Tightwad Tuesday


Our family does a 25 days of Christmas Craft thing. Been doing it since the oldest was about four. We do a craft a day till christmas. This takes planning. Now that they are older we do more gifts and baked goods for others.

Starting early affords me lots of savings on time and money. I start early in the year with a list such as below. I make a materials list and keep an eye out for sales, yard sales and give aways. Perhaps some of  you will be inspired also!

Christmas Cards

This year we plan to make our own using some of the kids wonderful photography shots. However here are a few ideas.

silk screen http://www.imagitek.com/xmas/crafts/silk.html  http://parentingteens.about.com/od/homemadechristmascards/Homemade_Christmas_Cards.htm  http://www.scrapvillage.com/City-Planners-Christmas-Cards.htm http://www.stretcher.com/stories/02/02may06h.cfm


Bead Wreath  http://www.christmascrafts.com/ornaments/wreath/bead-wreath-ornament.html

Puzzle Wreath http://www.imagitek.com/xmas/crafts/puzwrth.html

Toothpick http://www.imagitek.com/xmas/crafts/toothpic.html

CDs  http://sassyscrapsbylisa.blogspot.com/2007/11/altered-cd-ornaments.html  http://www.makingfriends.com/recycle/cd_ornaments.htm   http://familycrafts.about.com/library/photalb/blphotopic252.htm   http://monogrammomma.blogspot.com/2007/12/polka-dot-ornaments.html

Table Decorations

 Candy Cane Vase http://www.allfreecrafts.com/christmas/candy-cane-vase.shtml

Advent Christmas Tree http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/adventcalendars/a/bladventtptree.htm 

Crafts and Gifts

Potpourri Jars http://www.homeschoolzone.com/pp/crafts/geljars.htm

Candles http://www.imagitek.com/xmas/crafts/wax.html   http://www.imagitek.com/xmas/crafts/icecandl.html 

http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/specialfeature/holiday_gifts_ms/  http://www.budget101.com/christmas.htm  http://www.mormonchic.com/crafty/homemade_christmas_gifts.asp#spicewreath


Eggnog Cookies http://www.homeschoolzone.com/m2m/recipes/eggnog-cookies.htm

Candy http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/christmascandy/index.htm

Fudge http://christmas.betterrecipes.com/christmasfudgerecipes.html

Old Fashioned Family Recipes 

We change our menu up each year so planning in advance affords us unique items and more creativity.

http://www.ehow.com/christmas/christmasdinner.html   http://busycooks.about.com/cs/seasonalcooking/a/Christmasdinner.htm 



  1. Thank you so much for sharing these great resources.

    I enjoyed your blog entries last Christmas.

    It always inspired me to get crafty during the holidays.

    I feel burried in school planning. But should be thinking about Christmas plans as well.



  2. I will be checking several of those out - especially the Eggnog Cookie recipe. Thanks for sharing!



  3. Ooooooo.... I am going to have to come back here with my folder and jot a few things down!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    Have a lovely week!



  4. Wow you have a wealth of links here ! Thank you so much for sharing with us.

    I sure hope to get my to get list done by next week. I also need to see if there is a sale going on at Wally World yet for school supplies. You are doing great with your list. Wahoo only glue.

    Blessings and ((HUGS)) my SSiC

    In Him<><


  5. Thank you for the ideas! We are making gifts this year as well. I'll have to check out some of these sites!! I've been taking certain pictures and will be using them to make a calendar through Walgreens.

    Thanks for the ideas!!


  6. eclecticeducationJuly 15, 2008 at 7:37 AM

    Thank you for sharing. It sounds like a neat idea. :)

  7. I tried this a few years ago and found that I wasn't organized enough to pull it off. So, I guess that I had better get started planning now to be ready for this Christmas. What a great tradition this would make.Thanks for the links to the craft and recipe ideas. We did manage to make our tract ornaments - Christmas stockings made out of Fun Foam and laced together with yarn. Then we put a Santa Money Tract inside and delivered them to the neighbors.


  8. What great links! Just a reminder, tomorrow I'm hosting Weblink Wednesday again (after taking two weeks off for vacation). Be sure to participate by sharing your favorite link to any educational site with other homeschool mom's - stop by either tonight or tomorrow and post your post. This entry would fit wonderfully!!!! Thanks.



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