are great for people of all ages, so don’t leave out Grandma and Grandpa too. I bet they can add a few hints to the projects on hand.

In fact, children love doing craft projects, but after a while, there is no room left to display their little masterpieces. But, the holidays offer a unique time because they can make gifts for the family that will be highly cherished. Don’t laugh! I bet somewhere in your Mother or Grandmother’s closet is something you made in first grade. It’s easy to find Christmas craft patterns and ideas that everyone in the family can do and enjoy.

I know when you take the time to relax and immerse yourself into a fulfilling project you will not only get into the spirit of the season you will also make someone feel very special because you took the time to make something special for them (and it’s OK if that person is you)!

Now, I know you can come up with many creative Christmas crafts. After all, it’s that personal touch that you are shooting for, right? I hope you have a Wonderful Season!

Hi! I’m Penny Vedrenne and I’m on a mission to get you excited about Christmas again. Sounds corny, doesn’t it? Well, if you are a crafter or artist you already know how thrilling it is to create. From this article you learned that there are many reasons that crafting will help you get into the Christmas spirit, reconnect with loved ones and reduce the stress of the holidays.

So, now you’re ready to start looking for ideas. No problem! It’s my job to come up with as many ways as possible to be creative with stencils and then give you the complete how to information! Visit me at Designs From Penny ( for some of my great stencil designs. The Blogs are full of ideas and information. Plus you’ll find a large variety of Christmas stencils and stencil craft projects. You’ll be surprised at what you can make with stencils.

For more information on stenciling, visit All-About-Stencils ( You’ll find complete instructions starting at the beginning and graduating to furniture decorating and making art prints. Plus there’s a full section on the Holidays. So, get into the spirit and join us for some fun stencil crafts.

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