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!
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
Puzzle Wreath http://www.imagitek.com/xmas/crafts/puzwrth.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
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
Eggnog Cookies http://www.homeschoolzone.com/m2m/recipes/eggnog-cookies.htm
Old Fashioned Family Recipes
We change our menu up each year so planning in advance affords us unique items and more creativity.