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Crafty Old-Fashioned Christmas Fun

It's sometimes best to keep things simple.

Enjoy some fun holiday crafts with your family to have an old-fashioned Christmas. You'll love these five retro Christmas craft ideas.


#1 There is no time or season when you cannot make a paper chain. It's especially fun during the holidays. You can easily decorate your holiday tree with them. You’ll need construction paper, or old wrapping paper works quite well too. You’ll also need glue.

 Cut small strips of paper, the size you want your rings to be. Fold the ends over so the strip makes a circle, and glue the ends together. Create another circle through your first one and continue linking the circles together until your chain has reached its desired length or your fingers are tired from cutting and gluing. Let dry and hang on your tree or around a doorway, mirror or fireplace mantle.


 #2 Popcorn strands - Popcorn and cranberry strands are another old-fashioned holiday tradition. Like the paper chain, they can be used to hang on a tree or decorate other areas of your home. You’ll need to pop some popcorn and purchase a bag or two of fresh cranberries. You’ll also need a needle and durable thread measured to your desired length. Having a thimble to protect your thumb is also a good idea. It can be challenging to push the needle through the cranberries. Create a pattern of your choosing. You can rotate cranberry and popcorn kernels, or you can string mostly popcorn with the occasional splash of red. You decide.

#3. Paper snowflakes are fun for kids and teens, as well as adults. You can make this basic craft on a budget using old Christmas paper and decorative scissors. Never created a snowflake How to Make Paper Snowflakes | One Little Project can help you in your endeavor.

#4 Gingerbread homes and cookies - Who doesn’t love a good gingerbread cookie and decorating them is extremely fun. If you want to get even more elaborate or detailed, consider making a gingerbread house. Make it easy on yourself and purchase kits at the craft store. They usually come with everything you need, including the candy decorations. Or you can try to make it by following a basic recipe, doing your design, and purchasing the candy and frosting to fit your needs. If you are a hands-on person, consider this Youtube

#5 Pine cone ornaments (found in your yard, in the woods, or purchased at a craft store) make lovely tree decorations and centerpieces. Using hot glue, it is easy to decorate the cone with small items like buttons and knick-knacks. It can be sprayed with adhesive and sprinkled with glitter. For a dynamic effect, you can also spray paint the pine cone. You can hang the cones on your tree by stringing them together. For a centerpiece, place them in a basket.

You may already have items you need to make old-fashioned holiday crafts. The ideas are simple but well-executed. It doesn't take much paper to create a masterpiece of a snowflake. You can make a beautiful decoration out of popcorn. Keep it simple and enjoy this holiday.


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  • Great inexpensive ideas, Sandra. I also like that you provided links. Keep the good work up!

    Glory Wade
  • How fun! Especially the snowflakes which I’ve never made but always wanted too.

    Linda Bouldin

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